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Cultural Inspirations from Three Pines

GamacheSeries“In the bedroom Clara picked up the well-worn book beside Jane’s bed, C.S. Lewis’s, Surprised by Joy. It smelled of Floris.” — from STILL LIFE

Readers of Louise Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache series know that art and culture play a big a role in her satisfying mysteries. Minotaur Books invites you to explore creative works of cultural significance from the world of Three Pines in a countdown to the August 29th release of the new book, GLASS HOUSES.

Beginning this week and continuing every two weeks, GamacheSeries.com will reveal a new cultural reference drawn from each book in the series, complete with photos and an open discussion forum. You’re always welcome to join any current or past discussion of any of the works.

Cultural Inspirations from Three Pines discussion schedule:

Now Open: Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis from STILL LIFE
March 28: To be revealed from A FATAL GRACE
April 11: To be revealed from THE CRUELEST MONTH
April 25: To be revealed from A RULE AGAINST MURDER
May 9: To be revealed from THE BRUTAL TELLING
May 23: To be revealed from BURY YOUR DEAD
June 6: To be revealed from A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
June 20: To be revealed from THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
July 4: To be revealed from HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
July 18: To be revealed from THE LONG WAY HOME
August 1: To be revealed from THE NATURE OF THE BEAST
August 15: To be revealed from A GREAT RECKONING

You can also read about recipes inspired by Three Pines, the real places of Three Pines, and more here. Happy discussing, and vive Gamache!
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The Nature of the Feast

NatureoftheFeast“They ate by candlelight, the candles of all shapes and sizes flickering around the kitchen. Their plates were piled high with turkey and chestnut stuffing, candied yams and potatoes, peas and gravy.” — from STILL LIFE

Readers of Louise Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache series have come to relish the descriptions of food as much as her engrossing characters and satisfying mysteries. Minotaur Books is pleased to invite you to THE NATURE OF THE FEAST, a celebration of recipes from the world of Three Pines in a countdown to the August 30th release of the new book, A GREAT RECKONING.

Beginning today and continuing every two weeks, GamacheSeries.com will share a new recipe inspired from each book in the series, complete with photos and an open discussion forum. You’re always welcome to join any current or past discussion of any of the recipes.

THE NATURE OF THE FEAST recipe/discussion schedule:

Now Cooking: Roast Turkey and Chestnut Stuffing from STILL LIFE
April 5: Steak Frites with Mayonnaise from A FATAL GRACE
April 19: Sugar Pie from THE CRUELEST MONTH
May 3: Homemade Lemonade from A RULE AGAINST MURDER
May 17: Pain Doré from THE BRUTAL TELLING
May 31: French Onion Soup from BURY YOUR DEAD
June 14: Grilled Garlic Shrimp from A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
June 28: Cheese and Leek Dish with a Crunchy Crumble Top from THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
July 12: Trifle from HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
July 26: Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse from THE LONG WAY HOME
August 9: Apple and Avocado Salsa with Honey-Lime Dressing from THE NATURE OF THE BEAST

Bon Appetit!

The Real Places of Three Pines

 

GamacheSeries-stackedIf you’re a fan of Louise Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache series like we are, then you know that the village of Three Pines is fictional and can’t be found on a map. BUT it’s inspired by real places and Louise finally reveals where they are in a countdown leading up to the publication of her newest Gamache book, THE NATURE OF THE BEAST (on sale August 25).

Every two weeks GamacheSeries.com will reveal a real place that is the inspiration behind a fictional place in each of Louise’s books. Each post will include photos, an essay, and an area open for discussion.

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Booklist Book Clubs Abuzz webinar

Yesterday Talia “the troublemaker” Sherer highlighted her favorite titles during Booklist‘s Book Clubs Abuzz webinar. If you were lucky enough to listen in you chuckled at her jokes and cringed at her awful songs. If you missed out, don’t worry—we’ve got Talia’s top picks and a link to the archived webinar below.

Fiction: For Women, About Women
HOW TO TELL TOLEDO FROM THE NIGHT SKY by Lydia Netzer
FIREFLY LANE by Kristin Hannah (Talia called it “Beaches for the 21st century.”)
THE STORIES WE TELL by Patti Callahan Henry
LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY by Wilton Barnhardt

Historical Fiction
DARK AEMILIA by Sally O’Reilly (“Hilary Mantel crossed with A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES.”)
BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel
HILD by Nicola Griffith
HAVISHAM by Ronald Frame

Bestsellers
COME HOME by Lisa Scottoline
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT by Louise Penny (If you’ve never read Louise Penny, Talia offered to send you a complimentary copy of STILL LIFE! E-mail her now. For existing Penny fans, the Great Gamache re-read continues with A TRICK OF THE LIGHT right now…)

YA-OK & Teen
COMPLICIT by Stephanie Kuehn (“THREE STARRED REVIEWS!!!”)
CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn
A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS by Catherine Linka
ANNIHILATION by Jeff VanderMeer (“Another THREE STARRED REVIEWS for this creepy puppy!” Read more about the Southern Reach trilogy.)

Bonus Recommendations – these aren’t in the slides, but Talia looooooves them
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande (“His writing is smart and accessible. Plus, he’s cute.”)
THE GOOD SOLDIERS by David Finkel (“Absolutely haunting… one of the best books I’ve ever read about war.”)
MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver (“A charming debut mystery from a fellow librarian!”)

Make sure to check out Reading Group Gold for book news, contest information, early copies of upcoming books, and reading guides for select titles.

Click here to watch the webinar, or get the slides to the full presentation, which includes information about getting whitelisted on Edelweiss and participating in LibraryReads

Top eBook Lends for Libraries (as of 7/16/14)

Hey you! Whatcha reading? More importantly, what are your patrons reading? Read on to find out:

Here are the top 10 Macmillan e-lending titles* for May 2014:

ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O’Reilly
KILLING KENNEDY by Bill O’Reilly
“A” IS FOR ALIBI by Sue Grafton
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
WICKED APPETITE by Janet Evanovich

Here are the top Macmillan e-lending titles* to date:

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman
MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O’Reilly
ONLY TIME WILL TELL by Jeffrey Archer
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
KILLING KENNEDY by Bill O’Reilly
THE WAY OF KINGS by Brandon Sanderson
“A” IS FOR ALIBI by Sue Grafton
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny
THE HUSBAND LIST by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly
WICKED APPETITE by Janet Evanovich
SINS OF THE FATHER by Jeffrey Archer
MISTBORN by Brandon Sanderson
XENOCIDE by Orson Scott Card
THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by Matthew Quick
THE EYE OF THE WORLD by Robert Jordan
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT by Louise Penny
THE EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison

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Top eBook Lends for Libraries (as of 5/20/14)

Lovely librarians, just as the Care Bears do, we believe that sharing (circulation stats & other awesome data) is caring… So…

Here are the top 10 Macmillan e-lending titles* for March 2014

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card
MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman
THE WAY OF KINGS by Brandon Sanderson
BAD BLOOD by Dana Stabenow
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O'Reilly
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
THE FOURTH ESTATE by Jeffrey Archer
ONLY TIME WILL TELL by Jeffrey Archer

Here are the top Macmillan e-lending titles* to date:

ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O'Reilly
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
KILLING KENNEDY by Bill O'Reilly
ONLY TIME WILL TELL by Jeffrey Archer
“A” IS FOR ALIBI by Sue Grafton
THE WAY OF KINGS by Brandon Sanderson
THE HUSBAND LIST by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly
WICKED APPETITE by Janet Evanovich
THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by Matthew Quick
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny
THE MANOR: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island by Mac Griswold
MISTBORN by Brandon Sanderson
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny
THE WITCH'S DAUGHTER by Paula Brackston
XENOCIDE by Orson Scott Card
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT by Louise Penny
CRYSTAL COVE by Lisa Kleypas

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The great Gamache re-read!

Long Way Home jacketLouise Penny's new book, THE LONG WAY HOME, won't be out until August 26, but our friends at Minotaur Books have something to help with your Three Pines-withdrawal: the great Gamache re-read!

Starting today, a community of readers is engaging in a group re-read of the nine books in Penny’s beloved, bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache series! From now through May 4, the group is reading STILL LIFE (Book 1) and going on GamacheSeries.com to discuss the book. Then every two weeks the discussion moves to the next book with a guest post from a bookseller, librarian, blogger, fellow author, or major fan of Louise. (The first guest moderator is Lesa Holstine!)

Gamache Series

April 21 - May 4: STILL LIFE 
May 5-18: A FATAL GRACE 
May 19 - June 1: THE CRUELEST MONTH
June 2-15: A RULE AGAINST MURDER 
June 16-29: THE BRUTAL TELLING 
June 30 - July 13: BURY YOUR DEAD 
July 14-27: A TRICK OF THE LIGHT 
July 28 - August 10: THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY 
August 11-25: HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN 
August 26: THE LONG WAY HOME

The re-read is a fantastic way for fans to revisit the magic of the series while also welcoming new readers into the community. Why not have your patrons (and patrons) join the fun? 

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Top eBook Lends for Libraries

Happy Monday everyone! As Talia mentioned on Friday, the ELEANOR & PARK eBook is now available for lending! HUZZAH!

Here are some other newly available eBooks your patrons might be interested in:

BAD BLOOD by Dana Stabenow
ILLICIT by Opal Carew
THE FOURTH ESTATE by Jeffrey Archer
EVE OF CHAOS by Sylvia Day
THE POWER TRIP by Jackie Collins
CALLING ME HOME by Julie Kibler
THE FUN PARTS by Sam Lipsyte
THE SUNSHINE WHEN SHE'S GONE by Thea Goodman
DEATH, DOOM, AND DETENTION by Darynda Jones
IF YOU FIND ME by Emily Murdoch
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
THE SHELL SEEKERS by Rosamunde Pilcher
A MEMORY OF LIGHT by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
DRY (10th Anniversary edition) by Augusten Burroughs
DON'T GO by Lisa Scottoline
WEIGHT WATCHERS 50th ANNIVERSARY COOKBOOK by Weight Watchers

Want to know what patrons have been checking out? Here are the top Macmillan e-lending titles* to date:

ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card
MINE TILL MIDNIGHT by Lisa Kleypas
KILLING KENNEDY by Bill O'Reilly
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O'Reilly
RAINSHADOW ROAD by Lisa Kleypas
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny
THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE by Laurie R. King |
CHRISTMAS EVE AT FRIDAY HARBOR by Lisa Kleypas
TELL ME LIES by Jennifer Crusie
COME HOME by Lisa Scottoline
A WALLFLOWER CHRISTMAS by Lisa Kleypas
MARRIED BY MORNING by Lisa Kleypas
"A" IS FOR ALIBI by Sue Grafton
SWORN TO SILENCE by Linda Castillo
TEMPT ME AT TWILIGHT by Lisa Kleypas
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by Matthew Quick
LOVE IN A NUTSHELL by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly
LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON by Lisa Kleypas
SEDUCE ME AT SUNRISE by Lisa Kleypas
WHERE WE BELONG by Emily Giffin
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT by Louise Penny
BLUE HEAVEN by C.J. Box
WICKED APPETITE by Janet Evanovich

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Once Again Louise Penny Wins the Anthony Award for Best Novel!

This past weekend at Bouchercon, Louise Penny was awarded the Anthony Award for Best Novel for the third year in a row with another exquisite Chief Inspector Gamache novel, A TRICK OF THE LIGHT! In 2011 she won for BURY YOUR DEAD and in 2010 she won for THE BRUTAL TELLING

If you haven't joined the Penny party, it's about time! Robin Nesbitt of the Columbus Metropolitan Library admitted on the library's blog that she only just picked up the first book in the series and very much enjoyed it!

"This is a great read for fans of Agatha Christie.  Great characters, great writing, and good plot - if you haven't read this series yet, give it a try."

A word to new readers: the character and relationship development in these books is beautifully done, but they are all stand-alone mysteries so start with which ever book you can get your hands on!

See the rest of the Anthony Award winners here.

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Our 2011 Agatha Award Nominees!

Malice Domestic has nominated quite a few excellent traditional mysteries for the Agatha Awards this year. We are especially excited about all of the fantastic Minotaur titles!

Best Novel:

md logoTHE REAL MACAW
Donna Andrews (author of the 2002 Best Novel and the 1999 Best First Novel)

WICKED AUTUMN
G. M. Malliet (author of the 2008 Best First Novel)

A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
Louise Penny (author of the 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 Best Novel)

Best Historical Novel:

TROUBLED BONES
Jeri Westerson

The winners will be announced at the 2011 Agatha Awards banquet to be held on April 28, 2012. We'll have our fingers crossed until then!

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