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Amy Klobuchar Joins the 2020 Presidential Race

Another Macmillan author has joined the 2020 Presidential Race! Keep your patrons in the know with Senator Amy Klobuchar’s optimistic, plainspoken and often very funny memoir.

THE SENATOR NEXT DOOR: A Memoir from the Heartland
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has tackled every obstacle she’s encountered–her parents’ divorce, her father’s alcoholism and recovery, her political campaigns and Washington’s gridlock–with honesty, humor and pluck. Now, in THE SENATOR NEXT DOOR, she chronicles her remarkable heartland journey, from her immigrant grandparents to her middle-class suburban upbringing to her rise in American politics.

Sign Up Now: Booklist’s “Macmillan Spring Fling” Webinar

It’s a Macmillan family reunion! Hear from Team Macmillan Library, Tor/Forge, and Bloomsbury in this one-hour webinar featuring our very best Spring 2019 reads! We’ll begin with our favorite Adult picks and wrap up with YA and select Middle Grade titles. ARCs and other goodies will be offered. Fun will be had.

Join the family for this special treat on Tuesday, April 2 at 1:00 pm Central/2:00 pm Eastern.

Register for this webinar here. See you there!

2018 Nebula Award Finalists

The 2018 Nebula Award Finalists have been announced, and Macmillan came out strong with 8 titles nominated:

Novel
THE CALCULATING STARS by Mary Robinette Kowal
WITCHMARK by C. L. Polk

Novella
THE BLACK GOD’S DRUMS by P. Djèlí Clark
ALICE PAYNE ARRIVES by Kate Heartfield
GODS, MONSTERS, AND THE LUCKY PEACH by Kelly Robson
ARTIFICIAL CONDITION: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

Novelette
THE ONLY HARMLESS GREAT THING by Brooke Bolander
THE LAST BANQUET OF TEMPORAL CONFECTIONS by Tina Connolly

Thriller Thursday (2/21/19)

The early life of a now-famous PI and an illicit affair (featured in the just-launched podcast, Case Closed) are today’s #thrillerthursday picks!

THE VANISHING MAN: A Prequel to the Charles Lenox Series by Charles Finch
“Fans of the series, which set the earlier Lenox novels in the 1860s, will know what’s coming in the detective’s personal and professional life, but that in no way decreases the pleasure of this account of his earlier life. Finch’s nimble prose, edged with humor, makes this twelfth in the Charles Lenox series a pure delight.”–Booklist, starred review

SECRETS OF A MARINE’S WIFE: A True Story of Marriage, Obsession, and Murder by Shanna Hogan
“Bestseller Hogan (THE STRANGER SHE LOVED: A Mormon Doctor, His Beautiful Wife, and an Almost Perfect Murder) delivers another page-turner… this sad, essentially tragic story will move many.”–Publishers Weekly

2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalists

The Los Angeles Times announced the finalists for their 2018 Book Prize, and Macmillan has 7 titles in the running!

Graphic Novels/Comics
SHIT IS REAL by Aisha Franz
THE STRANGE by Jérôme Ruillier

History
THE BROWNS OF CALIFORNIA: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation by Miriam Pawel

Poetry
WILD IS THE WIND: Poems by Carl Phillips
STILL LIFE WITH TWO DEAD PEACOCKS AND A GIRL: Poems by Diane Seuss

Science and Technology
AMITY AND PROSPERITY: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold
NINE PINTS: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood by Rose George

Shelfie with Veronica Chambers

We recently challenged author Veronica Chambers (QUEEN BEY and THE MEANING OF MICHELLE among many others) to a shelfie. Would she dare to show us (and thousands of our librarian pals) her favorite shelf in her personal library? What truths might it reveal about her as a reader and as a person? Well, we’re pleased to say that Ms. Chambers was undaunted and offered a fantastic snapshot of both the shelf and the “why” behind it.

Enjoy!

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I moved to the United States (from Panama, by way of England) when I was five-years-old. My parents were new Americans, both big readers, but money was always tight. I remember my library card and the Brooklyn Public Library at 1000 Utica Avenue, the way some kids remember softball mitts and playing fields. The library card was an extension of my hand. The library was my playing field.

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Bernie Sanders Enters the 2020 Presidential Race

Bernie Sanders announced his intention to join the 2020 presidential race, and Macmillan has the books to reacquaint your patrons with his core beliefs and his plans for the future if elected.

OUR REVOLUTION: A Future to Believe In
Sanders shares his personal experiences from the 2016 campaign trail, recounting the details of his historic primary fight and the people who made it possible. And for the millions looking to continue the political revolution, he outlines a progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda that will create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide health care for all–and ultimately transform our country and our world for the better. For him, the political revolution has just started.

WHERE WE GO FROM HERE: Two Years in the Resistance
America’s most popular political figure speaks about what he’s been doing to oppose the Trump agenda and strengthen the progressive movement and how we go forward as a nation.

Nonfiction Round-Up (2/20/19)

From American imperialism and the WWII Home Front, to an essay collection and a Russian cross-country adventure–check out today’s nonfiction picks:

THE DARKEST YEAR: The American Home Front 1941-1942 by William K. Klingaman
Two starred reviews!
“This thoroughly researched and accessible text will prove elucidating to anyone curious about social history, World War II, or the rhetoric of a country in crisis.”–Library Journal, starred review

“Klingaman uses media, literature, journals, and letters to illustrate the year, and the resulting history is riveting.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

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#PubDay (2/19/19)

Fiction & nonfiction; short stories & novellas; historical & supernatural–you name it, we’ve got it for today’s #pubday celebration!

DAUGHTER OF MOLOKA’I by Alan Brennert
“A historically solid, ultimately hopeful novel about injustice, survival, and unbreakable family bonds. Expect high demand.”–Booklist

AERIALISTS: Stories by Mark Mayer
March 2019 Indie Next Pick!
“An ambitious collection of short stories that heralds the coming of a new voice in American fiction.”–Kirkus Reviews

THE HAUNTING OF TRAM CAR 015 by P. Djèlí Clark
“Clark (THE BLACK GOD’S DRUMS, 2018) continues to astound readers with his creativity and exploration of different supernatural entities…. This book will delight readers of all ages.”–Booklist

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Spring 2019 YA Romance Roundup

Valentine’s Day might be over, but it’s always a good day for a little romance! Check out these sweet & steamy YA / NA romances coming from Wednesday Books and Flatiron Books this spring!
And keep an eye out for the green download button! If you’re not whitelisted (pre-approved) on Edelweiss for our e-galleys, you can follow these directions to get the process started!

TIN HEART by Shivaun Plozza
Available March 12, 2019 from Flatiron Books
Marlowe just wants her life to go back to normal after having a heart transplant, but her mother is a self-proclaimed vegan warrior and now Marlowe is falling for the hot butcher’s apprentice next door. Marlowe’s “normal” might be a little more complicated than she bargained for…
“Funny and direct, this book by Plozza is capable of balancing heartbreak, first love, mortality, and the absurd.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn
Available April 2, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Annie Mathers is America’s country music sweetheart. Clay Coolidge is a superstar and a troublemaker. The two find themselves playing a summer tour together where they must discover: Can the right song and the perfect summer on the road make two broken hearts whole?
“[The] romance is well-plotted and sweetly drawn: Readers (particularly those listening to the recent A Star is Born soundtrack on repeat) will delight in the story’s rhythm and musical backdrop . . . a good ol’ fashioned love story.”
Kirkus Reviews

THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE by S.C. Megale
Available May 7, 2019 from Wednesday Books
A funny and irreverent #ownvoices YA romance about eighteen-year-old Maeve who has muscular dystrophy and who is also an average teen girl trying to figure out high school and first love with the hot guy starring in her senior film project.

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