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2017 National Book Critics Circle Awards Winners

Congratulations to our 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award winners and honorees!

PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier

John McPhee (DRAFT NO. 4: On the Writing Process) is the recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Named after the first president of the NBCC, the award is given annually to a person or institution, who has, over time, made significant contributions to book culture.

Carmen Maria Machado’s debut story collection, HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES, is the recipient of the fourth annual John Leonard Prize, established to recognize outstanding first books in any genre and named in honor of founding NBCC member John Leonard.

The recipient of the 2017 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing is Charles Finch. Finch is the author of the Charles Lenox mysteries, including THE WOMAN IN THE WATER and A BEAUTIFUL BLUE DEATH, which was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007.

Thriller Thursday (3/15/18 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday to chilling debuts and returning sleuths:

SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney
Also available in audio
A March 2018 LibraryReads pick and one of Bustle’s “2018 Debuts You Need in Your TBR Pile!” My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me: 1. I’m in a coma. 2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore. 3. Sometimes I lie. So opens this brilliant psychological thriller by former BBC news producer, Alice Feeney. “…a serpentine tale of betrayal, madness, and murder. Feeney is definitely a writer to watch.” — Publishers Weekly

There’s plenty of intrigue, sex, and drugs in this fast-paced mystery, set against a backdrop of gentrifying London, from the writer of the Zigic and Ferreira crime series. “In this stand-alone, her ability to write a complex and nuanced psychological thriller is clearly manifest. Recommend to fans of social realism in crime fiction, from Georges Simenon straight on through to Dennis Lehane.” — Booklist, starred review

FADE TO BLACK by David Rosenfelt
Also available in audio
In the thrilling sequel to BLACKOUT from David Rosenfelt, policeman Doug Brock helps a fellow victim of amnesia untangle a murder case and discovers he may not be as distant as he thinks. “…[T]he tingly, sinister mood gives readers plenty to enjoy.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (3/13/18 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to stories about families and all things literary, weird, and wonderful:

THE MERRY SPINSTER: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg
A “Most Anticipated Book of 2018” with two starred reviews! “Unlike most modern versions of fairy tales, Ortberg’s sly, scathing renditions avoid clichés and self-referential edginess, and instead strike directly at the heart. The book brings the shock of the new and the shock of recognition into play at the same time; it’s a tour de force of skill, daring, and hard-earned bravura.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

A Publishers Weekly Spring 2018 Literary Fiction Pick & Anticipated Debut! A mesmerizing, indelible coming-of-age story about a girl in Boston’s tightly-knit Ethiopian community who falls under the spell of a charismatic hustler out to change the world. “Tamirat’s wonderful debut novel weaves growing pains, immigrant troubles, and moments of biting humor. The unsettling conclusion serves as a perfect ending for this riveting coming-of-age story full of murky motives, deep emotion, and memorable characters.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

WHISKEY by Bruce Holbert
Two starred reviews! Two brothers—fiercely loyal and just plain fierce—are bound together by a series of darkly comedic and hauntingly violent events. “[An] impressive novel… Like Cormac McCarthy, another bard of the modern West’s brutality, Holbert finds beauty and cruelty in the land, in the tease and punch of eloquently elliptical dialogue, and in the way humans struggle for love, self-knowledge, and a grip on life. A gut-punch of a bleak family saga that satisfies on many levels.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

MEMENTO PARK by Mark Sarvas
Two starred reviews! A son learns more about his father than he ever could have imagined when a mysterious piece of art is unexpectedly restored to him. “Because of its scope and deft handling of aspects of identity in matters of love, family, religion, and loss, this literary work is highly recommended to the broadest audience.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth
From the author of LibraryReads pick THE THINGS WE KEEP comes a new suburban drama about desperate mothers, secrets among neighbors, and things women keep hidden. “With jaw-dropping discoveries, and realistic consequences, this novel is not to be missed. Perfect for lovers of BIG LITTLE LIES.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

BookExpo 2018 Editors’ Buzz Picks

We’re thrilled to have three Macmillan titles chosen for BookExpo’s 2018 Editors’ Buzz panels:

SHE WOULD BE KING by Wayétu Moore
Available September 11, 2018 from Graywolf Press
Adult Editor’s Buzz Panel Selection
Moore’s powerful debut novel blends history and magical realism in a reimagining of the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond.

SMALL ANIMALS: Parenthood in the Age of Fear by Kim Brooks
Available August 21, 2018 from Flatiron Books
Adult Editor’s Buzz Panel Selection
A compelling blend of personal memoir, investigative reporting, and sociological criticism about parenthood and fear—based on a viral essay by an author whose work has been called “striking” (New York Times Book Review) and “beautiful” (National Book Critics Circle).

SADIE by Courtney Summers
Available September 4, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Young Adult Editor’s Buzz Panel Selection
A gripping novel about the depth of a sister’s love, a missing girl on a journey of revenge, and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she’s left behind.

Don’t forget to get your free tickets for “An Evening With Senator Bernie Sanders” (Thursday, May 31 from 6:15-7:15pm), where he’ll discuss his new book, WHERE WE GO FROM HERE.


Sneak Peek: April 2018 Indie Next List

Four Macmillan titles made the April 2018 Indie Next list!

THE ITALIAN PARTY by Christina Lynch
“In her gracefully written debut, as effervescent as spumante, Lynch dramatizes the allure and power of secrets—in politics and marriage—while depicting with sly humor the collision between American do-gooder naïveté and Italian culture. Italophiles and anyone interested in spying and the expat experience (think Chris Pavone’s THE EXPATS) will love the spot-on social commentary.” — Library Journal, starred review

AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline
Anna is a drop-dead gorgeous sixteen-year-old with a secret dark side and when she turns up dead, all fingers point to her stepfather. “[A] nail-biting domestic thriller…. Filled with plenty of twists and complex characters, this entertaining story builds to a satisfying conclusion.” — Publishers Weekly

WAITING FOR TOMORROW by Nathacha Appanah
This compelling novel tracks the complicated relationship of a married couple, who struggle with preserving their separate identities within their relationship, their individual artistic freedoms, and integrity, and how it all relates back to their nanny. “…the characters are complicated and well-drawn and the story immersive.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove


We’ve adored Katherine Center ever since we read HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS, and we think her new novel, HOW TO WALK AWAY, will be a breakout book perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes.

Don’t believe us? Then read these starred reviews:

“Center knows how to keep the pages turning, ensuring readers will be completely swept up in Margaret’s story. With its appealing characters and wisdom about grappling with life’s challenges, Center’s sixth novel has all the makings of a breakout hit.” — Booklist, starred review

“A story about survival that is heartbreakingly honest and wryly funny, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes and Elizabeth Berg.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“So, I just finished HOW TO WALK AWAY by Katherine Center. I loved, loved, loved this book. It was involving, and funny, and touching, and romantic. The voice of the main character, Margaret reminded me so much of Louisa Clark from ME BEFORE YOU.Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Library, Raleigh NC

Going to TxLA 2018? Don’t miss your chance to meet Katherine at the Authors for Your Book Club Panel on Thursday, April 5 from 2:45-3:45pm. readmoreremove

2017 Triangle Awards Finalists

We’re waving our rainbow flag in support of our 2017 Publishing Triangle Awards finalists, honoring the best LGBTQ fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as the year’s best trans and gender-variant literature:

Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
ABANDON ME by Melissa Febos

Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry
SOME SAY: Poems by Maureen N. McLane

Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
DON’T CALL US DEAD by Danez Smith
HALF-LIGHT: Collected Poems, 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart

Finalists for the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature
DON’T CALL US DEAD by Danez Smith

Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado

Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado  readmoreremove

2018 Man Booker International Prize Finalists

Macmillan is proud to have two finalists for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world:

THE SEVENTH FUNCTION OF LANGUAGE by Laurent Binet, translated by Sam Taylor

LIKE A FADING SHADOW by Antonio Muñoz Molina, translated by Camilo A. Ramirez readmoreremove


What would you do if you were sent to death row for a crime you didn’t commit? What would you do if you were finally exonerated and released 30 years later?

This happened to Anthony Ray Hinton, who in 1985, was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. An incompetent defense attorney and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South put Hinton on Death Row at Holman State Prison, until civil rights attorney and bestselling author of JUST MERCY, Bryan Stevenson, helped Hinton win his release in 2015.

Hinton shares his story in THE SUN DOES SHINE: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row (with a foreword by Stevenson), an extraordinary testament to the power of hope and love sustained through the darkest times, and ultimately justice. THE SUN DOES SHINE has two starred reviews:

“His memoir…is a troubling, moving, and ultimately exalting journey…. With a huge print run, Hinton’s incredible story and social-justice star Stevenson, who wrote the foreword, will draw major attention.” — Booklist, starred review

“Intense… Hinton’s life is one of inspiration, which he wonderfully relays here in bitingly honest prose.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Happy Women’s History Month/International Women’s Day 2018!

March is Women’s History Month and today we celebrate International Women’s Day! Get inspired by our 2018 ALA Amelia Bloomer Project Book List titles (best feminist books):

GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust

For Women’s History Month, The New York Times’s staff book critics chose “15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century.” Here are the Macmillan picks:

OUTLINE by Rachel Cusk
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado

Some of our faves on shelves now:
NASTY WOMEN: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America, edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay & Kate Harding
WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele
GEEK GIRL RISING: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech by Heather Cabot & Samantha Walravens
REAL AMERICAN by Julie Lythcott-Haims

And future faves coming to your shelves soon:
ELOQUENT RAGE: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
MINORITY LEADER: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change by Stacey Abrams
A POLITICALLY INCORRECT FEMINIST: Creating a Movement with Bitches, Lunatics, Dykes, Prodigies, Warriors, and Wonder Women by Phyllis Chesler readmoreremove