Deep Thoughts

Happy 4th of July!

IMG_7129Happy 4th of July weekend!

The Macmillan offices are closed on July 4th & 5th, so Talia and Anne have an extra long holiday weekend starting tomorrow (July 1st). We’ll be back on the blog on Wednesday, July 6th.

Remember that September LibraryReads nominations are due on July 20, so you’ve got plenty of time to read our recommended titles (Jonathan Safran Foer!).

We hope you have a happy and safe Independence Day weekend!

Cat in the Stacks

Friends, meet Frederick “Freddie” Paw Olmsted. He lives with SMP executive editor, Keith Kahla, who wants to tell you all about him:

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“The cat is relatively new. He was a street rescue by a friend of a former assistant—a stray who was living on the streets of Bed Stuy (editor’s note: the cat, not the assistant). She took care of all the important vet stuff, but he and Otter, her rescue pit bull, weren’t the best of friends.”

Freddie and Otter

Long story short, he came home with me.



It’s 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 nearly 200(!) great poetry books and then hear some poems from our friends at Farrar, Straus & Giroux—literally.

Inspired by John Giornio’s classic Dial-A-Poem, FSG made a poetry hotline of their own. Each day you can call 949-DIAL-FSG (949-342-5374) to hear President and Publisher (and poet himself) Jonathan Galassi recite one of his favorite poems from a recently published collection. They’re putting new poems on the answering machine every weekday, so keep calling!

Happy National Library Week 2016!

Happy National Library Week! Con Lehane wants to tell you all about his love of libraries and how they helped shape his newest book, MURDER AT THE 42ND STREET LIBRARY. Take it away, Con!

My new mystery novel has a librarian as a protagonist, something of an adventure for me because I’ve never been a librarian. Much as I love libraries, and while I’ve spent time in a good many of them, in order to write about a librarian and a library, which I planned to do in MURDER AT THE 42ND STREET LIBRARY, I needed to do more than read about it or look at one; I needed to feel what it’s like to work in a library. I’d been to the New York Public Library’s main branch, the 42nd Street Library hundreds of times, so the iconic structure at the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue presented itself as the logical place to house my new protagonist Raymond Ambler. To do so, I made him curator of the library’s (fictional) crime fiction collection.

Next, I wormed my way into an appointment to the Frederick Lewis Allen Memorial Room at the 42nd Street Library. The Allen room at the 42nd Street end of the second floor marble corridor is designated for writers with a book contract who are making use of the general research collections. It requires a key card to enter and has a dozen or so desk spaces that one uses on a first-come first-served basis. It’s place where you can hang your hat, so to speak, and leave your materials (in a little cubby, desks are not reserved) overnight. The fact of the matter is I did have a book contract but my main purpose was not to use the research collection. My aim was to absorb—to be and work at the library until I knew in my bones what my new friend Raymond Ambler knew and felt. To that end, I spent most of the winter of 2012 ensconced on the second floor of the library writing the first draft of MURDER AT THE 42ND STREET LIBRARY. readmoreremove

Talia’s CAT-TASTIC Sabbatical

My dear librarians,

On a whim, I applied to be a cat nanny in Manchester, England. Several Skype interviews and a few letters of recommendation later… And the position is mine!
I cannot wait for the many hours of snuggling, biscuit-making, and paw pad squishing! Let’s not forget the endless hours of toe floof and if I’m really lucky:


As you can imagine, my library marketing travels enabled me to accrue a bazillion airline and hotel points and I will be using all of them for this 4 month sabbatical. It’s been an honor working with y’all… Goodbye for now and see you all again in September!


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Macmillan E-Galleys Now on Kindle!

HUGE NEWS: Macmillan e-galleys on Edelweiss can now be read on your Kindle!

This change affects all current and future download review copies and applies to all Kindle devices and apps. We know many of you have asked for this change and we thank you for your patience.

Now get reading!

download review copy edelweissDon’t see the green button? Then get whitelisted for pre-approved access to Macmillan e-galleys!

Happy National Grammar Day!

It’s one of our favorite holidays, National Grammar Day!

To celebrate, Grammar Girl (Mignon Fogarty) appeared on the “Today Show” earlier this week to offer her expertise as Hoda and Kathie Lee quizzed some teachers in the audience.


In Love with Reading… About Love

I’m a closeted romantic, but only when it comes to film.

My favorite movies include the THE PROPOSAL (who can resist Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock?), THE WEDDING DATE (based on the book, ASKING FOR TROUBLE), BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY, and SOMEONE LIKE YOU (based on the book, ANIMAL HUSBANDRY). I can watch these movies over and over no matter how improbable the situations depicted in them may be.

How was I to know that if these sort of  “I can’t  believe I’ve been in love with my best friend this whole time” or “I can’t believe that my sworn enemy is my soul mate” scenarios appeared in books that they may prove just as irresistible to me as their film counterparts?

Well, it wasn’t until I read Leisa Rayven’s BAD ROMEO, BROKEN JULIET , WICKED HEART & M. Pierce’s NIGHT OWL and LAST LIGHT (back to back, in one sitting each!) that I was hooked on love and in love with reading about love.  I couldn’t get enough of love! I didn’t care who or how they fell in love, I just wanted more…love.

Next up is Sylvia Day’s ONE WITH YOU.  But my dear readers, what should I read after that?




PS Check out these adorably clever Valentine’s Day-themed e-cards from our Library Journal pals.

Anne’s Time “Auf”

Anne is “auf” on vacation!

For the next two weeks she will be visiting family in Germany, eating pretzels, drinking beer, and having fun with baby Daniel in a new country. And of course, marveling at the libraries and bookstores in Stuttgart and beyond.

She’ll be back on the blog on Monday, February 22. Until then, be good to Talia!

…means “book love.”

A Long Winter’s Nap …err, Break

♫♪♫♫♪ ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Flatiron Building,
Not a publicist was pitching, not even a phone a ringing.
The books were already put up on the shelves with care,
Because no one at Macmillan would be there. ♫♪♫♫♪

Macmillan’s offices are closed from 1:00pm on Tuesday, Dec. 24 through New Year’s Day, but we’re breaking early for a well-deserved vacation. We intend to do a lot of reading while we’re off on our long, winter break and we hope you do, too. We hope you have happy and safe holidays and we’ll see you in the new year at ALA Midwinter!