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Library Journal’s Best Summer Debuts

Several Macmillan titles we’ve been talking up made it onto Library Journal’s “Summer Best Debuts” list!

THE FURIES by Natalie Haynes
When she begins teaching drama therapy at a school for troubled teens, Alex Morris finds that her students relate to Greek tragedy in dark and surprising ways. “Accomplished psychological mystery” (Publishers Weekly, starred review); “suspense fiction with depth” (Library Journal).

ISLAND OF A THOUSAND MIRRORS by Nayomi Munaweera
This winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize for Asia features two women representing two sides of the civil war in Sri Lanka. “The paradisiacal landscapes of Sri Lanka are as astonishing as the barbarity of its revolution, and Munaweera evokes the power of both in a lyrical debut novel worthy of shelving alongside her countryman Michael Ondaatje” (Publishers Weekly).

FIVES AND TWENTY FIVES by Michael Pitre
The platoon featured here by former marine Pitre is tasked with filling potholes along the highways and byways of Iraq—a dangerous job, because every pothole could hide a bomb. Buzzing since spring, this novel was picked for the “Summer/Fall Indies Introduce Promotion” at BookExpo America and was subsequently made a Discover Great New Writers pick.

THE LAST KINGS OF SARK by Rosa Rankin-Gee
Fresh out of St. Andrews, Jude agrees to tutor a boy named Pip on the island of Sark in the English Channel, and soon she, Pip, and the family cook enter into a glorious summer relationship. “Rankin-Gee’s keen insights into romantic negotiations belie her youth. The confident narrative will be a shot in the arm for bored book club planners.” (Library Journal, starred review).

SMALL BLESSINGS by Martha Woodroof
NPR producer Woodroof launched a ten-part NPR.org Monkey See story on the experience of publishing a book, and now here it is—the story of a constrained college professor trying to make a home for the young son he’s only just learned he has. “A warm, caring and thoroughly entertaining debut.” (Library Journal, starred review).
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ALA Annual – Sunday events

It’s ah-MAY-zing how much good stuff we’ve got happening today! Come by the Macmillan (adult) booth #528 for signings & giveaways, sign our birthday card and/or write us a special birthday wish, get your badge catified, and attend our many events! Read on for the full scoop:

First Author, First Book: Veterans & Rookies
8:30-10:00am
Las Vegas Convention Center | Room N220

Meet veteran author Will Thomas (FATAL ENQUIRY) at United for Libraries’ perennially popular debut author event. Continental breakfast included!

 

In-booth signing with Kelli Stanley
11:00am-12:00 noon
Las Vegas Convention Center | Booth #528

 

Kelli Stanley will be signing complimentary copies of CITY OF DRAGONSCITY OF SECRETS, and chapter samplers of her forthcoming novel, CITY OF GHOSTS.

In-booth signing with Anthony Breznican
11:00am-12:00 noon
Las Vegas Convention Center | Booth #528

Senior writer for Entertainment Weekly Anthony Breznican will be signing complimentary copies of his debut novel, BRUTAL YOUTH.

In-booth signing with Carol Lynch Williams
2:30-3:00pm
Las Vegas Convention Center | booth #528

Carol Lynch Williams will be signing complimentary copies of her young adult novel, THE HAVEN.

The AAP’S Library Family Feud™
3:00-4:00pm
Las Vegas Hotel | Pavilion 06

Watch librarians go head-to-head with authors in this game show-style match-up!

The Laugh’s On Us! 
5:30-7:30pm
Paris Las Vegas | Versailles Ballroom
Ticketed event, space is limited

Sponsored by United for Libraries and emceed by Paula Poundstone, this panel of humorous writers includes Anthony Breznican (BRUTAL YOUTH). Wine and cheese platters are included with your ticket along with free books signed by the authors.

Tickets are $49-60. Details and purchasing information available here.

Badge Catification!
In order to get catified (and yes, that is the technical term), you must take a selfie alongside our giant sign in the Attendee & Exhibitor Registration area of the Las Vegas Convention Center and tweet it to @MacmillanLib with the hashtag #catified.

Haven’t mastered the art of cloning and can’t be several places at once? Follow the action on Twitter with the hashtag #alaac14.

Happy #BookBday to BRUTAL YOUTH

Today we wish a happy #BookBday to BRUTAL YOUTH by Anthony Breznican! We buzzed about this debut coming-of-age story set in a Catholic High School from the Entertainment Weekly senior writer several months ago, and the hype has only grown since then.

Apple iBooks selected it as one of their ten best fiction titles of June, Parade.com featured it in their Father's Day Gift Guide, and Breznican was interviewed on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered (air date tk) and Southern California Public Radio!

Of course, EW gave it a half-page write up in their June 13 issue and featured an essay from Breznican on their Shelf Life blog today (natch).  


Praise for BRUTAL YOUTH:

“Debut author (and senior staff writer at Entertainment Weekly) Breznican captures a perfect balance of horror, heartbreak, and resilience and takes the high school novel into deeper places. Great for the beach but not just a summer read.” — Library Journal, starred review  

“If you thought high school was hell, has Anthony Breznican got a story for you… By turns funny and terrifying, BRUTAL YOUTH is an unputdownable tour-de-force, a REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE for the 21st century.” — Stephen King

“Breznican has accomplished that rare feat of unflinchingly exposing the high school experience in all of its hilarity, vengeance, and terror. You'll think Roald Dahl just went for a swim in the world of John Hughes and came out wearing prison stripes.” — Jason Reitman, Academy award-nominated writer/director/producer of JUNO, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, and UP IN THE AIR

Coming to ALA Annual? Make sure to meet Anthony Breznican

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Macmillan Library @ ALA Annual 2014 (Booth #528)

ALA14 headerVIVA LAS VEGAS! We're ridiculously excited to see your happy little faces in the Macmillan (adult) booth #528 and at all of our great events at ALA Annual next month. Check out our schedule below and RSVP ASAP!
Friday, June 27

In-booth signing with Jane Cleland & Hannah Dennison
5:30-7:00pm
Las Vegas Convention Center | Booth #528

Jane Cleland and Hannah Dennison will be signing complimentary copies of BLOOD RUBIES and MURDER AT HONEYCHURCH HALL.


The Michael L. Printz Program & Reception

8:00-10:00pm
Paris Las Vegas | Versailles Ballroom
Ticketed event, space is limited

Come listen to the 2014 Michael L. Printz honor award-winning authors including Rainbow Rowell (ELEANOR & PARK) as they're interviewed by a panel of teens at this YALSA & Booklist-sponsored event.

Tickets are $34-40. Details and purchasing information available here.

Saturday, June 28

The AAP’s Book-A-Licious Breakfast
8:30-10:00am
Las Vegas Hotel | Pavilion 10
RSVP required, space is limited

Join New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo (THE DEAD WILL TELL) for breakfast and book-talk!

Details and RSVP here.

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Isn't it Romantic?

8:30-10:00am
Las Vegas Convention Center | Room N263

Meet Deborah Coonts (LUCKY BASTARD) and pick up a complimentary copy of her latest Lucky O'Toole, Las Vegas Adventure novel.


In-booth signing with Jessica Love and Catherine Linka

9:00-10:00am
Las Vegas Convention Center | Booth #528

Jessica Love and Catherine Linka will be signing complimentary copies of PUSH GIRL and A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS.

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Speed Dating with Kat Spears and Catherine Linka

10:30-11:30am
Las Vegas Convention Center | Room N112
RSVP required, space is limited

Meet YA authors Kat Spears (SWAY) and Catherine Linka (A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS) and receive complimentary copies of their debut novels!

Details and RSVP here.

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In-booth signing with Kelli Stanley
11:00am-12:00 noon
Las Vegas Convention Center | Booth #528

Kelli Stanley will be signing complimentary copies of CITY OF DRAGONS, CITY OF SECRETS, and chapter samplers of her forthcoming novel, CITY OF GHOSTS.

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“I’m a Librarian! NO! I’m an Author! NO! I’m a Librarian AND an Author”
3:00-4:00pm
Las Vegas Convention Center | Room N243

Three librarians—Ashley Weaver (MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL), Will Thomas (FATAL ENQUIRY), and Kat Spears (SWAY)—and now published authors will each discuss how they went from the circulation desk to the author tour circuit! A book signing will follow.

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Women in Mystery @ the Pop Top Stage

3:00-4:30pm
Las Vegas Convention Center | Hall N1, end of the 200 aisle

Join mystery mavens Jane Cleland (BLOOD RUBIES), Kelli Stanley (CITY OF GHOSTS), and Hannah Dennison (MURDER AT HONEYCHURCH HALL) in discussion at the Pop Top Stage! A complimentary book signing will follow.

Sunday, June 29

First Author, First Book: Veterans & Rookies
8:30-10:00am
Las Vegas Convention Center | Room N220

Meet veteran author Will Thomas (FATAL ENQUIRY) at United for Libraries' perennially popular debut author event. Continental breakfast included!


In-booth signing with Kelli Stanley

10:30am-11:00am
Las Vegas Convention Center | Booth #528

Kelli Stanley will be signing complimentary copies of CITY OF DRAGONS, CITY OF SECRETS, and chapter samplers of her forthcoming novel, CITY OF GHOSTS.


In-booth signing with Anthony Breznican

11:00am-12:00 noon
Las Vegas Convention Center | Booth #528

Senior writer for Entertainment Weekly Anthony Breznican will be signing complimentary copies of his debut novel, BRUTAL YOUTH.

Edelweiss button E-galley available on Edelweiss


In-booth signing with Carol Lynch Williams

2:30-3:00pm
Las Vegas Convention Center | booth #528

Carol Lynch Williams will be signing complimentary copies of her young adult novel, THE HAVEN.


The AAP’S Library Family Feud

3:00-4:00pm
Las Vegas Hotel | Pavilion 06

Watch librarians go head-to-head with authors in this game show-style match-up!


The Laugh's On Us
!

5:30-7:30pm
Paris Las Vegas | Versailles Ballroom
Ticketed event, space is limited

Sponsored by United for Libraries and emceed by Paula Poundstone, this panel of humorous writers includes Anthony Breznican (BRUTAL YOUTH). Wine and cheese platters are included with your ticket along with free books signed by the authors.

Tickets are $49-60. Details and purchasing information available here.

Monday, June 30

Macmillan Library's 10th Birthday Partaaaaaaaaay
10:30am to 11:00am
Las Vegas Convention Center | Booth #528

August 2014 marks Macmillan Library's 10 year anniversary! Celebrate ten wonderful years with us on Monday morning with homemade cookies baked by Anne "the Sweet Teeth" Spieth, sign our birthday card, or write us a special celebratory wish and drop it in the birthday box!

Gala Author Tea
2:00-4:00pm
Las Vegas Hotel | Pavilion 2 & 3
Ticketed event, space is limited

Join United for Libraries' traditional author tea featuring a panel of bestselling authors including Laurie R. King (THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE, 20th Anniversary Edition). Enjoy a light repast of sweet and savory snacks while listening to the authors. Book signings follow with free books galore!

Tickets are $49-60. Details and purchasing information available here.

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Click here to get Library Journal's ALA Annual Galley & Signing Guide to see what goodies await you in the Macmillan booth!

Check back for updates and we'll see you in Vegas!

For Your Consideration: June LibraryReads titles

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Since the weather is getting warmer, why not take your reading al fresco? We recommend these June 2014 titles to get you in a summer state of mind. Just don't forget to nominate your favorite books by May 1!

THAT NIGHT by Chevy Stevens
A woman who was wrongly convicted of her sister's murder and served time in prison must risk everything to find out the truth and clear her name. “Stevens has crafted yet another suspenseful thriller with this tale of heartbreak, the cruelties of fate, and redemption... A compelling, exceptional read.” — Library Journal, starred review

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A DARK AND TWISTED TIDE by Sharon Bolton
In the latest Lacey Flint mystery, the detective—now part of the marine police—finds a shrouded body in the river. And that's just the first one... “Bolton, who previously published using her initials rather than her first name, turns out dependably well-plotted, well-written crime novels that have actually made me miss my subway stop. I can't wait to get my hands on this one.” — Library Journal, Spring 2014 Editors' Picks

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SAVE THE DATE by Mary Kay Andrews
Cara Kryzik is on the verge of becoming the go-to wedding florist in Savannah, even though she doesn't believe in love. But when the bride spirals into a crisis and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must come to the rescue and figure out what she believes in. “Bestseller Andrews is at the top of her game, delivering a smart, funny perfect-for-summer read with a hopeful heart.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review on LADIES NIGHT

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THAT SUMMER
by Lauren Willig
From modern-day England to the early days of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, New York Times bestseller Willig takes readers on a journey through a mysterious old house, a hidden love affair, and one woman's search for the truth about her past—and herself.

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THE GLASS KITCHEN
by Linda Francis Lee
Three sisters move from Texas to New York City to open a restaurant in this novel about food, family, and finding true love from the author of EMILY AND EINSTEIN.

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BRUTAL YOUTH
by Anthony Breznican
Three freshmen must join forces to survive at a troubled, working-class Catholic high school with a student body full of bullies and zealots, and a faculty that's even worse in this coming-of-age story that's Fight Club meets The Breakfast Club

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THE ROMANOV SISTERS: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
by Helen Rappaport  
Historian Helen Rappaport brings the four Russian Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov, to life in their own words, drawing extensively on previously unseen or unpublished letters, diaries and archival sources, to illuminate the opulence of their doomed world and their courage as they faced a terrible end.

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For more June LibraryReads title suggestions, view our collection on Edelweiss. Happy reading and happy nominating!

TxLA 2014 Book Buzz

Thanks to everyone who came out to the TxLA Book Buzz this morning to listen to Anne "the sweet teeth" Spieth talk about her favorite Summer books! If you couldn't make it, don't worry, we've got you covered. 

Here are all the titles, plus a handy-dandy catified handout

Highly Anticipated Titles
THE SNOW QUEEN by Michael Cunningham
SAVE THE DATE by Mary Kay Andrews 
LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell
THE FORTUNE HUNTER by Daisy Goodwin

Fractured Fairy Tales
DARK AEMILIA by Sally O'Reilly
ALIAS HOOK by Lisa Jensen
BITTER GREENS by Kate Forsyth

New Mysteries From Bestselling Authors
A DARK AND TWISTED TIDE by Sharon Bolton
THAT NIGHT by Chevy Stevens
THE DEAD WILL TELL by Linda Castillo

Debut Mysteries
INVISIBLE CITY by Julia Dahl
BONE DUST WHITE by Karin Salvalaggio
NEVER LOOK BACK by Claire Donoghue

Debuts with YA Appeal
THE HOLLOW GROUND by Natalie S. Harnett
BRUTAL YOUTH by Anthony Breznican
THE SPARK AND THE DRIVE by Wayne Harrison

Books for Teens
A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS by Catherine Linka
COMPLICIT by Stephanie Kuehn
HOW TO FALL by Jane Casey
REBORN by C.C. Hunter
RECKONING by Kerry Wilkinson
EXTRACTION by Stephanie Diaz

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Hot Debut: BRUTAL YOUTH

Brutal Youth coverLast week Entertainment Weekly did their senior staff writer Anthony Breznican proud with a cover reveal and Q&A for his debut novel, BRUTAL YOUTH.

In this unusual coming-of-age story, incoming freshman Peter Davidek is trying to survive his first year at a troubled, working-class Catholic high school with a student body full of bullies, and a faculty that's even worse. Within this desperate place, Peter befriends fellow freshmen Noah Stein, a volatile classmate whose face bears the scars of a hard-fighting past, and the beautiful but lonely Lorelei Paskal—so eager to become popular, she makes only enemies.

Even Stephen King is talking about it!

“If you thought high school was hell, has Anthony Breznican got a story for you. Every bully who stalked you, every sadistic teacher who ever terrified you, every stupid prank, every hopeless crush and false friend: they’re all here, along with a few kids who hang together and try to do the right thing in a brutal environment. By turns funny and terrifying, BRUTAL YOUTH is an unputdownable tour-de-force, a REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE for the 21st century.
— Stephen King

Breznican has accomplished that rare feat of unflinchingly exposing the high school experience in all of its hilarity, vengeance, and terror. You'll think Roald Dahl just went for a swim in the world of John Hughes and came out wearing prison stripes. Life isn't fair... but high school is brutal. This is the most richly detailed and nuanced academic microcosm since DEAD POETS SOCIETY. You may have never been to St. Michael the Archangel High School, but you will fear it after reading this powerful and hilarious debut novel. Never has a story brought me back to the merciless teachers and ruthless bullies with such poetry and wit.”
— Jason Reitman, Academy award-nominated writer/director/producer of JUNO, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, and UP IN THE AIR

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From the EW Q&A: How would you describe the book in movie terms? (e.g., "Heathers" meets Tarantino, or something like that…)
My brother Greg came up with a good one after he read it: “'Fight Club' meets 'The Breakfast Club.'” I couldn’t hope for any better than that.

 

Anne (who is also an unapologetic reader of EW) read it over the weekend and couldn't put it down! “Fight Club” meets “Breakfast Club” is pretty spot on, with a dash of “Freaks & Geeks” thrown in for good measure.

And if that’s not enough of a reason to read it, Breznican’s wife is a librarian!

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