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Macmillan Wins Three 2018 Pulitzer Prizes!

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners!

Biography
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser (Metropolitan Books)
A deeply researched and elegantly written portrait of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House on the Prairie series, that describes how Wilder transformed her family’s story of poverty, failure and struggle into an uplifting tale of self-reliance, familial love and perseverance.

Poetry
HALF-LIGHT: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
A volume of unyielding ambition and remarkable scope that mixes long dramatic poems with short elliptical lyrics, building on classical mythology and reinventing forms of desires that defy societal norms.

Nonfiction
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
An examination of the historical roots of contemporary criminal justice in the U.S., based on vast experience and deep knowledge of the legal system, and its often-devastating consequences for citizens and communities of color.

And a big round of applause for our 2018 Pulitzer finalists:

Nonfiction
NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY: An American Abroad in a Post-America World by Suzy Hansen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) readmoreremove

PW’s Writers to Watch Spring 2018: Anticipated Debuts

Publishers Weekly‘s most anticipated debuts of Spring 2018 include these three Macmillan standouts:

PEACH by Emma Glass
Emma Glass began writing her debut novel, PEACH (Bloomsbury, out now), about a young woman who struggles to resume ordinary life after being assaulted, a little less than a decade ago while she was studying creative writing at the University of Kent in the U.K. For her final assignment, Glass had to write the first 4,000 words of a novel. The prompt was open-ended, but the program, she says, put special emphasis on plot-driven, commercially viable narratives, which she had little affinity for.

“I’ve never been particularly good at coming up with stories,” Glass says. In her frustration, and with the deadline approaching, she put on some music and started simply writing “words”—not even sentences. “I was surprised at what came out,” Glass, now 30, says. “It felt like it was something different.”

Glass, who is at work on her second novel, has kept her job as a nurse. People sometimes ask her whether PEACH, with its visceral bodily imagery, was influenced by her career in medicine. The answer is no. “That kind of grotesque violence, I’m afraid, is all my own,” she says.

THE TRANSITION by Luke Kennard
When the British poet Luke Kennard was writing his first novel, THE TRANSITION (FSG, out now), he imagined it taking place in the very near future. But novels take years to write, and the future arrives more quickly than we expect. Now, the themes at the center of the book—millennial hopelessness, financial precariousness—feel scarily current. “A lot of things it explores have been superseded by reality,” Kennard jokes. readmoreremove

2018 Edgar Award Nominees

The Mystery Writers of America just announced the 2018 Edgar Award nominees, including 5 Macmillan titles!

Best First Novel
TORNADO WEATHER by Deborah E. Kennedy (Flatiron Books)

Best Fact Crime
MRS. SHERLOCK HOLMES: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case that Captivated a Nation by Brad Ricca (St. Martin’s Press)

Best Critical/Biographical
MANDERLEY FOREVER: A Biography of Daphne du Maurier by Tatiana de Rosnay (St. Martin’s Press)
ARTHUR AND SHERLOCK: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes by Michael Sims (Bloomsbury USA)

Mary Higgins Clark Award
THE VINEYARD VICTIMS by Ellen Crosby (Minotaur)

The winners will be announced on April 26.

LJ Editors’ Fall Picks 2016

Library Journal editors recently revealed their Fall 2016 picks, including these three Macmillan titles:

Mad Men fans meet Lillian Boxfish, once the highest paid female advertising copywriter in America. When Kathleen Rooney’s novel LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK (St. Martin’s, Jan. 2017) opens, it’s New Year’s Eve in 1984 Manhattan, and 85-year-old Lillian is preparing to leave her Murray Hill apartment to go to dinner at Grimaldi’s, her favorite Italian restaurant. Along the way, she takes a detour down memory lane, reflecting on her life and walking through the streets of the city. Rooney says her novel was inspired by the life of advertising pioneer Margaret Fishback, who made her reputation in the 1930s working for Macy’s.” — Wilda Williams readmoreremove

Happy 3rd Birthday LibraryReads!

libraryreads-logo-square-150x150LibraryReads turns THREE this month! We’re so grateful for your support of the program that we’re giving away 3 super prize packs of Macmillan’s 2016 LibraryReads picks to date!

September 2016
#5 DAISY IN CHAINS by Sharon Bolton (Minotaur)
#10 THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE by Kate Saunders (Bloomsbury)

August 2016
#1 A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
#8 BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris (SMP)
#10 DIE LIKE AN EAGLE by Donna Andrews (Minotaur)

July 2016
#4 AMONG THE WICKED by Linda Castillo (Minotaur)
#6 TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty (Flatiron)
#7 ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN by Wendy Walker (SMP)

June 2016
#10 WIDOWMAKER by Paul Doiron (Minotaur)

May 2016
#7 REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart (SMP)
#8 CITY OF THE LOST by Kelley Armstrong (Minotaur)

April 2016
#7 EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com)

January 2016
#7 THE THINGS WE KEEP by Sally Hepworth (SMP)
#8 ORNAMENTS OF DEATH by Jane Cleland (Minotaur)

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: LibraryReads 3) by Sunday, Sept. 18. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

UPDATE 9/21: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners:

Lisa Brooks, Ladera Ranch Library, Ladera Ranch CA
Heather Love Beverley
, Cook Park Library, Libertyville IL
Kim Haddox
, Amarillo Public Library, Amarillo TX
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DAISY IN CHAINS & THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE are September 2016 LibraryReads Picks

libraryreads logo squareFANTASTIC NEWS! Macmillan has two books on the September 2016 LibraryReads list!
Coming in at #5 is DAISY IN CHAINS by Sharon Bolton

The new standalone novel from the LibraryReads author of LITTLE BLACK LIES! A criminal defense attorney with a reputation for getting the wrongly convicted exonerated is drawn into the machinations of a serial killer who claims innocence. “No detail should be missed, no nuance overlooked in Bolton’s chilling tale of a master manipulator who leaves nothing to chance.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Available from Minotaur Books on September 20.

Rounding out the list at #10 is THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE by Kate Saunders

“Combining the strengths of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and M. C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin, Laetitia Rodd towers over both of these genteel sleuths in wit, tact, and ingenuity. The book is a sheer delight, with its deliciously intricate puzzle and well-drawn characters whom readers are sure to continue to enjoy in volumes to come.” Booklist, starred review

“Readers who relish the puzzle of a well-done Victorian-set mystery with a resourceful female detective will take pleasure in this series launch by a prolific British author and journalist.” Library Journal, starred review

Available from Bloomsbury on September 13; also available in trade paperback.

See the complete September 2016 list at LibraryReads.org.

2015 Eisner Award Nominations

Last week the Eisner Award nominations were announced and Macmillan has 7 graphic novels in the running!

Best Reality-Based Work
CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT by Roz Chast (Bloomsbury)

Best Graphic Album—New
THE GIGANTIC BEARD THAT WAS EVIL by Stephen Collins (Picador)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips (at least 20 years old)
MOOMIN: The Deluxe Anniversary Edition by Tove Jansson, edited by Tom Devlin (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS by Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
SHOWA 1939–1944 and SHOWA 1944–1953: A History of Japan by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Writer/Artist
THE GIGANTIC BEARD THAT WAS EVIL by Stephen Collins (Picador)

Best Scholarly/Academic Work
AMERICAN COMICS, LITERARY THEORY, AND RELIGION: The Superhero Afterlife by A. David Lewis (Palgrave Macmillan) readmoreremove

Dante’s Gone Graphic!

700-year-old epic poetry doesn't generally come to mind after hearing about a new graphic adaptation. However, it's time to think again, because Seymor Chwast's adaptation of Dante's Divine Comedy is turning lots of heads. Including those of trade reviewers.

"With his signature mix of humor, artistry, and high-level design, he conveys a breathtaking amount of information in clear black and white line drawings. It all works seamlessly as Chwast does a stunning job of telling Dante's story in his own brilliant style." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"An influential, revolutionary illustrator, Chwast meets his match in one of the cornerstones of Western literature. The artist makes the Divine Comedy irresistibly comic and inspirationally transcendent." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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