Articles tagged "award winner"

Remembering Ntozake Shange

Award-winning writer Ntozake Shange passed away last weekend at the age of 70. We are honored to have published SOME SING, SOME CRY (written with her sister Ifa Bayeza).

Her works include the Tony Award-nominated and Obie Award-winning FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF, as well as SASSAFRASS, CYPRESS & INDIGO and LILIANE. Among her honors and awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund and a Pushcart Prize.

Paul Auster’s 4 3 2 1 Longlisted for Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction announced its 2017 longlist last week and and our very own 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster was included among the list of 13.  The judges will pare down the longlist to a shortlist of 6, which will be announced in September.


Congratulations to our 2014 Award-Winners!

Printz sealMorris sealFantastic news!!! ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell has been named a  2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in Young Adult Literature and CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn has been named the 2014 winner of the William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author! 

** For more information about our teen titles, download the 2014 Books for Teens poster now or request a copy by e-mailing your full name, title & mailing address to #librariansonly #kittensinspace 


Lydia Davis Awarded the Man Booker International Prize!

Master short story craftswoman Lydia Davis was recently awarded the 2013 Man Booker International Prize

Davis is best known for her rich and precise stories, sometimes told in as few as two sentences. As Dave Eggers said, Davis "blows the roof off of so many of our assumptions about what constitutes short fiction." We're honored to have this literary expert on our list.

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Read more about the judges' decision on


Eleanor & Park Won the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Fiction!

UPDATE (6.19): We added a signed book sweepstakes to this post! See below for details!

We are absurdly happy to bring you the incredible (albeit totally unsurprising) news that Rainbow Rowell's young adult debut, ELEANOR & PARK, was awarded the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature for Fiction.

Congratulations, Rainbow!! Bravo and well-deserved!

The announcement was made this past week at BookExpo America and we invite you to watch the video posted below—Rainbow comes on screen near the end.

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"Rowell presents her teen protagonists’ intelligent observations, extreme inner desires, and irrational feelings through compelling alternating narrations. She imbues the novel with rich character development, a spot-on depiction of the 1980s, and powerful descriptive passages. [...] It’s an honest, heart-wrenching portrayal of imperfect but unforgettable love." —The Horn Book

Again, we're so excited to see Rainbow honored for her extraordinary work. She will receive her award this October at Simmons College in Boston.

To see the full list of 2013 winners and honor books head to

Signed Book Sweepstakes!

UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to winner Rachel Kitzmann, Childrens Librarian II at the Los Feliz branch of the Los Angeles Public Library!

We have one signed copy of ELEANOR & PARK as well as an (unsigned) galley of her latest YA novel, FANGIRL, for one lucky librarian!

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Send an e-mail including 1. your mailing address and 2. your current title (subject: Rowell Sweepstakes) by Friday, July 5th to be placed in the random drawing.

This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below.


2013 RUSA Notable Books, Listen List, & Reading List

Thank you to the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) who share their fine reading and listening lists with us every year!

Below are the excellent titles published and distributed by Macmillan that were honored with a place on one of the 2013 lists.

Congratulations to all!

RUSA’s 2013 Notable Books List:

Outstanding fiction, nonfiction and poetry for adult readers.






"Inferno" by Dante, Trans. Mary Jo Bang., Illus. Henrik Drescher

See all of the RUSA Notable Book winners here!

RUSA’s 2013 Listen List highlights:

Audiobooks that provide extraordinary listening experiences.

BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel, Narrated by Simon Vance

THE INQUISITOR by Mark Allen Smith, Narrated by Ari Fliakos

MR PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan, Narrated by Ari Fliakos

See the full Listen List here!

RUSA’s 2013 Reading List:

Top picks in adrenaline, mystery, romance, sci-fi, women’s fiction and other genres.


THE SURVIVOR by Gregg Hurwitz (short list) 

THE INQUISITOR by Mark Allen Smith (short list) 

Historical Fiction:



THE RITUAL by Adam Nevill (WINNER) 

THIS BOOK IS FULL OF SPIDERS by David Wong (short list)


THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny (short list)

DON'T EVER GET OLD by Daniel Friedman (short list)

See the full Reading List here!

Again, thank you to RUSA and to all of the hard-working librarians on their selection committees!


Mantel Wins the Man Booker Prize… Again!

Major congratulations to Hilary Mantel who is one of only three Man Booker Prize-winning authors ever to have won the prize more than once! She also the first author ever to win with a sequel.

Yesterday she was awarded the prize for BRING UP THE BODIES, her second novel exploring Tudor history through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell.

The Man Booker Prize website said,

"Her resuscitation of Thomas Crowell–and with him the historical novel–is one of the great achievements of modern literature."

Hear, hear!

Your patrons (and yourselves, for that matter!) no longer have any excuse not to start in on this rich historical series. As the Man Booker Prize website said,

"Perhaps the real object of envy is not the winner–she thoroughly deserves her triumph–but the readers who have yet to open BRING UP THE BODIES. They have just won a prize too."

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Catriona McPherson Wins a Macavity Award!

DANDY GILVER AND THE PROPER TREATMENT OF BLOODSTAINS—a book with an awesome title, a delightful cover, and a great upstairs-meets-downstairs plot that's just to die for—took home the Sue Feder Memorial Historical Mystery Macavity Award from Bouchercon last weekend! 

This is the first novel in a historical series (obviously!) that takes place in Edinburgh in the 1920s. Dandy Gilver is a wealthy and witty aristocrat and sometimes amateur sleuth who goes undercover as a lady maid to investigate the threatening reappearance of her friend's ex-husband.

Congratulations, Catriona! See all of the Macavity Award winners here.


Best British Crime Novel: Dead Man’s Grip!

Minotaur Books reported that DEAD MAN'S GRIP by Peter James has won the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel of 2011! Congratulations, Peter!

The Barry Awards are awarded for excellence in crime novels by the editorial staff of Deadly Pleasures. More details here

Publishers Weekly gave DEAD MAN'S GRIP a starred review and said, "The grim creativity of the victims’ deaths and the ease of movement of the action are two of the many compelling reasons to stick with this series." 

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