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A Romantic Whirlwind Getaway... er, Giveaway!

Dearest librarians,

We're running a romantic giveaway on Twitter today. Whoever sends us the sweetest tweet will get a pile of love from us including:

GUILTY PLEASURE by Lora Leigh

INSATIABLE by Opal Carew

KEPT BY SEDUCTION by Jaymie Holland

HOW TO ROMANCE A RAKE by Manda Collins

The winner is free to shelve them at the library or at home. Share or hoard the love as you see fit!

Here's the scoop:

xoxo, Macmillan Library

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Macmillan Library Presents: Tips from Grammar Girl #3

grammar girl cartoonGrandmaster grammar wrangler Mignon Fogarty (a.k.a. Grammar Girl) has agreed to teach us the proper way to talk to librarians about the books and genres we love. We'll be posting her monthly tips here on the blog. Take it away, Grammar Girl!

How to Write a Better Résumé

Talia and Ali tell me that librarians are helping almost as many people find jobs as they are helping find books. One important thing to check for on a résumé is that the bullets match. Not in that fashionable-detective way in which a lady’s bullets match her shoes, but in a slightly less delightful grammatical way: It’s called parallel construction, and this is how it looks:

Activities and Accomplishments

• Hungered for deeper meaning

• Longed for a raise

• Resisted throwing myself out a window

Although that may not be the most appealing list of activities and accomplishments to a potential employer, your candidate won’t be rejected for grammar errors. Note how each bullet point is a sentence fragment that starts with a verb in the past tense. Using a fragment is OK in a bulleted list, and the parallelism of the verbs is pleasing to the eye.

Note how the following list, although more respectable, seems jumbled and wrong because of the lack of parallelism.

Activities and Accomplishments

• Shelving goal of 5,000 books per day met

• Convinced 30 volunteers to work for nothing but doughnuts

• I single-handedly reroofed the library.

Want to help job candidates avoid other errors on their résumés? Check out GRAMMAR GIRL PRESENTS 101 TROUBLESOME WORDS YOU’LL MASTER IN NO TIME and visit Grammar Girl at Grammar.QuickandDirtyTips.com.

We're running our third and final giveaway of one full set of her latest Quick and Dirty Tips books (this set includes four signed(!) books and one unsigned audiobook).

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UPDATE: This contest has ended. Congratulations to our winner: Betty H. Lee, Adult and Young Adult Librarian at Rockville Memorial Library!

Enter to win these signed books by sending your name, your library, and your full mailing address to Library-at-MacmillanUSA.com (subject: Grammar Girl) by Friday, August 24th.

This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below.

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Macmillan Library Presents: Tips from Grammar Girl #2

grammar girl cartoonGrammar goddess Mignon Fogarty (a.k.a. Grammar Girl) has agreed to teach us the proper way to talk to librarians about the books and genres we love. We'll be posting her monthly tips here on the blog. Take it away, Grammar Girl!

Ali, a sci-fi nerd from planet 645 asked, "I have trouble with verb tense in our present timeline, but when I time travel, I get especially confused. Can you help?"

Ah, the complexities of time travel. If you think the hazards of disrupting the space-time continuum are daunting, consider the grammar. Time travel requires some of the trickier tenses:

Simple Future

Tomorrow, I am going to be born. [going to + verb]

Future Progressive

The robots will already be waiting to kill me. [will be + present participle]

Past Perfect Progressive

Ali had been lying unconscious for three days before she was able to locate herself and surreptitiously attach the beacon that would send her home. [had been + present participle]

Past Perfect

She had made this trip before, so she knew how it would work out. [had + past participle]

I hope that helps, Ali, and stay safe in the future. It can be a dangerous place.

Thank you, Grammar Girl! Unfortunately in my time traveling experience there's no such thing as a simple future or a perfect past, but one can always hope!

See Grammar Girl's previous column in which she taught Talia how to talk about her favorite gory mysteries! Look for 101 TROUBLESOME WORDS YOU'LL MASTER IN NO TIME available now from St. Martin's Griffin. Visit her at Grammar.QuickandDirtyTips.com.

Also, we're giving away one full set of her latest Quick and Dirty Tips books (this set includes four signed(!) books and one unsigned audiobook).

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UPDATE: This contest is now closed.
The winner is Ramona L. Grimsley of the Berkeley County Library System!

Enter to win these signed books by sending your name, your library, and your full mailing address to Library-at-MacmillanUSA.com (subject: Grammar Girl) by Monday, July 23rd.

This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below.

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More UNSHELVED Readers?! Yes, Please!

Well, well, well. If it isn't another Unshelved reader... Duck!

I just threw a handful of confetti and glitter and ducks at the screen. You're so welc—Uh oh, did I get some in your eye? No wait, you're just tearing up because you've never felt SO welcome at a blog before! We totally understand.

Whether you're new to this blog, a long time reader, or you clicked on Talia's nose to get here yesterday and wanted to click on my nose today, we're glad you're here! (And if you don't know what I'm going on about, check out the banner ad/masterpiece running over the Unshelved comics this week.)

Like yesterday, we encourage you to browse through our recent posts, take a peek at our digital catalogs, and sign up for our Booklist webinar.

But wait there's more! We have yet another giveaway! And this time it's just the type of bloody thriller that you can't get Talia to stop reading...

unselved you can't

We have a small stack of hardcover copies of THE NIGHTMARE by the absurdly charming pseudonymous Swedish writing couple, Lars Kepler!

UPDATE: This giveaway has ended!

Want one? Introduce yourself in an e-mail (to: Library-at-MacmillanUSA.com) that includes your name, the library you work for, and the full mailing address where you would like to receive the book.

Best, (No, you're the best!)
Talia & Ali

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Win a Signed ARC of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore!

**THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED**
Winner: Chaunacey Dunklee, Fullerton Public Library!

Happy Wednesday, library friends! We're officially back in action after ALA Annual today, if somewhat red-eyed and yawn-prone. We haven't been crying! And you're not boring! We're just still living in the past (a.k.a. Pacific Time).

After getting galley request after galley request at BEA, ALA Annual, and in my inbox, I think it's time to give a loving shout-out to one of our most anticipated debuts of the Fall: MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan! We're ecstatic that so many of you want to get your hands on this literary adventure!

If you haven't heard about this one yet, think William Gibson conspiring with Haruki Murakami at midnight in the darkest aisle of a 24 hour bookstore in San Francisco. It's also part DA VINCI CODE and part You’ve Got Mail, but remains totally original. You get me? No?! Well, I guess it's just one of those books that you have to read for yourself!

And if the book weren't great enough, Robin is an absolute charmer! Warning Librarians: Author-Crush Zone dead ahead... At BEA Robin created a secret society of booksellers (I know!) and this summer Robin is hosting a Summer Reading series on his blog to share the backlist books he wants to talk about with you. We love it. Boing Boing loves it. You'll probably think it's pretty cool, too.

robin summer

SIGNED GALLEY CONTEST

Robin was kind enough to sign an advanced reader's copy for us to give away to one lucky librarian! Leave a comment below with your full name and the library you work for by Monday, July 2nd to be entered into the random drawing.

Best of luck!

This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below.

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The Jackie Collins Pink Collection Giveaway!

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UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Deborah Baker-Receniello of the Oakville Timberland Library!

Enter our Jackie Collins Pink Collection Giveaway!

We know, we know; there isn't an official "pink collection" for Ms. Collins, but we've pulled together a sweet little prize pack that's full of scandal, topped off with decadence, and all wrapped up in pink!

One lucky librarian will win a copy of MARRIED LOVERS (audio), POOR LITTLE BITCH GIRL (audio), and GODDESS OF VENGEANCE (trade paperback)! This is a great way to kick start your personal or professional library's Jackie Collins collection.

The best part? Jackie signed them all!!

Librarians, enter to win this prize pack by sending your name, your library, and your full mailing address to Library-at-MacmillanUSA.com (Subject: Pink) by Friday, March 23rd. UPDATE: this contest is now closed.

This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below.

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The Lover's Dictionary Contest!

UPDATE (3/1): Thank you all for entering! This contest is now closed. Winners will be announced tomorrow!

THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY is the story of a relationship told in the form of dictionary entries, it's a 2012 Alex Award winner, and we have 20 hardcover copies to give away to our cleverest commenters here on the blog!

In THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY each page is a dictionary entry that describes one couple's relationship from the intimate, day-to-day minutiae to the deepest joys and fears of their lives together.

Booklist gave THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY a starred review and said, "Levithan demonstrates, intimacy is sometimes enigmatic and, as he notes under ineffable, 'No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough.'"

Here are a few of the entries:

autonomy, n.

"I want my books to have their own shelves," you said, and that’s how I knew it would be okay to live together.

dumbfounded, adj.

And still, for all the jealousy, all the doubt, sometimes I will be struck with a kind of awe that we’re together. That someone like me could find someone like you--it renders me wordless. Because surely words would conspire against such luck, would protest the unlikelihood of such a turn of events.

I didn't tell any of my friends about our first date. I waited until after the second, because I wanted to make sure it was real. I wouldn’t believe it had happened until it had happened again. Then, later on, I would be overwhelmed by the evidence, by all the lines connecting you to me, and us to love.

yearning, n. and adj.

At the core of this desire is the belief that everything can be perfect.

How to enter:

Leave a comment below in the style of a dictionary entry. Include one word and an unexpected definition for that word.

On March 1st Talia and I will pick our 20 favorite entries (be they silly, sassy, or heartbreaking). The winners will each receive one copy of THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY!

This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below!

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Tuesday Fun Day! (1/17/2012 Edition)

Happy Tuesday, all!

As you can probably guess, we're frantically finishing up last minute packing for ALA Midwinter. We're off to Dallas early (read: REALLY early) Thursday morning to scope out the convention hall and set up our booth (#1509)!

- Add our events to your Midwinter schedule and RSVP today for the annual BookTalk Breakfast!

And whether you're joining us in Dallas or not, we are running two contests that you'll want to take a look at.

- Enter to win a copy of A TRICK OF THE LIGHT signed by Louise Penny!

- Enter to win copies of all the books from the 2011 Featured Cover column of our e-newsletter!

And we'll leave you with a little inspiration from Martin Luther King, Jr.,

"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."

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A TRICK OF THE LIGHT Signed Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of A TRICK OF THE LIGHT, the latest Chief Inspector Gamache novel, signed by Louise Penny!

UPDATE: This contest is closed. Congratulations to winner Cindy Stiever, Librarian at Eden Prairie High School!

At the end of December, brilliant librarians Robin Beerbower (Salem Public Library) and Stephanie Chase (Multnomah County Library) asked librarians to tweet their favorite reads from 2011 (#libfavs2011).

While a number of our favorite books came up, A TRICK OF THE LIGHT was mentioned often enough to warrant this giveaway!

One (1) Grand Prize Winner will win a hardcover copy of A TRICK OF THE LIGHT signed by author Louise Penny.

Librarians, enter to win this prize by sending your name, your library, and your full mailing address to Library-at-MacmillanUSA.com (Subject: A Trick of the Light Giveaway) by Wednesday, January 18th. UPDATE: contest is now closed.

This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below!

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Debut Galley Giveaway: IAGO

UPDATE: We have sent out all of our IAGO galleys. Enjoy!

We just opened up a box of haunting IAGO galleys and we want you to have one!

David Snodin, British screenwriter/producer and now author, has created an unforgettable adventure beginning where Shakespeare's OTHELLO leaves off.

Wounded in love, tormented by his past, Shakespeare's most complex villain is brought magnificently to life in this tale of two adversaries—one an accused killer; the other, one of the most powerful men in Venice.

Having escaped from Cyprus, accused of the murders of the governor, known as the Moor, and his lovely young wife, Iago is now locked in battle with Annibale Malipiero, known as Il Terribile, the chief inquisitor of Italy's greatest city.

Listen to a clip of Snodin discussing writing IAGO on the book page (duration: 6 minutes).

If you would like a galley of IAGO please send your name, your library, and your full mailing address to Library @ MacmillanUSA.com (subject: IAGO). Galleys will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis until we run out, so if you're interested contact us now!

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