Articles tagged "EarlyWord"


D Things We Keep 2*Sniffle, honk* Excuse us while we wipe away the ugly-cry mess on our faces after reading THE THINGS WE KEEP by Sally Hepworth.

We love—and I mean, LOVE—this book. Even Baby Daniel loves this book (mostly how it tastes). We’ll let EarlyWord’s Robin Beerbower tell you why:

“If you…have leftover tissues, put them to good use by reading Sally Hepworth’s THE THINGS WE KEEP. Marika Zemke from Commerce Township Public Library stayed up all night to finish this moving story of a 38-year-old woman with early onset Alzheimer’s who falls in love with another care home resident. Marika said ‘What follows is a story about all types of love…romantic love, mother/daughter love, compassionate love and more.’ I’ll add reading this gave me the same feeling as when I first read Nicholas Sparks’ THE NOTEBOOK.

We want you to love THE THINGS WE KEEP, too, so we’re giving away ARCs to adult librarians currently employed in the U.S.!*

To request a copy, please email from your library-issued email account with the subject line “The Things We Keep” and make sure to include your library’s mailing address.

Now grab those tissues and get reading! Remember, if you love it, it’s never too early to nominate it for LibraryReads!

Macmillan Library @ BEA 2015! (Booth 3056-3057)

BEA_Librarian_LogoSpring has sprung, which can only mean that BookExpo America will be here soon! We hope to see you at these great events and in the Macmillan booth (#3056-3057).

Wednesday, May 27

The 9th Annual BEA Adult Librarians Dinner, co-hosted by LibraryReads and the AAP
The Yale Club | 50 Vanderbilt Ave, Grand Ballroom
RSVP required, space is limited

Al Roker serves as the Master of Ceremonies at this annual dinner featuring Sloane Crosley, who makes her fiction debut with THE CLASP, about three friends on a madcap adventure and treasure hunt.

Details and RSVP here.  Please note that this event is full, so you are registering for a waitlist and will be contacted if we are able to accommodate.

Macmillan Galley Giveaways and Author Signings – Wednesday (Booth #3056-3057):

2:00pm Galley Giveaway: MADE TO KILL by Adam Christopher (Tor)
3:30pm Galley Giveaway: HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall (Flatiron)
4:00pm Galley Giveaway: KEEP CALM by Michael Binder (Holt)
4:30pm Galley & Poster Giveaway: JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Elsa Hart (Minotaur)

Thursday, May 28

BEA Authors Librarian Luncheon, co-hosted by LibraryReads and the AAP
12:00 noon-1:30pm
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E15-16
RSVP required, space is limited

Hear from a panel of bestselling and debut authors, including Stephanie Clifford, whose debut novel, EVERYBODY RISE, follows a college graduate lying her way to the top of the social strata in Manhattan with devastating consequences.

Details and RSVP here.  Please note that this event is full, so you are registering for a waitlist and will be contacted if we are able to accommodate.

The AAP’s Annual Librarians Book Buzz, Part I
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E14

Come listen to our publishing friends as they highlight their favorite forthcoming titles!

Macmillan Galley Giveaways and Author Signings – Thursday (Booth #3056-3057):
9:00am Galley Giveaway: A POET OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD by Michael Golding (Picador)
9:30am Giveaway: Macmillan Audio Beach Reads tote bags
10:30am In-Booth Signing: Sloane Crosley (THE CLASP, FSG)
10:30am Galley Giveaway: THE LAST PILOT by Benjamin Johncock (Picador)
11:30am In-Booth Signing: Brandon Stanton (HUMANS OF NEW YORK: STORIES posters, SMP)
11:30am Galley Giveaway: PRINCE OF DARKNESS by Shane White (Palgrave)
1:30pm In-Booth Signing: Charlie Jane Anders (ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY, Tor)
2:00pm Galley and Advance Listening Copy Giveaway: EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford (SMP/Macmillan Audio)
2:30pm In-Booth Signing: Damon Tweedy, M.D. (BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT, Picador)
3:30pm Galley Giveaway: BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT by Neal Griffin (Forge)
4:30pm Galley Giveaway: PURITY by Jonathan Franzen (FSG)

Friday, May 29

The AAP’s Annual Librarians Book Buzz, Part II
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E14

Come hear Anne Spieth highlight her favorite forthcoming Macmillan titles at this very popular annual Publishers Book Buzz!

The 7th Annual Librarian Shout ‘n Share
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E14

Join librarians as they sound off on their favorite exhibit floor reads, and other upcoming works they are looking forward to sharing with their patrons. Wilda Williams, Fiction Editor, Library Journal moderates this year’s Shout N Sharers: Kristi Chadwick, Advisor, Small Libraries Massachusetts Library System; Charlene Rue, Acting Director of BookOps, New York & Brooklyn Public Libraries; Jamie Watson, Collection Development Coordinator, Baltimore County Public Library; Jennifer Dayton, Collection Development Manager, Darien Library; and Robin Nesbitt, Collection Development, Columbus Public Library.

Macmillan Galley Giveaways and Author Signings – Friday (Booth #3056-3057):
9:00am Galley Giveaway: WILBERFORCE by H.S. Cross (FSG)
9:30am Giveaway: Macmillan Audio Beach Reads tote bags
10:00am Galley and Advance Listening Copy Giveaway: EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford (SMP/Macmillan Audio)
10:30am Galley Giveaway: TENACITY by James Law (Holt)
11:30am In-Booth Signing: Rainbow Rowell (FANGIRL, Special Edition, Griffin)
11:30am Galley Giveaway: DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt (Griffin)
1:30pm In-Booth Signing: Helen Phillips (THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT, Holt)
2:00pm Galley Giveaway: FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson (Flatiron)

If it’s your first time at BEA, EarlyWord has put together a guide especially for you! Here are three galley guides to help you figure out what to grab before you go:

Publishers Weekly BEA 2015 Galley Grab
Library Journal 2015 BEA Galley & Signing Guide
School Library Journal 2015 BEA Galley & Signing Guide (look under St. Martin’s Griffin)
BONUS: click here to download a printable guide of Talia & Anne’s favorite forthcoming books

Please check back regularly for the most up-to-date information. If you can’t make it, follow the action on Twitter via #BEA15. We hope to see you soon!


Teen Talk Tuesday (3/18/14 Edition)

Early Word YA Galley Chat is upon us! Take a look at the latest and greatest teen titles from St. Martin's Griffin this month, then join us and @earlyword later today at 5pm EST, hashtag #ewyagc.

WICKED LITTLE SECRETS by Kara Taylor (Prep School Confidential #2)
Anne Dowling becomes entangled in a web of secrets involving a missing student and a conspiracy at Wheatley Prep in this fast-paced, juicy follow-up to PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL.

REMNANTS OF TOMORROW by Kassy Tayler (Ashes of Twilight #3)
In this "satisfying conclusion to the Ashes of Twilight trilogy" (Booklist), Wren and her friends from inside the dome must stop an all-out war between the factions by making them understand that the only way to survive is to work together.

“Music buffs will relate to Sing’s passion and insecurities, and readers who enjoy a good melodrama will be captivated.” — Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books

“Rule’s promising writing still hits the right note. There’s an opening for a second book, and it has the potential to be as sweet and strange as the first.” — Booklist

STELLA by Helen Eve
This "Gossip Girl"-style private school drama unfolds through alternating points of view between popular girl Stella and the newcomer Caitlin, who is quickly drafted to the inner circle. "Eve’s substantive new twist on this well-trod contemporary theme works—and fans of the subgenre will adore it." — Booklist

HIDDEN by P.C. + Kristin Cast (House of Night #10, Trade Paperback edition)
Neferet’s evil has been exposed, and the High Council is no longer on her side—so why is she far from done wreaking havoc in the vampyre world? Now available for the first time in trade paperback.

Hope to see you later at #ewyagc! readmoreremove

Monday Fun Day! (8/5/2013 Edition)

Happy Monday, friends! We're starting this week with a hodgepodge-y check list of excellent linkage: 

- This book isn't ours, but you should still read The Boston Globe's charmed review of Boris Kachka's "delectably gossipy" account of our very own Farrar, Straus, & Giroux called HOTHOUSE: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America’s Most Celebrated Publishing House (review online here).

- Mark you calendar for EarlyWord's GalleyChat (#ewgc) tomorrow August 6th, from 4-5PM on Twitter (details). We want to hear about what you're reading! 

- Consider hosting a Google+ event for #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon! Kenyon will open a Google+ Hangout on September 4th to celebrate the launch of STYXX and sherrilyn kenyon on google plusshe's looking for a few venues to celebrate with her! Kenyon and her publicist are still in the early stages of planning the Hangout, but they're looking for nine enthusiastic venues that are ready to celebrate the Dark-Hunter series. If you're interested, please e-mail me with: the details of your A/V equipment, information on Google+/Skype events you've previously hosted, and how many people you think you can draw into your event.

- And finally, be good to one another!!


Monday Fun Day! (6/3/2013 Edition)

Happy post-BEA Monday!

*cue everyone collapsing into a pile and catnapping for a week.*

We're almost at the end of this year's frenzied conference season, so let's wrap up our BookExpo adventures and get you back in gear for ALA Annual.

BookExpo America:

First of all, a huge thanks to all of the happy librarians who joined us for dinner on Wednesday at the AAP's Annual BEA Librarians Dinner with Erica Jong, the author of FEAR OF FLYING (40th Anniversary Edition), and also on Thursday at the AAP's BEA Librarians Author Lunch with Louise Penny, author of the Chief Inspector Gamache novels (pictured below)! We had a great time and we hope you were entertained and well-fed for your other panels and show floor expeditions. Please join us again next year and spread the word!

louise penny and librariansAlene Moroni and Stephanie Chase (King County Library System) bookending Louise Penny!

And also thank you to everyone who came out to hear me gush about a few of Macmillan's forthcoming  titles at the AAP's Annual Librarians Book Buzz panel. My handout is available for you to download (PDF) and definitely go to to register for e-galley downloads of all of Macmillan's featured BEA titles (expires June 10). Read more about Edelweiss here.

BEA titles

C-SPAN 2 posted the hour-long state of the book industry talk at BookExpo America with Macmillan CEO John Sargent. Watch "Publishing, Bookselling, and the Whole Damn Thing: A Conversation with John Sargent" now.

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Finally, EarlyWord will post the full list of titles mentioned at the 4th Annual Librarian Shout 'n Share panel. Stay tuned! UPDATE: EarlyWord posted the list here.

American Library Association Annual Convention:

Please take a look at our full schedule posted here and find us during the show at booth 2103!

Texas Library Association Annual Conference:

We're still talking about TxLA?? You betcha. That's because you still have a chance to win a stack of super fine signed books! The deadline to enter is today. Enter now.

Cute Stuff:

As we embark into June let's take a look back over last month's ridiculously smile-worthy cat videos:

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Tuesday Fun Day! (2/19/2013 Edition)

Happy Tuesday, library buds! I hope you all had a relaxing Presidents Day.

- YA librarians, join us on Twitter today at 4p.m. Eastern to chat about forthcoming young adult titles during EarlyWord's YA GalleyChat. Hashtag: #ewyagc

- Our post-Valentine's Day hangover sweepstakes is still running! Enter here to win a signed copy of LOVE IS A CANOE by Ben Schrank before Friday, February 22nd. Get in there!

- To celebrate the publication of Dana Stabenow's BAD BLOOD, Minotaur is giving away five hundred (!!!) "Friends of Mutt" stickers to Dana's Facebook fans. This promotion does require a temporary switch of your Facebook profile. Details here


Monday Fun Day! (8/20/2012 Edition)

Happy Monday, librarians! Here are a couple fun things to get your week started:

- Grammar Girl is here to help you help your patrons get work! She wrote up a few very handy hints for résumé building here on the blog. Oh, and there's a signed books giveaway, too!

- Our giveaway is still open for those of you interested in taking a look at Uncharted Pages, our new Science Fiction and Fantasy site hosted by EarlyWord

- In a readers' edition of Shelf Awareness last week there was a great review for Sabina Berman's debut, ME, WHO DOVE INTO THE HEART OF THE WORLD

"Karen Nieto is a remarkable character, and Mexican playwright/poet Sabina Berman's rendering of her unusual voice and personality in ME, WHO DOVE INTO THE HEART OF THE WORLD is equally remarkable. [...] 

"A beautifully written, emotionally affecting debut featuring a protagonist whose 'different abilities' include surprising and charming the reader."

- And finally, A LADY CYCLIST'S GUIDE TO KASHGAR may have come out back in May, but it's still bicycle season, so we're still thinking about it!



Uncharted Pages: SF/F From Macmillan’s Adult Publishers!

When Talia told me that the brilliant minds at EarlyWord approached her about setting up a blog for Readers' Advisory librarians to learn more about the Science Fiction and Fantasy books coming out of Macmillan I whispered, "mine."

Finally! A place to highlight some of our fantastic fiction for the curious minded!

Each season I'll pick a few titles that I love and tell you a little bit about why I think they're so special. Uncharted Pages will cover a wide range of genres under the speculative fiction umbrella written for teens, adults, and immortals. 

Ready to take a peek? Hop on your unicorn/magic carpet/transport zombie and head over to Uncharted Pages!

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To celebrate we're giving away one slick, single-shouldered A MEMORY OF LIGHT backpack that we crammed full of finished books!

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This contest has ended. Congratulations to our winner: Brianna Glenn, Library Director at De Soto Public Library!

To Enter:

Head over to Uncharted Pages, click the pale blue envelope icon under my picture, and send me an e-mail introducing yourself. Tell me one thing that you or your patrons love about speculative fiction and I'll enter you in the drawing! 

This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below.


Monday Fun Day! (6/11/2012 Edition)

We're giving you a totally exclusive, never before seen, behind the scenes look into our twitter feed this week (you lucky librarians, you!). So much good stuff is going on, so instead of paraphrasing, we're serving it all up fresh straight from the tweeters' mouths. Enjoy!

We'll start with some tweets about the 4th Annual Librarian Shout 'n Share:

And here are some people we really like tweeting about books we really like:

And here are a few things to read on your lunch break:

And, of course:


EarlyWord Galley Chatting!

If you missed the EarlyWord Galley Chat on Twitter yesterday, I highly recommend you go back and take a look at the conversation (just search hashtag #ewgc). 

What's that you say? You're not on Twitter? BIG MISTAKE! These monthly chats are an exceptional way to hear about which galleys other librarians are reading, have read, or plan to read and what made them pick up those books. It's the perfect first look at forthcoming titles.

A few excellent, upcoming Macmillan titles were discussed yesterday. I'll highlight a few for you here:



SO DAMN LUCKY by Deborah Coonts


GLAMOUR IN GLASS by Mary Robinette Kowal




The next EarlyWord Galley Chat is on February 7th. And if you're looking for news on teen titles, you're in luck! The folks at EarlyWord are adding an EarlyWord YA Galley Chat starting February 14th (hashtag #ewYAgc).