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#bookbday (07/25/17)

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power by Al Gore

The follow up to the #1 New York Times bestselling An Inconvenient Truth, this timely book will publish in time for the premiere of Vice President Gore’s new documentary, An Inconvenient Truth 2. This new book will be a daring call to action, exposing the reality of how humankind has aided in the destruction of our planet and groundbreaking information on what you can do now.

Vice President Al Gore, one of our environmental heroes and a leading expert in climate change, brings together cutting-edge research from top scientists around the world; approximately 200 photographs and illustrations to visually articulate the subject matter; and personal anecdotes and observations to document the fast pace and wide scope of global warming. He presents, with alarming clarity and conclusiveness (and with humor, too) that the fact of global climate change is not in question and that its consequences for the world we live in will be assuredly disastrous if left unchecked.

This new book will also show an impassioned Vice President Gore traveling around the globe to tell a story of change in the making. He connects the dots of Zika, flooding, and other natural disasters we’ve lived through in the last 10+ years – and much more. Where Gore’s first film took us through the technical aspects of climate change, the second film is a gripping, narrative journey that leaves the audience filled with hope and the urge to take action immediately.

The book will capture that same essence and will be a must-have for anybody who cares deeply about our planet.

Al Gore in action

CBS Sunday Morning 
The Late Show w/ Colbert
The Today Show

CRAFTS (7/19/17)

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350 + Knitting Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets: How to Be Better at What You Do by Betty Barnden

Hundreds of tips for professional-looking knits, suitable for all skill levels!

350 + Crochet Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets by Jan Eaton

Hundreds of tips for professional-looking crochet, suitable for all skill levels!

40 Colorful Afghans: A Collection of Eye-Popping Stitch Patterns, Blocks & Projects by Leonie Morgan

The latest from bestselling author and crochet designer Leonie Morgan: all you need to know to crochet your own colorful afghans!

“Great Book-Group Reads” Booklist Webinar

The right book can be just the thing to make your book-group discussions come alive. Join Talia Sherer (and her beloved dog, Kugel the Corgi) for this free, one-hour webinar where she will discuss forthcoming and backlist titles that are sure-to-be hits with book groups around the country. This webinar features mostly adult books with a few YA titles as well. Moderated by Annie Bostrom, Associate Editor, Adult Books at Booklist.

Tuesday, August 1 | 1:00 PM Central 

Register here.

 

 

CBS “Sunday Morning” + Louise Penny

Watch Louise Penny’s CBS “Sunday Morning” segment from  Sunday, July 9 right here!

Tracy K. Smith Named New Poet Laureate

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith has been appointed the new Poet Laureate of the United States, with her tenure beginning this September.

 

LIFE ON MARS
Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
 9781555975845

 

DUENDE
Winner of the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets
9781555974756

 

THE BODY’S QUESTION
Winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize
9781555973919

 

COMING IN WINTER 2018
WADE IN THE WATER
First new book since NBA Finalist memoir, Ordinary Light
 9781555978136

Anne’s Maternity Leave (Again!)

Did you know Anne is growing another little reader?!

Baby boy “Spark” is due to join big brother Daniel and family in a few short weeks on June 10 and Anne is working until she pops (not literally, we hope)!

While she’s out on maternity leave for 12 long, sleep-deprived weeks, Talia “boss lady” Sherer is your go-to gal for all your library marketing needs.

But don’t worry, we’ll make sure to share cute pictures of the little guy once he’s here.

Please be good to Talia!!!

Chocolates & care packages can be sent to the Flatiron Building in NYC.
That’s 175 Fifth Avenue, NYC 10010!

In the Hot Seat: Matt Goldman on GONE TO DUST

Today we turn the spotlight on Matt Goldman, whose debut novel, GONE TO DUST, features an unusual crime—a murdered woman is found covered in dust from hundreds of vacuum cleaner bags, rendering DNA evidence useless.

Library Journal‘s Books for Dudes column called it, “hard-boiled awesomeness” and Booklist said, “Offer this one to aficionados of chilly Scandinavian noir and the new generation of Philip Marlowe fans.”

Macmillan Library: Hi Matt, and thanks for joining us for a Q&A on the blog today! Before we talk about your debut mystery, GONE TO DUST, let’s start with your credentials. You began your career as a stand-up comedian and are now a playwright and Emmy Award-winning television writer for Seinfeld, Ellen, and other shows. You must do so much writing for your day job, why write a novel?

Matt Goldman: I love writing and I’m a first-degree introvert. So much of television writing is done in a roomful of writers. Not the actual script writing (usually), but conceiving characters and stories. Much of the rewriting is also done in a group. Especially in comedy. TV writing and writers have taught me so much about character, story, pace, dialogue, and series construction, I wouldn’t trade a minute of it. But for my personality, it’s exhausting trying to track all those words in the air. I love the process of book writing—I find it energizing. And it’s a chance to write my voice without concern for other writers, actors, studios, and networks.

ML: Was it harder or easier for you to write GONE TO DUST vs writing for TV? What are some of the major differences?

MG: Some of the differences I explained above. I guess I don’t look at it as hard vs. easy. They have their tradeoffs by that measurement. It’s a more whole and rewarding experience for me to write books. I’m a serial daydreamer. That serves me better as a novelist than it does in a room where I’m supposed to be paying attention.

ML: Did you have specific inspirations as you wrote GONE TO DUST? It’s lighthearted, but has a very noir feel.

MG: I started reading the mystery/crime genre relatively recently. When I read Raymond Chandler, I saw how my voice could work in telling those kinds of stories. Chandler’s voice and style are different from mine, and his skill far outweighs mine, but he did inspire me to sit down and give it a shot. readmoreremove

Happy National Library Week 2017!

Happy National Library Week!

Did you know that Rainbow Rowell’s ELEANOR & PARK was named one of the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016? It’s true! It may be a New York Times Notable Children’s Book and a Printz Honor recipient (among many other awards received), but this young adult novel was challenged for offensive language.

You can view the full list and get resources and graphics here, and read up on the state of America’s libraries here.

Tweet your love of libraries all week long with the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek.

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Cover Reveal for Robin Sloan’s New Book

Dearest librarians, if you loved MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE then you won’t want to miss Robin Sloan’s new book, SOURDOUGH!

Behold, the incredible cover! And Robin Sloan wants to tell you a little more about the book, too.

SOURDOUGH will be available September 5, 2017 from MCD/FSG and Macmillan Audio. readmoreremove

Happy National Poetry Month!

♫♪♫♪♫ Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
We made a poetry Edelweiss collection,
Just for librarians like you! ♫♪♫♪♫

Happy National Poetry Month! Check out our amazing Edelweiss collection of 200+ great poetry books to celebrate all April.

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