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The Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) announced the finalists for the 29th annual Lambda Literary Awards (a.k.a. the “Lammys”) celebrating achievements in LGBT literature. We’re waving our rainbow flag in support of these nine nominees from Macmillan!
THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO, BUT THEY DO by Cathleen Schine
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
BESTIARY by Donika Kelly
RAPTURE by Sjohnna McCray
The 2016 Publishing Triangle Awards finalists, honoring the best LGBTQ fiction, nonfiction and poetry, as well as the year’s best trans and gender-variant literature, include these six Macmillan books:
Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction
THE NARROW DOOR by Paul Lisicky (Graywolf Press)
Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry
BESTIARY by Donika Kelly (Graywolf Press)
Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
RAPTURE by Sjohnna McCray (Graywolf Press)
Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
HIDE by Matthew Griffin (Bloomsbury USA)
Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction
MOONSTONE by Sjón; translated by Victoria Cribb (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO, BUT THEY DO by Cathleen Schine (Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux) readmoreremove
With FOUR phenomenal starred reviews and tons of acclaim, Julie Buntin’s MARLENA is the electric debut novel of 2017 you’ve been looking for!
“In Buntin’s vivid debut, Cath, now a New York City public librarian in her thirties, tells the story of the friendship that changed her forever. Though Cath tells her story in flashbacks, Buntin’s prose is emotional and immediate, and the interior lives she draws of young women and obsessive best friends are Ferrante-esque.” — Booklist, starred review
“In her impressive debut novel, Buntin displays a remarkable control of tone and narrative arc. Buntin is particularly sensitive to the misery of adolescent angst, and Cat’s growing happiness in Marlena’s friendship runs like an electric wire through the narrative. The novel is poignant and unforgettable, a sustained eulogy for Marlena’s ‘glow… that lives in lost things, that sets apart the gone forever.’” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Sensitive and smart and arrestingly beautiful, debut novelist Buntin’s tale of the friendship between two girls in the woods of Northern Michigan makes coming-of-age stories feel both urgent and new. Devastating; as unforgettable as it is gorgeous.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Buntin perfectly captures a burning and essential friendship with lasting consequences and that terrible moment when we make a wrong turn and can’t go back. An exceptional portrait, disturbing and precisely observed; highly recommended.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove
Greedy Pigs, Hungry Hippos, Demonic Deer and the Summer of Space Opera come to Tor.com Publishing!
RIVER OF TEETH by Sarah Gailey
Out: May 23
“Man-eating hippo mayhem is my new favorite mayhem. Gailey’s debut is a gift of violent, unexpected glee.” — Kevin Hearne
THE RUIN OF ANGELS by Max Gladstone
Out: September 5
The critically acclaimed epic fantasy Craft Sequence that Patrick Rothfuss called “stupefyingly good” begins anew on Tor.com Publishing, with a heist in a god-haunted desert.
THE LAMB WILL SLAUGHTER THE LION by Margaret Killjoy
Out: August 15
The Dispossessed meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this dropkick-in-the-mouth punk fantasy that Alan Moore calls “scary and energetic.”
A SONG FOR QUIET by Cassandra Khaw
Out: August 29
A subversive Persons Non Grata Lovecraftian horror novella from Cassandra Khaw, author of HAMMERS ON BONE, set in 1940s America in the grips of Jim Crow.
ALL SYSTEMS RED by Martha Wells
Out: May 2
The first novella in the Murderbot Diaries, a new science fiction action and adventure series that tackles questions of the ethics of sentient robotics, perfect for fans of Westworld and Ex Machina.
KILLING GRAVITY by Corey J. White
Out: May 9
This debut novella begins the Voidwitch Saga—a butt-kicking, mind-expanding space opera series starring a psychic supersoldier fleeing from an organization that terrorizes the galaxy.
GREEDY PIGS by Matt Wallace
Out: May 16
The fifth Sin du Jour Affair by Matt Wallace subjects the caterers of Sin du Jour to clients fouler than demons, more decadent than goblin kings, and more dangerous than anything they’ve faced before: politicians.
LIGHTNING IN THE BLOOD by Marie Brennan
Out: May 30
In the sequel to COLD-FORGED FLAME, Ree, a roaming Archeron, spirit of legend and time and physically now bound to her current form, must fully uncover her true identity.
MAPPING THE INTERIOR by Stephen Graham Jones
Out: June 20
Walking through his own house at night, a fifteen-year-old thinks he sees another person stepping through a doorway. Instead of the people who could be there, his mother or his brother, the figure reminds him of his long-gone father, who died mysteriously before his family left the reservation. When he follows it he discovers his house is bigger and deeper than he knew.
THE GHOST LINE by Andrew Neil Gray and J. S. Herbison
Out: July 11
Not all is as it seems on the Martian Queen in this haunting work of science fiction by debut authors Andrew Neil Gray and J. S. Herbison that blends the Expanse series with the grandeur of the Titanic. readmoreremove
Happy #ThrillerThursday! First, some nice awards news: three Minotaur titles have been nominated for the 2017 Barry Awards:
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
The readers of Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine will vote on these nominations and the award winners will be announced as part of the Opening Ceremonies of Bouchercon in Toronto on October 12, 2017.
Here’s what we’re reading this week:
THE FIFTH ELEMENT by Jorgen Brekke
Two starred reviews! Set in northern Norway around Trondheim, Brekke’s “stellar”* third installment in his Odd Singsaker homicide detective series is divided into four sections and follows what happens when Odd searches for his missing wife. “This narrative device is initially perplexing, but it all makes perfect sense in the end.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred review
BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA by Nicolas Obregon
Two starred reviews! “After a tantalizing prologue, Obregon maintains a high level of suspense throughout his superior fiction debut, an intricately constructed whodunit that doesn’t sacrifice depth of characterization for plot. While the complex mystery itself will keep readers turning pages, the book’s real strength is Iwata, a compellingly tormented lead, whose demons don’t prevent him from doggedly pursuing the truth.” — Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review readmoreremove
March is Women’s History Month and today happens to be International Womens Day! Ladies, we salute you, and we recommend these titles:
DIVIDED WE STAND: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics by Marjorie J. Spruill
THIS FIGHT IS OUR FIGHT: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class by Elizabeth Warren
MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY by Coretta Scott King & Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds
A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA by Melissa Fleming
THE MEANING OF MICHELLE: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own by Veronica Chambers
IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero
LES PARISIENNES: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation by Anne Sebba
EVERYDAY SEXISM by Laura Bates
THE GEEK FEMINIST REVOLUTION by Kameron Hurley
PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt
There are more recommendations in our Women’s History Month Edelweiss collection.
Plus, C.E. Morgan’s THE SPORT OF KINGS and Yewande Omotoso’s THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR have been longlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction!
The stars are aligning for these new and forthcoming nonfiction books:
HAVANA: A Subtropical Delirium by Mark Kurlansky
“This little gem of a book by the prolific Kurlansky is a revelation. At a most auspicious moment in the history of Cuba and Havana, Kurlansky, who has spent much time in the country as a journalist, writes an eloquent love letter to one of the world’s great cities.” — Booklist, starred review
“This extremely readable book is not preachy, not dogmatic, not shrill. As in life, there is a mixture of both good and evil, and Kurlansky, a frequent Cuba correspondent, covers it well.” — Library Journal, starred review
FEAR CITY: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics by Kim Phillips-Fein
“Phillips-Fein, professor of history at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, makes municipal bonds exciting in this painstakingly researched revisionist account of the 1970s fiscal crisis that shook New York to its core. The book should be required reading for all those interested in the past, present, and future of democratic politics.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Sobering, smart reading with many pointed lessons for activists.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday!
EDGAR AND LUCY by Victor Lodato
A March 2017 Indie Next pick with two starred reviews! In this second novel from the author of the award-winning MATHILDA SAVITCH, a mother has a complicated love for her unusual child and vice versa, and their drive to create family wherever they can find it. “Through numerous changing viewpoints, the truth is gradually revealed, creating suspense and rewarding readers with unexpected parallels and touching connections. Lodato’s remarkable novel traces a broken family’s spiritual journey toward healing in moving, magical prose.” — Booklist, starred review
YOU ARE HERE: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds by Jenny Lawson
New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lawson: WRECK THIS JOURNAL meets HYPERBOLE AND A HALF in a book destined to be a classic—part therapy, part best friend, part humor, and part coloring book complete with Jenny’s amazingly intricate illustrations, all on perforated pages that can be easily torn out, hung up, and shared. readmoreremove