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Who Can You Trust (to Publish YOU)?

It’s St. Martin’s Press! They’re sponsoring the Who Can You Trust? writing contest to celebrate the upcoming publication of A DIVIDED SPY by Charles Cumming.

The contest details are simple—write up to 1,000 words on how trust (or distrust) has changed your outlook on life in some way. Five winners will receive $250 and their submissions will be published in the paperback and ebook versions of A DIVIDED SPY!

Full contest details can be found at ADividedSpy.com.

Praise for A DIVIDED SPY:

“Bestseller Cumming’s nuanced, suspenseful third Thomas Kell novel… unfold[s] in a perfectly constructed plot that proves once again that Cumming is among today’s top spy thriller writers. ” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Cumming not only tells a moving human story here, he also constructs an airtight espionage plot full of unanticipated twists and leading up to a perfectly orchestrated finale.” — Booklist, starred review

“The prolific Cumming…writes with ruefully brittle intelligence and keeps the twists coming. ” — Kirkus Reviews

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Thanks-Giveaway!

thanksgiveawayBecause it’s Friday, and it’s almost Thanksgiving, we’re giving away signed copies of assorted books to FIVE lucky librarians to show how much we appreciate YOU! Up for grabs:

A DOG’S PURPOSE by W. Bruce Cameron (2 copies available)

NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff

THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS by Mark Frost (audiobook edition read by an all-star cast, including Kyle MacLachlan!)

YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Levithan & Nina LaCour (signed only by David)

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Thanksgiveaway) by Sunday, Dec. 4, and make sure to include your library’s mailing address. You’re welcome to specify a certain title you’re interested in, but this is a random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

UPDATE 12/6: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners:

Meagan Towle, Lamoille Union High School, Hyde Park VT
Nancy M. Sanders, Marion County Public Library System-Forest Branch, Ocklawaha FL
Lauren Read, Beaufort County Library-Hilton Head Branch, Hilton Head Island SC
Rachel Eyermann, Churubusco Public Library, Churubusco IN
Jean Anderson, South Central Library System, Madison WI readmoreremove

Marie Marquardt on Immigrants, Issues & the Healing Power of Libraries

Last year, Marie Marquardt leapt onto the YA scene with her debut novel, DREAM THINGS TRUE, a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town. Her second YA novel, THE RADIUS OF US, explores the American dream again, but this time through the lenses of two traumatized teens who find healing in love.

Marie Marquardt has a message for librarians, but first, we’re offering complimentary advance readers copies of THE RADIUS OF US to any U.S.-based librarian who requests one (limited quantity available).

To get your copy, email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Radius of Us) and don’t forget to include your library’s mailing address.

Take it away, Marie!

Dear YA Librarian,

I am thrilled to write to you about my new young adult novel, THE RADIUS OF US, which will be published by St. Martin’s Press on January 17, 2017. As a story featuring immigrants and asylum-seekers seeking refuge in the United States, this book addresses timely and important themes, and I hope you’ll be willing to tell your young patrons about it.

I’ve spent two decades working with Latin American immigrant families in the South. I also run a non-profit called El Refugio that serves immigrants and asylum-seekers in detention. This work inspired my debut novel, DREAM THINGS TRUE, which was published in 2015. To research THE RADIUS OF US, I traveled to El Salvador and to detention facilities across the U.S., where I met with teenagers fleeing gang violence and seeking asylum.

Told in alternating first person points of view, THE RADIUS OF US is a story of love, sacrifice, and the journey from victim to survivor. It’s about a boy from El Salvador, who ran from a city torn-through with violence, looking for a safe place to call home. It’s about an American girl who no longer feels safe anywhere, except maybe when she’s with him. And most importantly, THE RADIUS OF US is about two people struggling to overcome trauma and find healing in love.

I’m especially enthusiastic to share this story with librarians and library patrons, because for thirty-three years, libraries have been my refuge, and librarians have been the ones that welcomed me in. readmoreremove

2017 Community Reads Recommendations

fye2017Although our Academic Marketing division created the “Books for the First-Year Experience” for colleges and universities, we strongly believe that the titles featured in this catalog foster the sort of discussion and self-reflection that make library-led, city-wide reading programs so memorable.

The updated catalog for 2017 is now available and features titles such as:

BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT by Damon Tweedy
IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE by Diane Guerrero
GIVE US THE BALLOT by Ari Berman
ADNAN’S STORY by Rabia Chaudry
CITIZEN by Claudia Rankine

For more information about these books and other FYE titles, please visit the interactive website or download the catalog as a PDF.

James Herriot 100

herriot100This month was legendary veterinarian James Herriot’s centennial (he would have been 100 on October 3). His bestselling memoirs include ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL, ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL, ALL THINGS WISE AND WONDERFUL, THE LORD GOD MADE THEM ALL, and EVERY LIVING THING; and were adapted for TV—Christopher Timothy played James Herriot on the BBC version of ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL.

Our friends at Macmillan Audio are celebrating #Herriot100 with a new updated and revised teacher’s guide for ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL. It’s Common Core compatible and includes audio-friendly questions and activities. Download your complimentary copy and make sure to visit Macmillan Audio’s 100 Years of James Herriot website to hear clips from James Herriot audiobooks.

“Christopher Timothy, who played James Herriot on the BBC version of ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL, recreates a variety of rich Yorkshire accents impeccably… Each character has a distinct voice and personality… Masterfully narrated, this is a joy to listen to.” — AudioFile

“These eight stories, read by Jim Dale in the voice of Herriot, recount the illnesses, surprises, and puzzles surrounding the cows, pigs, cats and working sheep dogs found on many English farms… He also captures all the kindness of the beloved Herriot in this collection for animal lovers of all ages.” — AudioFile on JAMES HERRIOT’S TREASURY FOR CHILDREN

“James Herriot… is one of those rare men who know how to appreciate the ordinary… A natural storyteller.” — The New York Times

Kristin Hannah & Liane Moriarty Signed Books for YOU!

tmg-nightingalekristinhannahlianemoriartyIt’s not every day that #1 New York Times bestselling authors Kristin Hannah & Liane Moriarty stop by your office, but when they do, you get them to sign books!

Both ladies were generous enough to sign 3 copies each of THE NIGHTINGALE and TRULY, MADLY, GUILTY to give away to six lucky #librariansonly!

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: NIGHTINGALE/TMG giveaway) by Sunday, Oct. 16. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

UPDATE 10/17/16: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners:

Gregg Winsor, Johnson County Library, Overland Park KS
Becky Greer, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, Ruskin FL
Joan Laderberg, Wahab Public Law Library, Virginia Beach VA
Melissa Searles, GEP Dodge Library, Bennington NH
Jill Johnson, Jefferson Middle School Library, Aurora IL
Laura Jones, Argos Community Schools, Argos IL

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Banned Books Week 2016

Happy Banned Books Week, lovely librarians! This is the week (Sept 25 – Oct. 1) to re-read and recommend all your favorite banned and challenged books.

This year’s theme is diversity and the lovely folks at BBW have put together a list of frequently challenged books with diverse content, as well as resources for librarians and free downloadable art to help spread the word about Banned Books Week.

The ALA also has lots of great resources on Banned Books Week, including lists of frequently challenged books, banned/challenged classics, top 10 frequently challenged books, the 100 most frequently challenged books by decade, the most frequently challenged authors of the 21st century, and MORE free downloadable materials.

Share your love of banned books all week long!

Take a selfie with your favorite banned book and tweet it out to @BannedBooksWeek with the hashtag #ireadbannedbooks. If you’re feeling inspired to read aloud, we highly recommend that you submit a banned book reading video to the Virtual Read-Out page on YouTube.

Check out BannedBooksWeek.org for more live and online events, including this free webinar on Thursday, Sept. 29 about how librarians can help support authors whose books have been banned or challenged.

Thank you for continuing the fight for our FREADOM!

Sign Up Now: “Crime Fiction to Quicken the Blood” Booklist Webinar

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Just in time for Halloween, tune in to Booklist‘s “Crime Fiction to Quicken the Blood” webinar on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 1pm Central.

Anne “sweet teeth [from too much Halloween candy]” Spieth will be sharing the best new mysteries from Macmillan that will have you reading late into the night (and possibly keeping the lights on after you finish!).

Click here to RSVP. See you there—it’s going to be killer!

Spring 2017 Catalogs Now Available Online!

Fall means it’s the season of pumpkin spice everything, but we’ve already sprung forward to bring you Macmillan’s Spring 2017 catalogs on Edelweiss!

Take your time to peruse all of the excellent new Macmillan books coming out early next year. As always, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have questions.

Click here for the full list of Macmillan Spring 2017 catalogs.

FREE Book Buzz Presentations!

kittyblowyourmindMacmillan Library is pleased to offer #librariansonly unprecedented access to our book buzz presentations!

But what is a book buzz presentation?

Nearly 20 times a year, Team Macmillan Library hits the road (actually or virtually) to talk about books. For those librarians unable to join us, here is your go-to portal for all the goods on our favorite books. #ReadersAdvisoryMadeEasy
Click on each presentation’s link below to access the downloadable PowerPoint version and adapt as needed. (Email us if you would like to receive the corresponding script and/or handout for a specific presentation.)

“Buzzing about forthcoming books is a great way to keep your customers coming back, and for us, it’s turned out to be a great way to build community.”
— A. Issac “Ike” Pulver, Director, Saratoga Springs Public Library, Saratoga Springs NY in a
Booklist RA Showcase

Talia + Anne - cats pajamas editBut wait, there’s more! We also create CUSTOM presentations! SAY WHAT?!

Whether it’s for a staff development day, a regional book buzz, or a “new books” preview for the public, we are here to help!

To request a custom presentation for your library, email library@macmillanusa.com with the following information:

— Presentation date
— Target audience (library staff, patrons, teens, etc.)
— Presentation theme (upcoming seasonal releases, genre-specific, debuts, nonfiction only, YA, etc.)

All custom presentations require a minimum of one month advance notice before your event.

We will provide two drafts (one for initial review, another with your edits) and deliver the final file to you a minimum of three (3) days before your event.
If desired, please send us your library’s logo and/or any website/social media links to include in the header/footer section(s).

Presentations Available For Download*:

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