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NPR’s 2016 Book Concierge & More “Best of 2016” Picks

NPR’s Book Concierge is live! Nearly 40 Macmillan titles are included in the various 2016 recommendation lists:

ALL THAT MAN IS by David Szalay (Staff Picks, Realistic Fiction, Tales From Around the World)

ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders (It’s All Geek to Me, Love Stories, Science, Science Fiction & Fantasy)

AMERICAN CAKE by Anne Byrn (Cookbooks & Food, For History Lovers)

AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY by John Kaag (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Love Stories, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing)

THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984-1985: A Graphic Memoir by Riad Sattouf (Staff Picks, Biography & Memoir, Comics & Graphic Novels, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Tales From Around the World)

THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM by Victor LaValle (Staff Picks, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Short, Science Fiction & Fantasy, The Dark Side)

THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES by Kate Tempest (Staff Picks, Book Club Ideas, Ladies First, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Tales From Around the World)

BULLIES: A Friendship by Alex Abramovich (Staff Picks, Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, The Dark Side)

BY GASLIGHT by Steven Price (Historical Fiction, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Long, The Dark Side)

CERTAIN DARK THINGS by Silvia Garcia-Moreno (Science Fiction & Fantasy, Tales From Around the World, The Dark Side)

CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein (Book Club Ideas, Poetry & Short Stories, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Seriously Great Writing)

CONSEQUENCE: A Memoir by Eric Fair (Staff Picks, Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, The Dark Side)

DEATH’S END by Cixin Liu (Science Fiction & Fantasy, Tales From Around the World)

EVERY ANXIOUS WAVE by Mo Daviau (For Music Lovers, It’s All Geek to Me, Science Fiction & Fantasy)

THE FOX WAS EVER THE HUNTER by Herta Müller (Historical Fiction, Ladies First, Tales From Around the World)

A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Staff Picks, Mysteries & Thrillers)

THE GREATEST OF MARLYS by Lynda Barry (Comics & Graphic Novels, Family Matters, For Art Lovers, Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Seriously Great Writing)

GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter (Family Matters, Rather Short, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side)

HOT DOG TASTE TEST by Lisa Hanawalt (Biography & Memoir, Comics & Graphic Novels, For Art Lovers, Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex)

I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi (Staff Picks, Book Club Ideas, Funny Stuff, Nonfiction)

LACUNAE: 100 Imagined Ancient Love Poems by Daniel Nadler (Poetry & Short Stories)

THE LONELY CITY: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing (Biography & Memoir, For Art Lovers, Identity & Culture, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side)

LOOK: Poems by Solmaz Sharif (Staff Picks, Poetry & Short Stories, Seriously Great Writing)

THE LOST TIME ACCIDENTS by John Wray (Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Rather Long, Science Fiction & Fantasy)

THE MAYOR OF MOGADISHU: A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia by Andrew Harding (Staff Picks, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Tales From Around the World)

MOONCOP by Tom Gauld (Comics & Graphic Novels, For Art Lovers, Funny Stuff, The Dark Side)

NECESSITY by Jo Walton (Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy)

THE ONLY RULE IS IT HAS TO WORK: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller (Staff Picks, It’s All Geek to Me, Nonfiction)

A RAGE FOR ORDER: The Middle East in Turmoil, From Tahrir Square to ISIS by Robert F. Worth (Staff Picks, Nonfiction, Tales From Around the World)

ROLLING BLACKOUTS: Dispatches From Turkey, Syria, and Iraq by Sarah Glidden (Book Club Ideas, Comics & Graphic Novels, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Tales From Around the World)

SELECTED POEMS, 1968-2014 by Paul Muldoon (Staff Picks, Poetry & Short Stories)

THE SELFISHNESS OF OTHERS: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism by Kristin Dombek (Staff Picks, Nonfiction, Rather Short)

THE SPEED OF SOUND: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology: A Memoir by Thomas Dolby (Staff Picks, Biography & Memoir, For Music Lovers, It’s All Geek to Me, Nonfiction)

THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan (Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Rather Long)

STANDING WATER: Poems by Eleanor Chai (Staff Picks, Poetry & Short Stories)

THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE by Anuk Arudpragasam (Staff Picks, Book Club Ideas, Rather Short, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around the World)

THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO, BUT THEY DO by Cathleen Schine (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Funny Stuff, Realistic Fiction)

WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell (Identity & Culture, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around the World)

THE YID by Paul Goldberg (Historical Fiction, Tales From Around the World, The Dark Side)

Plus, more major media are weighing in with their “Best of 2016” picks:

Over at Slate, Laura Miller’s “10 Favorite Books of 2016” include Susan Faludi’s IN THE DARKROOM while Mark O’Connell’s include FUTURE SEX by Emily Witt, GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter, THE LONELY CITY by Olivia Laing, and LOOK by Solmaz Sharif; meanwhile, ROLLING BLACKOUTS by Sarah Glidden and ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart are some of Slate‘s “10 Favorite Comics of 2016.”

Esquire picked LUST AND WONDER by Augusten Burroughs, WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell, and GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter as three of their “25 Best Books of 2016.”

New York Magazine chose IN GRATITUDE by Jenny Diski, WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell, and YOU ARE HAVING A GOOD TIME by Amie Barrodale as three of their “10 Best Books of 2016.

Time‘s “Top 10 Novels of 2016” include HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer and ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders.

The Boston Globe‘s “Best Books of 2016” list includes 14 Macmillan titles:
THE FOX WAS EVER THE HUNTER by Herta Müller
THE GOOD LIEUTENANT by Whitney Terrell
OUR YOUNG MAN by Edmund White
THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE by Anuk Arudpragasam
BLACK ELK: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson
MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
THE SONG POET: A Memoir of My Father by Kao Kalia Yang
WHITE RAGE: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
SILENCE OF THE SEA by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
LET THE DEVIL OUT by Bill Loehfelm
I’M FASCINATED BY SACRIFICE FLIES: Inside the Game We All Love by Tim Kurkjian
THE ONLY RULE IS IT HAS TO WORK: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONS by Ishion Hutchinson
LOOK by Solmaz Sharif

See these and many more titles in Macmillan’s Best Books of 2016 Edelweiss collection. We’ll update it as more “Best of 2016” lists come in. #CollectionDevelopmentMadeEasy

Sci-Fi E-Book Sale

Don’t just get out of town this summer, get out of this world with our sci-fi e-Book sale for libraries!

Running now through August 1, more than 20 e-Books will be discounted 30% off (with our regular lending terms), including these acclaimed & award-winning titles:

AMONG OTHERS by Jo Walton
BONESHAKER by Cherie Priest
A FIRE UPON THE DEEP by Vernor Vinge
INSIDE A SILVER BOX by Walter Mosley
RED PROPHET by Orson Scott Card

Click here to download the spreadsheet of all available titles with exact price changes.

2015 Locus Award Winners

The winners for the 2015 Locus Awards were announced and Tor nabbed several honors!

Best Fantasy Novel
THE GOBLIN EMPEROR by Katherine Addison (Fun fact: THE GOBLIN EMPEROR has been nominated for every major science fiction literary award this year!)

Best Collection
LAST PLANE TO HEAVEN by Jay Lake

Best Non-Fiction
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2015 Locus Award Finalists

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top five finalists in each category of the 2015 Locus Awards and Macmillan has a strong showing!

Best Science Fiction Novel
THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu
LOCK IN by John Scalzi
ANNIHILATION / AUTHORITY / ACCEPTANCE by Jeff VanderMeer

Best Fantasy Novel
THE GOBLIN EMPEROR by Katherine Addison
STELES OF THE SKY by Elizabeth Bear

Best First Novel
A DARKLING SEA by James L. Cambias
THE EMPEROR’S BLADES by Brian Staveley

Best Anthology
THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION: Thirty-First Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
THE TIME TRAVELER’S ALMANAC, edited by Ann VanderMeer & Jeff VanderMeer

Best Collection
LAST PLANE TO HEAVEN by Jay Lake

Best Non-Fiction
HARRY HARRISON! HARRY HARRISON! by Harry Harrison
ROBERT A. HEINLEIN: IN DIALOGUE WITH THIS CENTURY: Volume 2: The Man Who Learned Better 1948-1988 by William H. Patterson, Jr.
WHAT MAKES THIS BOOK SO GREAT by Jo Walton

Best Magazine
Tor.com

Best Publisher
Tor

Best Editor
John Joseph Adams
Ellen Datlow
Gardner Dozois
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2015 Stonewall Awards

The 2015 Stonewall Book Awards were announced by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association and three out of FOUR Honor Books were from Macmillan!

Honor Books in Literature:
BITTER EDEN by Tatamkhulu Afrika (Picador)
THE TWO HOTEL FRANCFORTS by David Leavitt (Bloomsbury)
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Our 2015 YALSA & RUSA Award Winners!

Congrats to all of the fine Macmillan authors who won awards or were selected for YALSA and RUSA’s various reading lists this year!

2015 Alex Awards

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.

LOCK IN by John Scalzi
WOLF IN WHITE VAN by John Darnielle

See all of the 2015 Alex Award winners here!

YALSA’s 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults

COMPLICIT by Stephanie Kuehn
SWAY by Kat Spears

See the full list of Best Fiction for Young Adults here.

YALSA’s 2015 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

Book to Movie: Ripped From the Pages
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card

See the full list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults here.

YALSA’s 2015 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

HUMANS OF NEW YORK by Brandon Stanton

See the full list of Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers here.

YALSA’s 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

THE GIGANTIC BEARD THAT WAS EVIL by Stephen Collins

See the full list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens here.

Black Caucus of the American Library Association 2015 Honor Book for Fiction

‘TIL THE WELL RUNS DRY by Lauren Francis-Sharma

See the full list of BCALA Literary Awards here.
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What We’re Reading Wednesday (01/14/15)

THE JUST CITY by Jo Walton

“As skilled in execution as it is fascinating in premise, Walton’s new work doesn’t require a degree in classics, although readers might well be inspired to read Plato after seeing the rocky destruction of his dream. Although rich with philosophical discussions, what keeps this novel from becoming too chilly or analytical are its sympathetic female characters.”–Library Journal (starred review)

“The award-winning Walton has written a remarkable novel of ideas that demands-and repays-careful reading. It is itself an exercise in philosophy that often, courtesy of Socrates, critically examines Plato’s ideas. If this sounds abstruse, it sometimes is, but the plot is always accessible and the world building and characterization are superb. In the end, the novel more than does justice to the idea of the Just City.”–Booklist (starred review)

LETTER TO A FUTURE LOVER by Ander Monson

“Monson is a triple-threat author whose distinctively imaginative, tell-it-slant writing routinely gets award recognition: his novel Other Electricities won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award and was a NYPL Young Lions Award finalist; his poetry collection Vacationland won a Tupelo Press Editors’ Prize; and Vanishing Point was a National Book Critics Circle finalist in criticism. Oh, and he also edits the online literary/arts magazine DIAGRAM. His next foray into criticism examines the physical relationship between book and reader, tapping the marginalia and highlighting, fingerprints and paper slips left behind in books found in a wide range of libraries, from academic institutions to friends’ collections to a KGB prison library. Along the way, Monson investigates how reading and writing shape us, our need to annotate and preserve, and the very nature of libraries.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

THE RABBIT BACK LITERATURE SOCIETY by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

“With an uncanny understanding of authorial insecurities and a freakishly honed sense of the supernatural origin of literary inventiveness, acclaimed Finnish novelist Jääskeläinen eerily explores the nature of creative inspiration, incisively exposes writers’ desperate aspirations, and suggestively unveils the price one pays to have one’s dreams fulfilled.”–Booklist

It’s a Two Star Parade!

Welcome back to Monday, dear librarians!  We’re thrilled to share with you 6 Winter 2015  Macmilan titles that have already recieved 2 starred reviews!
Add them to your shelves today!

AMONG THIEVES by John Clarkson

“With crisp prose, masterful plotting, and building suspense, this is a real treat for fans of gritty crime fiction, who will want more from Clarkson.”–Booklist (starred review)

“Outstanding… Fans of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher will find a lot to like.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

*Download your copy from Edelweiss

THE JUST CITY by Jo Walton

“A remarkable novel.”–Booklist (starred review)

“As skilled in execution as it is fascinating in premise, Walton’s new work doesn’t require a degree in classics, although readers might well be inspired to read Plato after seeing the rocky destruction of his dream. Although rich with philosophical discussions, what keeps this novel from becoming too chilly or analytical are its sympathetic female characters.”–Library Journal (starred review)

*Download your copy from Edelweiss

THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan

“Compelling and hauntingly powerful… Readers of international crime fiction will be most drawn to the story, but anyone looking for an intensely memorable mystery should put this book at the top of their list.”–Library Journal (starred review & Debut of the Month)

“Beautiful and powerful…”–Publishers Weekly (starred Review)

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “THE UNQUIET DEAD.”

THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty

“Beatty … outdoes himself and possibly everybody else in a send-up of race, popular culture, and politics in today’s America . . . Beatty hits on all cylinders in a darkly funny, dead-on-target, elegantly written satire . . . [THE SELLOUT] is frequently laugh-out-loud funny and, in the way of the great ones, profoundly thought provoking. A major contribution.”–Booklist (starred review)

“Beatty’s satirical latest is a droll, biting look at racism in modern America . . . Wildly funny but deadly serious, Beatty’s caper is populated by outrageous caricatures, and its damning social critique carries the day.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

DOING THE DEVIL’S WORK by Bill Loehfelm

“This series just keeps getting better.”–Kirkus (starred review)

“Loehfelm’s third crime novel featuring the marvelously complex New Orleans police officer Maureen Coughlin is every bit as good as its standout predecessors, and provides fresh evidence that Maureen merits a long literary life … The often lyrical prose will remind many of the grim, hard-edged style of James Ellroy.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

*Download your copy from Edelweiss

MAKING NICE by Matt Sumell

“Exceptional…unleashes one of the most comically arresting voices this side of Sam Lipsyte’s HOMELAND…even more fun than eavesdropping in a confession booth.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“compulsively readable …  Sumell’s debut is humbly macho, provoking outrage, pity, and finally tenderness. Perhaps this is a book readers will hate to love, but only because it feels, like Alby, all too real.”–Booklist (starred review)

*Download your copy from Edelweiss

What Are YOU Reading?

Just in time for Thanksgiving, here is a list of our most popular titles — as downloaded by your librarian pals — from Edelweiss:

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

The Just City by Jo Walton

The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac  by Sharma Shields

A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders

Fear the Darkness by Becky Masterman

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Rabbit Back Literature Society  by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

**Don’t see the green button?  Get THEE Whitelisted!

BEA 2014 is here!

BEA librarian logoBookExpo America is finally here! We hope to see you at these great events and in the Macmillan booth (#1738).  
Thursday, May 29

LibraryReads: Collaborative Discovery for Librarians & Patrons panel
10:00am-10:50am
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E14

Find out how to share the books you love with readers across the country and enhance your professional profile by participating in LibraryReads, the monthly, nationwide library staff picks list. Speakers include Robin Nesbitt, Manager, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH; Kaite Stover, Director of Reader’s Services, Kansas City Public Library, MO; Stephanie Anderson, Head of Readers Services, Darien Library, CT, and Melissa DeWild, Collection Development Manager, Kent District Library, MI.

BiblioCommons: Cultivating and Supporting an Online Reading Community: Digital Badges and Online Programming
11:00–11:50am
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E14

Stephanie Chase of Library Discovery Service for BiblioCommons and Jenn Northington of WORD Bookstores will discuss how to reach the online community of patrons and customers through digital badges and online programming. 

The AAP's Annual Librarians Book Buzz, Part I
2:15-3:30pm
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E16

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

Macmillan Galley Giveaways and Author Signings (Booth #1738):

9:00am  Galley Giveaway: MIDNIGHT PLAN OF THE REPO MAN by Bruce Cameron (Tor Books)
9:30am Galley Giveaway: LILA by Marilynne Robinson (FSG)
10:00am In-Booth Signing: Lisa Scottoline (BETRAYED, SMP)
10:45am In-Booth Signing: Rainbow Rowell (LANDLINE, SMP/Macmillan Audio)
11:00am Galley Giveaway: THE PLOUGHMEN by Kim Zupan (Holt)
2:00pm In-Booth Signing: R.L. Stine (PARTY GAMES, Griffin)
2:00pm Galley Giveaway: THE KILLS by Richard House (Picador)
2:30pm Galley Giveaway: BITTER GREENS by Kate Forsyth (Thomas Dunne Books)
3:00pm Galley Giveaway: ISLAND OF A THOUSAND MIRRORS by Nayomi Munaweera (SMP)
3:30pm Brooklyn Beer Tasting: THE CRAFT BEER REVOLUTION by Steve Hindy (Palgrave Macmillan)
3:30pm Galley Giveaway: WAR DOGS by Rebecca Frankel (Palgrave Macmillan)

Friday, May 30

The AAP's Annual Librarians Book Buzz, Part II
2:00-3:30pm
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E14

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

The 6th Annual Librarian Shout 'n Share
3:30-5:00pm
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. Speakers include Douglas Lord, Head of Circulation/ Branch Head, New Britain (CT) Public Library, longtime Library Journal book reviewer and Books for Dudes Columnist; Alene Moroni, Manager, Selection and Order, King County Library System (WA) and a 2013 Library  Journal “Mover and Shaker”; Charlene Rue, Deputy Director of Collection Management, BookOps: The shared technical services organization of New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library; Etta Thornton-Verma, Library Journal Reviews Editor (NY); and Jamie Watson, Collection Development Coordinator, Baltimore County Public Library (MD) and a 2008 Library Journal “Mover and Shaker.”

Macmillan Galley Giveaways and Author Signings (Booth #1738): 

9:30 AM In-Booth Signing: Ben Lerner (10:04, Faber)
9:30 AM Galley Giveaway: THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS by Keith Donohue (Picador)
10:00 AM Galley Giveaway: YOU MIGHT REMEMBER ME: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman by Mike Thomas (SMP)
10:30 AM Galley Giveaway: MY REAL CHILDREN by Jo Walton (Tor Books)
11:00 AM Galley and Advance Listening Copy Giveaway: LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell (SMP/ Macmillan Audio)
11:30 AM In-Booth Signing: Andy Cohen, ANDY COHEN DIARIES (Holt)
11:30 AM Galley Giveaway: THE FURIES by Natalie Haynes (SMP)
2:00 PM In-Booth Signing: John Scalzi (LOCK IN, Tor)
2:00 PM Galley Giveaway: MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver (Minotaur)
2:30 PM Galley Giveaway: SWAY by Kat Spears (Griffin)
4:00 PM Galley Giveaway: FULL MEASURE by T. Jefferson Parker (SMP)

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