Krakens and witches and bandits, oh my!
S. M. Wheeler's incredible girl-and-her-kraken fantasy debut, SEA CHANGE, is inspiring the most heartfelt and awestruck reviews.
The unhappy child of two powerful parents who despise each other, young Lilly turns to the ocean to find solace, which she finds in the form of the eloquent and intelligent sea monster Octavius, a kraken. In Octavius’s many arms, Lilly learns of friendship, loyalty, and family. When Octavius, forbidden by Lilly to harm humans, is captured by seafaring traders and sold to a circus, Lilly becomes his only hope for salvation. Desperate to find him, she strikes a bargain with a witch that carries a shocking price.
"Wheeler’s stunning debut is a sophisticated fantasy whose lush descriptions, lyrical dialogue, and engaging structure are reminiscent of the very best fairy tales. [...] With an almost poetic sensibility, Wheeler explores gender, sexuality, friendship, and love, offering up complex characters and emotional depth all laced with subtle magic." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Wheeler’s truly original, fanciful, and transformative story will delight fantasy lovers of all types, as well as those readers attached to coming-of-age narratives and feminist sf." —Library Journal (starred review)
Happy Monday, librarians! I trust you all had a loving Father's Day weekend.
We're busily wrapping up all the loose ends before ALA Annual. Until then, I've posted a few fun bits and bobs below. Enjoy!
- NPR's Fresh Air posted the 1/2 hour audio clip of their segment "Mantel Takes Up Betrayal, Beheadings In 'Bodies'." And Terry Gross asked the question that we've all wanted to ask Mantel,
"You wrote [...] about the French Revolution, and now you've written about Henry VIII, and there are several beheadings in these books. So excuse me for asking this, but if you had to be beheaded centuries ago, would you have preferred the guillotine, or the axe or sword customarily used in England?"
Mantel opted for—drumroll, please—the guillotine! Listen to the full interview now.
- Michael Kelley from Library Journal has called for submissions for Library Cat of the Month! The inaugural kitty, Emma from Lyme Public Library, is featured in the June 15th edition of Library Journal (p. 17) and she's a real beauty! Submission details here.
Download The Bone Season Now! | Macmillan Library http://t.co/iO2PTvcP0R— Bloomsbury (@BloomsburyPub) June 14, 2013
It's Friiiidaaaaay! And that can only mean ONE THING: #FridayReads!
Here's a look at what Talia and I will be reading this fine summer weekend.
LADIES' NIGHT by Mary Kay Andrews
Lifestyle blogger Grace Stanton's life gets torpedoed after she drives her cheating husband's pricey sports car into the family swimming pool. She's ordered to attend 'divorce recovery' group therapy sessions, but soon Grace and the rest of the women ditch the unhelpful therapist and move their Wednesday 'Ladies' Night' sessions to a rundown beach bar.
LET THE OLD DREAMS DIE by John Ajvide Lindqvist, trans. Ebba Segerberg
This is a creepy collection of horror short stories, one of which continues the unforgettable story begun in the internationally acclaimed vampire classic, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN.
We're already getting ridiculously excited about all of the rad events happening at ALA Annual this June. Take a look and get your RSVPs in now so you don't miss out!
The AAP’s Book-A-Licious Breakfast with Mary Kay Andrews (8:30am, McCormick Place, N227b). RSVP by June 14th!
Crossing Over—Teen Books for Everyone! with Darynda Jones (10:30am, McCormick Place, N227a).
Quirky Books for Quirkier Librarians, a panel about geekery pride with John Scalzi! (3:00pm, McCormick Place, S404a).
Mystery Day @ the Pop Top Stage with Tasha Alexander, Charles Finch, Julia Keller, Eleanor Kuhns, Theresa Schwegel, and more! (All day Saturday, end of the 2600 aisle)
Book Battle IV (8:30am, McCormick Place, S104b) in which Talia, Macmillan's chosen champion, and Chris, her nemesis from Sterling, battle it out while telling you about their favorite forthcoming titles!
Book Buzz Theater featuring Macmillan/ Sterling | 2013 ALA Annual Conference ala13.ala.org/node/12650 ummm... there will be monkeys.— Talia Sherer (@taliasherer) June 10, 2013
Gregg Hurwitz will be signing TELL NO LIES (9:00am, booth 2103)!
The 2013 Alex Awards Panel with winner Robin Sloan (10:30am, McCormick Place, Room S105d)!
The AAP’S Library Family Feud™ (2:30pm, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Jackson Park, 10BC) in which librarians go head-to-head with authors, such as our very own John Scalzi!
Shoot Between the Lines: Mystery Writers Reveal All panel with pseudonymous writing couple Lars Kepler (3:00pm, McCormick Place, N128)!
The Sub-Librarian Scion of the Baker Street Irregulars event with Charles Finch, author of the Charles Lennox series (4:30pm, Hilton Chicago, Lake Michigan)
Science Fiction/Fantasy Day @ the Pop Top Stage! (All day Sunday, end of the 2600 aisle) Recommended panels:
10:00am: Jonathan Maberry
10:45am: Cory Doctorow
11:30am: David Brin
1:15pm: Bandon Sanderson
2:45pm: John Scalzi
3:30pm: Elizabeth Bear
Check back for updates and we'll see you in Chicago!Read more
Librarians, the Bloomsbury USA team is eager to approve your NetGalley requests for Samantha Shannon's epic futuristic debut, THE BONE SEASON! This is book one in a seven part saga that will appeal to both teen and adult Fantasy readers.
In the year 2059 several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others' minds. When Paige is arrested and sent to the prison for clairvoyants she is assigned to a Rephaite keeper who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master and her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.
Check out the book trailer on YouTube.
"Not only has Shannon dynamically and shrewdly imagined every element of this spooky yet earthy world-at-war, from its unforgiving hierarchy to vile if essential herbal concoctions, encounters with monstrous predatory creatures, and the terror of 'spirit combat,' she has also tapped into the timeless wellsprings of fear and prejudice, repression and resistance. The result is a dazzlingly brainy, witty, and bewitching tale of outrageous courage, heroic compassion, transcendent love, and the quest for freedom." —Booklist (starred review)
While you're waiting for approval you can start by reading an excerpt on THE BONE SEASON Facebook page.Read more
THE HANGING GARDEN is a rare treat; it's an unfinished coming-of-age story by Nobel Prize-winner Patrick White, found and published posthumously. It's a complex work that covers multiple viewpoints and is an excellent option for young adults looking for a challenging and engaging summer read.
Sydney, Australia, 1942.
Two children, on the cusp of adolescence, have been spirited away from the war in Europe and given shelter in a house on Neutral Bay, taken in by the charity of an old widow who wants little to do with them. The boy, Gilbert, has escaped the Blitz. The girl, Eirene, lost her father in a Greek prison. Left to their own devices, the children forge a friendship of startling honesty, forming a bond of uncommon complexity that they sense will shape their destinies for years to come.
"THE HANGING GARDEN is a novel for our time—a story about parentless children, mistreated by a world that, by its lights, intends no harm but nonetheless does enduring damage. [...] Digging up a novelist’s work from his grave is a messy business. [...] David Marr, White’s biographer, and others dedicated to White’s memory, decided to give us THE HANGING GARDEN. They were right to do so, and we should thank them for it." —The New York Times
"What White has left is a complete, complex, and beautiful portrait, an important addition to classic contemporary fiction." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Fans of historical and international Mysteries, take note! Susan Spann's CLAWS OF THE CAT is a kick butt debut featuring a ninja detective navigating the political and social perils of sixteenth-century Japan and it's Library Journal's Debut of the Month!
When a samurai is brutally murdered in a Kyoto teahouse, master ninja Hiro has no desire to get involved. But the beautiful entertainer accused of the crime enlists the help of Father Mateo, the Portuguese Jesuit priest who Hiro is sworn to protect, leaving the master shinobi with just three days to find the killer and save the girl and the priest from the dead man’s vengeful son.
"While Spann demonstrates admirable attention to detail in her ninja detective debut, it’s the contemporary tone of her prose that makes this intriguing 16th-century historical so accessible. Laura Joh Rowland fans will like this book for the time period, but the 'buddy tone' is reminiscent of Ian Morson’s 'Nick Zuliani' series and Gary Corby’s 'Athenian Mysteries' series." —Library Journal (starred review, Debut of the Month)
"Spann's debut provides an absorbing look at Japanese culture along with a sharp mystery." —Kirkus Reviews
"[S]et in a mostly untapped period of Japanese history, the book should do well with fans of [Laura Joh Rowland and I. J. Parker]." —Booklist
Happy Monday, librarians!
- We hope you got the chance to properly celebrate National Doughnut Day last Friday. If not, it's not too late. Any day can be National Doughnut Day if you want it to be! Just get yourself some torus-shaped deep-fried dough and GO. TO. TOWN. Our recommended reading pairing: Jessica Beck's Donut Shop Mysteries.
- EarlyWord posted the full list of titles mentioned at the 4th Annual Librarian Shout 'n Share panel on their site with a nice description of the panel, so if you didn't get to BEA, those are the books your colleagues wanted to be sure you knew about.
The titles mentioned that are published and distributed by Macmillan:
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
THE BONE SEASON by Samantha Shannon
FLAT WATER TUESDAY by Ron Irwin
LADIES' NIGHT by Mary Kay Andrews
HAVISHAM by Ronald Frame
THE TUDOR CONSPIRACY by C.W. Gortner
CINNAMON AND GUNPOWDER by Eli Brown
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny
GOOD AS GONE by Douglas Corleone
PERV by Jese Bering
- As a follow up note: we just found out that FLAT WATER TUESDAY is a June Indie Next Pick alongside ON SAL MAL LANE by Ru Freeman (we will have finished copies of this one in booth #2103 in Chicago!).
- Shelf Awareness reviewed Steve Hamilton's latest Alex McKnight novel, LET IT BURN. They said,
"Hamilton's previous McKnight books were steeped in the lonely ethos of [Michigan's Upper Peninsula], but he may be even more successful in his rendering of today's broken Detroit as we follow the tenacious McKnight past boarded-up mansions, graffitied railroad bridges and trash-strewn yards. It doesn't make a pretty picture, but LET IT BURN may be Hamilton's best novel yet."
Nice! Now let's get this week started!
Seriously though it's still nap time. twitter.com/EmergencyPuppy…— Emergency Cute Stuff (@EmergencyPuppy) June 4, 2013
Congratulations to all of the excellent authors and angel-voiced narrators who were awarded at the 2013 Audie Awards!
Macmillan Audio winners were:
BRING UP THE BODIES
By Hilary Mantel
Narrated by Simon Vance
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
By Louise Penny
Narrated by Ralph Cosham
THE GOOD DREAM
By Donna VanLiere
Narrated by the author
SPY THE LIE
By Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and Don Tennant
Narrated by Fred Berman
And a special shout out to Margo Goody who won the Audie Award for Best Package Design for ON THE NIGHT YOU WERE BORN (Book & CD Set) by Nancy Tillman and narrated by Orlagh Cassidy!Read more
There's a mighty eye-catching color trend afoot in the beach book world this summer: lagoon-ish blue-green!
Check out all the fine covers above and you'll see what I'm cyan. I even did my nails to match!
And hey, if you like my nails, you'll love the much more impressive Rainbow Rowell-inspired nails of Emily White in Academic Marketing:
Stay tuned this season for more summer cover trends REVEALED!!
UPDATE: Rainbow tweeted the most incredible FANGIRL nail art ever. Go look! #TeamSimonSlashBazRead more