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Happy #BookBday (5/2/17 Edition)

bookbday-5.2.17Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday!

NO ONE CAN PRONOUNCE MY NAME by Rakesh Satyal
A humorous and tender multi-generational novel about immigrants and outsiders, those trying to find their place in American society and within their own families. “Through his beautifully crafted characters, Satyal’s second novel explores identity, sexuality, family, immigrant life, and Indian and American cultures. Satyal expertly describes the everyday struggles that define his characters, and he elevates the extraordinary moments of normal life in his skilled and thought-provoking novel.” — Booklist, starred review

THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP by Graeme Simsion
From the bestselling author of THE ROSIE PROJECT comes a romantic novel about true love, second chances, and decades of great music. “Sensitive, witty Adam is a terrifically chummy narrator for fan-favorite Simsion’s funny, sexy, and above all musical portrayal of the roles memory and fantasy play in midlife’s yearnings.” — Booklist

FEN: Stories by Daisy Johnson
A May 2017 Indie Next pick! With a fresh and utterly contemporary voice, Johnson lays bare stories of women testing the limits of their power to create a startling work of fiction. “Centered in the depressed flatlands of eastern England, the stories in Johnson’s debut collection straddle the drama of transformation in both the uncanny and the everyday.” — Publishers Weekly

BEFORE WE SLEEP by Jeffrey Lent
The sweeping, intergenerational story of a Vermont family, from WWII to the dawning of the ’60s. “Lent has been compared to Faulkner, and the parallels between the cultural divides of the 1960s and current events make this a solid choice for readers of literary fiction.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Af/Am Fiction

From contemporary to urban fiction, these three new books by African American writers are perfect for patrons who love romance and drama:

AND THEN THERE WAS ME by Sadeqa Johnson
The story of Bea, a woman wrestling with motherhood, an unfaithful husband, and a friend who may not be who she seems, all while trying to make sense of her new neighborhood. “Combining the warmth and sisterhood of Terry McMillan’s novels and the tragedies and healing of those from Kristin Hannah, this book should find a wide, satisfied readership.” — Booklist

THE STREETS HAVE NO KING by JaQuavis Coleman
After 7 years of prison, multi-millionaire drug mogul Kane Garrett is back on the streets, but this time he’s teaching a college class, infusing business principles with his signature ruthless edge he developed in the streets. When a student—and heavy heroin dealer—named Basil catches Kane’s eye, Kane takes him on as a protégé and together, they build the biggest, smartest drug trafficking business the state has ever seen. But when Basil meets Moriah, Kane’s only daughter, lines get crossed and their dominant business union becomes a deadly rivalry. readmoreremove

ALA Midwinter 2017 – Saturday Events

Good morning, Atlanta!! Come by the Macmillan (adult) booth #1818 for fabulous galleys (especially during the Spotlight on Adult Literature—see LJ‘s ALAMW17 galley guide for more) and show our authors some love by attending today’s events:

In-booth signing with Loretta Ellsworth
9:30-10:30am
Georgia World Congress Center | Booth #1818

Loretta Ellsworth will sign complimentary advance copies of her novel, STARS OVER CLEAR LAKE.

In-booth signing with Lisa Rogak
2:00-3:00pm
Georgia World Congress Center | Booth #1326 (Baker & Taylor)

Lisa Rogak will sign complimentary copies of her book, THE TRUE TAILS OF BAKER & TAYLOR.

“Three’s Company: We’ll be Waiting For You”: The Best in Adult Books from HarperCollins, Macmillan and Sterling
11:30am-12:15pm
Georgia World Congress Center | Book Buzz Theater (on the show floor)

Join Talia Sherer as she presents her favorite forthcoming adult Winter & Spring 2017 titles from Macmillan alongside the hilarious Virginia Stanley (HarperCollins) and always-entertaining Chris Vaccari (Sterling)!

Spotlight on Adult Literature: ARC & Finished Book Giveaway
2:00-4:00pm
Georgia World Congress Center | Booth #1818

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

Contemporary Fiction:
Sally Hepworth’s THE MOTHER’S PROMISE (St. Martin’s Press)
Victor Lodato’s EDGAR AND LUCY (St. Martin’s Press)
Julie Buntin’s MARLENA (Henry Holt & Co.)
Laurie Frankel’s THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS (Flatiron Books)
Kathleen Rooney’s LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK (St. Martin’s Press)

Mystery/Thriller:
Chevy Stevens’s NEVER LET YOU GO (St. Martin’s Press)
Gregg Hurwitz’s THE NOWHERE MAN (Minotaur Books)
Ann Cleeves’s THE CROW TRAP (Minotaur Books)
JoAnn Chaney’s WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW (Flatiron Books)
Mandy Morton’s NO. 2 FELINE DETECTIVE AGENCY (Minotaur Books)

Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture with Ryan Gravel
4:00-5:00pm
Georgia World Congress Center | Sydney Marcus Auditorium Theater

Ryan Gravel, urban visionary, planner, designer, and author of WHERE WE WANT TO LIVE: Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities, is the award-winning creator of the Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile transit greenway that will ultimately connect 40 diverse Atlanta neighborhoods to city schools, shopping districts, and public parks. He presents an exciting pitch for how to make cities the kinds of places where we truly want to live, and argues that we can take the future into our own hands and improve our way of life by remodeling cities with better infrastructure to reconnect both neighborhoods and people. A book signing will follow the event. readmoreremove

Macmillan Library @ ALA Midwinter 2017 (Booth #1818)

alamw2017We’re ridiculously excited to see you in the Macmillan (adult) booth #1818 and at all of our great events at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta next month. Check out our schedule below, consult LJ‘s ALAMW17 galley guide, and RSVP ASAP!
Friday, January 20

In-booth signing with Donna Seaman
5:30pm-6:30pm
Georgia World Congress Center | Booth #1818

Booklist editor Donna Seaman will sign complimentary advance copies of her newest book, IDENTITY UNKNOWN: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists.

Saturday, January 21

In-booth signing with Loretta Ellsworth
9:30am-10:30am
Georgia World Congress Center | Booth #1818

Loretta Ellsworth will sign complimentary advance copies of her novel, STARS OVER CLEAR LAKE.

In-booth signing with Lisa Rogak
2:00pm-3:00pm
Georgia World Congress Center | Booth #1326 (Baker & Taylor)

Lisa Rogak will sign complimentary copies of her book, THE TRUE TAILS OF BAKER & TAYLOR.

“Three’s Company: We’ll be Waiting For You”: The Best in Adult Books from HarperCollins, Macmillan and Sterling
11:30am-12:15pm
Georgia World Congress Center | Book Buzz Theater (on the show floor)

Join Talia Sherer as she presents her favorite forthcoming adult Winter & Spring 2017 titles from Macmillan alongside the hilarious Virginia Stanley (HarperCollins) and always-entertaining Chris Vaccari (Sterling)!

Spotlight on Adult Literature: ARC & Finished Book Giveaway
2:00pm-4:00pm
Georgia World Congress Center | Booth #1818

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

Contemporary Fiction:
Sally Hepworth’s THE MOTHER’S PROMISE (St. Martin’s Press)
Victor Lodato’s EDGAR AND LUCY (St. Martin’s Press)
Julie Buntin’s MARLENA (Henry Holt & Co.)
Laurie Frankel’s THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS (Flatiron Books)
Kathleen Rooney’s LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK (St. Martin’s Press)

Mystery/Thriller:
Chevy Stevens’s NEVER LET YOU GO (St. Martin’s Press)
Gregg Hurwitz’s THE NOWHERE MAN (Minotaur Books)
Ann Cleeves’s THE CROW TRAP (Minotaur Books)
JoAnn Chaney’s WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW (Flatiron Books)
Mandy Morton’s NO. 2 FELINE DETECTIVE AGENCY (Minotaur Books)

Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture with Ryan Gravel
4:00pm-5:00pm
Georgia World Congress Center | Sydney Marcus Auditorium Theater
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Ryan Gravel, urban visionary, planner, designer, and author of WHERE WE WANT TO LIVE: Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities, is the award-winning creator of the Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile transit greenway that will ultimately connect 40 diverse Atlanta neighborhoods to city schools, shopping districts, and public parks. He presents an exciting pitch for how to make cities the kinds of places where we truly want to live, and argues that we can take the future into our own hands and improve our way of life by remodeling cities with better infrastructure to reconnect both neighborhoods and people. A book signing will follow the event.
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What Are Your Patrons e-Reading?

Based on our stats, your patrons are downloading mystery, history, and contemporary fiction!*

Here are their top ten picks:

KILLING PATTON by Bill O’Reilly
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
BETRAYED by Lisa Scottoline
LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell
THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
LILA by Marilynne Robinson
THE PERFECT WITNESS by Iris Johanson
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
THE ANDY COHEN DIARIES by Andy Cohen

The rest of the best:
THE RED TENT by Anita Diamant
DEEP DOWN DARK by Hector Tobar
THE SILENT SISTER by Diane Chamberlain
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny
KILLING JESUS by Bill O’Reilly
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O’Reilly
WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE by Oprah Winfrey
LOCK IN by John Scalzi
KILLING KENNEDY by Bill O’Reilly
SAVING GRACE by Jane Green
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel

Add all of these titles to your e-shelves today!
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Labor Day Weekend Reading

Hip hip hooray, it’s Labor Day! For us (and hopefully you) that means a nice, long, relaxing weekend with plenty of reading time (we’re out tomorrow and Monday).
Here are the books topping our TBR pile:

ON THE EDGE by Edward St. Aubyn
On Sale: October 14, 2014
Shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award, St. Aubyn’s take on one man’s search for enlightenment as a cure to modern malaise is “razor sharp and maniacally clever.”
Publishers Weekly

TEXTS FROM JANE EYRE: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg
On Sale: November 4, 2014
From the co-creator of the cult-favorite website The Toast comes a whimsical collection of hysterical text conversations from your favorite literary characters. Check out samples from Jane Eyre, Gilgamesh, and Medea.

THE LAUGHING MONSTERS by Denis Johnson
On Sale: November 4, 2014
A post-9/11 literary spy thriller from the National Book Award–winning author of Tree of Smoke. One of Barbara Hoffert’s Library Journal pre-pub picks!
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We heart Lisa Scottoline!

WritersDigest-LisaScottolineArticleIf you’ve been lucky enough to meet her, you know why we love Lisa Scottoline. She’s HILARIOUS, yet incredibly down-to-earth, a super talented writer, and very outspoken about how her books belong to several different genres.

Lisa is the cover story of the October 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest (on stands now)!

She talks about early success with her Rosato & Associates series, yet didn’t want to be known as “the female John Grisham.” That led her to write standalone novels about emotional justice, including LOOK AGAIN, and most recently, KEEP QUIET.

Meanwhile, she’s relaunched her bestselling Rosato series with last fall’s ACCUSED (BETRAYED is the new Rosato book due out November 25) and has written several essay collections with her daughter Francesca Serritella based on their Philadelphia Inquirer columns. Their most recent book, HAVE A NICE GUILT TRIP, was a People Magazine pick.

Lisa also gives great advice to aspiring writers:

“The world is really tough on people who want to be writers, and there’s precious little support for it. You have to nurture this dream. I visualize it as a candle. You’re the person in the movie walking around in the dark scary house, and you have the candle in the little dish, and you have to protect it with your hand. It can blow out very easily. And the world is not going to help you hold the candle. You’ve got to protect the candle.
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Books BY Librarians

We love books (duh). And we love librarians (umm, duh!). So that means we double-love these books by librarians (and you should, too):

FATAL ENQUIRY by Will Thomas
Thomas's Barker & Llewellyn series, set in Victoria’s England, have won him a devoted following and his latest has the duo trying to figure out a reluctant ally's real motives. “Recommended for historical mysteries enthusiasts, Anglophiles, and Sherlockians. Fans of Alex Grecian, Anthony Horowitz, and Charles Todd should take special note.” — Library Journal, starred review

Thomas works as a librarian in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

CRADLE TO GRAVE by Eleanor Kuhns
On sale June 17, 2014
In the “intriguing” (Publishers Weekly) third entry in the late-18th-century historical mystery series, Will Rees is stunned to learn a Shaker friend of his has been accused of kidnapping and murder.

Kuhns is the 2011 winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel competition. She is currently the Assistant Director at the Goshen Public Library in Orange County, New York.

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SWAY by Kat Spears
On sale September 16, 2014
In this hilarious and often poignant debut YA, a young man who avoids emotional connection at all costs, is forced to open his heart when he meets the girl of his dreams in this Cyrano De Bergerac story with a modern twist.

Spears works at the Library of Virginia where she organizes author appearances and other literary events.  

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MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver
On sale October 14, 2014
An exquisite seaside resort, an eccentric group of British aristocrats on holiday, and rich 1930s detail lay the setting for this fantastic Golden Age–style debut mystery by young librarian Weaver. “An elegant Christie-esque 1930s romp that will delight fans of Rhys Bowen's Lady Georgie series with its wit, charm, and strong independent heroine. With its dash of romance, Amory Ames and her rakish husband Milo might just be the new Nick and Nora Charles.” — New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie

Weaver is the branch manager at Oberlin, the headquarters branch of the Allen Parish Libraries in Louisiana.

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If you're going to ALA Annual, don't miss Will Thomas, Kat Spears, and Ashley Weaver on the “I’m a Librarian! NO! I’m an Author! NO! I’m a Librarian AND an Author” panel!

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Happy #BookBday (5/13/14 Edition)

We've got great new books for all kinds of readers today:

THE WITCH OF BELLADONNA BAY by Suzanne Palmieri
In Palmieri's follow-up to THE WITCH OF LITTLE ITALY, Bronwyn is forced to return home to Magnolia Creek, Alabama to unravel the mysteries surrounding the murder her brother has been convicted for. “Palmieri’s second magical family mystery is steeped in a vibrant mix of Southern charm and gothicism. A fascinating look at magic, mystery, family and love with a Southern gothic flair.” — Kirkus Reviews

SNOW IN MAY by Kseniya Melnik
A remote Siberian town with a darkly fascinating history teems with life in this luminous linked debut collection. “The Russian port town of Magadan, a former threshold into the Stalin-era gulags, links the characters in Melnik’s gorgeous debut collection of short stories. Achingly beautiful, this collection signals a writer to watch.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

ENDURING COURAGE: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed by John F. Ross
With impeccable research, Ross tells the gripping true story of Eddie Rickenbacker, a man who overcame his father’s violent death, a debilitating handicap, and accusations of being a German spy to become the most celebrated flying ace of WWI. “Obviously this is exciting material to work with—after all, Rickenbacker was a man who drove in the first Indy 500 and dueled with the Red Baron’s flying circus—but Ross is never fawning in this thoroughly enjoyable and downright rollicking read.” — Booklist, starred & boxed review  

THE HOLLOW GROUND by Natalie S. Harnett
Set amongst the deadly coal mine fires of 1960s Pennsylvania, this extraordinary debut tells the coming-of-age story of Brigid Howley, a young girl struggling to keep her family together despite the "curse" laid upon them generations earlier. “Brigid is no ordinary hard-luck heroine; her voice rings true, offering a matter-of-fact telling that never falls into self-pity or melodrama. Set against the 1960s Pennsylvania coal mine fires, this debut novel is a dark and rewarding read.”
Library Journal

For Your Consideration: July LibraryReads titles

Why not start your beach reading early with these great July 2014 titles? And while you’re at it, don't forget to nominate your favorites for the July 2014 LibraryReads List by June 1!

LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell
From the bestselling author of ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL, comes a moving and hilarious tale of a marriage on the brink, and one woman's chance to either save it or make sure it never happens. “While the topic might have changed, this is still Rowell—reading her work feels like listening to your hilariously insightful best friend tell her best stories.” — Library Journal, starred review

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Enter to win an advance copy of LANDLINE! (today thru May 15)

THE FORTUNE HUNTER by Daisy Goodwin
A beautiful empress, a handsome horseman, and a bluestocking heiress form a passionate love triangle in this historical novel from the New York Times bestselling author of THE AMERICAN HEIRESS. “An enchanting, beautifully written page-turner.” — Publishers Weekly

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THE DEAD WILL TELL by Linda Castillo
In Castillo’s latest electrifying Kate Burkholder mystery, the Amish town of Painter’s Mill is plagued by a series of murders made to look like suicides. “Castillo effectively combines an airtight plot with a revealingly complex look at what can happen when a fissure develops along the fault line separating an insular community from the secular world. Castillo shows again why the phrase 'gritty Amish mystery' is no oxymoron.” — Booklist

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Meet Linda Castillo at the AAP’s Book-A-Licious Breakfast at ALA Annual! Details and RSVP here

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