It's May! The sun is out, the cherry blossoms are exploding, and BookExpo America is just a few short weeks away so it's time to take a look at all of our fantastic BEA events for librarians.
Please dine with us at the AAP's Annual BEA Librarians* Dinner (6:30pm, Yale Club) with Erica Jong, author of FEAR OF FLYING. Request a seat by May 10th. UPDATE: this event is SOLD OUT, but you can still get on the waiting list.
*Please note: there's also a dinner for childrens' librarians; info on the same page.
Don't miss Library Family Feud™ (10:00am, Javits Center Room 1E11) is a veritable battle of wits between a team of librarians and a team of authors who go at it Family Feud™ style. Hosted by AAP Library Committee Chair Chris Vaccari, Director of Library Marketing for Sterling Publishing Co. (a.k.a. Quizmaster Chris!).
Dine with us again at the AAP's BEA Librarians Author Lunch (12:15pm, Javits Center Room 1E14-1E15) with Louise Penny, author of the Chief Inspector Gamache novels. UPDATE: this event is SOLD OUT, but you can still get on the waiting list.
Come listen to the AAP's Annual Librarians Book Buzz (2:15pm, Javits Center Room 1E16) with our very own Ali Fisher talking all about our forthcoming titles.
- 9:30am Author Signing: Alice McDermott signing SOMEONE
- Galley Giveaway: BITTER RIVER by Julia Keller
- 10:00am Galley Giveaway: THE EDGE OF NORMAL by Carla Norton
- 10:30am Audio Galley Giveaway: FLAT WATER TUESDAY by Ron Irwin
- 11:30am Author Signing: Michael Pocalyko signing THE NAVIGATOR
- 2:00pm Author Signing: Lisa Scottoline signing ACCUSED
- Galley Giveaway: ASK BOB by Peter Gethers
- 3:00pm Galley Giveaway: LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY* by Wilton Barnhardt
- 3:30pm Galley Giveaway: THE INCREMENTALISTS by Steven Brust
- 4:00pm Author Signing: Amy Grace Loyd signing THE AFFAIRS OF OTHERS
The 4th Annual Librarian Shout 'n Share (3:30pm, Javits Center Room 1E11) will highlight the best show floor finds! Hosted by Alene Moroni (King County Library System—WA) with panelists Angela Carstensen (Convent of the Sacred Heart—NY, Adult Books 4 Teens—School Library Journal), Douglas Lord (CT State Library, Books for Dudes—Library Journal), Robin Nesbitt (Columbus Metro Library—OH), and Kaite Stover (Kansas City Public Library—MO).
We're gonna need a bigger Shout 'n Share at #BEA13. I have too much stuff to choose from.— KaiteStover (@MarianLiberryan) May 7, 2013
- 9:30am Galley Giveaway: HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE by Emma Chapman
- 10:00am Audio Galley Giveaway: CLOSE MY EYES by Sophie McKenzie
- 10:30am Author Signing: Louise Penny signing HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
- 11:00am Galley Giveaway: THE WITCH OF LITTLE ITALY by Suzanne Palmieri
- 11:30am Author Signing: Rainbow Rowell signing FANGIRL
- Galley Giveaway: THE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS by W. Bruce Cameron
- Galley Giveaway: HILD by Nicola Griffith
- 2:30pm Galley Giveaway: HAVISHAM by Ronald Frame
- 3:00pm Galley Giveaway: NECESSARY LIES by Diane Chamberlain
Check back here for updates and we'll see you in NYC this month!
*Kirkus Reviews released their BEA Special Supplement PDF, available for download now, to help you find some of their top picks on the show floor. The very first title is our LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY (see above) and that's only one of the many excellent Macmillan selections they've made. We recommend you take a look at their guide now!Read more
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!
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)!
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
Hello readers! We're officially back and happily exhausted after a great TxLA conference in Fort Worth. We had a blast with our Texan librarian friends, but it's time to look onward to the next conferences and events. Below are a few upcoming events that you need to get on the list for now so you don't miss out.
It's time to register for the Booklist's "Thrilling Mysteries: Can’t-Miss Crime Fiction for Spring" webinar which is TOMORROW at (CORRECTION!) 2pm EDT. It's going to be killer.
Request seating at the AAP's Annual BEA Librarians Dinner with Erica Jong, author of FEAR OF FLYING, which will take place on Wednesday, May 29th at 6pm in the Yale Club of NYC (there is a separate dinner for childrens' librarians; info on the same page).
Also register now for the AAP's BEA Librarians Author Lunch with Louise Penny, author of the Chief Inspector Gamache novels, to take place in the Javits Center Room 1E14-1E15 on Thursday, May 30th, at 12:15pm.
Full BEA schedule of events to come!
RSVP by June 14th for the AAP’s Book-A-Licious Breakfast with Mary Kay Andrews at ALA Annual on Saturday, June 29th, at 8:30am in Room N227B of the McCormick Place Convention Center.
And while there's no RSVP required for the AAP’S Library Family Feud in which librarians go head-to-head with authors (such as our very own John Scalzi!) on Sunday, June 30th at 2:30pm at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Jackson Park in 10BC, we highly recommend you get it on your schedule now!
Happy Monday! Happy Earth Day! Happy last day you'll hear from us until we see you at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Fort Worth (booth #1137) or until we return triumphantly/exhaustedly!
We're heading to Texas tomorrow and will be out of the office until next Monday. If you're also on your way to Fort Worth please join us for all of our sure-to-be-so-much-fun events! Here's our full conference schedule: Macmillan Library @ TxLA 2013 (booth #1137).
It's Friday and that means that Talia and I want to share with you the books that we're currently reading (both of which happen to have the most epic and bold covers).
THE INVENTION OF MURDER by Judith Flanders
Flanders retells the gruesome stories of many different types of murder—both famous and obscure—from the crimes (and myths) of Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper to the tragedies of the murdered Marr family in London’s East End; Burke and Hare and their bodysnatching business in Edinburgh; and Greenacre, who transported his dismembered fiancée around town by omnibus... as you might have guessed Talia's loving it.
THE BONE SEASON by Samantha Shannon
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 people's miiiiiiinds! Ali has been reading this one with a homemade foil hat on her head.
What are your #FridayReads?Read more
Ava Lee, martial arts master and unflappable forensic accountant, is back in her second outing, THE WILD BEASTS OF WUHAM, and this time she's unraveling a financial scandal in the art world to the tune of $100 million. From Denmark to the Faroe Islands, New York to London, Ava tracks down the provenance of a series of meticulously forged paintings.
Booklist is of the first to review THE WILD BEASTS OF WUHAN and they said, "You haven’t seen cold and calculating until you’ve double-crossed this number cruncher. Another strong entry from Arthur Ellis Award–winner Hamilton."
Library Journal gave the first Ava Lee novel, THE DISCIPLE OF LAS VEGAS, a starred review and said, "This financial mystery echoes Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series heroine, but Ava is edgier and computer savvy; she is as resourceful as Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander but without the emotional baggage and extreme violence. Highly recommended."
The Ava Lee Series has been sold in more than twenty countries, and has been optioned for film by Strada Films/Union Pictures.Read more
Join us at the Booklist webinar "Thrilling Mysteries: Can’t-Miss Crime Fiction for Spring" on April 30th (CORRECTION: 2pm EDT) to learn about a few of our hot forthcoming spring crime novels! It's going to be killer.
Here's the official description:
"May is Mystery Month at Booklist, a time when we indulge our taste for crime. Booklist Online editor Keir Graff will preview online-exclusive feature content, while publishers AudioGO, HarperCollins, Macmillan (!!), Poisoned Pen Press, Seventh Street Books, Random House, and Severn House will share the best titles for libraries from their forthcoming lists. Our mystery webinar gets bigger and better every year!"
Sign up now to get this puppy on your calendar!
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I'm back in New York and wishing you all a wonderful National Library Week! I'm wearing my very best yellow, plaid skirt and evergreen sweater combo in tribute to you.
In book news:
- CURSE OF THE JADE LILY by David Housewright is the winner of the 25th annual Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction! The honor is awarded by the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, the Saint Paul Public Library, and the City of Saint Paul. See the full list of award winners on Shelf Awareness.
- And speaking of good books, Kirkus Reviews gave an exalting review of Wilton Barnhardt's latest novel, LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY.
"Barnhardt’s fourth novel is a revelation: witty, savage and bighearted all at once, it is the Southern novel for the 21st century. [...] Barnhardt masterfully reimagines the Southern gothic: There is every kind of sordid deed committed, but there is also an abundance of humanity and grace." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Finally we wish all the best for the victims, families, and friends of those affected by the bombings in Boston. We were relieved to hear that the Boston Public Library next to the finish line was closed on Monday in observance of Patriot’s Day. Stay safe, Boston friends.Read more
Ladies and gents,
I'm heading out of town for the weekend. I'll be back in the office next Tuesday. Don't miss me too much! I know. I ask the impossible. Forgive me.
Keep up to date with Macmillan news and shenanigans here on twitter: The Macmillan Family.
More importantly: Sports Balls Replaced With Cats.Read more
The critics of Kirkus Reviews have delivered their verdicts on today's bestselling books (Critics' Takes on Bestsellers) and for each book it comes down to one recommendation: buy, borrow, or skip.
And what final judgment hath the Kirkus jury passed upon the bestselling Macmillan titles? Buy and borrow, baby!