Articles tagged "Criticism"

PW’s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2018

Publishers Weekly‘s “Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2018” include these 8 Macmillan titles:
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

THE MERRY SPINSTER by Mallory Ortberg
Ortberg’s twisted variations on popular fairy tales and children’s books are daring and skillful, and this outstanding collection of them brims with satirical horror.

This stellar debut, set in an alternate early 20th century, is an innovative mix of class struggle, magic, and war that marks Polk as a writer to watch.


WADE IN THE WATER by Tracy K. Smith
The current U.S. poet laureate challenges the nature of citizenship, motherhood, and what it means to be an artist in a culture mediated by wealth, men, and violence.

Comics/Graphic Novels

Ayuyang chronicles the real-life adventures of a Filipino-American girl born in the decade of disco who escapes life’s hardships and mundanity through the genre’s feel-good song-and-dance numbers.


EAT THE APPLE by Matt Young
This bold memoir explores “how war transformed [Young] from a confused teenager into a dangerous and damaged man.”

A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey
The former FBI director shares for the first time the details of his career in government during the past two decades. readmoreremove

2017 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists

The National Book Critics Circle honored three Macmillan authors and named seven of our titles as finalists for the 2017 NBCC Awards:

THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott

BORDER: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova

PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

ADMISSIONS: A Life in Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh

WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier

THE ART OF DEATH: Writing the Final Story by Edwidge Danticat
BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts and Fake News by Kevin Young

John McPhee (DRAFT NO. 4: On the Writing Process) is the recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Named after the first president of the NBCC, the award is given annually to a person or institution, who has, over time, made significant contributions to book culture.

Carmen Maria Machado’s debut story collection, HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES, is the recipient of the fourth annual John Leonard Prize, established to recognize outstanding first books in any genre and named in honor of founding NBCC member John Leonard.

The recipient of the 2017 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing is Charles Finch. Finch is the author of the Charles Lenox mysteries, including THE WOMAN IN THE WATER and A BEAUTIFUL BLUE DEATH, which was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007.

The full list of nominees can be seen here. The winners will be named March 15.

2016 National Book Critics Circle Awards Winners

Congratulations to our 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award winners:

WHITE RAGE: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson


See the full list of winners here.

PW’s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017

These ten Macmillan titles are some of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017:

BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
In a future strewn with the cast-off experiments of an industrial laboratory known only as the Company, a scavenger named Rachel survives alongside her lover, Wick, a dealer of memory-altering beetles with whom she takes shelter from the periodic ravages of a giant mutant bear named Mord. One day, caught in Mord’s fur, Rachel finds the bizarre, shape-shifting creature “like a hybrid of sea anemone and squid” she calls Borne.

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly
Donnelly’s debut, a fast-moving tale of desperate love and intrigue in a created world that recalls Europe on the brink of WWII, is emotionally wrenching and shockingly timely.

AFTERLAND by Mai Der Vang
Vang, the 2016 Walt Whitman Award winner, tells the story of Hmong diaspora forced out of Laos and into exile as a result of the U.S.’s secret war. Vang’s unflinching poems address the status of refugees, including her family, and Hmong resilience in exile.

Comics/Graphic Novels
BOUNDLESS by Jillian Tamaki
Tamaki’s last two books—THIS ONE SUMMER and SUPER MUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY—showed she is one of the world’s best cartoonists, and this collection of her evocative short stories will just cement her reputation.

THIS CLOSE TO HAPPY: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin
A personal account of a life afflicted with depression, from an affluent but neglected childhood to the present day.

Literary Essays/Criticism/Biographies
THE NOVEL OF THE CENTURY: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos
Bellos, a translator of French literature, proves that the story of how Victor Hugo’s classic novel came to life is a complex and engrossing epic all its own.

Politics/Current Events
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
Former public defender Forman offers a complex look at the part played by African-Americans in shaping criminal justice policy.

RECKLESS DAUGHTER: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe
A biography, with dozens of in-person interviews with Mitchell, reveals the backstory behind the famous songs—from her youth on the Canadian prairie, the child she gave up for adoption, through her albums and love affairs, to the present. readmoreremove

2016 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists

nbcc2016The National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for their best books of 2016, including these nine Macmillan titles:

IN GRATITUDE by Jenny Diski
THE SONG POET: A Memoir of My Father by Kao Kalia Yang

BLACK ELK: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson
GUILTY THING: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson

WHITE RAGE: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
THE LONELY CITY: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing

HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONS by Ishion Hustchinson
BLACKACRE by Monica Young

The full list of nominees can be seen here. The winners will be named March 16.

PW’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016

Drawn from the 14,000+ titles in Publishers Weekly‘s Fall Announcements issue (available in full here), these Macmillan titles are PW‘s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016:

HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Foer’s first novel in 11 years is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis.


THE ONE MAN by Andrew Gross
Bestseller Gross revisits the horrors of WWII in this thriller involving an Allied plot to rescue an atomic physicist from Auschwitz.

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

INVISIBLE PLANETS: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation edited and trans. by Ken Liu
This stellar anthology of 13 stories selected and translated by Liu (the Dandelion Dynasty series) brings the best of Chinese science fiction to anglophones.

EVERFAIR by Nisi Shawl
In this deeply compelling debut novel, Shawl takes readers to an alternate Earth where the inhumane history of the Belgian Congo is brilliantly rewritten when Africa’s indigenous populations learn about steam power.

Comics/Graphic Novels

THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984–1985: A Graphic Memoir by Riad Sattouf
Sattouf’s dark-humored memoir of his dysfunctional family and childhood in Syria continues.

Literary Essays/Criticism/Biographies

GUILTY THING: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson
The riches-to-rags story of the last of the romantics—a 19th-century opium eater, celebrity journalist, and professional doppelgänger. readmoreremove