Stars for AMERICAN INNOVATIONS

Who doesn't love a good short story collection? They're entertaining and easy to read when you don't have much time. They're like the 100 calorie snack packs of reading!

We've got a good one for you: AMERICAN INNOVATIONS by Rivka Galchen. A “20 Under 40” writer for The New Yorker and recipient of several prizes and awards, Galchen's witty and lyrical collection has received three starred reviews and has a great media line-up:

“Coming eight years after her widely acclaimed debut, ATMOSPHERIC DISTURBANCES, Galchen dips further into the dazzlingly disorienting. These stories balance on the surreal, striking the borders of the logical and the hypothetical. With her second book, Galchen continues to secure a place for herself among today’s great prose stylists.”
Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

“These are literary short stories, but there’s a detective lurking in their author, who peels back fine layers of life with close observation to uncover clues about the physics of daily living and how we process the world. Galchen’s stories feel remarkably believable, despite their suggestion of alternate worlds and lives. This is a collection to read and keep on the bookshelf. It will stand the test of time.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review, plus May cover photo feature

“The problem with the stories in this clever, urbane, and sometimes surreal collection from the author of the breakout novel ATMOSPHERIC DISTURBANCES is that there are only ten of them.” Library Journal, starred review

“Rivka Galchen’s second book—a series of playful, irreverent short stories—showcases her surrealist imagination, while also riffing on canonical tales.”
The Wall Street Journal Magazine

“...spectral, demanding stories from a brilliant young writer.” — Elle Magazine

AMERICAN INNOVATIONS marks a sharp step forward for American short stories… Galchen writes with a glorious and gentle lyricism, her sentences clear and sharp in their tracings of the world’s complexity. Her stories shine a light on hidden thoughts and desires, offering up unimagined possibilities for grace as her characters spin through their quiet lives.” — The Last Magazine


Upcoming reviews and feature coverage:
The New York Times Sunday Styles section, “Under the Influence” series interview
Harper's Bazaar review
Marie Claire review
GQ review
Vanity Fair review
The Washington Post review
The Los Angeles Times review
Mother Jones feature
Paris Review Daily featured Q&A

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Happy #BookBday to A FIGHTING CHANCE

Fighting chanceToday we wish a very special #BookBday to Senator Elizabeth Warren's memoir, A FIGHTING CHANCE.

A most unlikely political star, Warren's introduction to government came when she was asked to go to Washington DC to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws. She fought for better bankruptcy laws for ten years and lost. She tried to hold the federal government accountable during the financial crisis but became a target of the big banks. She came up with the idea for a new agency designed to protect consumers from predatory bankers and was denied the opportunity to run it. Then finally, at age 62, she decided to run for elective office and won the most competitive—and watched—Senate race in the country.

In this passionate, funny, rabble-rousing book, Warren shows why she has chosen to fight tooth and nail for the middle class—and why she has become a hero to all those who believe that America’s government can and must do better for working families.

Early reviews are fabulous and national media is ramping up:

“In these pages, she displays a down-home charm and an effortless rapport with everyday people that makes her story more engaging than the average political tome. The book is more memoir than manifesto; Warren emerges as a committed advocate with real world sensibility, who tasted tough economic times at an early age and did not forget its bitterness.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This is a passionate memoir of one woman’s personal story and the larger story of corruption in financial circles and the need for reform that balances the interests of the American middle class against those of the corporate sector.” Booklist, starred & boxed review

“CBS Sunday Morning” - click to watch
NPR's “Morning Edition” - click to listen
USA Today - click to read
The New Yorker, review by Jill Lapore - click to read
The Boston Globe - click to read
“Rachel Maddow” airing 4/22
“The Jon Stewart Show” airing 4/22
“CBS This Morning” airing 4/22
“The View” airing 4/23
CNN's “Bill Weir” airing 4/23
“Morning Joe” airing 4/24 & 4/25
NPR's “On Point” airing 4/25
“This Week w/George Stephanopoulos” airing 4/27
The New York Times Book Review, to run 4/27
The Los Angeles Times, review to run 4/27
The Miami Herald, review to run 4/27
Parade, interview to run 4/27
The Washington Post, review to run 4/27
People Magazine, review to run 4/28 (5/1 issue)
Esquire Magazine, feature to run in the May issue
More Magazine, feature to run in the May issue

And much, much more still to come!
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Happy Earth Day 2014!

Happy Earth Day, friends! We hope you're doing something environmentally friendly today, like taking public transit to work, recycling your plastic bottles, or having your ice cream in a cone instead of a cup.

We've pulled together an Edelweiss collection of relevant titles for you. Here are some of the highlights:

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH by Al Gore
Former Vice President Al Gore’s groundbreaking argument that the fact of global warming is not in question and that its consequences for the world we live in will be disastrous if left unchecked.

HOT, FLAT, AND CROWDED 2.0 by Thomas Friedman
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Friedman speaks to America's urgent need for national renewal and explains how a green revolution can bring about both a sustainable environment and a sustainable America. “Friedman produces cogent analyses of the most important developments of our time.... A convincing case for the green revolution required to rescue us from an unsustainable course.” — USA Today

EAARTH by Bill McKibben
McKibben argues that we need to scale back and concentrate on the essentials to build the kind of societies and economies we need to withstand change. “'Eaarth' is the name McKibben has decided to assign both to his new book and to the planet formerly known as Earth. His point is a fresh one that brings the reader uncomfortably close to climate change. Earth with one 'a,' according to McKibben, no longer exists. We have carbonized it out of existence. Two-a Eaarth is now our home.” — The New York Times Book Review


THE WORLD WITHOUT US
by Alan Weisman
Weisman's penetrating, page-turning take on how our planet would respond if humans simply disappeared made several Best Books of the Year lists for 2007 and continues to fascinate readers today.

FIELD NOTES FROM A CATASTROPHE
by Elizabeth Kolbert
The bestselling author of THE SIXTH EXTINCTION cuts through competing rhetoric and political agendas to tell readers what is really going on with global warming and asks what, if anything, can be done to save our planet. “Important... [Kolbert] lets readers connect the dots to form a frightening (and still avoidable) vision of our future...[Grade:] A.” — Entertainment Weekly

NO IMPACT MAN by Colin Beavan
Beavan chronicles his family's year-long adventure of trying to live in the heart of Manhattan with zero impact on the environment. “Profound... Beavan's project has significant emotional and ecological heft. NO IMPACT MAN works, most of all, because Beavan is intelligent, funny, provocative, and, above all, honest.” — The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Laurie R. King giveaway

Laurie R. King loves libraries and is showing it by giving away copies of her Mary Russell books!

“The theme of this year’s American Library Association celebration is Lives change @ your library. So that’s what Team LRK is celebrating as well. As you must know by now, I love libraries. I use libraries by the cubic meter, by the hundredweight, by the hour. Using any measure, libraries shaped me and continue to shape my writing.

So this spring, where I am also celebrating my own great good fortune in twenty years of Mary Russell, I’m giving away some of her books.

If you know a library that sponsors book clubs, and can make use of fifteen copies of the same Russell title, send us the library’s name. We’ll do a drawing every week between now and the publication date for the 20th Anniversary Edition of THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE, May 27. Show your library you love them, and let me send them some books.

Send your library nomination, to info@laurierking.com with the subject line Libraries.”

For more, check out Laurie's blog. Good luck!

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The great Gamache re-read!

Long Way Home jacketLouise Penny's new book, THE LONG WAY HOME, won't be out until August 26, but our friends at Minotaur Books have something to help with your Three Pines-withdrawal: the great Gamache re-read!

Starting today, a community of readers is engaging in a group re-read of the nine books in Penny’s beloved, bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache series! From now through May 4, the group is reading STILL LIFE (Book 1) and going on GamacheSeries.com to discuss the book. Then every two weeks the discussion moves to the next book with a guest post from a bookseller, librarian, blogger, fellow author, or major fan of Louise. (The first guest moderator is Lesa Holstine!)

Gamache Series

April 21 - May 4: STILL LIFE
May 5-18: A FATAL GRACE
May 19 - June 1: THE CRUELEST MONTH
June 2-15: A RULE AGAINST MURDER
June 16-29: THE BRUTAL TELLING
June 30 - July 13: BURY YOUR DEAD
July 14-27: A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
July 28 - August 10: THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
August 11-25: HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
August 26: THE LONG WAY HOME

The re-read is a fantastic way for fans to revisit the magic of the series while also welcoming new readers into the community. Why not have your patrons (and patrons) join the fun?

Happy (re-)reading!

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Kirkus April SF picks!

We're so excited to see so many of our titles included in Kirkus Reviews's April Best Bets for Speculative Fiction!


STELES OF THE SKY
by Elizabeth Bear
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Having amassed an army of warriors and teamed with a wizard, an exiled heir to the Great Khan finally stakes his claim to the rule the Khaganate and defeat the evil that threatens all the lands with war.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: The previous books in The Eternal Sky trilogy, RANGE OF GHOSTS and SHATTERED PILLARS, were met with wide acclaim and deservedly so. Its depiction of magic, politics and war set amongst diverse cultures makes for great reading.

SHIPSTAR by Gregory Benford & Larry Nevin
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Human space exploration is thrown into uncertainty when a massive artifact—an enormous bowl-shaped object that encompasses a star and contains a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths—is found to be headed toward the same system that Humans are trying to colonize.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: Two science fiction masters team up for a classic space story filled with sense of wonder? A better question would be: Why wouldn't you read it?

TRANSHUMAN by Ben Bova
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A brilliant cellular biologist named Luke Abramson abducts his granddaughter from the hospital to circumvent the red tape that would allow him to cure her brain tumor with a new experimental enzyme. But the clock is ticking: Abramson has lung cancer and it's spreading rapidly, despite injecting himself with another experimental enzyme that reverses his aging.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: Bova's premise is enticing and his books are grounded in realistic science.

THE REVOLUTIONS by Felix Gilman
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Set amongst spiritualist and occult societies of 1893 London, a young journalist-turned-accountant fights to save his fiance, who is fighting for her own survival somewhere in the vicinity of Mars.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: This standalone Victorian science fiction story is a throwback to planetary romances of yesteryear where the emphasis is on adventure and fun.

AFTERPARTY by Daryl Gregory
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Technology meets Big Pharma in a story where anybody with an Internet connection can download recipes and print their own drugs—even if those drugs turn out to be deadly.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: Science fiction excels at asking "What if?" questions and this merging of mind-altering drugs with easily accessible technology is a great platform that does just that.

VALOUR AND VANITY by Mary Robinette Kowal
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Set in a world where illusionary magic is possible, a couple who fell victim to a scam that cleaned them out of all their money devise a scheme to get it all back. Think: old-fashioned heist with magic.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: Unlike sprawling epic fantasies where the fate of the word is at stake, Mary Robinette Kowal's quaint Regency stories are more intimate and personal, and thus quite refreshing.

THE FOREVER WATCH by David Ramirez
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: The last survivors of humanity—on a 1,000-year journey across the stars to find a new planet to call home—are all aboard one generation starship...and one of them is a dangerous serial killer.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: This mystery-in-space story features a woman who is a gifted psychic and finds purpose in her life again after she serves her society-mandated Breeding Duty.

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Friday Reads - Fractured Fairy Tales

Happy Friday! Today's #FridayReads are two fractured fairy tales:
Talia is enchanted by Kate Forsyth's BITTER GREENS
Bitter Greens jacket

This historical novel gorgeously interweaves the Rapunzel fairy tale with the true life story of French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force. This sumptuous novel holds the stories of three women, braided together to create a compelling tale of desire, black magic and the redemptive power of love.

“Kate Forsyth’s BITTER GREENS is an enthralling concoction of history and magic, an absorbing, richly detailed, and heart-wrenching reimagining of a timeless fairytale.” — Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times bestselling author of MRS LINCOLN'S RIVAL


Anne's looking for Neverland after reading ALIAS HOOK by Lisa Jensen

Alias Hook jacketIn this retelling of the Captain Hook story, the pirate from Peter Pan is cursed to be the villain. Hook’s one hope for redemption comes in the form of Stella Parrish, a grown woman who dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules. It's perfect for fans of Gregory Maguire and Paula Brackston.

“Jensen’s wonderful imagination and devotion to history and myth allow the reader to fly with her through this outstanding adventure—no fairy dust required.” — Publishers Weekly


What are you reading today? Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib.
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Library Journal's 2014 Mystery Preview

We loooove mysteries (the bloodier the better) and your patrons do, too! Our friend and Library Journal Mover & Shaker Kristi Chadwick recently wrote a mystery preview column for LJ and we're thrilled (pun intended) that it includes so many of our titles:

BAD COUNTRY by CB McKenzie
On sale November 4, 2014
The newest winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize, this Arizona-set debut mystery stars a Native American rodeo cowboy–turned–private investigator.

BOOTY BONES by Carolyn Haines
On sale May 20, 2014
In Haines's 14th charming Sarah Booth Delaney mystery, Sarah and her fiance Graf's island vacation goes disastrously awry when she's asked to solve the murder of a treasure-hunter.

BROADCHURCH by Erin Kelly
On sale September 2, 2014
This brilliant novelization of the hit television show Broadchurch follows Detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller as they search for a young boy's killer in a quiet British seaside town.

CRADLE TO GRAVE by Eleanor Kuhns
On sale June 17, 2014
In the next Will Rees mystery from Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America competition winner Kuhns, Rees is stunned to learn a Shaker friend of his has been accused of kidnapping and murder.

FATAL ENQUIRY by Will Thomas
On sale May 13, 2014
Thomas is an Oklahoma librarian whose Barker & Llewellyn series, set in Victoria’s England, have won him a devoted following. His latest has the duo trying to figure out a reluctant ally's real motives.

FIVE by Ursula Archer
On sale December 9, 2014
Two Austrian detectives must investigate a series of murders committed by a killer who tattoos map coordinates on his victims in a twisted geocaching game.

FROZEN DEAD by Bernard Minier
On sale August 12, 2014
A suspenseful and chilling murder mystery set in a high-security asylum for the criminally insane and the snowy mountains of the French Pyrénées.

INVISIBLE CITY by Julia Dahl
On sale May 6, 2014
In Dahl's accomplished debut, young journalist Rebekah Roberts finds herself drawn into her mother's tight-knit world when she's assigned to cover the murder of an Hasidic Jew.

LAND OF SHADOWS by Rachel Howzell Hall
On sale June 10, 2014
Homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton tries to connect a teen’s death with her own sister’s disappearance.

MIDNIGHT PLAN OF THE REPO MAN by W. Bruce Cameron
On sale October 28, 2014
A repo man's ordinary life is turned upside down when he starts hearing the voice of a dead realtor in his head.

MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver
On sale October 14, 2014
An exquisite seaside resort, an eccentric group of British aristocrats on holiday, and rich 1930s detail lay the setting for this fantastic Golden Age–style debut mystery by young librarian Weaver.

WINK OF AN EYE by Lynn Chandler Willis
On sale November 18, 2014
The first woman to win the Minotaur Books/PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competition in over 10 years, Willis's debut features PI Gypsy Moran who gets roped into a case of murder and police corruption in Texas.


Some titles are available on Edelweiss now—get whitelisted and start reading!
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Thriller Thursday & 2014 ThrillerFest Award Nominations!

Happy #ThrillerThursday! We've got three great mysteries AND fantastic news about ThrillerFest Award nominations!

THE AXE FACTOR by Colin Cotterill
An April 2014 LibraryReads pick! In Cotterill's third Jimm Juree mystery, the reporter's latest assignment is a profile of a writer who might also be a potential serial killer. “In addition to a clockwork plot and an intriguing setting, what really makes this book sing is Jimm’s own caustic, ribald observations. A stunner of a novel, third in the Jimm Juree series by the author of the acclaimed Dr. Siri novels.” — Booklist, starred review

DEAD PEOPLE by Ewart Hutton
In the next installment in this Welsh police procedural series, Detective Sergeant Glyn Capaldi finds several bodies at a remote site in the hills. His superior officers believe it's just a dumping ground, but Capaldi isn't convinced and sets out to learn who these dead people were and how they ended up there. “Fans of the cynical Scotsman John Rebus will find a lot to like in this hardworking Welsh outcast.” — Booklist

BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS by Hilary Davidson
“In her new stand-alone thriller, Davidson introduces the reader to a cast of troubled, double-crossing characters who end up entangled in a dangerous game… you can’t help turning the pages in anticipation of yet another twist or turn. Recommended for mystery fans who appreciate quirky tales of revenge and family drama.” — Library Journal. Want to know more? Check out our feature.

Last week the ITW ThrillerFest Award finalists were announced and five were from Minotaur Books!

Best Hardcover Novel:
HER LAST BREATH by Linda Castillo

Best First Novel:
RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman
THE EDGE OF NORMAL by Carla Norton

Best Paperback Original:
COLD SNAP by Allison Brennan
SNOW WHITE MUST DIE by Nele Neuhaus

The winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Banquet at the Grand Hyatt in New York, on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Click here for a complete list of finalists.

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Win a copy of AUTISM BREAKTHROUGH!

April may be halfway over (already?!), but it's still Autism Awareness Month. To celebrate, we're giving away three copies of AUTISM BREAKTHROUGH by Raun K. Kaufman to some lucky librarians.

As a boy, Raun Kaufman was diagnosed by multiple experts as severely autistic, with an IQ below 30, and destined to spend his life in an institution. Years later, Raun graduated with a degree in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University and has become a passionate and articulate spokesperson for the autism community. So what happened?

Thanks to Son-Rise, an incredible program his parents created, Raun experienced a full recovery from autism. In AUTISM BREAKTHROUGH, Kaufman presents the ground-breaking principles behind Son-Rise and shows how and why the program, which focuses on the parent-child connection, works. The book also includes clear, practical strategies for working with children that readers can apply immediately—in some cases, parents see a change in their children in as little as one day.

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Autism Breakthrough) by Wednesday, April 30. Make sure to include your library's mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

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