Articles tagged "Pla"

Win a signed copy of SHOTGUN LOVESONGS!

Nick Butler polaroidWe (and many of you) recently had the pleasure of meeting Nickolas Butler at PLA and we learned a few things about him:

1) He was working in a liquor store when he found out he was admitted into the Iowa Writers' Workshop

2) He says "Holy cats!" a lot

3) He's incredibly nice (we expected that from the whole Midwest thing) and well-deserving of the praise for his book, SHOTGUN LOVESONGS


And while we were at PLA, we scored a signed copy of SHOTGUN LOVESONGS for one lucky librarian! So if you missed Nick at PLA, now's your chance to get a signed copy of his book!


To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Shotgun Lovesongs) by Sunday, April 6. Make sure to include your library's mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

UPDATE 4/14: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Glenna Clark Fallin of West Feliciana Parish Library in St. Francisville, LA!
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We're Indy-Bound!

Come see Indy in Indy! Safe travels and see you all in booth #1852 soon!

XOXO – Talia & Anne

Indiana Jones

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You're Invited to the first ever Library Journal Author Party!

3/5/14 Update: The party is completely full! Way to go!
See you all soon!

LJ author party invite

Who: YOU!
What: the first ever Library Journal Author Party
When: Wednesday, March 12th from 6:30-8:30pm
Where: The Alexander Hotel, 333 S. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46204, Alexander Ballroom
Why: Why not?!
RSVP required, space is limited

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Macmillan Library @ PLA 2014 (booth 1852)

PLA 2014

Hey hey, it's almost time for PLA! We look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis, home of the Colts, Hoosiers, and the Indy 500! Stop by booth #1852 for a spell and join us for all of our exciting events (all are free unless otherwise noted):

Library Journal Author Party with Nickolas Butler, author of SHOTGUN LOVESONGS

Wednesday, March 12th
6:30-8:30pm
The Alexander Hotel, 333 S. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46204 | Alexander Ballroom
RSVP required, space is limited

Shotgun Lovesongs jacketJoin us for Library Journal's inaugural author party! Enjoy delicious nibbles (they had us at mini grilled cheese!) and mingle with writers, including Nickolas Butler whose debut novel, SHOTGUN LOVESONGS, about four friends trying to come into their own as husbands and fathers in the tiny town of Little Wing, Wisconsin is getting huge buzz.

RSVP information here. (Did we mention there will be tasty food? Don't make us eat all the spring rolls, too!)

DRC button - Shotgun Lovesongs


E-galley available on Edelweiss


Best in Debut Authors panel

Thursday, March 13th
10:45am-12:00 noon
Indianapolis Convention Center | Room #103-104
RSVP required

Co-hosted by LibraryReads and the Association of American Publishers Trade Libraries Committee, this panel will feature several authors including Nickolas Butler (SHOTGUN LOVESONGS). A book signing will follow the program.

Details and RSVP here.


In-booth signing by Marci Jefferson, author of GIRL ON THE GOLDEN COIN

Girl on the Golden Coin jacketThursday, March 13th
1:30-3:30pm
Indianapolis Convention Center | Booth #1852

Meet Marci Jefferson and get a signed copy of her “intoxicating first novel” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), GIRL ON THE GOLDEN COIN.

DRC button - Girl on Golden Coin
E-galley available on Edelweiss


AAP/SLJ Children's Book and Author Breakfast

Fangirl jacket

Friday, March 14th
7:00am to 8:15am
Indianapolis Convention Center | Sagamore Ballroom #6-7
RSVP required, space is limited

Co-hosted by the Association of American Publishers Trade Libraries Committee and School Library Journal, this breakfast features several authors including Rainbow Rowell (FANGIRL). A book signing will follow the program.

Details and RSVP information here.


Mystery Authors Revealed panel

Orphan ChoirFriday, March 14th
10:45am-12:00 noon
Indianapolis Convention Center | Wabash Ballroom #3
RSVP required

Co-hosted by LibraryReads and the Association of American Publishers Trade Libraries Committee, this mystery panel will feature several authors including Sophie Hannah (THE ORPHAN CHOIR).

Details and RSVP information here.

DRC button - Orphan Choir
E-galley available on Edelweiss


Can't make it to PLA? Bummer.

But wait! PLA is offering attendance via a virtual conference–click here for more information. You can also check out the action on Twitter via the hashtag #pla2014.

Coming to PLA? Yay!
There's SO much cool stuff happening: a BEFORE I DIE wall (check out Anne's suggestion to get inspired), the MakerSpace Lab with a 3D printer and robot petting zoo, and the first-ever LibraryBox Scavenger Hunt! Make sure you get out and play, too. Check out where to go and what to eat in Indy. See you soon!

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Maximum Shelf: SHOTGUN LOVESONGS

Max Shelf Shotgun Lovesongs

"I had a desire to write about Wisconsin, about place, friendship, love." — Nickolas Butler

Shotgun Lovesongs jacketWe're enamored with SHOTGUN LOVESONGS, Nickolas Butler's debut novel about the relationship between four friends living in a small Midwest town. Other are too: it was selected by the ABA for the Spring 2014 Indies Introduce program and is this week's Maximum Shelf Awareness feature.

Hank, Leland, Kip and Ronny were all born and raised in the small town of Little Wing, Wisconsin and are now coming into their own (or not) as husbands and fathers. One stayed while others left to make good, with varying degrees of success. Seamlessly woven into their patchwork is Beth, whose presence among them—both then and now—fuels the kind of passion one comes to expect of love songs and rivalries. Now all four have returned to Little Wing in hopes of finding their place in the world. SHOTGUN LOVESONGS explores the age-old question of whether or not you can ever truly come home again and the kind of steely faith and love returning requires.

"Butler's story of five 30-somethings seeking to make sense of how their future relates to their beginnings may focus on small town living, but it will resonate with anyone who ever struggled to reconcile dreams with financial security, true love with real life, and unwelcome changes with changes that never seem to come." — Shelf Awareness

See the full summary, review and interview with Nickolas Butler on Shelf-Awareness.com.

download review copy buttonGet whitelisted and download your e-galley on Edelweiss. Or listen to a clip of the audiobook.
Then meet Butler at PLA 2014 in Indianapolis!


Praise for SHOTGUN LOVESONGS:

"A debut novel that delves so deeply into the small-town heartland... [SHOTGUN LOVESONGS] will strike a responsive chord in any reader who has found his life reflected in a Bob Seger song." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The hearty Midwest, which thrums and beats through tiny Little Wing, Wisconsin—an Anytown, USA, if there ever was one—assumes the whole soul of Butler’s fetching debut… Readers can feel the winter cold on the other side of the neon sign and hear the peanut shells crunching underfoot.” — Booklist

"Butler uses multiple narrators to tell the story of a group of friends, born and raised in Little Wing, Wis.... Their voices and their memories create a rich, overlapping narrative that is, at bottom, a love letter to the Midwest and its small, mostly forgotten towns." — Publishers Weekly

"...this is a warm and absorbing depiction of male friendship. Lee and Hank's compassion toward Ronny is particularly touching, and Beth, the sole female narrator, is as nuanced and believable a character as her male counterparts. With the author's connection to indie musician Bon Iver and a movie deal already in the works, expect interest and demand." — Library Journal

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Happy Holidays from Macmillan Library!

Snoopy Holidays Dearest librarians,

This will be my last blog post of 2011. It's been an absolute pleasure blogging about all of our amazing books over the last year.

Tomorrow, I'm heading back to the Pacific Coast to spend the holidays with my family. I'm looking forward to a lot of eating, reading, and sleeping in as late as Mom will let me.

Things we're looking forward to in early 2012:

ALA Midwinter in Dallas!

PLA in Philadelphia!

World Book Night USA, during which two of our titles, HOUSEKEEPING and ENDER'S GAME, will be given out for free to remind people about the joy of reading! See all of the WBN books here or jump right in and sign up to give away books.

This holiday season Talia and I wish you many hugs, lots of smiles, delicious food, and piles of puppies. You make our jobs wonderful and easy.

Have an excellent rest of the year, and we'll see you on the other side!

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