Happy Monday! Happy Earth Day! Happy last day you'll hear from us until we see you at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Fort Worth (booth #1137) or until we return triumphantly/exhaustedly!
We're heading to Texas tomorrow and will be out of the office until next Monday. If you're also on your way to Fort Worth please join us for all of our sure-to-be-so-much-fun events! Here's our full conference schedule: Macmillan Library @ TxLA 2013 (booth #1137).
Ladies and gents,
I'm heading out of town for the weekend. I'll be back in the office next Tuesday. Don't miss me too much! I know. I ask the impossible. Forgive me.
Keep up to date with Macmillan news and shenanigans here on twitter: The Macmillan Family.
More importantly: Sports Balls Replaced With Cats.Read more
...to brag about the donut I just ate.
This is not a test.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford has written everything from contemporary suspense to historical intrigue covering class, friendship, and forbidden love.
In her latest and in many ways most intimate novel, SECRETS FROM THE PAST, thirty-year-old American photojournalist Serena Stone is working on a biography of her celebrated father when she discovers that a former lover is in trouble overseas. Her travels take her back into her own past and into the past of her mother where she'll uncover family secrets long buried.
Barbara was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about SECRETS FROM THE PAST (the book that is, not her personal secrets from the past... I'm not publishing an exposé here!).
Ali: You’ve been publishing with us for about 10 years and you’ve written almost 30 novels, what makes SECRETS FROM THE PAST special for you and your readers?
Barbara: What makes SECRETS special for me and my readers is that I've used the first person narrative. But this is only the third time in my writing career that I have done so. However, I believe writing in Serena Stone's voice gives great intimacy to the book, and therefore to the reader. I always give my female protagonist a job and I've never written about a war photographer before. So this is something else that's new. I am told by my earliest readers that the book has an enormous amount of immediacy and is very NOW.
Ali: Speaking of "now"... when a library patron returns SECRETS FROM THE PAST to his or her local branch and inevitably says, "I loved it! What do I read now?" Which books, audiobooks, and films would you want Readers' Advisory librarians to recommend?
Barbara: Of course I would always recommend A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE as a book, an audiobook, and a movie. The movie stars Liam Neeson, Jenny Seagrove, Deborah Kerr and a cast of other great actors. It is available now on DVD from Acorn Video. The miniseries runs for 6 hours. Also available are the two sequels, HOLD THE DREAM and TO BE THE BEST. Other books I would recommend of mine are HER OWN RULES, REMEMBER, THE WOMEN IN HIS LIFE and LETTER FROM A STRANGER.
Ali: Fantastic. That sounds like a formidable stack of excellent stories. You mentioned audiobooks so let's talk briefly about the audiobook for SECRETS FROM THE PAST. The narrator Stina Nielsen has narrated everything from Chuck Palahniuk's RANT to Sarah Dessen's KEEPING THE MOON to Shannon Hale's MIDNIGHT IN AUSTENLAND. She did a particularly wonderful job with SECRETS FROM THE PAST (listen to a clip from chapter one here!). Tell us a little bit about your relationship with audiobooks. What's your ideal situation for listening to books read aloud?
Barbara: I always enjoy listening to the audiobooks. It's a wonderful way to relax, just sitting on a sofa and imagining all of the characters enacting the story.
Ideal, indeed! Thank you so much for your time, Barbara!Read more
Welcome to a brand new week, everybody.
- We're excited to announce that we added the Class of 2013 teen titles post to the Books for Teens section! You are officially encouraged to go take a look at our featured titles coming from St. Martin's Griffin this year.
- And speaking of encouragement, we highly recommend that you register for Library Journal's "Editors' Picks: Hot Summer Titles from HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Random House" webcast! Two of our amazing editors will be talking about forthcoming Macmillan titles. Details and registration link here.
- Read about Nancy Richler's THE IMPOSTER BRIDE (one of Talia's recent #FridayReads) and her experiences writing about a character who is forced to exchange her identity for someone else's. Article here.
- A number of librarian and in-house darlings including MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE, REVENGE, and THE HOUR OF PERIL have been recommended on Baltimore County Public Library's blog, Between the Covers!
- Tor Books is now on Pinterest! Live long and pin.
- And finally, the battle you've all been waiting for... PUPPY VS. CRAB ROBOT!Read more
Happy Friday, librarians!
It's that time of the week again in which Talia and I share with you what we're reading and loving.
by C.J. Box
People in-house have been saying that this book does for highways what Psycho did for showers. Talia concurs (wide-eyed and whimpering a little).
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ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS
by Sarah McCarry
And she's never been more homesick for the shadowy magic of the Pacific Northwest or more resentful that her ripped jeans are "not appropriate" for the office.
Talia and I realized we're reading around the same theme this week: incognito women wreaking havoc on cities and men.
THE IMPOSTER BRIDE by Nancy Richler in which Lily, a mysterious mail-order bride, arrives in post-WWII Montreal only to disappear again leaving behind a new husband, a baby daughter, a diary, and a diamond.
BABAYAGA by Toby Barlow in which two ever-youthful witches, Zoya and Elga, arrive in 1950s Paris and encounter Will, a good-hearted Detroit ad man who might be working with the C.I.A., and Inspector Vidot who has the misfortune of being turned into a flea.
Misfit library marketers Talia Sherer and Chris Vaccari (Sterling) duked it out in the third episode of their highly acclaimed Book Battle series in the Book Buzz Theater at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in January! If you missed their buzz or need a refresher see below.
The full program was recorded and is available here now:Read more
Hello again, blog friends! Happy New Year!
Talia and I have officially decided that 2013 is going to be the BEST EVER. It has been decided, so kick back and enjoy the adventures.
I hope you all managed to fit in both exciting events and some stellar naps this holiday season. I know I did. When I wasn't asleep, I got in some urban and extra-urban exploring. Here's a pic of me hiking (read: walking on a flat trail) in a sequined fox sweater, as you do:
Talia was rockin' the neon bling this break as per the twitter evidence:
And finally, here's a pic of some Seattle wizard signage because I love it so much (click to cast embiggen):
Speaking of nerdy stuff, you still have time to enter our Featured Creatures book stack giveaway celebrating the second installment on our EarlyWord-hosted SF/F blog, Uncharted Pages! Contest ends Friday. Details here.
And speaking of EarlyWord, if you're still saying your final farewells to 2012, you should definitely head over to their site for a compiled list of librarian favorites from last year. They included some helpful information about which other year-end lists each title made. See which titles were library champions!
And speaking of champions, don't forget to take a look at our full ALA Midwinter conference schedule of events including the third great Book Battle showdown between Talia and Chris Vaccari of Sterling! Many of the events we're hosting and participating in require an RSVP, so please don't miss out. Take a look now.Read more
Tomorrow I'm heading back to the coast from whence I came, so you won't see any updates to the blog until I return on January 2nd. Thank you so much for reading along this year! I hope to see you back here next year for news, reviews, giveaways, and more.
Have an amazing holiday, everyone! Give lots of hugs this year.