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Booklist’s Spotlight on First Novels, 2016

Booklist‘s recent Spotlight on First Novels revealed several favorite Macmillan debuts:
Top 10 First Novels: 2016* (full list)

HIDE by Matthew Griffin
Griffin follows the relationship between two gay men living on the fringes of society, in constant fear of being found out, through the decades, recalling in flashbacks how they met and stayed together, and capturing the quotidian moments of life.

Top 10 First Novels for Youth: 2016* (full list)

AMERICAN GIRLS by Alison Umminger
Anna, 15, escapes upheaval at home by spending the summer with her half-sister, Delia, in L.A., where Anna becomes involved in a project about Charles Manson that helps her comes to terms with her family and herself.

Top 10 First Novels on Audio: 2016* (full list)

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler, read by Ari Fliakos
Myths, mermaids, tarot cards, and a family curse flow together in this tale of a librarian who receives an unsolicited package that opens up the secrets of his family history. Fliakos captures character and tone in this splendidly performed tale.

THE FORGETTING TIME by Sharon Guskin, read by Susan Bennett and David Pittu
Guskin’s debut intertwines two imaginative stories: a preschooler continually asks for his “other mother,” and a psychiatrist studies reincarnation in young children. Pitch-perfect performances from Bennett and Pittu add drama and emotion to the complex story.

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo, read by Samia Mounts
Russo draws heavily on her real-life experiences as a transgender woman in this powerful coming-of-age novel. Mounts’ moving performance perfectly depicts teenage Amanda’s struggles to find love, acceptance, and safety.

*Titles included were reviewed between October 15, 2015 and October 1, 2016.

Booklist Mystery Month 2016!

May is Mystery Month at Booklist! We’ve got all new Murder & Mayhem for you (plus Talia’s “Mysteries to Die For”) but we love seeing which Macmillan titles made Booklist‘s “Best of” reading lists for 2016.
The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2016 — Best Crime Fiction Debuts

ALL THAT FOLLOWED by Gabriel Urza
It’s five years after the murder of a young politician in Spain’s Basque Country, but the repercussions reverberate still. Urza tells this history-soaked tale through three narrators, who offer different but equally nuanced views of what happened. A compelling look at Basque culture and the lingering effects of violence.

HANGMAN’S GAME by Bill Syken
Nick Gallow, punter for the Philadelphia Sentinels pro-football team, is present when the team’s first-round draft pick and his agent are killed by a drive-by shooter. Another player is suspected of the killing, but Gallow doesn’t buy it. Syken nails the football milieu in what may be the best sports-themed mystery in years.

She Reads: International Crime Fiction (Kaite Stover’s “Global Women of Mystery” picks)

THE SILENT DEAD by Tetsuya Honda
The newest member of Tokyo’s Homicide Division, Reiko Himekawa, faces situations similar to Petra’s. Young, politically unconnected, and facing gender and age bias from her coworkers, Reiko has only her fearlessness and gut instincts to help her find a serial killer stalking the neon grit of Tokyo. She is determined to speak for THE SILENT DEAD, no matter what the personal cost. readmoreremove

2016 Audie Awards Finalists

Listen to this wonderful news: our friends at Macmillan Audio have 13 finalists in the 2016 Audie Awards!

Audiobook of the Year
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah, read by Polly Stone

Excellence in Design
BILL O’REILLY’S HISTORY COLLECTION: Audiobook Boxed Set by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, package/cover design by Margo Goody

Excellence in Production
THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry, read by Scott Brick with special bonus “writer’s cut” read by Steve Berry

Fiction
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah, read by Polly Stone

Humor
FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson, read by Jenny Lawson

Mystery
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny, read by Robert Bathurst
CORRUPTED by Lisa Scottoline, read by Kate Burton
ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer, read by Ari Fliakos & Juliana Francis Kelly

Thriller/Suspense
THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry, read by Scott Brick
SIGNAL by Patrick Lee, read by Ari Fliakos

Best Female Narrator
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah, read by Polly Stone

Multi-Voiced Performance
JUST KIDS FROM THE BRONX by Arlene Alda, read by Alan Alda, Arlene Alda, Christina Delaine with Milton Glaser, Regis Philbin, Robert Klein, Gabrielle Salvatto & Carlos Serrano

Narration by the Author or Authors
FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson, read by Jenny Lawson

Winners will be announced at the Audie Awards Gala in Chicago on May 11. See the full list of nominees here.

Monday Fun Day with Audio (and Free Stuff!)

Nine Inches jacketStill Foolin Em jacketInfernoAre you in Olympic withdrawal like we are after watching the closing ceremony last night? Don't worry. Our friends at Macmillan Audio have the perfect cure with their second annual LISTEN WHILE YOU WORK OUT campaign, plus a chance to win a Fitbit Flex!

You can join the challenge at macmillanaudio.com/workout and report how many minutes you listened while being active. Enter your time daily, weekly, or whenever you want, but the more often you report, the better chance you'll have to show up in the Top Listeners leaderboard, updated every Monday. Then enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win a Fitbit Flex or a prize pack of five audiobooks on CD.

Newsday did a feature on Listen While You Work Out and more media coverage is still to come from Self Magazine (March issue), Fitness Magazine, Teen Vogue, and the Chicago Tribune!

Want to listen to some samples before joining in? Why not start with these Audie-Award nominated titles from Macmillan Audio (more titles available on SoundCloud):

THE RITHMATIST by Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by Michael Kramer (Fantasy category)

THE GOOD HOUSE by Ann Leary
Narrated by Mary Beth Hurt (Fiction category)

JACOB’S OATH by Martin Fletcher
Narrated by George Guidall (Fiction category)

THE HOUR OF PERIL by Daniel Stashower
Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini (History category)

STILL FOOLIN’ ‘EM by Billy Crystal (Grammy-nominee for Best Spoken Word Album!)
Narrated by Billy Crystal (Humor and Narration by the Author categories)

RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman
Narrated by Judy Kaye (Mystery category)

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel
Narrated by Arthur Bishop (Nonfiction category)

REVIVER by Seth Patrick
Narrated by Ari Fliakos (Paranormal category)

INFERNO by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Narrated by Holter Graham (Paranormal category)

EXTINCTION MACHINE by Jonathan Maberry
Narrated by Ray Porter (Science Fiction category)

NINE INCHES by Tom Perrotta
Narrated by William Dufris, Andi Arndt, Tom Perrotta, and Rupert Degas (Short Stories/Collections category)

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