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Sneak Peek: September 2018 Indie Next List

Four Macmillan titles made the September 2018 Indie Next List!

SHE WOULD BE KING by Wayétu Moore — the #1 pick!
A BookExpo 2018 Editor’s Buzz book, one of Library Journal’s Best Fall 2018 Debuts, and one of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Fall 2018 Debuts! Moore’s powerful debut novel blends history and magical realism in a reimagining of the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. “Moore is a brisk and skilled storyteller who weaves her protagonists’ disparate stories together with aplomb yet is also able to render her sprawling cast of characters in ways that feel psychologically compelling. In addition, the novel’s various settings—Virginia, Jamaica, and West Africa—are depicted so lushly that readers will find themselves enchanted.” — Kirkus Reviews

SEVERANCE by Ling Ma
One of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts with two starred reviews! An offbeat office novel turns apocalyptic satire as a young woman transforms from orphan to worker bee to survivor. “A biting indictment of late-stage capitalism and a chilling vision of what comes after… Ma also offers lovely meditations on memory and the immigrant experience. Smart, funny, humane, and superbly well-written.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson
“Esteemed professor and award-winning author of the bestselling WHITE RAGE Anderson examines the treacherous machinations of a government actively working to exclude voters based on undisguised racial profiling. This a whiplash-inducing chronicle of how a nation that just a few short years ago elected its first black president now finds itself in the throes of a deceitful and craven effort to rip this most essential of American rights from millions of its citizens.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (7/31/18 Edition)

Oh, what a lovely day for a #BookBday!

BLACK KLANSMAN: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth (movie tie-in edition)
Also available in audio & mass market
The extraordinary true story of the African American police officer who goes undercover to investigate the KKK, the basis for the forthcoming major motion picture (BlacKkKlansman) written and directed by Spike Lee, produced by Oscar winner Jordan Peele, and starring Adam Driver, John David Washington, Topher Grace, and Alec Baldwin. Fun fact: Lee won the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival for BlacKkKlansman!

BROTHER by David Chariandy
One of Kirkus Reviews’ “Excellent Summer Reads for Your Book Club” and Publishers Weekly’s Best Summer Books of 2018! “A novel about the indignities, frustrations, and joy found in a Toronto public housing complex. Chariandy’s second novel is a slender volume with the heart of a family epic. An important, riveting novel about dreams, families, and the systems holding them back.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

CAT FLAP by Alan S. Cowell
When she awoke as a cat, Dolores Tremayne saw no immediate advantage in having four paws instead of two arms and two legs… A brilliant, funny novel of love, marriage, and modern life. “The novel is literate in the best sense of the term, with Cowell’s wearing his intelligence and sense of humor lightly, mixing in references to high culture (Proust, Kierkegaard) and popular culture (the Disney movie The Aristocats) to great effect. Recommended for fans of literary humor and anyone who loves cats.” — Library Journal

THE DESCENT OF MONSTERS by JY Yang
The third enthralling silkpunk fantasy in JY Yang’s Tensorate Series, which combines magic, mystery, and enraged dinosaurs. “Yang’s third series novella (after THE RED THREADS OF FORTUNE) continues to establish silkpunk fantasy as a superbly original subgenre.” — Library Journal

PW’s Writers to Watch Fall 2018: Anticipated Debuts

Publishers Weekly‘s most anticipated debuts of Fall 2018 include these three Macmillan standouts:

THE GOLDEN STATE by Lydia Kiesling
In Lydia Kiesling’s THE GOLDEN STATE (MCD, Sept.), a mother goes with her toddler to a region of northeast California in the grips of a secessionist movement. Before settling on that subject, however, Kiesling says she “wanted to write a bureaucracy novel, which is a huge formal challenge.” She scrapped it but sees a connection between administrative work and child rearing. “Motherhood is its own form of boredom,” she notes.

Kiesling’s thrilling handling of that boredom attracted her editor, Emily Bell. “I was first drawn into THE GOLDEN STATE by the pacing and energy of the writing—to create such mighty momentum in a book that’s grappling with the tedium of motherhood is enormously impressive to me,” Bell says.

SHE WOULD BE KING by Wayétu Moore
The first draft of Wayétu Moore’s SHE WOULD BE KING (Graywolf, Sept.), a magical realist account of the founding of Liberia, was twice the length and more fantastical than the final version. “So, there was an alien narrator,” Moore says, laughing. “I recognized that I was asking a lot of the reader, so I cut it in half and toned down the magical realism/fantasy/sci-fi elements.”

Ranging across a Virginia plantation, Jamaica, and Liberia, the novel follows three characters, each of whom is blessed with a supernatural gift and whose paths converge in the burgeoning republic. “Liberia was this beautiful experiment about what would happen if you bring people together from Africa and the Caribbean and America,” says Moore, who with her sister cofounded One Moore Book, a publishing nonprofit seeking to “create more books for those underrepresented readers who are most vulnerable.” readmoreremove

Sneak Peek: July 2018 Indie Next List

Four Macmillan titles made the July 2018 Indie Next List!

BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris
Also available in audio
A June 2018 LibraryReads pick with two starred reviews! The new thriller from the bestselling author of BEHIND CLOSED DOORS about a woman who vanished and may have reappeared to haunt her old lover. “[An] outstanding Hitchcockian thriller… Paris plays fair with the reader as she builds to a satisfying resolution. Fans of intelligent psychological suspense will be richly rewarded.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li
An exuberant and wise multigenerational debut novel about the complicated lives and loves of people working in everyone’s favorite Chinese restaurant. “Li vividly depicts the lives of her characters and gives the narrative a few satisfying turns, resulting in a memorable debut. ” — Publishers Weekly

IF YOU SEE ME, DON’T SAY HI by Neel Patel
A bravura debut story collection in the vein of Aziz Ansari and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, about love, family, success, and the experience of being brown in America today. “A melancholic pleasure with a sense of humor.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

2018 Lammy Awards Winners

What better way to celebrate Pride Month than with our new 2018 Lammy Award winners!

Lesbian Fiction
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado

Lesbian Memoir/Biography
THE FACT OF A BODY by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

LGBTQ SF/F/Horror
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz

BFYA 2019 Nominee – SKY IN THE DEEP

Congratulations to our nominee for YALSA’s 2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults list: SKY IN THE DEEP!!

SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago. Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating. readmoreremove

Macmillan Library @ ALA Annual 2018 (Booth #3420)

We can’t wait to see you in New Orleans at ALA Annual! Stop by the Macmillan Adult (Flatiron Books YA & Wednesday Books) booth #3420 and RSVP to all of our events!
Saturday, June 23

In-booth signing with Ashley Weaver
9:30-10:30am
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center | Booth #3420

Ashley Weaver will sign complimentary advance copies of her newest mystery, AN ACT OF VILLAINY.

LibraryReads “Best in Sci Fi/Horror and Fantasy Authors” panel with Tessa Gratton
3:00-4:30pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center | Room 207
Add to your schedule
RSVP required, space is limited

Preview the best in science fiction/horror and fantasy this season has to offer by hearing from a panel of authors, including Tessa Gratton (THE QUEENS OF INNIS LEAR). A book signing will follow the program.

Details and RSVP here by June 18. 

In-booth signing with Courtney Summers
4:00-5:00pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center | Booth #3420

Courtney Summers will sign complimentary advance copies of her new YA novel, SADIE.

Cocktails + Book Buzz with Macmillan Library
5:00-6:00pm
Sheraton New Orleans | Gallery room, 1st floor (NEW ROOM!)
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RSVP required, space is limited

Books + Booze! Join the Macmillan Library Marketing team as we highlight our favorite forthcoming titles from Macmillan’s adult publishers and YA pals Wednesday Books and Flatiron! Cocktails and light snacks will be served!

Details and RSVP here by June 18. 

Sunday, June 24

Literary Tastes Breakfast with Kathleen Rooney & Seanan McGuire
8:00-10:00am
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center | Room 218-219
Add to your schedule
Ticketed event, space is limited

Join Kathleen Rooney (LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK) and Seanan McGuire (DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES) as they discuss their work and the craft of writing at this RUSA-sponsored panel. Light refreshments will be served, followed by a book signing.

Tickets are $10-15. Details and purchasing information available here.
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Friday Reads: Fantasy

Our #FridayReads are three fantastic fantasies that will take you to exciting new worlds:

SONG OF BLOOD & STONE: Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One by L. Penelope
A Library Journal Spring 2018 Editors’ Pick with two starred reviews! The incredible first book in the Earthsinger series—a treacherous, thrilling, epic historical fantasy drawing on Native American and African mythologies about an outcast drawn into a war between two powerful rulers. “This debut…shines a bright light into epic fantasy. Battle-scarred lands and peoples, ancient powers at war, star-crossed loves and hints of racial and refugee themes give this a solid place on library shelves.” —Library Journal, starred review

DEATH DOESN’T BARGAIN by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Also available in audio
“It’s back to the ‘Deadmen’s Cross’ series as the perennial No. 1 New York Times best-selling Kenyon continues an epic new fantasy adventure. When demons punch their way out of supposedly eternal imprisonment, Hellchaser Cameron Jack must rescue Kalder Dupree from vengeful demon Vine, never mind that Kalder is not exactly Mr. Nice Guy.” Library Journal, pre-pub alert readmoreremove

2018 Locus Award Finalists

Congratulations to our out-of-this-world 2018 Locus Award finalists!

Best Science Fiction Novel
WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
LUNA: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald
SEVEN SURRENDERS by Ada Palmer
THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer

Best Fantasy Novel
THE STONE IN THE SKULL by Elizabeth Bear
THE RUIN OF ANGELS by Max Gladstone
THE DELIRIUM BRIEF by Charles Stross
HORIZON by Fran Wilde

Best Horror
UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle
AFTER THE END OF THE WORLD by Jonathan L. Howard
BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough
MORMAMA by Kit Reed

Best Young Adult
CHALK by Paul Cornell

Best First Novel
AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly
WINTER TIDE by Ruthanna Emrys
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz

Best Novella
RIVER OF TEETH by Sarah Gailey
AGENTS OF DREAMLAND by Caitlin R. Kiernan
PASSING STRANGE by Ellen Klages
DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES by Seanan McGuire
BINTI: HOME by Nnedi Okarafor
ALL SYSTEMS RED by Martha Wells
THE BLACK TIDES OF HEAVEN by JY Yang
THE RED THREADS OF FORTUNE by JY Yang

Best Anthology
THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
INVISIBLE PLANETS, edited by Ken Liu

Best Collection
SIX MONTHS, THREE DAYS, FIVE OTHERS by Charlie Jane Anders
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado

Best Non-Fiction
NOT SO GOOD A GAY MAN by Frank M. Robinson readmoreremove

May 2018 All-Stars

Sooooo many stars! Have you ordered these forthcoming books for your library yet? (If not, what are you waiting for?!)

BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris
Also available in audio
“[An] outstanding Hitchcockian thriller… Paris plays fair with the reader as she builds to a satisfying resolution. Fans of intelligent psychological suspense will be richly rewarded.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Paris (BEHIND CLOSED DOORS; THE BREAKDOWN) once again proves her suspense chops with this can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE MIDDLEMAN by Olen Steinhauer
Also available in audio
“Steinhauer has written an unnerving and timely thriller with incredible pivots. From a perspective on activist/terrorist civilian organizations to an examination of Big Brother conspiracy plots, there’s something here for everyone to grip—with white knuckles.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Steinhauer is a master at layering gray upon gray, motive upon motive…. Another must-read from a modern master.” — Booklist, starred review

CITY OF DEVILS: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai by Paul French
“Drugs, gambling, vice, and banditry power China’s seaport mecca in this rollicking true crime saga. French’s two-fisted prose—‘When Boobee hops on a bar stool, lights an opium-tipped cigarette, and crosses her long legs, the sound of a dozen tensed-up male necks swinging round is like… a gunshot’—makes this deep noir history unforgettable.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

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