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All Things Ann Cleeves! (And a Free Murder Mystery Game)

Friends, we can’t get enough of Ann Cleeves. The prolific mystery author of the Vera Stanhope and Shetland Island series is being awarded the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Diamond Dagger, which is the highest honor in British Crime Writing!

Did you also know that in 2016, Ann was appointed as a National Libraries Day ambassador, an annual celebration that highlights the importance of libraries and the vitally important public services they provide both to individuals and their communities? She also set up reading groups in prisons as part of the Inside Books project. Don’t forget the Vera TV series starring actress Brenda Blethyn is available through Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Acorn TV, too!

AnnCleeves_MysteryPack.inddTo celebrate the forthcoming publication of COLD EARTH (book #7 in the Shetland Island series, on sale 4/18), Ann has developed a murder mystery game for libraries and booksellers, based around a traditional Shetland Sunday tea!

The script is designed to be read by four actors, and directions on how to stage the event are also included. Plus, Minotaur Books will provide three Ann Cleeves Shetland series books to use as a prize when you host your murder mystery game!

Click here to download the murder mystery game PDF and email Martin Quinn for more information about book prizes.

Ann also answered some questions for us about COLD EARTH:

Please share some of your creative process. What research do you typically do for your Shetland books, and what research went into COLD EARTH? How was the creative process different with COLD EARTH than with the previous books?

My research certainly isn’t hard work! I visit the islands, sit in my friends’ kitchens, drink tea and gossip. I listen to their preoccupations. COLD EARTH started with the title, which is unusual for me. Often that’s the very last thing to arrive. This quartet is based around the elements: DEAD WATER, THIN AIR and now COLD EARTH. Earth made me think about the burial service: ‘Earth to earth, dust to dust.’ So, the story starts with a funeral. In 2003 there was a serious landslide that cut the island in two. More earth. It just missed a small croft house. I used that as a dramatic opening to the novel. It set the theme of secrets buried and uncovered. readmoreremove

DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES Giveaway

If you loved Seanan McGuire‘s magical, mysterious EVERY HEART A DOORWAY (we know you did—it was an April 2016 LibraryReads pick!), then you’ll definitely want to read the next book in McGuire’s Wayward Children series, DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES.

This standalone dark novel suitable for adult and young adult readers of urban fantasy explores what happened to EVERY HEART A DOORWAY‘s Jack and Jill before they tumbled into Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. Thrust into a world of monsters and mad scientists, the twin girls find something they thought they’d never experience: choice.

We’re offering free advance readers copies of DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES 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: Down Among the Sticks and Bones) and remember to include your library’s mailing address.

Once you’ve read and loved it, nominate it for LibraryReads (deadline: April 20)!
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Fall 2017 Catalogs Now Available Online!

Macmillan’s Fall 2017 catalogs are now available online!

Take your time to comb through all of our wonderful titles coming out later this year. As always, please let us know if you have any questions.

Click here for the full list of Macmillan Fall 2017 catalogs on Edelweiss.

Mystery Awards News & a Cozy Sampler!

Happy #ThrillerThursday, lovely librarians. We have SO MUCH great mystery awards news for you, with our nominees for the 2017 Edgar Awards, the 2016 Agatha Awards, and the 2017 Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Awards, plus a special CWA Diamond Dagger honoree!

2017 Edgar Award nominees (full list) — honoring the best in mystery

Best Fact Crime
MORGUE: A Life in Death by Dr. Vincent DiMaio & Ron Franscell (St. Martin’s Press)

Mary Higgins Clark Award
SAY NO MORE by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)

MWA Grand Masters
Ellen Hart (FEVER IN THE DARK/The Jane Lawless Mysteries, Minotaur Books)
Max Allan Collins (BETTER DEAD, Forge Books)

The winners will be announced on April 27.

2016 Agatha Award nominees (full list) — honoring the “traditional mystery” and the cozy subgenre

Best Contemporary Novel:
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
SAY NO MORE by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)

Best Historical Novel:
THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur Books)

Best First Novel:
TERROR IN TAFFETA by Marla Cooper (Minotaur Books)
DESIGN FOR DYING by Renee Patrick (Forge Books)

The winners will be announced on April 29.

2017 Lefty Awards nominees (full list) — fan awards chosen by registered members of the Left Coast Crime convention

Lefty for Best Mystery Novel
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)

Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel
DIE LIKE AN EAGLE by Donna Andrews (Minotaur Books)

Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel (Bruce Alexander Memorial)
A DEATH ALONG THE RIVER FLEET by Susanna Calkins (Minotaur Books)
THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur Books)

Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel
TERROR IN TAFFETA by Marla Cooper (Minotaur Books)
DESIGN FOR DYING by Renee Patrick (Forge Books)

The winners will be announced on March 18.

In more amazing mystery news, Ann Cleeves (THE CROW TRAP) is being awarded the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Diamond Dagger Award, which is the highest honor in British crime writing!

The award recognizes authors whose careers have been marked by sustained excellence, and have made a significant contribution to the genre. She will be honored during the CWA’s Dagger Awards ceremony in London on October 26.

Cleeves said, “It’s a huge honor to be recognized by my peers, the crime-writers whose books, friendship and support I’ve enjoyed for more than thirty years. I am privileged to have had such a happy career and I will always be grateful for the support of booksellers and forever indebted to the passion and expertise of librarians, without whom I wouldn’t still be writing today.”

Looking for a new cozy mystery author to love? Our friends at Minotaur Books have put together a complimentary COZY CASE FILES Winter 2017 sampler, available for download right now on Edelweiss and as a Read it Now! title on NetGalley.

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Teen Talk Tuesday (1/17/17)

New Year, new YA books (plus a giveaway)! Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us today at 4pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading and loving.

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
Ages 13 to 18
After years of wishing, Scarlett and little sister, Tella, finally attend Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show. However, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend, and the first person to find her wins the game. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is an elaborate performance, but whether it’s real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, otherwise her sister disappears forever. “[A] magnificent debut novel… Intriguing characters, an imaginative setting, and evocative writing combine to create a spellbinding tale of love, loss, sacrifice, and hope.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Caraval prize packsTo celebrate the publication of CARAVAL, we’re giving away 5 prize packs that include a coloring map of Caraval, colored pencils, and a drawstring bag!

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Caraval) by Sunday, Feb. 5, and make sure to include your library’s mailing address. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

UPDATE 2/7/17: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners:

Jenny Manca, Allen Public Library, Allen TX
Vicki Bartz, Ortonville Public Library, Ortonville MN
Lisa Hollander, Syosset Public Library, Syosset NY
Rebecca Novotny, Hopper M.S. Library, Cypress TX
Dana Rosen-Perez, Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield NJ readmoreremove

St. Martin’s First – Spring/Summer 2017 E-Sampler

New Year, new talent! Download debut novel excerpts from the complimentary Spring/Summer 2017 St. Martin’s First Sampler today!

With your help, St. Martin’s Press has launched the careers of countless bestselling writers—Jonathan Tropper, Dan Brown, Augusten Burroughs, Louise Penny, and Lev Grossman were all first-time authors that St. Martin’s Press nurtured to publication and were read and beloved by you. Help us do it again by downloading, reading, and sharing your love for the next group of authors before they become bestsellers!

The SMP First S17 e-sampler is available for download on Edelweiss and is a Read it Now! title on NetGalley. And if you love something, SHOUT about it!

Titles include:
THE BOOK OF SUMMER by Michelle Gable
SOME BRIGHT MORNING, I’LL FLY AWAY by Alice Anderson
THE ATLAS OF FORGOTTEN PLACES by Jenny D. Williams
THE WARDROBE MISTRESS by Meghan Masterson
THE IDEA OF YOU by Robinne Lee
THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK by Kristen Lepionka
THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH by Candace Ganger
ACCORDING TO A SOURCE by Abby Stern
STARS OVER CLEAR LAKE by Loretta Ellsworth

Happy Reading!

Graywolf’s Spring 2017 Catalog

graywolfs17catalogThe Graywolf Press Spring 2017 catalog is here! Click here to see the forthcoming books that will be released from May through August 2017 (Edwidge Danticat! Percival Everett!).

Graywolf Press is a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of contemporary American and international literature. They champion outstanding writers at all stages of their careers to ensure that diverse voices can be heard in a crowded marketplace. They believe books that nourish the individual spirit and enrich the broader culture must be supported by attentive editing, superior design, and creative promotion. For more information, visit www.graywolfpress.org.

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

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