The Texas Library Association has announced the titles on their short list for the 2013 Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List!
Five of the titles on their list of 78 candidates are very proudly published by Macmillan:
by Linda Castillo
MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE
by Robin Sloan
by John Scalzi
by Gregg Hurwitz
by Esi Edugyan
Selections for the final list will be revealed this April at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Fort Worth.Read more
The 2013 longlist for the second annual Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction has been announced!
The following titles published and distributed by Macmillan were in good company on this incredibly fine list of literature:
HALF-BLOOD BLUES by Esi Edugyan
BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel
JAMES JOYCE: A New Biography by Gordon Bowker
LEONARDO AND THE LAST SUPPER by Ross King
See the full long list here: http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/carnegieadult/longlists
According to the ALA website "The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year." Read more about this award in American Libraries Magazine.
The short list (only six titles) will be released in April and the two winners will be announced on June 30th at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. We can't wait!Read more
What's that you say? You're getting confused about all of the awards and honors that HALF-BLOOD BLUES has received?
Let's recap, shall we:
- Winner of the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize!
- Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize!
- Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize!
- Shortlisted for the Orange Prize (to be announced May 29)!
- Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize (to be announced June 16)!
- Finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize!
- Finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award!
- A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice!
- An Amazon "Best of the Month" Pick for March 2012!
...to, you know, name a few.Read more
Esi Edugyan’s HALF-BLOOD BLUES has won the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award which recognizes books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures! Esi will accept the award at a ceremony in Cleveland, OH, on September 13th.
And HALF-BLOOD BLUES has also been shortlisted for The Orange Prize for Fiction which celebrates and promotes fiction by women throughout the world! The awards ceremony will be in London on May 30th, 2012. We have our fingers crossed!Read more
We're off to PLA on Tuesday, so this will be our last post until next Monday. If you're also going to be in Philly this week, please stop by our booth (#1540) and join us for our many wonderful author signings and events! We want to see you! See our full PLA schedule under Conference Info.
And take a peek at Talia's slides for the Book Buzz presentations with Nancy Pearl (link).
While we're away, take a minute to enter the Jackie Collins "Pink" Collection Giveaway for a chance to win some excellent signed Jackie Collins books and audio books!
Three of our excellent titles were longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction: HALF-BLOOD BLUES by Esi Edugyan, TIDES OF WAR by Stella Tillyard, and THE SUBMISSION by Amy Waldman! See the full longlist here.
Take another look at the letter we posted last week from author and librarian Eleanor Kuhns to librarians (link). Also, our buddies at Minotaur Books are running an A SIMPLE MURDER Advance Readers' Edition Sweepstakes right now! Enter here for a chance to win a galley.Read more
Happy Monday, lovely librarians! Let's kick of the week with some great reads.
"There are few things in this world that can at once delight and dismay to the same extent as a formal dinner party."
- Shelf Awareness reviewed Esi Edugyan's Scotiabank Giller-winning novel, HALF-BLOOD BLUES. They said,
"One of the risks of historical fiction is that the history can get in the way of the fiction; the author's imagination is often crammed into a box of flat characters and plodding narrative in the name of accuracy. Such is not the case with Esi Edugyan's atmospheric second novel. [...] Edugyan's prose sparkles not only with the jive and banter of jazz musicians, but also with the metaphors of a music built on improvisation."
- NPR did a feature on Tupelo Hassman's GIRLCHILD (which you will recognize as the Featured Cover from our January e-newsletter!).
"Tupelo Hassman writes with such an eye for rough-and-tough detail, she obviously knows something about kids who have been given the dubious gift of premature autonomy."
- Author S.J. Bolton posted a piece on Goodreads called "Why we need our libraries." She talks about the experience of her local library (in the U.K.) transferring into the hands of the community after the government withdrew support. Bolton was then asked to manage the future purchase and rotation of books which she gladly accepted. Here are a few choice quotes from the article:
"A library, like the pub, the post office, the village shop, is part of the fabric of the community."
"No one, especially not my neighbours, should imagine the battle is over. Passing libraries into community ownership hasn't saved them, it has given them a stay of execution. If we are to keep them into the future, we'll need the ongoing commitment of our volunteers and the financial support of our sponsors. Most of all, though, we will need our libraries to be used."
Welcome back to the work week, folks! Here's a little Monday fun to get things started:
- Last week Talia, Stephanie Chase, Alene Moroni, and I were featured in EarlyWord modeling their brand new, mega-chic GalleyChat buttons. See the article here!
- Flavorwire puts THREATS and HALF-BLOOD BLUES on their list of "10 New Must Reads for February." We agree! See the full list here.
- Looking ahead to the Indie Next List for March, we see THE STARBOARD SEA, THE INQUISITOR, THE DOG WHO DANCED, and GYPSY BOY. See the full list here.
- And a word on the big game:
We would be remiss to ignore all of the sports excitement from this weekend, so we'll extend our congratulations to this year's MVP (Most Valuable Puppy, that is), Fumble!
Watch highlights from Puppy Bowl VIII* here.
*Apparently humans were playing a similar game this weekend, but that might just be rumor.Read more
Esi Edugyan's HALF-BLOOD BLUES won the 2011 Giller Prize and was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, so we're not too surprised to see the starred reviews come rolling in.
"While the rarely explored subject adds to the book’s allure, what stands out most is its cadenced narration and slangy dialogue, as conversations, both spoken and unspoken, snap, sizzle, and slide off the page." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"That narrow moment in time when the freewheeling decadence of Weimar Germany gave way to jackbooted tyranny has been the subject of much fine fiction, but Edugyan is the first to overlay it with jazz history. It makes a sublime marriage." -Booklist (starred review)Read more
Happy Monday, librarian friends!
"The author illuminates the lives of refugees, for whom safety in India is coupled with poverty and hard work, as well as on-going efforts to bring the Tibetan cause to the attention of world leaders. This book will appeal to teens interested in Tibetan Buddhism, as well as student activists interested in the Free Tibet movement."
- SFF twitter users rejoice! Today (Monday 11/14) Brandon Sanderson (@BrandSanderson) will be chatting with Tor (@torbooks) on Twitter at 1PM EST and you're invited. Just use the hastag #TorChat and jump on in with questions!
- Major congratulations to author Esi Edugyan for winning Canada’s 2011 Giller Prize. Picador will publish HALF-BLOOD BLUES this coming February.
- And finally, on your lunch break, check out Nancy Pearl's Book Lust interview with Jeffrey Eugenides! Video hosted here.Read more