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ALA Midwinter 2019 (Macmillan Library booth #810)

Coffee, rain, glass-blowing, and grunge… Can Seattle really be summed up that easily? Well… We can’t wait to find out in January during ALA Midwinter!

Daily doings:

Friday, January 25:
Opening Session with Melinda Gates (THE MOMENT OF LIFT)

Fri 1/25 | 4:00-5:15 PM
Washington State Convention Center Ballroom 6A-B

In-booth signing with Harvey-award winning cartoonist Peter Bagge
Fri 1/25 | 5:30-6:30 PM
Macmillan Library booth #810

Saturday, January 26:
In-booth signing with debut YA author + fellow librarian (!!) Emily A. Duncan (WICKED SAINTS)

Sat 1/26 | 10:00-11:00 AM
Macmillan Library booth #810

United For Libraries “Spotlight on Book Clubs”
Sat 1/26 | 2:00-4:00 PM
Macmillan Library (booth #810) will be giving away copies of our favorite Book Club picks!

LibraryReads Debut Author panel with Angie Kim (MIRACLE CREEK)
Sat 1/26 | 3:00-4:00 PM
Washington State Convention Center, Room 3A

Cocktails + Book Buzz*
We’ll be talking books, you’ll be buzzing with excitement…
Sat 1/26 | 5:00-6:00 PM
Sheraton Seattle, Cirrus Ballroom
*RSVP REQUIRED. LIMITED SEATING.

Sunday, January 27:
In-booth signing with Catriona McPherson (GO TO MY GRAVE)
Sun 1/27 | 10:30-11:30 AM
Macmillan Library booth #810

UFL Gala Author Tea* with Wayétu Moore (SHE WOULD BE KING)
Sun 1/27 | 2:00-4:00 PM
Grand Hyatt Seattle, Leonesa Ballroom
*TICKETS REQUIRED.
Advance tickets $60 ($55 United for Libraries division members); onsite tickets $65 (if available) Event code: UNI1

Monday, January 28:
LibraryReads Booktalk Author Breakfast* with Rachel Howzell Hall (THEY ALL FALL DOWN) and Yangsze Choo (THE NIGHT TIGER)

Mon 1/28 | 8:30-9:30 AM
Sheraton Seattle, Metropolitan Ballroom A
*RSVP REQUIRED by 1/7/19.

**Events as of 11/9/18. Check back regularly for updates. #meow

THE OTHER WOMAN is the November 2018 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick!

THE OTHER WOMAN  by Sandie Jones is the official selection of Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club  for November 2018!

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

an August 2018 LibraryReads Pick!

“Readers’ pulses will race as they anticipate how she might strike next and be completely knocked off balance by the shocking ending.”–Library Journal, starred review

Book Club Picks from Our Pals Reese and Kirkus! (10/10/18)

We’re thrilled that Reese Witherspoon selected Laurie Frankel’s THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS as her October Hello Sunshine Book Club pick, and Kirkus Reviews named Ling Ma’s SEVERANCE and James Miller’s CAN DEMOCRACY WORKExcellent Fall Reads for Your Book Club!

SHE WOULD BE KING is SJP’s New Book Club Central Pick!

FANTASTIC NEWS! Wayétu Moore’s SHE WOULD BE KING is Sarah Jessica Parker’s next Book Club Central Pick!

The #1 September 2018 Indie Next pick!

One of Library Journal’s Best Fall 2018 Debuts!

One of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Fall 2018 Debuts!

A BookExpo 2018 Editor’s Buzz Book!

Named a Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2018 by Huffington Post & Buzzfeed!

“It’s a privilege to announce SHE WOULD BE KING by Wayétu Moore as the new selection for Book Club Central. This novel dazzles with beauty and transcendent, transformative humanity. Through the stories of Gbessa, June Dey, and Norman Aragon, Wayétu Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. I treasured every moment I spent in the pages of this book, and I’m thrilled to be able share it with all of you.” — Sarah Jessica Parker, Honorary Chair of ALA Book Club Central

The fondest memories of my childhood are those that included libraries. Our visits were ritual and offered me the comfort and escape I occasionally needed. So, I’m absolutely honored that SHE WOULD BE KING has been chosen by Sarah Jessica Parker for the American Library Association’s Book Club Central.” — Wayétu Moore

Praise for SHE WOULD BE KING:

“Moore’s stunning debut novel is a magic-realism tour de force taking readers on a journey through the beginnings of Liberia. There is an aching sweetness to Moore’s writing that effectively captures the dichotomous and vulnerable strength of her protagonists and catapults this into the realm of books that cast a long-lingering spell.” — Booklist, starred review

“As with Yaa Gyasi’s HOMEGOING, this work will appeal to lovers of African, African American, and literary fiction.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

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
GILEAD by Marilynne Robinson readmoreremove

Sign Up Now: “Summer Book Club Bash” Booklist Webinar

Go beyond the beach with great summer reading suggestions perfect for book clubs. Listen to Anne Spieth share her favorite picks at Booklist‘s “Summer Book Club Bash” webinar on Tuesday, July 31 at 1pm Central.

Click here to RSVP. See you there!

ALA Annual 2018 “Read n’ Rave” Picks

Here’s what your librarian pals recommended at Booklist’s “Read n’ Rave” panel at ALA Annual 2018:

Ariel Farrar, Acquisitions Librarian, New Orleans Public Library
THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
“This is gonna be huge!”

WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson
“Fascinating and important… Centered around a dinner with black luminaries.”

Rebecca Vnuk, Executive Director, LibraryReads
THE DINNER LIST by Rebecca Serle
“Such a cute conceit…the five people living or dead you would most want to have dinner with.”
(seconded by Ariel Farrar)

Kaite Stover, Director of Readers’ Services, Kansas City Public Library (MO)
BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage
“Think children of the non-GMO artisinally grown corn. This is scary stuff!”
(seconded by Ariel Farrar, Rebecca Vnuk & Becky Spratford)

A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler
“Scrumptious historical fiction. Book clubs will clamor for this one.”

INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter
“Haunting, fascinating…your books clubs will love this one.”

Becky Spratford, Readers’ Advisor, RAforAll.com
THE BLACK GOD’S DRUM by P. Djèlí Clark
“If you are not reading & collecting the Tor.com novellas in your library you are missing out. This is Afro-retroism. Adventure. Steampunk. An all-black cast are trying to save NOLA from a voodoo scientist.”

THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife
“This is a great behind-the-scenes history of the Tower. You get to know Christopher, the ravens, and history from a new perspective. His voice is sweet. Also: biscuits soaked in blood!”
(seconded by Ariel Farrar & Stephen Sposato) readmoreremove

Friday Reads: #BookBday Debuts

TGIF! Our #FridayReads are two starry debut novels celebrating their #BookBday this week!

GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao
A March 2018 LibraryReads pick, a Library Journal Spring 2018 Editors’ pick, and a “Most Anticipated Book of 2018” with THREE starred reviews! A searing, electrifying debut novel set in India and America, about a once-in-a-lifetime friendship between two girls who are driven apart but never stop trying to find one another again. “Incredible storytelling… Highly recommended for book discussion groups, this tale of sacrifice, exploitation, and reclamation is not to be missed.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE COINCIDENCE MAKERS by Yoav Blum
What if the drink you just spilled, the train you just missed, or the lottery ticket you just found was not just a random occurrence? Meet the Coincidence Makers—Guy, Emily, and Eric—three seemingly ordinary people who work for a secret organization devoted to creating and carrying out carefully orchestrated events designed to spark significant changes in the lives of their targets. “Artfully blending elements of thriller, romance, and fantasy in beautiful prose, Blum’s novel is a flight of imagination that will echo in readers’ minds long after the last pages have been turned.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

ALA Midwinter 2018 – Saturday Events

Good morning, Denver! We look forward to seeing your smiling faces at the events below and in the Macmillan Adult booth #1741!

In-booth signing with Adrienne Young
9:30-10:00am
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #1741

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

Spotlight on Book Clubs: ARC & Finished Book Giveaway
2:00-4:00pm
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #1741

Visit our booth (#1741) and pick up complimentary copies of our favorite book club selections (don’t forget to download your copy of the free Winter 2018 Book Club sampler):

Fiction:
AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline (ARCs)
ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood
CAMP AUSTEN by Ted Scheinman (ARCs)
THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth (ARCs)
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah (ARCs)
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas
SALVAGE THE BONES by Jesmyn Ward
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty
THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS by Jim Fergus

Nonfiction:
BEING MORTAL: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

In-booth signing with Donna Seaman
2:30-3:30pm
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #916

Donna Seaman will sign complimentary copies of her book, IDENTITY UNKNOWN: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists, in the Booklist booth (#916).

LibraryReads / AAP “Saturday with the Authors Panel” featuring Shobha Rao
3:00-4:00pm
Colorado Convention Center | Mile High 1A
Add to your schedule

Co-hosted by LibraryReads and the AAP Trade Libraries Committee, this panel will feature seven authors including Shobha Rao (GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER). A book signing will follow the program. readmoreremove

Macmillan Library @ ALA Midwinter 2018 (Booth #1741)

We can’t wait to see you in the Macmillan (adult) booth #1741 and at all of our great events at ALA Midwinter in Denver. Check out our schedule below and RSVP ASAP!
Friday, February 9

Opening Keynote with Patrisse Khan-Cullors
4:00-5:30pm
Colorado Convention Center | Mile High Ballroom 2 & 3
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Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement Patrisse Khan-Cullors (WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir) will appear in conversation with Marley Dias, the girl-wonder who started the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign, to discuss activism and grassroots level solutions to tackle inequality. A book signing will follow the program.

In-booth signing with Ausma Zehanat Khan & Emily Littlejohn
5:30-6:30pm
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #1741

Ausma Zehanat Khan and Emily Littlejohn will sign complimentary copies of their mysteries, A DANGEROUS CROSSING and A SEASON TO LIE.

Saturday, February 10

In-booth signing with Adrienne Young
9:30-10:00am
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #1741

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

Spotlight on Book Clubs: ARC & Finished Book Giveaway
2:00-4:00pm
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #1741

Visit our booth (#1741) and pick up complimentary copies of our favorite book club selections:

Fiction:
AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline (ARCs)
ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood
CAMP AUSTEN by Ted Scheinman (ARCs)
THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth (ARCs)
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah (ARCs)
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas
SALVAGE THE BONES by Jesmyn Ward
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty
THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS by Jim Fergus

Nonfiction:
BEING MORTAL: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

In-booth signing with Donna Seaman
2:30-3:30pm
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #916

Donna Seaman will sign complimentary copies of her book, IDENTITY UNKNOWN: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists, in the Booklist booth (#916).

LibraryReads / AAP “Saturday with the Authors Panel” featuring Shobha Rao
3:00-4:00pm
Colorado Convention Center | Mile High 1A
RSVP required, space is limited
Add to your schedule

Co-hosted by LibraryReads and the AAP Trade Libraries Committee, this panel will feature seven authors including Shobha Rao (GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER). A book signing will follow the program.

Details and RSVP here. You will receive an e-confirmation from the AAP if your request is accommodated.

Sunday, February 11

“Three’s Company: We’ll Be Waiting For You”: The Best in Adult Books from HarperCollins, Macmillan and Sterling
12:30-1:15pm
Colorado Convention Center | Book Buzz Theater (on the show floor)
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Join Talia Sherer as she presents her favorite forthcoming Adult Winter & Spring 2018 titles from Macmillan alongside the hilarious Virginia Stanley (HarperCollins) and always-entertaining Chris Vaccari (Sterling)!

RUSA Book & Media Awards Ceremony and Reception
5:00-7:00pm
Hyatt | Centennial A-D
Add to your schedule

Attend RUSA’s Book & Media Awards Ceremony and Reception to find out the winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals of Excellence for Fiction and Nonfiction, as well as selections for the Reading List, Notable Books, Listen List, and winners of the Dartmouth Medal for reference, the Sophie Brody Medal for Jewish literature, the Zora Neale Hurston Award for achievement in promoting African-American literature, the Louis Shores Award for book reviewing and many more. If you can’t attend, follow @ala_rusa on Twitter for announcements (hashtag #alabma).

Monday, February 12

LibraryReads / AAP “Booktalk Breakfast” featuring Sandra Dallas
8:30-10:00am
Colorado Convention Center | Room 605/607
RSVP required, space is limited
Add to your schedule

Join LibraryReads and the AAP Trade Libraries Committee for our annual ALA Midwinter Booktalk Breakfast. Hear from Sandra Dallas (THE PATCHWORK BRIDE) and five other fabulous authors! A book signing will follow the program.

Details and RSVP here. You will receive an e-confirmation from the AAP if your request is accommodated.

Consult LJ‘s Midwinter Galley Guide to know what to grab before you go to the show. 

Can’t be there in person? Follow the action on Twitter at @alamw and #alamw18.
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