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
The Women's Prize for Fiction (previously the Orange Prize) has announced this year's exceptionally talented longlist of female novelists.
We're honored to publish or distribute five of twenty titles featured on their excellent list:
BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel
HOW SHOULD A PERSON BE? by Sheila Heti
THE MARLOWE PAPERS by Ros Barber
THE FORRESTS by Emily Perkins
IGNORANCE by Michèle Roberts
The shortlist will be posted on April 16th and the winner will be announced on June 5th.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
Ladies and gentlemen, the Flatiron is powered up and Macmillan is officially back in action post-Sandy!
Our hearts go out to everyone who was and still is affected by the hurricane. We wish you all the best recovering safely and returning to normal.
We're having some e-mail recovery delays today. Please feel free to resend urgent e-mails from the past week. We appreciate your patience while we get back on our feet!
We're still not receiving external e-mails. Even if you do NOT get a bounce back notification, it's likely we will not receive your e-mail today. Please feel free to call Ali at (646) 307-5486, comment below, or tweet at @MacmillanLib.
Despite the troubles, it was great to walk in this morning and see that the lights are on, the water's running, and the Publishers Weekly's Best Books 2012 issue is out! They compiled a great list and we'll start by applauding four titles that we're delighted to see in the Top 10:
BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel
THE PEOPLE WHO EAT DARKNESS by Richard Lloyd Parry
ALL WE KNOW by Lisa Cohen
DETROIT CITY IS THE PLACE TO BE by Mark Binelli
See the full 2012 Top 10 list here. We'll be making noise about the rest of the best later this week!
Please stay safe and we hope to hear from you all again soon!Read more
Major congratulations to Hilary Mantel who is one of only three Man Booker Prize-winning authors ever to have won the prize more than once! She also the first author ever to win with a sequel.
Yesterday she was awarded the prize for BRING UP THE BODIES, her second novel exploring Tudor history through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell.
The Man Booker Prize website said,
"Her resuscitation of Thomas Crowell–and with him the historical novel–is one of the great achievements of modern literature."
Your patrons (and yourselves, for that matter!) no longer have any excuse not to start in on this rich historical series. As the Man Booker Prize website said,
"Perhaps the real object of envy is not the winner–she thoroughly deserves her triumph–but the readers who have yet to open BRING UP THE BODIES. They have just won a prize too."
Read the full article on TheManBookerPrize.com.Read more
It's Monday, people! Wake up and read the following...
- Read The New Yorker's profile on Hilary Mantel, "The Dead are Real."
- Read the following quote from Susan Sontag that Picador recently featured on their tumblr:
Harriet said something very striking yesterday, apropos of Sam W.’s enormous library, that collecting books in that way was “like marrying someone in order to sleep with him.”
- Also, PUPPY IN A BOWL!Read more
Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice.
At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring.
We actually have two titles on the shortlist; Bloomsbury USA will be publishing SWIMMING HOME by Deborah Levy in the U.S. in October!
As he arrives with his family at the villa in the hills above Nice, Joe sees a body in the swimming pool. But the girl is very much alive. She is Kitty Finch: a self-proclaimed botanist with green-painted fingernails, walking naked out of the water and into the heart of their holiday. Why is she there? What does she want from them all? And why does Joe's enigmatic wife allow her to remain?Read more
Congratulations to all of the fantastic books on the 2012 Man Booker Prize longlist!
There are two books we're especially giddy to see on the list:
BRING UP THE BODIES
by Hilary Mantel
The sequel to Hilary Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, WOLF HALL delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn.
by Michael Frayn
A master of farce turns to an exclusive island retreat for a comedy of mislaid identities, unruly passions, and demented, delicious disorder.Read more
It's a Monday morning Macmillan party and you're invited, my friend!
- Can you believe it? ALA Annual is almost here! Add our events to your schedule now: The Great Non-Fiction Read-Alike! Book Battle II: The Sequel! Author signings! Glitter stars! Tea!
- The Locus Award winners were announced this weekend and we're delighted to see that Ellen Datlow was awarded Best Editor and Tor was awarded Best Publisher—woohoo! See all of the 2012 Locus Award winners here.
- The LA Times published their extensive 2012 Summer Reading Guide including some excellent picks from Macmillan including:
History and Biography Reads:
Young Adult & Children:
This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
- For those of you curious about the inner workings of Macmillan, you may be interested in reading "Reorganization at Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck."
- And finally, can somebody get this pup a sandwich already?!Read more
It's Wednesday already?! Oh, Time, you sure are a fickle creature!
I hope you all had a beautiful Memorial Day weekend. I'm sure you all set aside at least one of the days to properly celebrate MY BIRTHDAY!! I know I did!
Here's a few fun links to get you excited for the rest of this short week:
- The New York Times Books Section recommended some Books for Basking including GRANDAD, THERE'S A HEAD ON THE BEACH by Colin Cotterill, BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel, MOST TALKATIVE by Andy Cohen, and LOVE, LIFE, AND ELEPHANTS by Dame Daphne Sheldrick
"This year 'GRANDAD, THERE'S A HEAD ON THE BEACH' is the best beach title around, and its author, Colin Cotterill, isn’t even pandering." Ha!
- Debut mystery writer Chuck Greaves, who will be livin' it up at the Pop Top Stage at ALA Annual, wrote a heartfelt love letter to libraries and librarians. He writes in part about his impressionable years checking out copies of Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein and also about the twenty years he served on the board of directors of the Pasadena Public Library Foundation. Read his post here.
- The GeekDad section of Wired.com featured John Scalzi talking about his latest novel, REDSHIRTS.
"So how can we take these tropes that everybody knows, jump through all these hoops that everybody knows... and still put something in there, structurally speaking, that does the job that we’re supposed to do as storytellers? The real challenge for a storyteller is to take that ‘nudge-nudge-wink-wink’ thinking and simultaneously subvert and fulfill it." See the full article here.
- Also, if you're going to be at ALA Annual in Anaheim, don't forget to pack your Unshelved swag because Saturday is officially Unshelved Day @ ALA!Read more