Articles tagged "Amelia Gray"

Happy #BookBday (5/23/17 Edition)

Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday!

A GOOD COUNTRY by Laleh Khadivi
Three starred reviews! An achingly timely novel about the radicalization of a Muslim teen in California—about where identity truly lies, and how we find it. “Brilliantly channeling the minds of angst-filled teenagers with barely formed worldviews who seesaw between brash self-confidence and deflating insecurities, Whiting and Pushcart Prize winner Khadivi has written an important, smart, timely novel that rivals such standouts as Karan Mahajan’s THE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS or Mohsin Hamid’s THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST.” — Library Journal, starred review

ISADORA by Amelia Gray
One of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of Summer 2017! “Historical novels about artists abound, but few attain the psychological intricacy, fluency of imagination, lacerating wit, or intoxicating beauty of Gray’s tale of Isadora Duncan, the courageous mother of modern dance. The spellbinding result is a mythic, fiercely insightful, mordantly funny, and profoundly revelatory portrait of an intrepid and indelible artist.” — Booklist, starred review

When two-year-old tabby, Molly, loses her beloved owner, she decides to take matters into her own paws and embarks on a grueling journey to the nearest town to find a new home. “As comforting as a purring cat on a cold winter night, Daley’s feel-good feline escapade will warm pet lovers’ hearts. Watch for future Cat Café novels.” — Booklist readmoreremove

PW Best Books of Summer 2017

PWSummer2017Publishers Weekly’s editors recently selected their Best Books of Summer 2017, including these seven Macmillan titles:
Staff Picks (full list)

BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
“About that thing on the cover—is it a genetically modified bird-of-paradise? Some cousin of the odoriferous corpse flower? I was intrigued from the moment I saw it, as is Rachel, the postapocalyptic scavenger who finds the improbably sentient and mutable creature—who ‘smelled of beach reeds on lazy summer afternoons and, beneath the sea salt, of passionflowers’—while picking through the fur of the gargantuan flying bear that terrorizes her devastated city. And then things start to get weird.” — Carolyn Juris, features editor

ISADORA by Amelia Gray
“Gray’s most recent book, the story collection GUTSHOT, was weird as hell and as visceral as its title. Whose life would be better for her to fictionalize, then, than that of notorious mother of modern dance Isadora Duncan? An openly bisexual communist and atheist in an era that condemned all three, Duncan was famous for wearing long, flowing scarves even up until her death, when her scarf got caught in one of the axles of the car she was riding in. Flung from the vehicle, Duncan died of a broken neck—a tragic end that will surely make for a riveting finale in Gray’s novel.” — John Maher, assistant news editor

Fiction (full list)

Ginder takes family dysfunction to its hysterical limit in this joyously ribald novel about siblings Alice and Paul begrudgingly attending the lavish wedding of their half-sister, Eloise, in England. Lovesick Alice and Paul—both in doomed relationships—see Eloise as the snotty daughter of a rich dad, and Donna, their mother, as a coldhearted widow who ditched all remnants of their father after his death. During the boozy pre-wedding days, the resentment and secrets come tumbling out in outbursts and hilariously bad decisions. readmoreremove

A Gem On Our Radar: GUTSHOT

What is a gem? A gem is a title that we hadn’t necessarily been tracking but the superlative praise rolling in is telling us to take a second look!

Amelia Gray’s collected stories in GUTSHOT, which is receiving wonderful praise, is just that gem:

“Strange, fable-like, and physical, Gray’s stories are driven by uncanny forces and set in organic yet unnatural worlds. Gray dazzlingly renders the wide array of human experience in these potent, haunting stories.” Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review

“The best of Gray’s stories find that balance between devastation and humor and navigate an uneasy territory with agility; in this book, there are many that reach that mark.” — Kirkus Reviews

The New Yorker excerpted Amelia Gray’s story “Labyrinth” (read it here) and ran a terrific interview with Gray on their Page Turner blog.

Keep an eye out for more upcoming coverage of GUTSHOT in O Magazine, Marie Claire, the Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, a Barnes & Noble Review, and more.

Monday Fun Day! (3/11/2013 Edition)

Welcome back to the blog, librarians! We're kicking off the week with some most excellent news about a few of our fine debuts.

- Major congratulations to debut author Amelia Gray who's first novel, THREATS, is one of five finalists for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction!! See all of the finalists here.

- In The New York Times Janet Maslin calls Becky Masterman's debut thriller, RAGE AGAIST THE DYING, "pulse-quickening," "scorching," and "invigorating." She says,

"In one final demonstration that she has learned the lessons of crime fiction well, Ms. Masterman hides important evidence in the unlikeliest place: within plain sight. But this book is too cleverly manipulative for readers to get ahead of Brigid in making such startling discoveries."

Indie NextRead the full article, "This ‘Granny’ Can Dish It Out," now.

Library Journal and Publishers Weekly each gave Masterman's debut a starred review and it has been selected as a March Indie Next Pick! This title will be available tomorrow from Minotaur Books.

- Chista Parravani was interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered about her debut memoir, HER, in which she comes to terms with her twin's premature death. Listen or read "A Twin Carries On Alone In 'HER: A Memoir'" at

- And finally: cats being jerks. As per usual.

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THREATS Longlisted for the 2012 Dylan Thomas Prize!


That's just one threat from Amelia Gray's haunting debut novel, THREATS, which has been longlisted for the 2012 Dylan Thomas Prize

fsg According to their website the Dylan Thomas Prize is "an international literary award aimed at encouraging raw creative talent worldwide. Established in response to the enormous international phenomenon of new writing by young authors, the Prize recognises the obvious ambitions of those writers as reflected in the marked popularity of creative writing classes."

See the press release and full longlist here

Congratulations, Amelia! The shortlist will be announced in September; we'll have our fingers crossed until then.


AAP Sneak Peek Success!

Yesterday's AAP Librarians' Sneak Peek Book Preview was the perfect way to spend a rainy Wednesday!

Of the titles I presented (see below), THE INQUISITOR, THREATS, TRIGGERED, and MIDNIGHT IN AUSTENLAND prompted the strongest audience reactions (mostly ooo's, ewww's, and oh my's!). Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag: #aapbookbuzz!

Macmillan's Titles:
  • LOVE IN A NUTSHELL | Evanovich, Janet | 978-0-312-65131-2 
  • COME HOME | Scottoline, Lisa | 978-0-312-38082-3 
  • HOME FRONT | Hannah, Kristin | 978-0-312-57720-9
  • ANOTHER PIECE OF MY HEART | Green, Jane | 978-0-312-59182-3 
  • THE INQUISITOR | Smith, Mark Allen | 978-0-8050-9426-8
  • AVAILABLE DARK | Hand, Elizabeth | 978-0-312-58594-5
  • HEART OF A KILLER | Rosenfelt, David | 978-0-312-59837-2
  • ASHES TO DUST | Sigurdardottir, Yrsa | 978-0-312-64174-0; 978-1-250-00493-2
  • CLOUDLAND | Olshan, Joseph | 978-1-250-00017-0
  • THE MAN FROM PRIMROSE LANE | Renner, James | 978-0-374-20095-4
  • THREATS | Gray, Amelia | 978-0-374-53307-6
  • THE CAT SITTER’S PAJAMAS | Clement, Blaize | 978-0-312-64313-3
  • NO COOPERATION FROM THE CAT | Babson, Marian | 978-0-312-33240-2
  • GYPSY BOY | Walsh, Mikey | 978-0-312-62208-4 (YA crossover)
  • TRIGGERED | Wortmann, Fletcher | 978-0-312-62210-7 (YA crossover)
  • THE STARBOARD SEA | Dermont, Amber | 978-0-312-64280-8 (YA crossover)
  • HEMLOCK GROVE | McGreevy, Brian | 978-0-374-53291-8 (YA crossover)
  • JOE GOLEM AND THE DROWNING CITY | Mignola, Mike | 978-0-312-64473-4 (YA crossover)
  • MIDNIGHT IN AUSTENLAND | Hale, Shannon | 978-1-60819-625-8
  • THE DARKENING FIELD | Ryan, William | 978-0-312-58651-5
  • CHILDREN OF WRATH | Grossman, Paul | 978-0-312-60191-1

BOOKS FOR TEENS | See info under Books for Teens

There should be a partial recording of the event out soon (unfortunately, there were some technical difficulties near the end), so stay tuned!

We owe a big thanks to Becca of the AAP and Erica at Random House for putting the event together and to all the librarians that came out and joined us!