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THE WIFE BETWEEN US and BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY are January 2018 LibraryReads Picks!

FANTASTIC NEWS! Macmillan has two books on the January 2018 LibraryReads list!

Debuting at #2 is THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
A January 2018 Indie Next pick with two starred reviews and big movie news! A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love. “Readers who were enthralled by B.A. Paris’s BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL will love the skewed psychology and shifting perspectives of this domestic thriller.” — Library Journal, starred review

Available from St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Audio on January 9.

The #7 pick is BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY by Seanan McGuire
The third contemporary fantasy in the Wayward Children series, following LibraryReads picks EVERY HEART A DOORWAY and DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES is a January 2018 Indie Next pick! When Rini lands with a literal splash in the pond behind Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, the last thing she expects to find is that her mother, Sumi, died years before Rini was even conceived. “McGuire suggests entire universes in a few spare sentences, and the delightfully diverse cast of characters is similarly conjured. We’re told some doors open only once, but readers will beg McGuire to keep the door open to these worlds in perpetuity. Phenomenal.” — Booklist, starred review

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Thriller Thursday (12/14/17 Edition)

Cozy up with some cozies (and a psychological thriller) this December:

BLOODSTAINS WITH BRONTE by Katherine Bolger Hyde
The second book in a delightful new cozy mystery series in which an English teacher becomes involved in murder cases that reflect elements of her favorite books. “The writers’-retreat theme opens the story to plenty of literary references, and there are also details about home remodeling and decorating woven throughout this cozy, set in small-town coastal Oregon and featuring a middle-aged main character trying to decide whether she should totally change her life.” — Booklist

GINGER SNAPPED by Gail Oust
When the body of Realtor of the Year Shirley Randolph is found floating in Brandywine Creek’s local fishing hole, townsfolk think Police Chief Wyatt McBride may be responsible, given his romantic interest in Shirley. “Oust deliciously upends a cozy trope—amateur sleuth vs. professional cop—in her fifth Spice Shop mystery (after 2016’s CURRIED AWAY). Ginger lore and simple recipes provide lagniappe.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Nuclear Nonfiction

The whistleblower behind the Pentagon Papers and Noam Chomsky cover nuclear war in their new nonfiction books:

THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg
A finalist for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction with three starred reviews! From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposé of the awful dangers of America’s hidden, fifty-year-long nuclear policy that continues to this day.

“Ellsberg’s brilliant and unnerving account makes a convincing case for disarmament and shows that the mere existence of nuclear weapons is a serious threat to humanity.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Ellsberg’s book is essential for facilitating a national discussion about a vital topic.” — Library Journal, starred review

“A must-read of the highest order, Ellsberg’s profoundly awakening chronicle is essential to our future.” — Booklist, starred review

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Flatiron Fiction Stars

We’re seeing stars for Flatiron Books’s W18 fiction!

OLIVER LOVING by Stefan Merrill Block
Also available in audio
“Block’s powerful, ambitious third novel (after The Storm at the Door and The Story of Forgetting) examines the dislocation, confusion, and psychological trauma experienced by families and communities when sudden, violent loss of life occurs. The author handles this deep psychological exploration very skillfully. The ending of the novel is a beautifully rendered meditation on the nature of forgiveness, mercy, and healing. Enthusiastically recommended for fans of literary fiction.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Block’s plot is intriguing enough to keep the pages turning, but it is his idiosyncratic, resolutely individual characters who really demand attention as they drive the narrative. Block has done an excellent job of building both his characters and the West Texas setting, which lives vividly on the page, all heat and dust and decrepitude. At once timely and timeless, this is an exciting story that rewards reader interest.” — Booklist, starred review

THE PLEA by Steve Cavanagh
“…Cavanagh’s criminally entertaining sequel to 2016’s THE DEFENSEThis is perfect for anyone who likes a locked-room mystery wrapped inside a legal thriller on steroids.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Nominees for YALSA’s 2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list

We’re so pleased to report that the following titles have been nominated for YALSA’s 2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list!

FIRE!!: THE ZORA NEALE HURSTON STORY by Peter Bagge

POPPIES OF IRAQ by Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim

ROLLING BLACKOUTS: DISPATCHES FROM TURKEY, SYRIA, AND IRAQ by Sarah Glidden

UNCOMFORTABLY HAPPILY by Yeon-sik Hong

See the full list of nominees here. Congratulations to all of the authors and illustrators nominated this year!

Libraries in the News

Woe to the person who says, “Libraries are dead.”

Remember back in October when the U.K.’s New York Observer columnist Andre Walker claimed no one goes to public libraries any more?

(It ended with Walker conceding, “Your sheer numbers have proved the point that libraries aren’t as unpopular as I believed this morning. Please stop replying. I surrender.”)

Our own Con Lehane wrote an op ed in Huffington Post about libraries and privacy issues.

In my most recent book, MURDER IN THE MANUSCRIPT ROOM, one of the characters, a librarian, says after discovering she’d been under surveillance in the library and elsewhere, “Everybody’s spying on everybody.”

You’d think no institution in the nation cares much about privacy protections anymore. But you’d be wrong. There’s at least one place in the nation’s cities, towns, and most villages that respects our privacy. Public libraries care passionately about protecting the confidentiality of library users.

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Macmillan Library @ ALA Midwinter 2018 (Booth #1741)

We can’t wait to see you in the Macmillan (adult) booth #1741 and at all of our great events at ALA Midwinter in Denver. Check out our schedule below and RSVP ASAP!
Friday, February 9

Opening Keynote with Patrisse Khan-Cullors
4:00-5:30pm
Colorado Convention Center | Mile High Ballroom 2 & 3
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Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement Patrisse Khan-Cullors (WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir) will appear in conversation with Marley Dias, the girl-wonder who started the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign, to discuss activism and grassroots level solutions to tackle inequality. A book signing will follow the program.

In-booth signing with Ausma Zehanat Khan & Emily Littlejohn
5:30-6:30pm
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #1741

Ausma Zehanat Khan and Emily Littlejohn will sign complimentary copies of their mysteries, A DANGEROUS CROSSING and A SEASON TO LIE.

Saturday, February 10

In-booth signing with Adrienne Young
9:30-10:00am
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #1741

Adrienne Young will sign complimentary advance copies of her debut YA novel, SKY IN THE DEEP.

Spotlight on Book Clubs: ARC & Finished Book Giveaway
2:00-4:00pm
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #1741

Visit our booth (#1741) and pick up complimentary copies of our favorite book club selections:

Fiction:
AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline (ARCs)
ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood
CAMP AUSTEN by Ted Scheinman (ARCs)
THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth (ARCs)
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah (ARCs)
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas
SALVAGE THE BONES by Jesmyn Ward
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty
THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS by Jim Fergus

Nonfiction:
BEING MORTAL: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming
I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

LibraryReads / AAP Best in Debut Authors Panel with Shobha Rao
3:00-4:00pm
Colorado Convention Center | Mile High 1A
RSVP required, space is limited
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Co-hosted by LibraryReads and the AAP Trade Libraries Committee, this panel will feature six new authors including Shobha Rao (GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER). A book signing will follow the program.

Details and RSVP here by January 12. You will receive an e-confirmation from the AAP if your request is accommodated.

Sunday, February 11

“Three’s Company: We’ll be Waiting For You”: The Best in Adult Books from HarperCollins, Macmillan and Sterling
12:30-1:15pm
Colorado Convention Center | Book Buzz Theater (on the show floor)
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Join Talia Sherer as she presents her favorite forthcoming adult Winter & Spring 2018 titles from Macmillan alongside the hilarious Virginia Stanley (HarperCollins) and always-entertaining Chris Vaccari (Sterling)!

RUSA Book & Media Awards Ceremony and Reception
5:00-7:00pm
Hyatt | Centennial A-D
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Attend RUSA’s Book & Media Awards Ceremony and Reception to find out the winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals of Excellence for Fiction and Nonfiction, as well as selections for the Reading List, Notable Books, Listen List, and winners of the Dartmouth Medal for reference, the Sophie Brody Medal for Jewish literature, the Zora Neale Hurston Award for achievement in promoting African-American literature, the Louis Shores Award for book reviewing and many more. If you can’t attend, follow @ala_rusa on Twitter for announcements (hashtag #literarytastes).

Monday, February 12

LibraryReads / AAP Booktalk Breakfast with Sandra Dallas
8:30-10:00am
Colorado Convention Center | Room 605/607
RSVP required, space is limited
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Join LibraryReads and the AAP Trade Libraries Committee for our annual ALA Midwinter Booktalk Breakfast. Hear from Sandra Dallas (THE PATCHWORK BRIDE) and five other fabulous authors! A book signing will follow the program.

Details and RSVP here by January 12. You will receive an e-confirmation from the AAP if your request is accommodated.

Can’t be there in person? Follow the action on Twitter at @alamw and #alamw18.

NPR’s 2017 Book Concierge Picks

NPR’s Book Concierge is live and it includes nearly 50 Macmillan titles!!

300 ARGUMENTS: Essays by Sarah Manguso
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
AFFLUENCE WITHOUT ABUNDANCE: The Disappearing World Of The Bushmen by James Suzman
AGE OF ANGER: A History Of the Present by Pankaj Mishra
THE ANSWERS by Catherine Lacey
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz
BAKING WITH KAFKA by Tom Gauld
BASED ON A TRUE STORY by Delphine de Vigan
THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY AND THE MIDDLE KINGDOM: America And China, 1776 To The Present by John Pomfret
BOUNDLESS by Jillian Tamaki
BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, And Fake News by Kevin Young
THE BUTCHERING ART: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris
DARE NOT LINGER: The Presidential Years by Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa
THE DARK DARK by Samatha Hunt
DRAFT NO. 4: On The Writing Process by John McPhee
THE DRY by Jane Harper
EAT ONLY WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY by Lindsay Hunter
FEN: Stories by Daisy Johnson
FIRE!!: The Zora Neale Hurston Story by Peter Bagge
FRESH COMPLAINT: Stories by Jeffrey Eugenides
GHOSTS OF THE TSUNAMI: Death And Life In Japan’s Disaster Zone by Richard Lloyd Parry
GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny
GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
HOSTAGE by Guy Delisle
ISADORA by Amelia Gray
KEEPING ON KEEPING ON by Alan Bennett
THE LAST KID LEFT by Rosecrans Baldwin
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr.
LOTUS by Lijia Zhang
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
MY LESBIAN EXPERIENCE WITH LONELINESS by Nagata Kabi
MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY by Coretta Scott King, as told to Barbara Reynolds
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
ONE DAY WE’LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER by Scaachi Koul
RIVER OF TEETH by Sarah Gailey
THE SEVENTH FUNCTION OF LANGUAGE by Laurent Binet
SOURDOUGH by Robin Sloan
TOO MUCH AND NOT IN THE MOOD: Essays by Durga Chew-Bose
TWIN PEAKS: THE FINAL DOSSIER by Mark Frost
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Kirkus Best Books of 2017 – Nonfiction

Kirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2017 Nonfiction lists which include 13 Macmillan titles:

Best Nonfiction (full list)
INCENDIARY: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling by Michael Cannell
FALLEN GLORY: The Lives and Deaths of History’s Greatest Buildings by James Crawford
FREUD: The Making of an Illusion by Frederick Crews
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
UNWARRANTED: Policing Without Permission by Barry Friedman
BORDER: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova
YOU SAY TO BRICK: The Life of Louis Kahn by Wendy Lesser
ADMISSIONS: Life as a Brain Surgeon by Henry Marsh
FEAR CITY: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics by Kim Phillips-Fein
THE SONGS WE KNOW BEST: John Ashbery’s Early Life by Karin Roffman
LIFE IN CODE: A Personal History of Technology by Ellen Ullman
JANE AUSTEN AT HOME: A Biography by Lucy Worsley

Best American History Books of 2017 (full list)
FEAR CITY: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics by Kim Phillips-Fein
INCENDIARY: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling by Michael Cannell

Best Current Affairs/Politics Books of 2017 (full list)
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
UNWARRANTED: Policing Without Permission by Barry Friedman

Best Biographies of 2017 (full list)
FREUD: The Making of an Illusion by Frederick Crews
THE SONGS WE KNOW BEST: John Ashbery’s Early Life by Karin Roffman
JANE AUSTEN AT HOME: A Biography by Lucy Worsley
YOU SAY TO BRICK: The Life of Louis Kahn by Wendy Lesser

Best Memoirs of 2017 (full list)
ADMISSIONS: Life as a Brain Surgeon by Henry Marsh
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Sneak Peek: January 2018 Indie Next List

Three Macmillan titles made the January 2018 Indie Next list!

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Two starred reviews and big movie news for this novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love. “Readers who were enthralled by B.A. Paris’s BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL will love the skewed psychology and shifting perspectives of this domestic thriller.” — Library Journal, starred review

GRIST MILL ROAD by Christopher J. Yates
THREE starred reviews! The author of BLACK CHALK, an NPR Best Book of the Year optioned for film by Ron Howard, returns with a thriller about Patrick, Matthew, and Hannah, who are bound together in a love triangle held tighter by one seemingly senseless but decidedly criminal act that has devastating results 26 years later. “Mesmerizing and impossible to put down, this novel demands full attention, full empathy, and full responsibility; in return it offers poignant insight into human fragility and resilience.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

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