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2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

Goodreads launched their annual Choice Awards yesterday and Macmillan has a whopping 47 nominees in the running! Click here to vote for your favorites and we’ll keep you updated as the tournament progresses.

Voting Schedule
Opening Round: Oct. 31 – Nov. 5
Semifinal Round: Nov. 7 – 12
Final Round: Nov. 14 – 27
Winners Announced: Dec. 5

Final Round Nominees

As of Nov. 14 we have 20 books still in the running!

Mystery & Thriller
THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris
SECRETS IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny
THE DRY by Jane Harper

Fantasy
A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
OATHBRINGER by Brandon Sanderson

Romance
COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts

Science Fiction
THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi
BINTI: HOME by Nnedi Okarafor
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer

Humor
ONE DAY WE’LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER by Scaachi Koul

Memoir & Autobiography
THE FACT OF A BODY by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

History & Biography
JANE AUSTEN AT HOME by Lucy Worsley
APOLLO 8 by Jeffrey Kluger
A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA by Melissa Fleming

Science & Technology
OTHER MINDS by Peter Godfrey-Smith

Food & Cookbooks
FOOD, HEALTH, AND HAPPINESS by Oprah Winfrey

Debut Author
THE DRY by Jane Harper
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

Semifinal Round Nominees

Fiction
THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel
SOURDOUGH by Robin Sloan

Mystery & Thriller
BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough
NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens

Fantasy
ELEVENTH GRAVE IN MOONLIGHT by Darynda Jones

Science Fiction
SEVEN SURRENDERS by Ada Palmer
ALL SYSTEMS RED by Martha Wells

Horror
THE DELIRIUM BRIEF by Charles Stross
WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ by David Wong
DUSK OR DARK OR DAWN OR DAY by Seanan McGuire
THE GRIP OF IT by Jac Jemc

Humor
WAITING FOR THE PUNCH by Marc Maron
I NEED A LIFEGUARD EVERYWHERE BUT THE POOL by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella

Nonfiction
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP by Michael Eric Dyson

Memoir & Autobiography
INSOMNIAC CITY by Bill Hayes
I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE by Souad Mekhennet
VOICE LESSONS by Cara Mentzel
HAPPINESS by Heather Harpham
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SMILE It’s Your #bookbday (08/02/17)

Happy #bookbday to:

HAPPINESS: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham

Happiness is an incredibly moving account of survival and love that will inspire readers to hold on tight to what’s truly important.”–Booklist

“In this moving memoir. . . [Harpham] describes with warmth, fearless honesty, and humor the harrowing saga of what happened after she gave birth…Harpham has written a heartfelt exploration of familial bonds and the sometimes incredibly bumpy journey one must take to get to contentment.” —Publishers Weekly

THE EMOJI CODE: The Linguistics Behind Smiley Faces and Scaredy Cats by Vyvyan Evans

Vyvyan Evans’s Emoji Code charts the evolutionary origins of language, the social and cultural factors that govern its use, change, and development; as well as what it reveals about the human mind. In most communication, nonverbal cues are our emotional expression, signal our personality, and are our attitude toward our addressee. They provide the essential means of nuance and are essential to getting our ideas across. But in digital communication, these cues are missing, which can lead to miscommunication. The explosion of emoji, in less than four years, has arisen precisely because it fulfills exactly these functions which are essential for communication but are otherwise absent in texts and emails. Evans persuasively argues that emoji add tone and an emotional voice and nuance, making us more effective communicators in the digital age.

Sneak Peek: August 2017 Indie Next List

The August 2017 Indie Next list includes 4 Macmillan titles!

EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker

“Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators.” — Booklist, starred review

“Walker’s portrayal of the ways in which a narcissistic, self-involved mother can affect her children deepens the plot as it builds to a shocking finale.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

HAPPINESS: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham

“An award-winning writer, performer, and teacher of physical theater/improvisation, Harpham tells a heartrending story of young love, getting pregnant, her partner’s lack of interest in having children, returning home alone, then discovering hours after giving birth that something was dangerously wrong with her baby. There are terrible choices to make and a crooked little road to follow toward some kind of radiant happiness.”–LJ Pre-Pub Alert

“Harpham’s ability to capture an audience’s emotions takes center stage as a memoirist. Her deeply personal yet witty narrative style makes the reader feel instantly connected, as if Harpham is a close friend traveling a familiar ‘crooked little road to semi-ever after.’ Hers is a journey evoking a spectrum of emotions: hope, sadness, anger and, yes, happiness.” — Shelf Awareness

THE BEDLAM STACKS by Natasha Pulley

“The imagination [Pulley] showed in her impressive debut was no fluke…Pulley understands her genre–swashbuckling costume fantasy–but she deals in surprises, not clichés…[A] meditation on love, trust, and the passage of time.”–Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Fans of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (who will be pleased that a character from that novel makes a cameo appearance) know that Pulley has a way with damaged characters who are looking for a new purpose in life. While there are steampunk elements, including clockwork lamps, there’s also a subtle inexplicable magic running throughout the unusual, remote setting.”–Library Journal

BEAST by Paul Kingsnorth

“A tour de force, reminiscent of the best of John Fowles and David Mitchell.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

ALA Annual 2017 “Three’s Company” Book Buzz Titles

Here are LOTS of reading recommendations courtesy of Talia’s “Three’s Company” Book Buzz at ALA Annual 2017:

YEAR ONE by Nora Roberts
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
THE BREAKDOWN by B. A. Paris
THE SABOTEUR by Andrew Gross
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas
EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker
GOOD ME BAD ME by Ali Land
GONE TO DUST by Matt Goldman
SLEEP LIKE A BABY by Charlaine Harris
GRIST MILL ROAD by Christopher J. Yates
THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS by Jim Fergus
SOURDOUGH by Robin Sloan
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz
BORED AND BRILLIANT by Manoush Zomorodi
THE EMOJI CODE by Vyvyan Evans
HAPPINESS by Heather Harpham
REAL AMERICAN by Julie Lythcott-Haims
I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust

Download the book buzz handout, complete with information about getting whitelisted for Macmillan e-galleys and participating in LibraryReads! We’ll post a video of the recorded buzz as soon as it’s available.

BookExpo 2017 Book Buzz Titles

Here are all the great Macmillan books that Talia Sherer presented at the AAP Book Buzz this morning:

YEAR ONE by Nora Roberts
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
THE SABOTEUR by Andrew Gross
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas
EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker
GOOD ME, BAD ME by Ali Land
GONE TO DUST by Matt Goldman
SLEEP LIKE A BABY by Charlaine Harris
GRIST MILL ROAD by Christopher J. Yates
THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS by Jim Fergus
SOURDOUGH by Robin Sloan
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz
BORED AND BRILLIANT by Manoush Zomorodi
THE EMOJI CODE by Vyvyan Evans
HAPPINESS by Heather Harpham
REAL AMERICAN by Julie Lythcott-Haims
I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust

Download the book buzz handout, complete with information about getting whitelisted for Macmillan e-galleys and participating in LibraryReads!

BookExpo 2017 – Thursday Events

Happy opening day of BookExpo! Here’s what we’ve got in store for you at the Macmillan booth #3008-3009 and beyond today:

Talia as Bad Kitty Sales Vegas 200“Librarian VIP Corner”
9:00-11:00am
Javits Convention Center | Macmillan Booth #3008-3009

Visit the “Librarian VIP Corner” in the Macmillan booth (#3008-3009) for free ARCs, snacks, and personalized reader’s advisory recommendations from library marketing director Talia Sherer.

Annual BookExpo Adult Librarians’ Author Lunch
12:00 noon-1:30pm
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E07/1E08
RSVP required, space is limited

America’s librarian (and soon-to-be-published author) Nancy Pearl is the master of ceremonies at this annual lunch where attendees will hear from a panel of bestselling and debut authors, including Robin Sloan (SOURDOUGH).

Contact Tina Jordan (tjordan@publishers.org) to be added to the wait-list.

Macmillan Galley Giveaways and Author Signings – Thursday (Booth #3008-3009):

***9:00am Ticket Drop for all Thursday morning in-booth signings***

9:00-9:30am Giveaway: THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING tote bags
10:15am Galley Giveaway: HAPPINESS by Heather Harpham (Holt)
10:30am Galley Giveaway: THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott (FSG)
10:45am Galley Giveaway: GONE TO DUST by Matt Goldman (Forge)
11:00am In-Booth Signing: Christopher J. Yates, GRIST MILL ROAD (Picador)
11:15am Galley Giveway: THE EXACT NATURE OF OUR WRONGS by Janet Peery (SMP)
11:30am Galley Giveaway: GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust (Flatiron YA)
11:45am Galley Giveaway: EVERYTHING MUST GO by Jenny Fran Davis (Wednesday Books)

***12:00 noon Ticket Drop for all Thursday afternoon in-booth signings***

1:00pm Galley Giveaway: THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen (SMP)
1:30pm In-Booth Signing: Pamela Paul, MY LIFE WITH BOB (Holt)
1:45pm Advance Listening Copy Giveaway: THE SABOTEUR by Andrew Gross (Macmillan Audio)
2:00pm Giveaway: Nora Roberts YEAR ONE hand sanitizer
2:30pm In-Booth Signing: Robin Sloan, SOURDOUGH (MCD/FSG)
3:00pm Galley Giveaway: THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS by Jim Fergus (SMP)
3:15pm Galley Giveaway: WAITING FOR THE PUNCH by Marc Maron (Flatiron)
3:30pm In-Booth Signing: Annalee Newitz, AUTONOMOUS (Tor)
3:45pm Galley Giveaway: GOOD ME, BAD ME by Ali Land (Flatiron)
4:00pm Galley Giveaway: REAL AMERICAN by Julie Lythcott-Haims (Holt)
4:15pm Galley Giveaway: THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF NORTHERN FIRES by Daren Wang (SMP)
4:30pm Galley Giveaway & Champagne: THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris (SMP)

Follow the action on Twitter via #BookExpo and #BookExpo17!

B&N Summer 2017 Discover Picks

Barnes & Noble’s Summer 2017 Discover Great New Writers program includes five Macmillan titles!

ONE DAY WE’LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER by Scaachi Koul
One of Buzzfeed’s “Most Exciting Books Coming In 2017!” For readers of Mindy Kaling, Luvvie Ajayi, and Rupi Kaur comes a debut collection of fierce and funny essays about growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants, addressing sexism, cultural stereotypes and the universal miseries of life by rising star Scaachi Koul. “Simultaneously uproarious and affecting….” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE CITY ALWAYS WINS by Omar Robert Hamilton
A Library Journal Debut Novels pick and one of Buzzfeed’s “Exciting New Books You Need To Read This Summer!”  A vivid, powerful portrait of Egypt’s failed revolution in 2011 shown through the eyes of Mariam and Khalil, two young people fighting at the front lines of the revolution in the streets of Cairo and its political underground. “Cofounder of the Palestine Festival of Literature, Hamilton turns in a relentlessly readable work that both informs and humbles.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE MIGHTY FRANKS: A Memoir by Michael Frank
A psychologically acute memoir about an unusual and eccentric Hollywood family. “Complex and fascinating… Readers will be enthralled by the affecting portraits of the two central figures: the aunt whose drive and charming idiosyncrasies concealed an impulsive cruelty, and the child struggling to make sense of the complex, damaged woman trying to control him.” — Publishers Weekly

HAPPINESS: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham
“An award-winning writer, performer, and teacher of physical theater/improvisation, Harpham tells a heartrending story of young love, getting pregnant, her partner’s lack of interest in having children, returning home alone, then discovering hours after giving birth that something was dangerously wrong with her baby. There are terrible choices to make and a crooked little road to follow toward some kind of radiant happiness.” Library Journal, pre-pub alert readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: August 2017 LibraryReads Titles

Aug17LRcollageDownload, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the August 2017* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due June 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.

GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny
When a mysterious figure appears on the village green on a cold November day in Three Pines, Armand Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, knows something is seriously wrong. But, legally, all he can do is watch and wait. “Penny has a permanent spot on that enviable short list of writers who combine unwavering quality with mega-sales.” — Booklist, starred review

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EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker
Two starred reviews for bestselling and LibraryReads author Walker’s new thriller about two missing sisters and what happens when only one returns. “Walker’s second thriller delves into dark territory, pitting a fully dimensional cast of clever, damaged characters against each other in high-stakes mind games. Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators.” — Booklist, starred review

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GONE GULL by Donna Andrews
In the 21st entry in this series, Meg Langslow is helping her grandmother at the Biscuit Mountain Craft Center for the summer when a body turns up. “Fans will find all the beloved hallmarks of this award-winning series: fresh characters, an engaging puzzle, and delightful humor.” — Library Journal

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GONE TO DUST by Matt Goldman
The debut PI murder mystery from Goldman features an unusual crime—a murdered woman is covered in dust from hundreds of vacuum cleaner bags. “Emmy Award-winning writer Goldman (for Seinfeld and Ellen), who began his career as a stand-up comedian, not surprisingly blends his storytelling with irreverent humor. His tough yet vulnerable PI, evocative Minneapolis setting, and clever plot, which features a distinctive crime scene and multiple red herrings, will engage and intrigue.” — Library Journal, starred review & debut of the month
BONUS: Read our Q&A with Matt Goldman!

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Macmillan Library @ LJ/SLJ Day of Dialog & BookExpo 2017!

We can’t wait to see you in New York City next month  during Library Journal & School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog, at BookExpo (Macmillan booth #3008-3009), and at these MANY fantastic events:
Wednesday, May 31

Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog
9:00am-6:00pm
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 W 59th Street, New York, NY 10019
This event is sold out. Please sign up for the waitlist.

Scheduled to speak:
9:00am: Elizabeth Beier, Executive Editor (St. Martin’s Press) | Editor’s Picks Panel
11:15am: Annalee Newitz, AUTONOMOUS | SF/Fantasy/Dystopia Panel
4:00pm: Robin Sloan, SOURDOUGH | The Second Time Around Panel

Plus free ARCs & personalized readers’ advisory recommendations! Full schedule available here.

School Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog
9:00am–6:00pm
New York University Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012
This event is sold out. Please sign up for the waitlist.

Scheduled to speak:
2:00pm: Peter Janssen, VP Director of Academic & Library Marketing (Macmillan) | Publisher Pitch III

Plus free YA ARCs & personalized readers’ advisory recommendations! Full schedule available here.

BookExpo Adult Librarians Dinner, co-hosted by LibraryReads and the AAP
6:30pm
The Yale Club | Grand Ballroom
RSVP required, space is limited

Don’t miss this annual dinner featuring a panel of high-profile authors including well-connected science/SF journalist and founder of io9, Annalee Newitz, who will discuss her debut novel, AUTONOMOUS.

Details and RSVP here by May 12. You will receive an e-confirmation from the AAP if your request is accommodated.

Thursday, June 1

Talia as Bad Kitty Sales Vegas 200“Librarian VIP Corner”
9:00-11:00am
Javits Convention Center | Macmillan Booth #3008-3009

Visit the “Librarian VIP Corner” in the Macmillan booth (#3008-3009) for free ARCs, snacks, and personalized reader’s advisory recommendations from library marketing director Talia Sherer.

Annual BookExpo Adult Librarians’ Author Lunch
12:00 noon-1:30pm
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E07/1E08
RSVP required, space is limited

America’s librarian (and soon-to-be-published author) Nancy Pearl is the master of ceremonies at this annual lunch where attendees will hear from a panel of bestselling and debut authors, including Robin Sloan (SOURDOUGH).

Details and RSVP here by May 12. You will receive an e-confirmation from the AAP if your request is accommodated.

Macmillan Galley Giveaways and Author Signings – Thursday (Booth #3008-3009):

***9:00am Ticket Drop for all Thursday morning in-booth signings***
9:00-9:30am Giveaway: THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING tote bags
10:15am Galley Giveaway: HAPPINESS by Heather Harpham (Holt)
10:30am Galley Giveaway: THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott (FSG)
10:45am Galley Giveaway: GONE TO DUST by Matt Goldman (Forge)
11:00am In-Booth Signing: Christopher J. Yates, GRIST MILL ROAD (Picador)
11:15am Galley Giveway: THE EXACT NATURE OF OUR WRONGS by Janet Peery (SMP)
11:30am Galley Giveaway: GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust (Flatiron YA)
11:45am Galley Giveaway: EVERYTHING MUST GO by Jenny Fran Davis (Wednesday Books)

***12:00 noon Ticket Drop for all Thursday afternoon in-booth signings***
1:00pm Galley Giveaway: THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen (SMP)
1:30pm In-Booth Signing: Pamela Paul, MY LIFE WITH BOB (Holt)
1:45pm Advance Listening Copy Giveaway: THE SABOTEUR by Andrew Gross (Macmillan Audio)
2:00pm Giveaway: Nora Roberts YEAR ONE hand sanitizer
2:30pm In-Booth Signing: Robin Sloan, SOURDOUGH (MCD/FSG)
3:00pm Galley Giveaway: THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS by Jim Fergus (SMP)
3:15pm Galley Giveaway: WAITING FOR THE PUNCH by Marc Maron (Flatiron)
3:30pm In-Booth Signing: Annalee Newitz, AUTONOMOUS (Tor)
3:45pm Galley Giveaway: GOOD ME, BAD ME by Ali Land (Flatiron)
4:00pm Galley Giveaway: REAL AMERICAN by Julie Lythcott-Haims (Holt)
4:15pm Galley Giveaway: THE HIDDEN LIGHT OF NORTHERN FIRES by Daren Wang (SMP)
4:30pm Galley Giveaway & Champagne: THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris (SMP)

Friday, June 2

AAP’s Annual Librarians Book Buzz, Part II
9:30-10:45am
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E16

Join Talia Sherer as she highlights her favorite forthcoming Macmillan titles at this very popular annual Publishers Book Buzz!

The 9th Annual Librarian Shout ‘n Share
1:00-2:00pm
Javits Convention Center | Downtown Stage

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 at this panel co-sponsored by the AAP and Library Journal. Wilda Williams, Fiction Editor, Library Journal moderates this year’s Shout ‘n Sharers. readmoreremove

Maximum Shelf: HAPPINESS

MaxShelf-HappinessToday’s Maximum Shelf Awareness feature is HAPPINESS: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham.

In her debut memoir, award-winning playwright and performance artist Heather Harpham recounts her charming courtship with a New Yorker named Brian, and how it ends, full stop, when Heather becomes pregnant. Heather returns home to California to deliver their daughter alone, buoyed by family and friends. Mere hours after Gracie’s arrival, Heather’s first precious moments of happiness with her newborn are shattered when she learns her daughter has a rare blood condition that places her at high risk for brain damage or death. Brian reappears as Gracie’s condition grows dire; together Heather and Brian have to decide what they are willing to risk to ensure their girl sees adulthood.

“Harpham’s ability to capture an audience’s emotions takes center stage as a memoirist. Her deeply personal yet witty narrative style makes the reader feel instantly connected, as if Harpham is a close friend traveling a familiar ‘crooked little road to semi-ever after.’ Hers is a journey evoking a spectrum of emotions: hope, sadness, anger and, yes, happiness.” — Shelf Awareness

See the full summary, review and interview with Heather Harpham on Shelf-Awareness.com.

HAPPINESS will be available from Henry Holt & Company on August 1, 2017.

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