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2017 LA Times Book Prize Nominees

The Los Angeles Times announced their 2017 Book Prize finalists and we’ve got 11 nominees from Macmillan:

Fiction
WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell

Mystery/Thriller
THE NORTH WATER by Ian McGuire

Current Interest
CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence
A RAGE FOR ORDER: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS by Robert F. Worth

Biography
MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
GUILTY THING: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson

Science & Technology
PANDEMIC: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah
LIGHT: A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age by Bruce Watson

Poetry
HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONS by Ishion Hutchinson

Graphic Novel/Comics
BEVERLY by Nick Drnaso
DEMON: Volume 1 by Jason Shiga

Winners will be announced at a ceremony during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 21. For more information and the full list of nominees click 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:

Fiction
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.

Poetry
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.

Memoir
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.

Music
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

Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month! To celebrate, we’re having an e-Book sale all month long, and we’ve put together an Edelweiss collection of nearly 200 titles (History! Biography! Fiction! Culture!) to help you with collection development. Here are some highlights:

Nonfiction
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
A CONSEQUENTIAL PRESIDENT: The Legacy of Barack Obama by Michael D’Antonio
THE MEANING OF MICHELLE: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own by Veronica Chambers
MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY by Coretta Scott King & Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr.

Fiction / Graphic Novels
AND THEN THERE WAS ME by Sadeqa Johnson
BOSS by Tracy Brown
THE STREETS HAVE NO KING by JaQuavis Coleman
THE SUPREMES SING THE HAPPY HEARTACHE BLUES by Edward Kelsey Moore
FIRE!! THE ZORA NEALE HURSTON STORY by Peter Bagge
THREE-FIFTHS A MAN: A Graphic History of the African American Experience by Sid Jacobson & Ernie Colón

Click here to view the Black History Month Edelweiss collection.

Fiction All-Stars

We’re seeing lots of stars for these upcoming fiction releases:

THE DARK FLOOD RISES by Margaret Drabble – 3 stars!
“For women of a certain age, it is a pure pleasure to grow older alongside Drabble. For all others, there’s plenty of joy to be had in this thoughtful meditation on aging and mortality.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Searingly sad but often hilarious… Drabble has filled her tale with characters desperately trying to make sense of life and loss, of beauty, talent, missed opportunities, faded passion.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Those who appreciate her able combination of intelligence, wit, and rue will willingly follow Drabble into the sunset.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
“Doctorow offers a counterintuitive alternate (possible?) future in this gritty yet hopeful sci-fi epic. A truly visionary techno-thriller that not only depicts how we might live tomorrow, but asks why we don’t already.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The sweeping epic, which covers decades of Walkaway life—despite some difficult-to-read but entirely believable character trauma—is ultimately suffused with hope.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Chicago Public Library’s 2016 “Best of the Best Books”

cplbestof2016We’ve got 14 books on Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best Books 2016” list! Selected by a team of CPL librarians, the list represents the year’s most outstanding titles, books of exceptional quality for a diverse, city-wide readership.

Fiction
CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith
THE NORTH WATER by Ian McGuire
THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE by Kate Saunders

Nonfiction
IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero
IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi
THE SOUTH SIDE: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by Natalie Y. Moore

Teen Fiction
AMERICAN GIRLS by Alison Umminger
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore readmoreremove

Buzzfeed’s 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2016

Buzzfeed’s 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2016 list includes three Macmillan gems!

WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell
In WHAT BELONGS TO YOU, an American teacher in Bulgaria encounters a captivating hustler named Mitko in a public bathroom, setting into motion an ambiguously transactional relationship marked by both tenderness and brutality, connection and isolation. WHAT BELONGS TO YOU speaks of desire and the lives of those who desire with exquisite specificity and power, and will haunt you long after you turn the final page.

SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS by Helen Phillips
SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS, a collection of short stories, presents us with a surreal, disturbing assemblage of worlds, each complete and somehow totally convincing despite their strangeness. Though the characters of SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS struggle to connect with one another, all the while dealing with problems such as knowing the exact date of their deaths, or what happens when friends disapprove of their high-tech sex robot, SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS is a delight — there is joy in its darkness, and pleasure in its exuberant imagination. readmoreremove

NYT Notable Books of 2016

The New York Times announced their Notable Books of 2016, including these 17 Macmillan titles:
Fiction & Poetry

ALL THAT MAN IS by David Szalay
Szalay writes with voluptuous authority about masculinity under duress in this novel in stories.

BLACK WATER by Louise Doughty
Expecting to be assassinated, the hero of this excellent novel grapples with guilt over his actions in Indonesia.

CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
The terror that technology may rob us of authentic experience—that it may annihilate our very sense of self—is central to this debut collection of short stories.

GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter
A father and his sons struggle with a death in this luminous novel.

HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
Private and public crises converge for four generations of a Jewish family in this ambitious, often brilliant novel, Foer’s third.

HOT MILK by Deborah Levy
In Levy’s evocative novel, dense with symbolism, a woman struggles against her hypochondriacal mother to achieve her own identity. readmoreremove

Fiction Stars!

Six forthcoming works of fiction have received several starred reviews. Make sure to clear some space on your library’s shelves!

LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK by Kathleen Rooney — 3 stars!
“Inspired by Margaret Fishback, poet and Macy’s ad-writing phenom of the 1930s, Rooney imagines an extraordinary walk through the streets of New York City on the last night of 1984, one that triggers a flood of memories for fictional ad woman Lillian Boxfish. Elegantly written, Rooney creates a glorious paean to a distant literary life and time—and an unabashed celebration of human connections that bridge the past and future.” — Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review

“Poet and novelist Rooney found sublime inspiration, thanks to a librarian friend, in real-life ad writer and poet Margaret Fishback. Rooney’s delectably theatrical fictionalization is laced with strands of tart poetry and emulates the dark sparkle of Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Truman Capote. Effervescent with verve, wit, and heart, Rooney’s nimble novel celebrates insouciance, creativity, chance, and valor.” — Booklist, starred review

“Rooney takes us on a delightful stroll with a colorful character, inspired by the life of poet and ad woman Margaret Fishback, sprinkling just the right details and arch bons mots appropriate to Lillian’s reputation as a woman of words.”Library Journal, starred review

MARLENA by Julie Buntin — 3 stars!
“In Buntin’s vivid debut, Cath, now a New York City public librarian in her thirties, tells the story of the friendship that changed her forever. Though Cath tells her story in flashbacks, Buntin’s prose is emotional and immediate, and the interior lives she draws of young women and obsessive best friends are Ferrante-esque.”
Booklist, starred review

“In her impressive debut novel, Buntin displays a remarkable control of tone and narrative arc. Buntin is particularly sensitive to the misery of adolescent angst, and Cat’s growing happiness in Marlena’s friendship runs like an electric wire through the narrative. The novel is poignant and unforgettable, a sustained eulogy for Marlena’s ‘glow… that lives in lost things, that sets apart the gone forever.’”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Sensitive and smart and arrestingly beautiful, debut novelist Buntin’s tale of the friendship between two girls in the woods of Northern Michigan makes coming-of-age stories feel both urgent and new. Devastating; as unforgettable as it is gorgeous.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Kirkus Best Books of 2016 – Fiction

kirkus-best-fictionKirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2016 Fiction lists which include 13 Macmillan titles:

Best Fiction 
ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
HERO IN THE HIGHLANDS by Suzanne Enoch
SCARY OLD SEX by Arlene Heyman
THE ADVENTURIST by J. Bradford Hipps
COLLECTING THE DEAD by Spencer Kope
HOT MILK by Deborah Levy
DEATH’S END by Cixin Liu
HYSTOPIA by David Means
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan (winner of the 2016 Kirkus Prize for Best Fiction!)
INFOMOCRACY by Malka Older
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith
THE LAST MORTAL BOND by Brian Staveley

Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2016
COLLECTING THE DEAD by Spencer Kope
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny readmoreremove

2016 Goodreads Choice Awards

goodreadschoiceawardsGoodreads launched their annual Choice Awards last week and Macmillan has a whopping 42 nominees in the running! Click here to vote for your favorites and we’ll keep you updated as the tournament progresses.

Congrats to our 2016 Winners: TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty (Best Fiction) and LEONARD by William Shatner (Best History & Biography)!

Update 11/15: We have 23 finalists in the Final Round! Vote now through Sunday, 11/27 for your favorites!

Voting Schedule
Opening Round: Nov. 1 – 6
Semifinal Round: Nov. 8 – 13
Final Round: Nov. 15 – 27

Final Round Nominees

Fiction
ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood
TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty

Mystery & Thriller
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris

Fantasy
ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
THE BANDS OF MOURNING by Brandon Sanderson
A GATHERING OF SHADOWS by V.E. Schwab
THE CURSE OF TENTH GRAVE by Darynda Jones

Romance
ONE WITH YOU by Sylvia Day

Horror
OVER YOUR DEAD BODY by Dan Wells

Humor
I’M JUDGING YOU by Luvvie Ajayi

Nonfiction
ADNAN’S STORY by Rabia Chaudry
THE LONELY CITY by Olivia Laing
GEEK FEMINIST REVOLUTION by Kameron Hurley

Memoir & Autobiography
LOVE WARRIOR by Glennon Doyle Melton

History & Biography
THE MIDNIGHT ASSASSIN by Skip Hollandsworth
LEONARD by William Shatner
KILLING THE RISING SUN by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard

Food & Cookbooks
RAW. VEGAN. NOT GROSS. by Laura Miller

Graphic Novels & Comics
ORANGE (THE COMPLETE COLLECTION): 1 by Ichigo Takano

Debut Author
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris

Semifinal Round Nominees

Fiction
THE SUMMER THAT MELTED EVERYTHING by Tiffany McDaniel
HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
SHELTER by Jung Yun

Mystery & Thriller
REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart

Historical Fiction
THE NORTH WATER by Ian McGuire
THE TWO-FAMILY HOUSE by Lynda Cohen Loigman

Fantasy
EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire

Romance
BORN OF LEGEND by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Science Fiction
DEATH’S END by Cixin Liu

Horror
THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM by Victor LaValle
KILL SWITCH by Jonathan Maberry

Humor
IF AT BIRTH YOU DON’T SUCCEED by Zach Anner

Nonfiction
THE ONLY RULE IS IT HAS TO WORK by Ben Lindbergh & Sam Miller

Memoir & Autobiography
THE SOUND OF GRAVEL by Ruth Wariner
LUST & WONDER by Augusten Burroughs

Science & Technology
ALGORITHMS TO LIVE BY by Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths

Food & Cookbooks
RUN FAST. EAT SLOW. by Shalane Flanagan & Elyse Kopecky

Graphic Novels & Comics
ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart

Poetry
THE DARKENING TRAPEZE: LAST POEMS by Larry Levis
LOOK by Solmaz Sharif

Debut Author
THE SUMMER THAT MELTED EVERYTHING by Tiffany McDaniel
WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell

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