Articles tagged "ALA Midwinter 2014"

ALA Midwinter 2015 – Friday events

It’s HEEEERREE! Get out of the Chicago cold and snuggle up with a book in the Macmillan (adult) booth #4613. Here’s what’s happening tonight:

In-booth signing with Marci Jefferson
McCormick Place | Booth #4613

Marci Jefferson will be signing complimentary copies of ENCHANTRESS OF PARIS.

Check back often for a daily schedule of events and make sure to follow the ALA Midwinter action on Twitter (@alamw) with the hashtag #alamw15.

We can’t wait to see you!

ALA Midwinter 2014 – Sunday events

ALA Midwinter headerHey hey! It's another beautiful day at ALA Midwinter 2014! There's a lot more great stuff going on, so come visit us in booth #622 and attend these cool events happening today (all are free unless otherwise noted):

Duck the Halls jacket
Donna Andrews at the Pop Top Mystery Stage

Sunday, January 26th
Philadelphia Convention Center | Pop Top Mystery Stage on the Exhibit Floor off the 400 aisle, Row #30

Donna Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of the award-winning Meg Langslow mystery series. She will be speaking and signing copies of DUCK THE HALLS.

FangirlEleanor & ParkIn-booth signing by Rainbow Rowell, author of  FANGIRL and ELEANOR & PARK

Sunday, January 26th
Philadelphia Convention Center | Booth #622

Rainbow Rowell is the New York Times bestselling author of FANGIRL and ELEANOR & PARK and will be signing only copies of those books. Limit one book per person, while supplies last! 

RUSA Book & Media Awards Ceremony and Reception

Sunday, January 26th
5:00pm to 6:30pm
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel | Liberty Ballroom B

Attend RUSA's Book & Media Awards Ceremony and Reception to find out selections for the Reading List, Notable Books (which help form the long list for the Andrew Carnegie Medals of Excellence for Fiction and Nonfiction) and Listen List, as well as the winners of the Dartmouth Medal for reference, the Sophie Brody Medal for Jewish literature, the Zora Neale Hurston Award for achievement in promoting African-American literature, the Louis Shores Award for book reviewing and many more. If you can't attend, follow @ala_rusa on Twitter for announcements (hashtag #literarytastes).

Hang in there—we're in the home stretch! readmoreremove

ALA Midwinter 2014 – Saturday events

ALA Midwinter headerIt's day two of ALA Midwinter and we've got lots of great stuff happening this spectacular Saturday! Stop by booth #622 and come to all of our other exciting events (all are free unless otherwise noted):

LibraryReads logoLibraryReads: Collaborative Discovery for Librarians & Patrons panel

Saturday, January 25th
Philadelphia Convention Center | 114 Lecture Hall

Find out how to share the books you love with readers across the country and enhance your professional profile by participating in LibraryReads, the monthly, nationwide library staff picks list. Free Advance Readers Copies will be provided!


Adult Literature Spotlight: ARC & Finished Book Giveaway

Saturday, January 25th
Philadelphia Convention Center | Booth #622

Jointly sponsored by United for Libraries and ALA Conference Services, the "Spotlight on Adult Literature" is an opportunity for conference attendees to learn more about new Adult authors and books. Wanna know what we're giving away? Come by booth #622 to find out (you didn't think it would be that easy, did you?).

Drift jacket

In-booth signing by Jon McGoran, author of DRIFT

Saturday, January 25th
Philadelphia Convention Center | Booth #622

In DRIFT, Jon McGoran combines his interest in the increasingly bizarre world of food today with his love of the thriller as a Philadelphia narcotics detective uncovers a drug ring in a rural Pennsylvania farm. "McGoran impressively integrates concerns about genetically modified produce with an action-filled storyline and fleshed-out characters." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Radiance of Tomorrow jacket

Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture
by Ishmael Beah

Saturday, January 25th
Philadelphia Convention Center | Grand Ballroom

Don't miss the opportunity to be inspired and moved by human rights advocate and bestselling author Ishmael Beah whose first book A LONG WAY GONE: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier has been published in over thirty languages and has helped shine an international spotlight on critical issues related to children and war. His new book is RADIANCE OF TOMORROW.

Have fun! But pace yourself—there are still two more days of awesome stuff to go! readmoreremove

ALA Midwinter 2014 – Friday events

ALA Midwinter headerIt's finally here! Today ALA Midwinter 2014 opens and we're excited to see all of your happy, shining faces in booth #622 and at all of our exciting events (all are free unless otherwise noted).

Here's your daily digest for Friday, January 24:
Why I Read jacketIn-booth signing by Wendy Lesser, author of WHY I READ: The Serious Pleasure of Books

Friday, January 24th
Philadelphia Convention Center | Booth #622

Meet the founder of the Threepenny Review and have your complimentary copy of WHY I READ: The Serious Pleasure of Books signed. Lesser's "delectably sophisticated inquiry into why reading is a constant source of pleasure and provocation" (Booklist) is as much a memoir as it is about the craft of literature. Written in "erudite, beautiful passages," WHY I READ "will speak to booklovers of all types." — Publishers Weekly, starred review. 

See you soon!


Safe travels!

Friends, we wish you safe travels as you head to snowy Philadelphia for ALA Midwinter 2014. See you soon!

Philadelphia snow


We’re bound for the City of Brotherly Love!

We're packed. We're excited. (Especially for Wawa!) We'll see you all soon! (Psst: Booth #622!)Wawa card
Talia & Anne

Friday Reads (1/17/14 Edition)

TGIF! We're celebrating the start of a long weekend with these #FridayReads:
Talia's in a sailing mood thanks to 

THE PLOVER by Brian Doyle
When Declan O Donnell flees his troubled life on land by setting out on the Pacific Ocean in his boat, the Plover, he discovers something much more interesting than the solitude he sought. "Doyle (editor, Portland Magazine) has written a novel in the adventurous style of Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson but with a gentle mocking of their valorization of the individual as absolute. Readers will enjoy this bracing and euphoric ode to the vastness of the ocean and the unexpectedness of life." — Library Journal, starred review 

Anne's gearing up to meet one of her favorite writers at ALA Midwinter with

KEEP QUIET by Lisa Scottoline
Jake Whitmore is enjoying a rare bonding moment with his sixteen-year-old son, Ryan, when they get in a terrible car accident that threatens to derail Ryan’s future. Jake makes a split-second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies, and secrecy. When a malevolent outsider comes forward with the power to expose them, Jake must do anything he can to prevent the further unraveling of his family.

What are you reading this Friday? Share your thoughts with us @MacmillanLib with the hashtag #FridayReads.

In the meantime, we'll be loading up our e-readers and getting ready to hit the road for Philly. We're off for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, but will be posting content when we can leading up to the opening of ALA Midwinter. We hope to see you there (and by there, we mean Booth #622)! 


We Love Books About Books

Who can resist books about books and libraries? We can't! Here's just a few of the latest titles we're into (Caution: some books may include kittens):

WHY I READ: The Serious Pleasure of Books by Wendy Lesser
Founder of the Threepenny Review, Lesser's "delectably sophisticated inquiry into why reading is a constant source of pleasure and provocation" (Booklist) is as much a memoir as it is about the craft of literature. Written in "erudite, beautiful passages," WHY I READ "will speak to booklovers of all types." – Publishers Weekly, starred review. If you're attending ALA Midwinter, make sure to meet Wendy Lesser in booth #622!

This collection of blog posts from Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author Walton about her favorites works of sci-fi and fantasy is "...akin to a genre version of Nancy Pearl's BOOK LUST." (Library Journal, starred review) "For readers unschooled in the history of SF/F, this book is a treasure trove; for those who recognize every title, Walton evokes the joy of returning to a well-worn favorite." – Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE SHELF: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading by Phyllis Rose
No, this isn't reading while rappelling down a mountain like we hoped, but it is still an extreme library sport: to read through an entire shelf of library books. In Rose's case, her randomly chosen shelf of fiction from LEQ to LES contained a classic she has not read, a remarkable variety of authors, and a range of literary styles from mystery to humor. Perhaps it'll inspire similar challenges in your library!

Now that we're thinking about cats, here are 21 cats who are secretly excellent readers!



Max Shelf - Radiance of Tomorrow

"How do you try to shape a future if you have a past that's still pulling at you?"

Radiance of Tomorrow jacketThis is the question at the heart of RADIANCE OF TOMORROW, a powerful novel about a village trying to reclaim peace after war from Ishmael Beah, author of A LONG WAY GONE: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

We're very excited about this book, which was recently named a January Indie Next pick, and is this week's Maximum Shelf Awareness feature. 

"What begins as a story of survivors returning to what used to be home and attempting to reconstruct the rhythms of normal life takes several surprising turns as Beah carefully unfolds his elegant and layered narrative." — Shelf Awareness

See the full summary, review and interview with Ishmael Beah on

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"Beah, who broke our hearts with the haunting memoir of his life as a boy soldier, will render readers speechless with the radiance of his storytelling in this novel of grace, forgiveness, and a vision of a tomorrow without conflict." Library Journal, starred review

“UNICEF Ambassador Beah writes lyrically and passionately about ugly realities as well as about the beauty and dignity of traditional ways.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“In RADIANCE OF TOMORROW, Beah has produced a formidable and memorable novel—a story of resilience and survival, and, ultimately, rebirth.” Publishers Weekly, review by Edwidge Danticat

“The power of the story is in the close-up, heartbreaking detail of the struggle for survival, the cruelty, and also the kindness.” Booklist