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2017 LA Times Book Prize Nominees

The Los Angeles Times announced their 2017 Book Prize finalists and we’ve got 11 nominees:

Fiction
WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell

Mystery/Thriller
THE NORTH WATER by Ian McGuire

Current Interest
CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence
A RAGE FOR ORDER: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS by Robert F. Worth

Biography
MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
GUILTY THING: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson

Science & Technology
PANDEMIC: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah
LIGHT: A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age by Bruce Watson

Poetry
HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONS by Ishion Hutchinson

Graphic Novel/Comics
BEVERLY by Nick Drnaso
DEMON: Volume 1 by Jason Shiga

Winners will be announced at a ceremony during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 21. For more information and the full list of nominees click here.

Kirkus Best Books of 2016 – Nonfiction

Kirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2016 Nonfiction lists which include 11 Macmillan titles:

Best Nonfiction of 2016
BULLIES: A FRIENDSHIP by Alex Abramovich
THE ART OF WAITING: ON FERTILITY, MEDICINE, AND MOTHERHOOD by Belle Boggs
CONSEQUENCE: A MEMOIR by Eric Fair
IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi (winner of the 2016 Kirkus Prize for Best Nonfiction!)
THE BITTER TASTE OF VICTORY: IN THE RUINS OF THE REICH by Lara Feigel
BEING A BEAST: ADVENTURES ACROSS THE SPECIES DIVIDE by Charles Foster
THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE: AN OPTIMIST’S GUIDE TO THRIVING IN THE AGE OF ACCELERATIONS by Thomas L. Friedman
MAD ENCHANTMENT: CLAUDE MONET AND THE PAINTING OF THE WATER LILIES by Ross King
RIVERINE: A MEMOIR FROM ANYWHERE BUT HERE by Angela Palm
AMERICAN RHAPSODY: WRITERS, MUSICIANS, MOVIE STARS, AND ONE GREAT BUILDING by Claudia Roth Pierpont
CITY OF THORNS: NINE LIVES IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST REFUGEE CAMP by Ben Rawlence

Best History Books of 2016
THE BITTER TASTE OF VICTORY: IN THE RUINS OF THE REICH by Lara Feigel

Best Books of 2016 to Explain Current Politics
THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE: AN OPTIMIST’S GUIDE TO THRIVING IN THE AGE OF ACCELERATIONS by Thomas L. Friedman
CONSEQUENCE: A MEMOIR by Eric Fair

Best Memoirs of 2016
THE ART OF WAITING: ON FERTILITY, MEDICINE, AND MOTHERHOOD by Belle Boggs
CONSEQUENCE: A MEMOIR by Eric Fair
IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi
RIVERINE: A MEMOIR FROM ANYWHERE BUT HERE by Angela Palm
BULLIES: A FRIENDSHIP by Alex Abramovich

Best Books of 2016 for Lovers of the Literary Arts
MAD ENCHANTMENT: CLAUDE MONET AND THE PAINTING OF THE WATER LILIES by Ross King
AMERICAN RHAPSODY: WRITERS, MUSICIANS, MOVIE STARS, AND ONE GREAT BUILDING by Claudia Roth Pierpont

Best Books of 2016 About Shocking Tales of Injustice
CITY OF THORNS: NINE LIVES IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST REFUGEE CAMP by Ben Rawlence

Best Heartrending Nonfiction of 2016
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2017 Carnegie Medals Longlist

carnegie-medalsWe’re thrilled to have 7 nominees on the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Longlist!

Fiction
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith
THE GOOD LIEUTENANT by Whitney Terrell

Nonfiction
MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
CITY OF THORNS: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence
OF ARMS AND ARTISTS: The American Revolution through Painters’ Eyes by Paul Staiti
THE HOUR OF LAND: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams

The shortlist will be announced on October 26 and the 2017 Carnegie Medal winners will be announced on Sunday, January 22 at the RUSA Book and Media Awards at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta. Congratulations to the nominees! 

PLA Booklist Book Buzz Titles

Talia is about to tell you about her favorite Macmillan titles at this morning’s Booklist Book Buzz in a few minutes, but we didn’t want the #plaleftbehind to be left out. Here are Talia’s top picks:

INHERIT THE BONES by Emily Littlejohn
THE HOMEPLACE by Kevin Wolf
BADLANDS by C.J. Box
ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
AN UNRESTORED WOMAN by Shobha Rao
THE CHARM BRACELET by Viola Shipman
CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence
ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart
FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown
THE THINGS WE KEEP by Sally Hepworth
ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz
THE HEART by Maylis de Kerangal
TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty
ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN by Wendy Walker
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris
REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart
THE CHILDREN by Ann Leary
IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE by Diane Guerrero
ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
THE TRUE TAILS OF BAKER & TAYLOR by Jan Louch & Lisa Rogak
COLLECTING THE DEAD by Spencer Kope
CITY OF THE LOST by Kelley Armstrong
MURDER AT THE 42ND STREET LIBRARY by Con Lehane
THE HOUR OF LAND by Terry Tempest Williams
THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE by Victoria Fedden
WAKING THE SPIRIT by Andrew Schulman
WIDOWMAKER by Paul Doiron
AMONG THE WICKED by Linda Castillo
PARADIME by Alan Glynn
THE PRISONER OF HELL GATE by Dana I. Wolff
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan
HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
I WILL SEND RAIN by Rae Meadows
YOU KNOW ME WELL by Nina LaCour & David Levithan

Download the book buzz handout, complete with information about getting whitelisted for Macmillan e-galleys and participating in LibraryReads!

ALA Midwinter 2016 – Saturday Events

Good morning, Boston!! Come by the Macmillan (adult) booth #1806 for fabulous galleys (especially during the Spotlight on Adult Literature) and show our authors some love by attending today’s events:

Auditorium Speaker Series with Isaac Mizrahi
10:00-11:00am
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center | BCEC Ballroom West

Listen to fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi discuss his forthcoming memoir I.M. which covers his growing up gay and overweight in a Jewish orthodox community in Brooklyn, his days at the High School of Performing Arts and Parsons School of Design, the waning days of Studio 54, and his rise in the fashion and business worlds.
Click here to download a recording of the event.

Spotlight on Adult Literature: ARC & Finished Book Giveaway
2:00-4:00pm
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center | Booth #1806

Visit our booth and pick up ARCs of the following titles:

Nonfiction:
Ben Rawlence’s CITY OF THORNS: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp (Picador)
Ellen Wayland-Smith’s ONEIDA: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table—an American Story (Picador)
Stephen Le’s 100 MILLION YEARS OF FOOD: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today (Picador)
Tom Hart’s ROSALIE LIGHTNING: A Graphic Memoir (St. Martin’s Press)

Historical Fiction:
Dominic Smith’s THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Suzanne Joinson’s THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S WIFE (Bloomsbury)
Paula Brackston’s THE RETURN OF THE WITCH (Thomas Dunne Books)
Saskia Sarginson’s THE OTHER ME (Flatiron)
Paul Goldberg’s THE YID (Picador)

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LJ’s ALA Midwinter 2016 Galley Guide

Worried you’ll miss a hot new galley at ALA Midwinter? Fear not! Library Journal‘s Barbara Hoffert did some sleuthing in advance for you. Here are her top picks from the Macmillan booth (#1806):

THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S WIFE by Suzanne Joinson
“Lyrical historical fiction set partly in 1920s Jerusalem.”

THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith
“Imaginatively wrought [novel] about three individuals connected over centuries by a single painting.”

SHELTER by Jung Yun
“[A] smashing debut about a disaffected Korean American family.”

ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz
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Happy #BookBday (1/5/16 Edition)

Hooray, it’s the first #BookBday of the year! Cheers to these books on shelves now:

CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence
A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick! What Katherine Boo’s BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS did for the slums of Mumbai, India, CITY OF THORNS does for a massive refugee camp in Kenya, near the border with Somalia. This important new work has already received three starred, rave reviews: “By combining his own experiences with interviews with residents of Dabaab, he makes the human rights crisis—rarely covered in the media—vivid and immediate for readers.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE SOUND OF GRAVEL by Ruth Wariner
A January 2016 Indie Next pick and A Maximum Shelf Awareness selection! Jeannette Walls’ THE GLASS CASTLE meets ESCAPE by Carolyn Jessup, THE SOUND OF GRAVEL is the remarkable true story of one girl’s coming-of-age in a polygamist Mormon Doomsday cult. “Wariner is a survivor, but more important, she’s a fantastic writer, letting the unbelievable events of her childhood speak for themselves while she wrestles with issues of blame and—miraculously—forgiveness.” — Entertainment Weekly, grade “A” review
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B&N Winter 2016 Discover Picks

Barnes & Noble’s Winter 2016 Discover Great New Writers program includes five Macmillan titles!

CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence
What Katherine Boo’s BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS did for the slums of Mumbai, India, CITY OF THORNS does for a massive refugee camp in Kenya, near the border with Somalia. This important new work has already received two starred, rave reviews: “By combining his own experiences with interviews with residents of Dabaab, he makes the human rights crisis—rarely covered in the media—vivid and immediate for readers.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart
Eisner-nominated cartoonist Hart’s beautiful and touching graphic memoir about the untimely death of his young daughter, Rosalie, has received three rave, starred reviews, and is a January 2015 Indie Next pick! “Beautiful and gut-wrenching…a gift to every reader and to anyone who has grieved.” — Library Journal, starred review

SHELTER by Jung Yun
A debut novel that weaves a bloody mystery with domestic drama into a layered portrait of race, class, money, marriage and more. “In her intense debut, Jung explores the powerful legacy of familial violence and the difficulty of finding the strength and grace to forgive.” — Publishers Weekly
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Macmillan Library @ ALA Midwinter 2016 (Booth #1806)

We’re ridiculously excited to see you in the Macmillan (adult) booth #1806 and at all of our great events at ALA Midwinter in Boston next month. Check out our schedule below and RSVP ASAP!
Friday, January 8

ALA ERT/Booklist Author Forum with Terry Tempest Williams
4:00-5:15pm
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center | BCEC Ballroom West

Award-winning author Terry Tempest Williams will discuss her new book, THE HOUR OF LAND: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks as part of a panel including documentarian Ken Burns and creative nonfiction writer Mark Kurlansky, moderated by Booklist‘s Donna Seaman. A book signing will follow the program.
Click here to download a recording of the event.

In-booth signing with Roshani Chokshi
5:30-7:00pm
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center | Booth #1806

Roshani Chokshi will sign complimentary copies of her YA novel, THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN.

Saturday, January 9

Auditorium Speaker Series with Isaac Mizrahi
10:00-11:00am
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center | BCEC Ballroom West

Listen to fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi discuss his forthcoming memoir I.M. which covers his growing up gay and overweight in a Jewish orthodox community in Brooklyn, his days at the High School of Performing Arts and Parsons School of Design, the waning days of Studio 54, and his rise in the fashion and business worlds.
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Stars for CITY OF THORNS

What Katherine Boo’s BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS did for the slums of Mumbai, India, CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence does for a massive refugee camp in Kenya, near the border with Somalia.

In CITY OF THORNS, Rawlence interweaves the stories of nine individuals to show what life is like in the Dabaab camp and to sketch the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped there. Lucid, vivid and illuminating, CITY OF THORNS is an urgent human story with deep international repercussions, brought to life through the people who call Dabaab home.

This important new work has already received three starred, rave reviews:

“…an achievement in reportage that few have matched. Comparisons to Katherine Boo’s BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS are spot-on. Rawlence has written a book that just might change the world or, at the very least, awaken readers to one criminally forgotten corner of it. A tour de force.” — Booklist, starred review

“By combining his own experiences with interviews with residents of Dadaab, he makes the human rights crisis—rarely covered in the media—vivid and immediate for readers.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Essential for humanists, those who are contemplating the struggles of refugees worldwide, and those interested in how humanitarian aid and other international efforts impact those in the midst of crisis.” — Library Journal, starred review

Librarians can request a print galley by emailing library@macmillanusa.com (subject: City of Thorns) with your mailing address. If you read it and love it, you can nominate it for the January 2016 LibraryReads list (now through 11/20).

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