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Max Shelf: Celadon Books

Today’s dedicated issue of Shelf Awareness gives a warm welcome to Celadon Books, Macmillan’s new imprint headed up by Jamie Raab and Deb Futter that will publish 20-24 books a year in fiction and nonfiction with commercial potential and literary merit, beginning in 2019. Their motto is “Celadon Books… Time Well Spent.”

Both Raab and Futter note that their “childhoods were steeped in use of their public libraries” and that Futter’s mother was a librarian for 50 years. Both grew up taking out a stack of books each week. They say, “We want both booksellers and librarians to know that we believe the best way to get a feel for our list is to read our books, and we’re happy to send you early copies. We also appreciate, and listen carefully to feedback, so would love to hear back from booksellers and librarians.”

Celadon has a gorgeous, amazingly curated website that regularly features librarian interviews (hey Gregg Winsor & Vicki Nesting!), and you can connect with Celadon on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Celadon’s First List:
Winter 2019

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
Also available in audio
Available February 5, 2019
A woman shoots her husband five times in the face, then never speaks another word. Theo Faber is the criminal psychotherapist who is determined to get her to talk….

THIS CHAIR ROCKS: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite
Available March 5, 2019
Author, activist, and TED speaker Applewhite has written a rousing manifesto calling for an end to discrimination and prejudice on the basis of age.

WHY DON’T YOU WRITE MY EULOGY NOW SO I CAN CORRECT IT?: A Mother’s Suggestions by Patricia Marx, illustrated by Roz Chast
Available April 2, 2019
A collection of witty one-line advice New Yorker writer Patricia Marx heard from her mother, accompanied by full-color illustrations by New Yorker staff cartoonist Roz Chast.

WOLFPACK by Abby Wambach
Also available in audio
Available April 16, 2019
Based on her inspiring 2018 Barnard commencement speech that went viral, WOLFPACK is soccer star Abby Wambach’s inspiring message to all women: support each other, knowing that the strength of the wolf is the pack.

CAPE MAY by Chip Cheek
Also available in audio
Available April 30, 2019
A mesmerizing debut novel that explores the social and sexual mores of 1950s America through the eyes of a newly married couple from the genteel south corrupted by sophisticated New England urbanites.

Spring/Summer 2019

WILLIAM & HARRY: The Windsor Brothers by Danny Danziger
Also available in audio
Available May 7, 2019
An insightful biography that brings to life the extraordinary relationship between the two most famous siblings in the world—the royal princes William and Harry.

FOLDED WISDOM: Notes from Dad on Life, Love, and Growing Up by Joanna Guest
Available May 7, 2019
Every morning for her entire childhood, Joanna’s artist father would craft beautifully illustrated notes to her and her brother Theo. Morphing from word games and puzzles for five-year-olds to thoughtful guidance, advice, and reflections for teens approaching adulthood over the years, Joanna now shares her father’s heartwarming and inspiring messages with all readers.

A NEARLY NORMAL FAMILY by M.T. Edvardsson, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles
Available June 25, 2019
A psychological thriller told chronologically from three perspectives, A NEARLY NORMAL FAMILY follows nineteen-year-old Stella, who stands accused of the brutal murder of a shady businessman almost 15 years her senior.

WE LOVE ANDERSON COOPER: Short Stories by R.L. Maizes
Available July 23, 2019
A charmingly funny but deeply human short story collection about outsiders from a Pushcart Prize-nominee.

THE WHISPER MAN by Alex North
Also available in audio
Available August 20, 2019
For readers of Stephen King, a terrifying and haunting thriller featuring one of the most memorable villains since The Silence of the Lambs: a killer nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their window at night.

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