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For Your Consideration: August 2019 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and vote for your favorite August 2019 titles for the August 2019 LibraryReads list!

Votes due July 1!

THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE by Katherine Center

“Center gives readers a sharp and witty exploration of love and forgiveness that is at once insightful, entertaining, and thoroughly addictive.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

CITY OF WINDOWS by Robert Pobi

“The FBI brings in astrophysicist, amputee, and former agent Dr. Lucas Page when a sniper takes aim in the middle of a New York blizzard… Relentless pacing, tight plotting, and a brainy, idiosyncratic new hero make this one a winner.”–Kirkus Reviews

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It’s #PubDay! (5/21/19)

Fantasy, coming-of-age, and a PW Best Book of the Summer–pick your poison!

AN ILLUSION OF THIEVES by Cate Glass

“A combination of political intrigue, deceit, and forbidden talents imbues this adventurous series-starter that ends with hints of another caper to come with a Mission Impossible vibe.”–Booklist, starred review

THE SCENT KEEPER by Erica Bauermeister

Watch Nancy Pearl interview the author!

“A young girl with a unique talent for identifying scents embarks on a journey of self-discovery when she’s ripped from her intensely isolated childhood home… An artfully crafted coming-of-age story that will take the reader on an exquisite olfactory adventure.”–Kirkus Reviews

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Stars on stars on stars on stars on stars on stars (5/17/19)

Stars on stars on stars on stars for your #FridayReads!

THE HISTORY OF LIVING FOREVER by Jake Wolff

“The epic sweep and sly humor in the midst of enormous anguish will remind readers of Michael Chabon’s work as they relish this heady exploration of grief, alchemy, and love.“–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Wolff’s wild, hilarious, and moving adventure is rooted in reason and the tough truths of life: how easy it is to hurt the ones we love; that forgetting is easier than forgiving; and that life (with an elixir or not) is never long enough.”–Booklist, starred review

GRACE WILL LEAD US HOME: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness by Jennifer Berry Hawes

“With empathy and kindness, Hawes bears witness to one of the most horrific incidents in recent American history.”–Booklist, starred review

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Sarah Gailey’s MAGIC FOR LIARS is a June 2019 LibraryReads Pick!

The votes are counted and the list is out, and we’re happy to announce that Sarah Gailey’s MAGIC FOR LIARS is a June 2019 LibraryReads pick!

MAGIC FOR LIARS by Sarah Gailey

A June Indie Next Pick + 2 starred reviews!

“There’s something for almost all readers here: family drama, romance, high-school gossip, fantasy-world building. Above all, Gailey shows us that humans are humans, even when they are magic, and they are still flawed, damaged, and oh so interesting.”–Booklist, starred review

“Gailey’s debut is an energetic modern fantasy that plays rough with relationships and personal beliefs, from youth to adulthood. Ivy’s emotional investigation will strike a chord in anyone who has ever felt like they don’t belong. Highly recommended for all collections.”–Library Journal, starred review

Happy #PubDay! (5/14/19)

A LibraryReads-winning rom-com + a speculative debut + an Indie Next Pick + a cinematic Reconstruction-era drama + a thriller/SF mash-up = a very merry #PubDay celebration!

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston

PW Best Book of the Summer + May LibraryReads Pick + Three starred reviews + June Indie Next Pick!

“The much-loved royal romance genre gets a fun and refreshing update in McQuiston’s debut…. A clever, romantic, sexy love story.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Readers will be eager to see more from McQuiston after this extremely promising start.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“In between sweet and steamy love scenes, RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE allows readers to imagine a world where coming out involves no self-loathing; where fan fiction and activist Twitter do actual good; and a diverse, liberal White House wins elections. This Blue Wave fantasy could be the feel-good book of the summer.”–Booklist, starred review

TEARS OF THE TRUFFLEPIG by Fernando A. Flores

“Packed with other striking images and clever details, like the three canyon-sized concrete barriers that separate the U.S. from Mexico (and still fail to curb migration), this wildly imaginative, highly addicting, and ultimately endearing speculative first novel offers borderlands storytelling with an sf twist.”–Booklist

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Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce Debut Picks + Reading Groups Preview Summer 2019

The American Booksellers Association’s Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce Adult Debut picks, honoring the top upcoming debuts (publishing between June and November 2019), include IN WEST MILLS!

IN WEST MILLS by De’Shawn Charles Winslow

PW Best Book of the Summer + Library Journal Editors’ Pick & Best Debut + Two starred reviews!

“Winslow’s heroine isn’t easy to like. But over time, she reaches into your heart and touches it deeply. So does this book.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Winslow has a finely tuned ear for the way the people of this small town talk, and his unpretentiously poetic prose goes down like a cool drink of water on a hot day.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Summer 2019 Indie Next List for Reading Groups Preview includes five Macmillan titles!

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Tor.com Presents: 2019 Debuts

We’ve heard that y’all love discovering new authors… BEHOLD! A free sampler full of… DEBUTS! Who loves you?

TOR.COM PUBLISHING 2019 DEBUT SAMPLER: Some of the Most Exciting New Voices in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Sneak Peek: June 2019 Indie Next List

The June Indie Next list features a whopping SEVEN Macmillan titles!

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston

PW Best Book of the Summer + May LibraryReads Pick + Three starred reviews!

“The much-loved royal romance genre gets a fun and refreshing update in McQuiston’s debut…. A clever, romantic, sexy love story.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Readers will be eager to see more from McQuiston after this extremely promising start.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“In between sweet and steamy love scenes, RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE allows readers to imagine a world where coming out involves no self-loathing; where fan fiction and activist Twitter do actual good; and a diverse, liberal White House wins elections. This Blue Wave fantasy could be the feel-good book of the summer.”–Booklist, starred review

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2019 Locus Award Finalists

Congratulations to our out-of-this-world 2019 Locus Award finalists!

Science Fiction Novel

THE CALCULATING STARS by Mary Robinette Kowal
IF TOMORROW COMES: Book 2 of the Yesterday’s Kin Trilogy by Nancy Kress

Fantasy Novel

THE MONSTER BARU CORMORANT by Seth Dickinson
DEEP ROOTS by Ruthanna Emrys
THE MERE WIFE by Maria Dahvana Headley

First Novel

SEMIOSIS by Sue Burke
WITCHMARK by C. L. Polk
SEVERANCE by Ling Ma

Novella

THE BLACK GOD’S DRUMS by P. Djèlí Clark
BLACK HELICOPTERS by Caitlín R. Kiernan
TIME WAS by Ian McDonald
GODS, MONSTERS, AND THE LUCKY PEACH by Kelly Robson
ARTIFICIAL CONDITION: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
ROGUE PROTOCOL: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
THE DESCENT OF MONSTERS by JY Yang

Novelette

NO FLIGHT WITHOUT THE SHATTER by Brooke Bolander
THE ONLY HARMLESS GREAT THING by Brooke Bolander
THE LAST BANQUET OF TEMPORAL CONFECTIONS by Tina Connolly
NINE LAST DAYS ON PLANET EARTH by Daryl Gregory

Anthology

WORLDS SEEN IN PASSING: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction edited by Irene Gallo
THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION: THIRTY-FIFTH ANNUAL COLLECTION edited by Gardner Dozois

Nonfiction

AN INFORMAL HISTORY OF THE HUGOS: A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000 by Jo Walton

And congrats to our pals at Tor and Tor.com for being nominated for Best Publisher and Best Magazine!

Happy #PubDay! (5/7/19)

Happy #bookbirthday to an Indie Next Pick, a LibraryReads Hall-of-Famer, and a Library Journal Best Debut!

THE GUEST BOOK by Sarah Blake

#1 May Indie Next Pick + Two starred reviews!

“This novel sets out to be more than a juicy family saga—it aims to depict the moral evolution of a part of American society. Its convincing characters and muscular narrative succeed on both counts.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Blake deftly interrogates the many shades of prejudice and ‘the ordinary, everyday wickedness of turning away.’ Blake’s brilliant and ravishing novel promises to hit big.”–Booklist, starred review

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