Happy Monday, friends! This is a short week for me as I'm heading off on vacation starting Thursday. Let's jump into a little Macmillany goodness to get your week started, shall we?
- Congratulations to 2013 Locus Award finalists John Scalzi, author of REDSHIRTS which is up for Best Science Fiction Novel, Mary Robinette Kowal, author of GLAMOUR IN GLASS which is up for Best Fantasy Novel (I recommended this series in Uncharted Pages!), and Gardner Dozois, editor of The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-ninth Annual Collection up for Best Anthology!
We're also delighted to see that Tor.com is a finalist for Best Magazine and Tor Books has been nominated for Best Publisher! And while we're at it, a hearty applause for Tor Teen author Cory Doctorow and Mac Kids author Catherynne M. Valente who are nominated for awards as well. See the full list of Locus finalists here.
- We would also like to point you in the direction of Doug Lord's latest (and dare I say, greatest?) selections for Library Journal's Books for Dudes column, "A Simple Murder, Wool, and The Human Division."
- And last, but not even close to least, actually closer to most—a basket full of puppy:
So, should we get a bigger basket? Maybe more puppies? Both? twitter.com/EmergencyPuppy…— Emergency Cute Stuff (@EmergencyPuppy) April 29, 2013
John Scalzi's swashbuckling space adventure with a twist, REDSHIRTS: A Novel with Three Codas, is a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Novel! And debut novelist Max Gladstone is shortlisted for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer! Woohoo! See the full list of Hugo finalists here.
Woohoos are also in order for Tor editors Liz Gorinsky and Patrick Nielsen Hayden who are Hugo finalists in the category of Best Editor–Long Form.
And might I add it's fantastic to see the Writing Excuses podcast (Season 7) on the list of finalists in the Best Related Work category since so many of our excellent writers are a part of it.
Finalists for the Prometheus Award for libertarian science fiction novels in the Best Novel category include ARCTIC RISING by Tobias Buckell and THE UNINCORPORATED FUTURE and Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin! Previous Tor winners include Jo Walton and Cory Doctorow.Read more
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
We're giving you a totally exclusive, never before seen, behind the scenes look into our twitter feed this week (you lucky librarians, you!). So much good stuff is going on, so instead of paraphrasing, we're serving it all up fresh straight from the tweeters' mouths. Enjoy!
We'll start with some tweets about the 4th Annual Librarian Shout 'n Share:
And here are some people we really like tweeting about books we really like:
At first I thought @Scalzi’s Redshirts was going to be lite nerdy fare, and then I found myself crying.— Bill Barnes (@billba) June 10, 2012
S Joinson"s engaging lst novel A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar: trag, & hope for 2 sets of characters living a world & many decades apart.— Nancy Pearl (@Nancy_Pearl) June 8, 2012
Prize for best eye-punching title goes to My Heart Is an Idiot: Essays by Davy Rothbart (Sept., Farrar) #bea12— Heather McCormack (@HuisceBeatha) June 6, 2012
And here are a few things to read on your lunch break:
Read an excerpt from How To Build An Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection huff.to/KDyMKT— HenryHolt (@HenryHolt) June 8, 2012
And, of course:
♫ Red Panda sittin' in the snow. N. A. P. P. I. N. G. ♫ twitter.com/EmergencyPuppy…— Emergency Cute Stuff (@EmergencyPuppy) June 4, 2012
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
It's the future and Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the prestigious Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid. Andrew is thrilled with the assignment... that is, until he discovers that low ranking crew members such as himself have an suspiciously high mortality rate during away missions. If he doesn't figure out what's causing the deaths and stop it, he might be the next to die!
Booklist gave REDSHIRTS a starred review and said, "Scalzi takes the reality-versus-fiction idea in a new and decidedly mind-bending direction. It’s hard to imagine a reader who wouldn’t enjoy this one."
Library Journal called it "humorous and thought-provoking" and said it will "appeal to fans of sf (especially Star Trek devotees) who like a good laugh along with their big ideas and space action."
Sound like something you want to start now? Download the first four chapters for free!Read more
Join me, Virginia from HarperCollins, Kelly and Erica from Random House, Elenita from Perseus, and moderator Barbara Hoffert from Library Journal for an hour-long book buzz webinar party today! Register now!
A LADY CYCLIST'S GUIDE TO KASHGAR | Suzanna Joinson | 978-1-60819-811-5
SHINE SHINE SHINE | Lydia Netzer | 978-1-250-00707-0
BENEATH THE SHADOWS | Sara Foster | 978-0-312-64336-2
THE LAND OF DECORATION | Grace McCleen | 978-0-8050-9494-7
A SIMPLE MURDER | Eleanor Kuhns | 978-1-250-00553-3
DEAD SCARED | S. J. Bolton | 978-0-312-60053-2
KILL YOU TWICE | Chelsea Cain | 978-0-312-61978-7
THE OTHER WOMAN | Hank Phillippi Ryan | 978-0-7653-3257-8
BRING UP THE BODIES | Hilary Mantel | 978-0-8050-9003-1
WHERE WE BELONG | Emily Giffin | 978-0-312-55419-4
MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND | Matthew Dicks | 978-1-250-00621-9
THIS IS NOT A TEST | Courtney Summers | 978-0-312-65674-4
REDSHIRTS | John Scalzi | 978-0-7653-1699-8
GLAMOUR IN GLASS | Mary Robinette Kowal | 978-0-7653-2557-0
THE WITCH'S DAUGHTER | Paula Brackston | 978-0-312-62168-1
AMONG OTHERS | Jo Walton | 978-0-7653-2153-4
CHINESE WHISKERS | Pallavi Aiyar | 978-1-250-01448-1
PAW PRINTS IN THE MOONLIGHT | Denis O'Connor | 978-0-312-66829-7Read more