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The BIG Book Club Resource Guide

Ready to rev up your library’s book club? Great! We’ve got a TON of resources to help:

Reading Group Gold is the destination for reading group news, sweepstakes and giveaways, early copies of upcoming books, and reading guides for select titles from Macmillan. You can also sign up for their newsletter.

Our “One Book, One City” community reading recommendations are a good source for discussable fiction AND nonfiction titles. View the current catalog here (backlist: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014).

Our NEA Big Read Picks (2016) and Indie Next Picks for Book Clubs are solid choices:

Summer 2018
Winter 2017-2018
Summer 2017
Winter 2016-2017

We also recommend discussable titles during Booklist book club webinars and at other book buzzes. Don’t forget you can download these presentations to give in your own library!

BooklistSummer Book Club Bash” Webinar Titles
BooklistBest Bets for Book Clubs” Webinar Titles
BooklistBook Clubs Abuzz” Webinar Titles
Ocean County Library (NJ) Book Club Buzz Titles

Invite an author to your library! These authors are willing to Skype in to book club meetings if they can’t attend in person.

Download a sortable spreadsheet (with ISBNs!!) of adult titles with reading group guides.

Our personal favorites include these timely titles on immigration, social justice, race relations, and feminism by Carol Anderson, Michael Eric Dyson, Diane Guerrero, Anthony Ray Hinton, and more.
And Seanan McGuire‘s Alex-Award winning Wayward Children series is highly discussable!

Top Macmillan Book Club titles (according to Bookscan rankings):

NIGHT by Elie Wiesel
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
ANNIHILATION by Jeff VanderMeer (the Southern Reach trilogy)
A LONG WAY GONE by Ishmael Beah
All titles by Kristin Hannah, especially THE NIGHTINGALE, THE GREAT ALONE, and WINTER GARDEN
SALVAGE THE BONES & MEN WE REAPED by Jesmyn Ward
THE SPIRIT CATCHES YOU AND YOU FALL DOWN by Anne Fadiman
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny (Armand Gamache series)
MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
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Summer 2018 Indie Next Picks for Book Clubs

The Summer 2018 Indie Next List for Reading Groups includes 6 Macmillan titles!

Top Ten
WAITING FOR TOMORROW by Nathacha Appanah
4 3 2 1: A Novel by Paul Auster

Family Ties
EDGAR & LUCY by Victor Lodato
GRIEF COTTAGE by Gail Godwin

Coming of Age
TOMB SONG by Julián Herbert

Mysteries and Thrillers
THE DRY by Jane Harper

Find more resources for your book club online at ReadingGroupGold.com.

Booklist’s “Summer Book Club Bash” Webinar Titles

We hope you were able to tune in to Booklist’s “Summer Book Club Bash” webinar today, but if not, here are all the titles Anne presented, plus a link to Reading Group Gold, Macmillan’s book club website:

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah* | 9780312577230 | Available now
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah* | 9781250080400 | Available Now (trade paperback)
NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty* | 9781250069825 | Out 11/6/18 (LR: 9/20/18)
TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty* | 9781250069801 | Available Now (trade paperback)
THE REMOVES** by Tatjana Soli | 9780374249311 | Available Now
DAUGHTER OF MOLOKA’I by Alan Brennert | 9781250137661 | Out 2/19/19 (LR: 12/20/18)
MOLOKA’I by Alan Brennert | 9780312304355 | Available Now (trade paperback)
DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN* by Sarah Bird | 9781250193162 | Out 9/4/18
A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN* by Therese Anne Fowler | 9781250095473 | Out 10/16/18 (LR: 8/20/18)
INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster* by Stephen L. Carter | 9781250121974 | Out 10/9/18 (LR: 8/20/18)
THE BEST BAD THINGS** by Katrina Carrasco | 9780374123697 | Out 11/6/18 (LR: 9/20/18)
THE SUN DOES SHINE: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row* by Anthony Ray Hinton | 9781250205797 (Oprah Book Club Edition) | Available Now
WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir* by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele | 9781250171085 | Available Now
IF YOU LOVE ME: A Mother’s Journey Through Her Daughter’s Opioid Addiction** by Maureen Cavanagh | 9781250297341 | Out 9/4/18
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND* by Louise Penny | 9781250066206 | Out 11/27/18 (LR: 9/20/18)
THE LOST MAN* by Jane Harper | 9781250105684 | Out 2/5/19 (LR: 12/20/18)
THE DRY* by Jane Harper | 9781250105622 | Available Now (trade paperback)
FORCE OF NATURE* by Jane Harper | 9781250105653 | Out 1/8/19 (trade paperback)
THE SILENT PATIENT* by Alex Michaelides | 9781250301697 | Out 2/5/19 (LR: 12/20/18)
CAPE MAY* by Chip Cheek | 9781250297150 | Out 4/30/19 (LR: 2/20/19)
TREEBORNE** by Caleb Johnson | 9781250169082 | Available Now
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT** by Lillian Li | 9781250141293 | Available Now
THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET* by Yara Zgheib | 9781250202444 | Out 2/5/19 (LR: 12/20/18) readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (7/31/18 Edition)

Oh, what a lovely day for a #BookBday!

BLACK KLANSMAN: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth (movie tie-in edition)
Also available in audio & mass market
The extraordinary true story of the African American police officer who goes undercover to investigate the KKK, the basis for the forthcoming major motion picture (BlacKkKlansman) written and directed by Spike Lee, produced by Oscar winner Jordan Peele, and starring Adam Driver, John David Washington, Topher Grace, and Alec Baldwin. Fun fact: Lee won the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival for BlacKkKlansman!

BROTHER by David Chariandy
One of Kirkus Reviews’ “Excellent Summer Reads for Your Book Club” and Publishers Weekly’s Best Summer Books of 2018! “A novel about the indignities, frustrations, and joy found in a Toronto public housing complex. Chariandy’s second novel is a slender volume with the heart of a family epic. An important, riveting novel about dreams, families, and the systems holding them back.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

CAT FLAP by Alan S. Cowell
When she awoke as a cat, Dolores Tremayne saw no immediate advantage in having four paws instead of two arms and two legs… A brilliant, funny novel of love, marriage, and modern life. “The novel is literate in the best sense of the term, with Cowell’s wearing his intelligence and sense of humor lightly, mixing in references to high culture (Proust, Kierkegaard) and popular culture (the Disney movie The Aristocats) to great effect. Recommended for fans of literary humor and anyone who loves cats.” — Library Journal

THE DESCENT OF MONSTERS by JY Yang
The third enthralling silkpunk fantasy in JY Yang’s Tensorate Series, which combines magic, mystery, and enraged dinosaurs. “Yang’s third series novella (after THE RED THREADS OF FORTUNE) continues to establish silkpunk fantasy as a superbly original subgenre.” — Library Journal

THE SUN DOES SHINE is an Oprah Book Club Pick!

Amazing news: THE SUN DOES SHINE: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton is Oprah’s Book Club Summer 2018 Selection!

Hinton’s revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit has two starred reviews and was revealed as Winfrey’s latest, highly-anticipated book club selection on “CBS This Morning.”
“He is a remarkable storyteller,” Oprah said. “You will be swept away into this unbelievable, dramatic true story.”

“There was a time I thought I’d never see the sun again,” said author Ray Hinton. “I really believe my mother prepared me, and she always told me to keep the faith. I worked really hard and tried to make a book that would inspire people to do better, learn how to forgive one another and move on. What happened to me, I don’t ever want to happen to anyone else. I’m just trying to be a little tiny light in God’s world.” readmoreremove

HAPPINESS is the April 2018 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick!

HAPPINESS: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham is the official selection of Reese Witherspoon‘s book club for April 2018!

Follow Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine on Instagram or Facebook to see favorite quotes, moments, and thoughts on HAPPINESS.

TxLA 2018 – Thursday Events

It’s another lovely Dallas day! We can’t wait to see you in Macmillan Adult booth #2816 and at our MANY events happening today:

All events are free unless otherwise noted

Tayshas Reading List Author panel featuring Roshani Chokshi
8:30-9:30am
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Room C144/145

Authors from TAYSHAS, TLA’s high school reading list, will highlight books on the current list, including A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi.

Book Buzz
8:30-9:30am
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Room C156

Join Anne “sweet teeth” Spieth as she highlights her favorite forthcoming Adult titles from Macmillan. Coffee will be served.

Author Autographing Area signing with Adrienne Young
9:30-10:00am
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Author Autographing Area, Aisle 1

Adrienne Young will sign complimentary advance copies of her debut YA novel, SKY IN THE DEEP.

Author Autographing Area signing with Roshani Chokshi
10:00-11:00am
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Author Autographing Area, Aisle 1

Roshani Chokshi will sign complimentary copies of her YA novels A CROWN OF WISHES and  THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN.

Author Autographing Area signing with C.C. Hunter
10:30-11:30am
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Author Autographing Area, Aisle 2

C.C. Hunter will sign complimentary copies of her YA novel, THIS HEART OF MINE. readmoreremove

Booklist’s Rogue Book-Group Choices

Booklist hosted a live event with librarian book-group experts to talk about what makes a good selection, how to pick something unexpected for your group without causing a mass exodus, and lots and lots of suggestions for when you want to take your book group rogue. Check out their Macmillan recommendations:

BINTI by Nnedi Okorafor
Science fiction can be scary for book groups, but don’t be afraid, especially if Black Panther piqued your interest. BINTI is about space, sure, but it’s really about race and other meaty issues.

CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? by Roz Chast
Dealing with aging parents is a familiar book group topic. This graphic novel includes art and photography that will enhance the conversation.

EVERFAIR by Nisi Shawl
Like BINTI, this is an Afro-futurist sci-fi book, plus steam punk and alternate history! So many genres. It will lead to discussions about prejudice, identity, colonialism, and even the structure of the story itself.

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
Another YA book that adult book groups might poo-poo. It’s a teen love story, but the heroine is a trans girl who starts her senior year at a new school where she can be herself. If your book group members like to gain new understanding of people they might not (think they) encounter in real life, this is a great choice.

THE LONELY CITY by Olivia Laing
Pair with images of the artists discussed (Hopper, Warhol, Wojnarowicz); you can also talk about gentrification.

Watch the full event below!

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Macmillan Library @ TxLA 2018 (Booth #2816)

YEEHAW! We can’t wait to see you in Dallas at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference! Peruse the program early then join us in the exhibit hall in booth #2816! Tons of ARC giveaways and the amazing events below await you!

All events are free unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, April 3

In-booth signing with Diane Kelly
5:30-6:30pm
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Booth #2816

Diane Kelly will sign complimentary copies of her mystery, ENFORCING THE PAW.

Wednesday, April 4

In-booth signing with Emily March
10:15-11:15am
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Booth #2816

Emily March will sign complimentary copies of her romance, THE FIRST KISS OF SPRING.

Opening Author Luncheon featuring Wade Rouse (writing as Viola Shipman)
12:15-1:30pm
Omni Hotel, 555 S. Lamar Street | Trinity Ballroom, Sections 6-8, Level 3
Tickets required*

Kick off your TLA conference with an insightful and entertaining discussion about books. A trio of authors including Wade Rouse (writing as Viola Shipman; THE RECIPE BOX) will share some of their writing experiences and read from their latest works at this luncheon. A book signing will take place immediately following the event for attendees.

*Tickets are $44 and must be purchased by Friday, March 16, through pre-registration.

Author Autographing Area signing with Meredith Russo
2:30-3:30pm
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Author Autographing Area, Aisle 4

Meredith Russo will sign complimentary copies of her award-winning YA novel, IF I WAS YOUR GIRL.

“LGBTQIA Fiction for Young Adults” featuring Meredith Russo
4:15-5:15pm
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Room C146

Often an underserved population, LGBTQIA readers are finding representation more prevalent in today’s young adult and middle-grade fiction. Authors including Meredith Russo (IF I WAS YOUR GIRL) will speak on the importance of building awareness and having books available for their users and community. readmoreremove

Macmillan Winter 2018 Book Club Sampler

Discover your library’s next book club pick with our Winter 2018 Book Club Sampler!

Available for immediate download on NetGalley, this sampler features excerpts from the following discussion-worthy titles publishing in Winter 2018:

THE MITFORD MURDERS by Jessica Fellowes
THE RECIPE BOX by Viola Shipman
THE ITALIAN PARTY by Christina Lynch
DREAMING IN CHOCOLATE by Susan Bishop Crispell
THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth
WHERE THE WILD CHERRIES GROW by Laura Madeleine
HOTEL ON SHADOW LAKE by Daniela Tully
THE LOST SEASON OF LOVE AND SNOW by Jennifer Laam
RAISING THE DAD by Tom Matthews
THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT by Nafkote Tamirat
GODS OF HOWL MOUNTAIN by Taylor Brown
THE LAMBS: My Father, a Farm, and the Gift of a Flock of Sheep by Carole George
POINTS NORTH by Howard Frank Mosher
THE COINCIDENCE MAKERS by Yoav Blum
DIVING FOR STARFISH: The Jeweler, the Actress, the Heiress, and One of the World’s Most Alluring Pieces of Jewelry by Cherie Burns
THE SUN DOES SHINE: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton
LET’S NO ONE GET HURT by Jon Pineda
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao
ELOQUENT RAGE: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele

Happy Reading!
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