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BookExpo & Day of Dialog 2018 – That’s a Wrap!

Last week we enjoyed seeing many of you at Library Journal and School Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog events and at BookExpo (helloooo!). For those who couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed:

At Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog, Laura van den Berg (THE THIRD HOTEL) dazzled on a Literary Fiction author panel, and M.C. Beaton charmed on a Mystery/Thriller author panel, promoting her newest Agatha Raisin mystery, THE DEAD RINGER.

Celadon Books co-founders Jamie Raab & Deb Futter presented their inaugural Winter 2019 list as part of an Editor’s Buzz Panel:

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides | 9781250301697 | Out 2/5/19
CAPE MAY by Chip Cheek | 9781250297150 | Out 4/30/19
THIS CHAIR ROCKS: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite | 9781250311481 | Out 3/5/19
WHY DON’T YOU WRITE MY EULOGY NOW SO I CAN CORRECT IT?: A Mother’s Suggestions by Patricia Marx and Roz Chast | 9781250301963 | Out 4/2/19

Later that afternoon, Minotaur Books Senior Editor Catherine Richards presented her favorites as part of an Mystery Editor’s Picks Panel:

THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones | 9781250191984 | Out 8/21/18
THE WIDOWS by Jess Montgomery | 9781250184528 | Out 1/8/19
THE BURNING CHAMBERS by Kate Mosse | 9781250202161 | Out 5/7/19
WONDERLAND by Zoje Stage | 9781250206893 | Out 12/25/19

Click here to download the snazzy handout of both Editor’s Buzz Panel titles.

Meanwhile over at School Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog, Melissa Albert (THE HAZEL WOOD) charmed on a “Strange Fascinations in YA” panel, and our own Emily Day presented her favorite forthcoming titles during a Publisher’s Pitch (we’re seeing Paris as a theme here…):

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease | 9781250295521 | Out 2/5/19 | YA Historical Fantasy | Ages 12 And Up
BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo | 9781250129833 | Out 4/30/19 | YA Romance / LGBT | Ages 12 And Up
IN PARIS WITH YOU by Clémentine Beauvais | 9781250299161 | Out 1/8/19 | YA Contemporary Romance | Ages 14 to 18
THE DYSASTERS by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast | 9781250141040 | Out 2/26/19 | YA Contemporary Fantasy | Ages 12 to 18
THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi | 9781250144546 | Out 1/15/19 | YA Epic Fantasy | Ages 12 to 18

Click here to download Emily’s SLJ Day of Dialog Publisher Pitch handout.

Plus, your colleagues were tweeting fast and furiously via the hashtags #ljdod18 and #sljdod18.

At BookExpo, Talia thrilled a crowd of 200+ librarians on the Downtown Stage with these forthcoming titles:

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty | November 6, 2018 | 9781250069825
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND by Louise Penny | November 27, 2018 | 9781250066206
FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED POLITICS by Leah Daughtry, Yolanda Caraway, Minyon Moore, Donna Brazile, Veronica Chambers | October 2, 2018 | 9781250137715
MR. TRUMP’S WILD RIDE: The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of His Extraordinary First Year in Office by Major Garrett | September 18, 2018 | 9781250185914
WHERE WE GO FROM HERE by Bernie Sanders | October 30, 2018 | 9781250163264
THEM: Why We Hate Each Other—and How to Heal by Ben Sasse | October 16, 2018 | 9781250193681
DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN by Sarah Bird | September 4, 2018 | 9781250193162
A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler | October 16, 2018 | 9781250095473
THE BEST BAD THINGS by Katrina Carrasco | November 6, 2018 | 9780374123697
INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter | October 9, 2018 | 9781250121974
BOOMER1 by Daniel Torday | September 18, 2018 | 9781250191793
THE PIRANHAS: The Boy Bosses of Naples by Roberto Saviano | September 4, 2018 | 9780374230029
LISTEN TO THE MARRIAGE by John Jay Osborn | October 2, 2018 | 9780374192020
THE DEAD RINGER by M.C. Beaton | October 2, 2018 | 9781250157690
ASK ME NO QUESTIONS by Shelley Noble | October 16, 2018 | 9780765398710
BUTTON MAN by Andrew Gross | September 18, 2018 | 9781250179982
BRIGHT YOUNG DEAD by Jessica Fellowes | October 30, 2018 | 9781250170811
THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides | February 5, 2019 | 9781250301697
BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage | July 17, 2018 | 9781250170750
THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones | August 21, 2018 | 9781250191984
LIES by T.M. Logan | September 11, 2018 | 9781250182265
TRUST ME by Hank Phillippi Ryan | August 28, 2018 | 9780765393074
THE CRAFTSMAN by Sharon Bolton | October 16, 2018 | 9781250300034
THE DINNER LIST by Rebecca Serle | September 11, 2018 | 9781250295187
THE DREAM DAUGHTER by Diane Chamberlain | October 2, 2018 | 9781250087300
THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife | October 2, 2018 | 9780374113346

Download the BookExpo 2018 Book Buzz handout here.

And at the LibraryReads Librarian author lunch, Suketu Mehta talked about his own experiences and research for his new book, THIS LAND IS THEIR LAND: An Impassioned Argument About Immigrations and Its Discontents (Spring 2019): “Fear of migrants is doing incalculably more damage than the migrants themselves ever could. All evidence shows that immigrants enrich the countries that they move to.”

Last but not least, here’s what your librarian pals recommended at Library Journal‘s “Shout n’ Share” panel:

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For Your Consideration: August 2018 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the August 2018 LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due June 20! Click here for the full list of 2018 deadlines.

FEARED by Lisa Scottoline
Also available in audio
In the next book in the mega-best-selling Rosato & DiNunzio thriller series, the all-female law firm is hit with a sex discrimination suit. “Colorful characters, breezy writing, and a sharp wit keep the tone light, while the ever-increasing stakes propel the story toward a convenient but otherwise gratifying denouement.” — Publishers Weekly

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

TOUCAN KEEP A SECRET by Donna Andrews
In the 23rd entry in the award-winning Meg Langslow series, she goes to check on a toucan the reverend is fostering, but finds the bird missing and an elderly parishioner murdered in a columbarium among the ashes of overturned urns. “This long-running cozy series shows no signs of losing its freshness.” — Publishers Weekly

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

THE MIDDLEMAN by Olen Steinhauer
Also available in audio
Two starred reviews! “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

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones
Also available in audio
Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever. “…wildly entertaining, with a smashing twist.” — Kirkus Reviews

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Macmillan Library @ LJ/SLJ Day of Dialog & BookExpo 2018!

We can’t wait to see you in New York City next month during Library Journal & School Library Journal’s Days of Dialog, at BookExpo (Macmillan booth #2444-2445), and at these MANY fantastic events:
Wednesday, May 30

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: Jamie Raab, President & Publisher and Deb Futter, Senior VP & Co-Publisher (Celadon Books) | Editor’s Picks Panel
10:15am: Laura van den Berg, THE THIRD HOTEL | Literary Fiction Panel
11:30am: M.C. Beaton, THE DEAD RINGER | Mystery/Thriller Panel
1:15pm: Catherine Richards, Senior Editor (Minotaur Books) | Mystery Editor’s Picks 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:
2:00-2:30pm: Emily Day, Library Marketing Assistant & YA Specialist (Macmillan) | Publisher Pitch III
2:30-3:20pm: Melissa Albert, THE HAZEL WOOD | “Strange Fascinations in YA” Panel 

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

Thursday, May 31

Writing Powerful Book Annotations, Hosted by LibraryReads
9:30-10:50am
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E11

Join members of the LibraryReads Steering Commitee in a hands-on session to learn tips and tricks to write attention-grabbing annotations that appeal to readers. Come with pen in hand.

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

Hear from a panel of bestselling and debut authors, including Suketu Mehta (THIS LAND IS THEIR LAND), at this lunch event.

Details and RSVP here by May 11. You will receive an e-confirmation if your request is accommodated.

LibraryReads Book Buzz, Part I
2:00-3:15pm
Javits Convention Center | Downtown Stage

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

“Librarian VIP Corner” — Adult Mystery
9:00am-12:00 noon
Javits Convention Center | Macmillan Booth #2444-2445

Visit the “Librarian VIP Corner” in the Macmillan booth (#2444-2445) for free mystery ARCs and personalized Adult reader’s advisory recommendations from Senior Library Marketing Director Talia Sherer and Library Marketing Manager Anne Spieth.

“Librarian VIP Corner” — Adult Literary Fiction
12:00 noon-3:00pm
Javits Convention Center | Macmillan Booth #2444-2445

Visit the “Librarian VIP Corner” in the Macmillan booth (#2444-2445) for free literary fiction ARCs and personalized Adult reader’s advisory recommendations from Senior Library Marketing Director Talia Sherer and Library Marketing Manager Anne Spieth.

Macmillan 175th Anniversary Toast
4:30-5:30pm
Javits Convention Center | Macmillan Booth #2444-2445

Join us in raising a glass to celebrate 175 years of publishing. Light refreshments will be served and limited edition tote bags will be given away (limited quantity, first-come, first-served basis).

Macmillan Galley Giveaways and Author Signings – Thursday (Booth #2444-2445):

***9:00am Ticket Drop for all Thursday in-booth signings. Tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.***

9:00am Giveaway: Macmillan Audio & Celadon tote bags
9:30am Galley Giveaway: THE MIDDLEMAN by Olen Steinhauer (Minotaur)
9:30am Galley Giveaway: FEARED by Lisa Scottoline (SMP)
10:00am Galley & Advance Listening Copy Giveaway: THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones (Minotaur & Macmillan Audio)
10:15am Galley Giveway: LIES by T.M. Logan (SMP)
10:30am In-Booth Signing: Ian Smith, THE ANCIENT NINE (SMP)
10:45am Galley Giveaway: CITY OF DEVILS by Paul French (Picador)
11:00am Galley Giveaway: THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides (Celadon)
11:30am In-Booth Signing (Prints): Patricia Marx & Roz Chast, WHY DON’T YOU WRITE MY EULOGY NOW SO I CAN CORRECT IT? (Celadon)
12:00 noon Galley Giveaway: DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN by Sarah Bird (SMP)
12:00 noon Galley Giveaway: HOUSEGIRL by Michael Donkor (Picador)
12:30pm Galley Giveaway: THE PIRANHAS by Roberto Saviano (FSG)
1:00pm In-Booth Signing (Trade Paperback): V.E. Schwab, VICIOUS (Tor)
1:30pm Galley Giveaway: MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM by Anne Youngson (Flatiron)
1:30pm Giveaway: THE DINNER LIST by Rebecca Serle (Flatiron) ARCs & tote bags
2:00pm In-Booth Signing: Kim Brooks, SMALL ANIMALS (Flatiron)
2:30pm Galley & Advance Listening Copy Giveaway: A WELL-BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler (SMP & Macmillan Audio)
2:45pm Galley Giveaway: THE DREAM DAUGHTER by Diane Chamberlain (SMP)
3:00pm In-Booth Signing: John Jay Osborn, LISTEN TO THE MARRIAGE (FSG)
3:45pm Galley Giveaway: IF YOU LOVE ME by Maureen Cavanagh (Holt)
3:45pm Galley Giveaway: INVISIBLE by Stephen L. Carter (Holt)

Friday, June 1

Library Journal’s Annual “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 LibraryReads and Library Journal. This year’s Shout ‘n Sharers include: Stephanie Anderson, BookOps/NYPL; Shayera Tangri, Porter Branch Library/Porter Ranch, CA; Jennifer Hubert Swan, Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School; Gregg Winsor, Johnson County Library, Overland Park, KS, and your host, Wilda Williams, Fiction Editor, Library Journal.

“Librarian VIP Corner” — Young Adult
1:00-5:00pm
Javits Convention Center | Macmillan Booth #2444-2445

Visit the “Librarian VIP Corner” in the Macmillan booth (#2444-2445) for free ARCs and personalized Young Adult reader’s advisory recommendations from Library Marketing Assistant & YA Specialist Emily Day.

Librarian Meetup
3:00-4:00pm
Javits Convention Center | Macmillan Meeting Room #2456

 

Relax with a sweet treat, mingle with fellow librarians, and receive personalized reader’s advisory recommendations during the Macmillan “Librarian Meetup” in meeting room #2456. PASSWORD: Kugel

 

 

 

Macmillan Galley Giveaways and Author Signings – Friday (Booth #2444-2445):

***9:00am Ticket Drop for all Friday in-booth signings. Tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.***

9:00am Giveaway: Celadon tote bags
9:30am In-Booth Signing (Finished Books): M.C. Beaton, THE WITCHES’ TREE (Minotaur)
11:30am In-Booth Signing: Courtney Summers, SADIE (Wednesday Books)
12:30pm Galley Giveaway: MIRAGE by Somiya Daud (Flatiron YA)
1:15pm In-Booth Signing: Hank Phillippi Ryan, TRUST ME (Forge)
1:15pm In-Booth Signing: Peter Blauner, SUNRISE HIGHWAY (Minotaur)
1:15pm In-Booth Signing (Galleys & Advance Listening Copies): BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage (SMP & Macmillan Audio)
1:30pm Galley Giveaway: THE STARS NOW UNCLAIMED by Drew Williams (Tor)
2:30pm In-Booth Signing: Michael Eric Dyson, WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE (SMP)
3:30pm Galley Giveaway: EXIT STRATEGY by Martha Wells (Tor.com)
3:30pm Galley Giveaway: FINDING BABA YAGA by Jane Yolen (Tor.com)

More events to keep in mind:

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Most Anticipated Books of 2018

Best of 2017 has come and gone, now here are the most anticipated books of 2018, according to major media:
Entertainment Weekly50 books we can’t wait to read in 2018

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
One of the most anticipated debuts of the year — having set off an auction frenzy — THE HAZEL WOOD is a contemporary fantasy of an aggressively literary bent, centered on a 17-year-old whose mother is stolen away.

LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE by Sloane Crosley
Crosley may have put essays aside for her 2015 novel THE CLASP, but she returns with her particular brand of sardonic wit in this new collection. The tone, she told EW, is “somewhere between jaded misanthrope and easily amused child.”

A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey
What will James Comey reveal in this anticipated memoir? Publisher Flatiron Books isn’t giving much away, just saying that the former FBI director promises to give a vital lesson on sound leadership, drawing on his own experiences to provide a manual that certain world leaders desperately need.

USA Today10 big books to kick off 2018

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
What it’s about: In this twisty psychological thriller, a woman dumped by her rich husband is determined to prevent his remarriage to her “replacement.”
Why it’s hot: Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, which brought THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN to the big screen, has picked up film rights for THE WIFE BETWEEN US.

A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey
What it’s about:
The former FBI director, famously fired by President Trump in May, writes a book about leadership based on his own experiences and observations in government.
Why it’s hot: According to the publisher, Comey’s book will examine what “good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions.” The burning question: What will he say about Trump?

The Washington PostLeadership Books to Read in 2018

A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey
The former FBI director — fired by President Trump and now, some say, a Zen-like master of throwing subtle shade on Twitter and Instagram — inked what was reported to be a multi-million dollar book deal in August. The book’s publisher has said the book by Comey, also a former Justice Department official and lawyer, promises to give readers “unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remarkable lesson in leadership itself.” Comey, who frequently uses social media to share quotations about character, justice, leadership and power, tweeted an image of the Statue of Liberty on Dec. 5, saying he was in New York to meet with his publisher, with the note: “Hope leadership book will be useful. Reassuring to see Lady Liberty standing tall even in rough weather.”

InStyleBooks We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
A Vietnam POW returns from overseas and opts to relocate his family to a remote area of Alaska, far removed from the threats of war-torn societies, for a fresh start. All seems well until his PTSD kicks in during the harsh winter and turns their tiny cabin dream into a living nightmare.

LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE by Sloane Crosley
If accolades from Steve Martin and David Sedaris are any indication, Sloane Crosley’s new collection of essays delivers, with hilarious takes on fertility, mingling with swingers, and her blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo on Gossip Girl.

EsquireThe 27 Most Anticipated Books of 2018

OLIVER LOVING by Stefan Merrill Block
Oliver Loving has been paralyzed and locked in his own mind for nearly a decade, the result of a shooting in his small Texas town. In Stefan Merrill Block’s psychologically astute novel, the damaged people that surround Oliver try to piece together their own versions of what happened that night and since then, even as doctors prepare a new treatment that might help Oliver communicate again.

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
Here is one of those rare young adult fantasy novels that holds a self-contained world in only a few hundred pages. So much world-building, so little space. If the novel’s heroine is a teenage girl, then her story will appeal to readers of all ages, with its intrigue and strange fairy tale magic and very grown up writing.

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? by Marilynne Robinson
Even in her fiction, Marilynne Robinson has a nonjudgmental, earnest way of writing about religion that could make an atheist long for spirituality. President Obama is a fan. In this essay collection theology and current events and philosophy take center stage, and it’s through the clarity of Robinson’s words that hope in times of political strife feels appropriate and urgent.

SOME HELL by Patrick Nathan
A heartbreaker of a book, Patrick Nathan’s debut novel captures the hell of adolescence under particularly dire circumstances: Colin is reeling from his father’s suicide even as he navigates coming of age as a gay teenager. As they are wont to do, sex and death dominate Colin’s thoughts as he makes his way, in agony but with an eye towards a hopeful future.

THE MERRY SPINSTER: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg
Look out, Angela Carter. There’s a new feminist fairy tale queen in town, and her imagination is as sharp as her wit. Ortberg, co-founder of the beloved website The Toast, takes her column “Children’s Stories Made Horrific” to new heights in this collection of twisted tales that will shock and delight you.

Elle19 of the Best Books to Read This Winter

THREE DAUGHTERS OF EVE by Elif Shafak
From the most widely read female writer in Turkey, here’s a novel that sees violence and nostalgia vie for one woman’s attention on one intense night. In Istanbul, a relatively minor crime—an attempted robbery—sparks a wave of memories as the wealthy Peri ponders an old photograph of her college friends. As terrorist attacks break out, the religious and cultural differences between the three women demand her attention in the fraught present.

WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
Patrisse Khan-Cullors co-founded one of the most vital activist groups of recent years. Now, get to the heart of Black Lives Matter with her account of how the movement began, and marvel at the brilliance and persistence of her mission despite a continuing lack of understanding and compassion from many.

PEACH by Emma Glass
In the wake of a horrific sexual assault, titular protagonist Peach attempts to navigate a life that has tilted on its axis. As accounts of sexual assault and misconduct have arisen in recent months, our inability to reckon with such events and their aftermath has only become more clear. This short novel—under 100 pages—confronts the enormity with impressionistic grace.

FORCE OF NATURE by Jane Harper
Wow, this crime novel just gave me my newest nightmare: Five colleagues go on a hike (first mistake), and one doesn’t return. Four different stories makes it hard for Agent Aaron Falk (whom we met in Harper’s debut, THE DRY) to discern the truth. Don’t read this one during the workweek.

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? by Marilynne Robinson
Equipped with a heart and mind that seem more capacious than ours (though she might have a match in fan Barack Obama), Marilynne Robinson has made a career out of writing life-expanding novels and wonderings, like Pulitzer Prize–winning novel GILEAD. Soon, she’ll give us a new set of essays about faith, life, and culture. readmoreremove

First Novel Prize Longlist

The Center for Fiction recently announced the longlist for their First Novel Prize and six great Macmillan debuts made the list!

THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT by Helen Phillips
FIND ME by Laura van den Berg
LANDFALLS by Naomi J. Williams
MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS by Jennine Capó Crucet
THE SUNLIT NIGHT by Rebecca Dinerstein
THE UNFORTUNATES by Sophie McManus

The First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1 and December 31, 2015. The Short List will be revealed on September 15 and the winner will be announced on December 8. See the full list of nominees here.

Fabulous FIND ME!

The praise for Laura van den Berg’s FIND ME is an embarrassment of riches—we simply HAVE to share it with you:

Pleasingly strange… impressively original… [van den Berg’s] dark sensibilities call to mind the great Joy Williams, a master at portraying life on the margins… FIND ME has a funny way of resonating beyond its pages.” The New York Times Book Review

“This is a thoughtful, touching story about survival—about finding ways to heal and reasons to live.”
People Magazine, Best New Books section (Feb. 23 issue)

“[FIND ME] powerfully conveys the fact that there are some things in life you don’t want to forget. ‘Some people stay with you in ways you don’t expect, and you try to shake them out, shake them away, but memory won’t let you,’ says Joy. The same could be said of van den Berg, whose debut novel lingers and aches in the memory.” The Guardian

“In FIND ME, van den Berg depicts a life slowly coming into focus—it’s blurry and impressionistic at times, sometimes deliriously scattered. But out of the fog of memory and the haze of drugs emerges a sense of clarity that’s deep and moving and real.” The Boston Globe

“You’ll be blown away by this quiet, affecting novel… Van den Berg’s prose is sparse and vivid all at once. Some of her lines are so arresting that I wanted to underline them, mark up the margins with stars or exclamation points.”Bustle, “A Drop-Everything-And-Read-Now Book”

“Laura van den Berg adds a fresh voice to the burgeoning genre of post-apocalyptic-plague fiction… Van den Berg’s careful, poetic prose will make you think hard about the damage we do to each other and to our world, and how we may be able to go about healing it.” — BuzzFeed

Interviews with Laura van den Berg on NPR Weekend Edition and Salon.

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Teen Talk Tuesday! (2/17/15)

Just in time for today’s Early Word YA Galley Chat, here are this month’s new releases from St. Martin’s Griffin TEEN and Farrar, Straus & Giroux!

And don’t forget to join @earlyword today at 5pm EST (hashtag #ewyagc) to brag about your favorite teen reads!

DREAMFIRE by Kit Alloway
A young dream walker must save the world from certain destruction one dream at a time, in this riveting debut from an exciting new talent in young adult fiction. “A dark and exciting paranormal adventure that will keep patient genre fans up late.”
Kirkus Reviews

FIND ME by Laura van den Berg (One of Kirkus Reviews‘ Brand-New Books You Shouldn’t Miss this week!)
A highly anticipated debut novel about a young woman named Joy who is in quarantine at a psychiatric hospital because her blood might hold the key to a cure and a vaccine against a highly contagious disease that’s rampaging across the country.
“Like Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale or Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, van den Berg’s debut novel presents a frighteningly plausible near-future dystopia grounded in human elements. Not everything is explained, and things take an increasingly surreal turn in the novel’s second half, but Joy’s quest, and her need to feel cared for, is heartbreakingly real and compellingly wrought. Highly recommended.” — Library Journal, starred review
“YAs with a penchant for dark, subtly speculative fiction will be captivated by Joy and her struggles for selfhood and survival in a poisoned world.” — Booklist, starred review

DISGRUNTLED by Asali Solomon (One of Kirkus Reviews‘ Brand-New Books You Shouldn’t Miss this week!)
A coming-of-age tale, a portrait of Philadelphia in the late eighties and early nineties, and an examination of the impossible double-binds of race seen through the eyes of eight-year-old Kenya Curtis. “A deft, knowing, bold, and witty debut.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: February 2015 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles now for the February 2015* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due December 20! Click here for the full list of 2015 deadlines.

BLUE STARS by Emily Gray Tedrowe

“Tedlowe’s 2010 novel, Commuters, was named a Best New Paperback by Entertainment Weekly, so watch this hardcover breakout closely. The topic is timely. When literature professor Ellen’s legal ward, Michael, and army wife Lacey’s husband, Eddie, are both injured in Iraq, the two women met and bond at the Walter Reed Army Hospital.”Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

Download a copy from Net Galley

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an epic novel of love and war about two sisters and the secret lives of those who live in a small French town during WWII, spanning from the 1940s to the present day.

Download a copy from Edelweiss

WE ARE PIRATES by Daniel Handler

“Can a couple of teenagers, a befuddled old man, and a nursing home orderly really steal a boat and wreak havoc in San Francisco harbor? Sure, says Handler, crossing and mixing genres dark and light, YA yarn and midlife doldrum while making readers root for his 20th-century privateers A jaunty and occasionally jolting, and honest take on the discomforts of youth, midlife, and old age, and how ineffective we are at dealing with them.”–Publishers Weekly

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

A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders

Flanders’ deliciously fun debut novel set in the world of book publishing introduces readers to an enormously enjoyable, too-smart-for-her-own-good new amateur sleuth, as well as a colorful cast of characters, including the handsome inspector Field.

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FIND ME by Laura van den Berg

“Van den Berg’s highly anticipated debut novel is about a young woman named Joy who is in quarantine at a psychiatric hospital because her blood might hold the key to a cure and a vaccine against a highly contagious disease that’s rampaging across the country. Brooding, acutely observant, compassionate, suspicious, wistful, and wryly funny, Joy is an entrancing and sympathetic narrator through which van den Berg can channel her abiding fascination with what is submerged, hidden, lurking, lost.”–Booklist, starred review

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MAKING NICE by Matt Sumell

“From the first page, Sumell’s exceptional novel in stories unleashes one of the most comically arresting voices this side of Sam Lipsyte’s HOMELAND. Sumell’s debut demonstrates an almost painful compassion for the sinner in most of us, making MAKING NICE even more fun than eavesdropping in a confession booth.”–Publishers Weekly

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THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES by Sally Hepworth

A novel about three generations of midwives and the secrets they keep that threaten to change their own lives forever. Neva Bradley refuses to reveal the details of her own pregnancy (including the father’s identity), which unsettles her mother, Grace, while reminding grandmother Floss of her own situation 60 years previously.

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A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

Prepare to be dazzled by a world of parallel London’s where magic thrives, starves, or lies forgotten, and where power can destroy just as quickly as it can create.

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DISGRUNTLED by Asali Solomon

LOVE IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION by Judd Trichter

AMONG THIEVES by John Clarkson

THE LAST GOOD PARADISE by Tatjana Soli

HOUSEWITCH by Katie Schickel

 

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For Your Consideration: February 2015 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles now for the February 2015* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due December 20! Click here for the full list of 2015 deadlines.

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an epic novel of love and war about two sisters and the secret lives of those who live in a small French town during WWII, spanning from the 1940s to the present day.

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WE ARE PIRATES by Daniel Handler

“Can a couple of teenagers, a befuddled old man, and a nursing home orderly really steal a boat and wreak havoc in San Francisco harbor? Sure, says Handler, crossing and mixing genres dark and light, YA yarn and midlife doldrum while making readers root for his 20th-century privateers A jaunty and occasionally jolting, and honest take on the discomforts of youth, midlife, and old age, and how ineffective we are at dealing with them.”–Publishers Weekly

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A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders

Flanders’ deliciously fun debut novel set in the world of book publishing introduces readers to an enormously enjoyable, too-smart-for-her-own-good new amateur sleuth, as well as a colorful cast of characters, including the handsome inspector Field.

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FIND ME by Laura van den Berg

“Van den Berg’s highly anticipated debut novel is about a young woman named Joy who is in quarantine at a psychiatric hospital because her blood might hold the key to a cure and a vaccine against a highly contagious disease that’s rampaging across the country. Brooding, acutely observant, compassionate, suspicious, wistful, and wryly funny, Joy is an entrancing and sympathetic narrator through which van den Berg can channel her abiding fascination with what is submerged, hidden, lurking, lost.”–Booklist, starred review

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MAKING NICE by Matt Sumell

“From the first page, Sumell’s exceptional novel in stories unleashes one of the most comically arresting voices this side of Sam Lipsyte’s HOMELAND. Sumell’s debut demonstrates an almost painful compassion for the sinner in most of us, making MAKING NICE even more fun than eavesdropping in a confession booth.”–Publishers Weekly

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THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES by Sally Hepworth

A novel about three generations of midwives and the secrets they keep that threaten to change their own lives forever. Neva Bradley refuses to reveal the details of her own pregnancy (including the father’s identity), which unsettles her mother, Grace, while reminding grandmother Floss of her own situation 60 years previously.

Download a copy from Edelweiss

A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

Prepare to be dazzled by a world of parallel London’s where magic thrives, starves, or lies forgotten, and where power can destroy just as quickly as it can create.

Download a copy from Edelweiss

DISGRUNTLED by Asali Solomon

LOVE IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION by Judd Trichter

AMONG THIEVES by John Clarkson

THE LAST GOOD PARADISE by Tatjana Soli

HOUSEWITCH by Katie Schickel

 

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2014 Tri-State Book Buzz titles

AnneTriState2-editToday is the Tri-State Book Buzz where Anne presented all the glorious upcoming titles listed below! We wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on the fun, so here are the books she talked about:

Blockbuster Bestsellers
SAVING GRACE by Jane Green (On Sale: Dec. 30)
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah (On Sale: Feb. 3)

Women’s Fiction
THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES by Sally Hepworth (On Sale: Feb. 10)
BLUE STARS by Emily Gray Tedrowe (On Sale: Feb. 17)

Mystery Bestsellers
THE WHITES by Harry Brandt (On Sale: Feb. 17)
ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer (On Sale: March 10)
THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry (On Sale: March 31)

Mysteries
THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan (On Sale: Jan. 13)
FEAR THE DARKNESS by Becky Masterman (On Sale: Jan. 20)
A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders (On Sale: Feb. 24)
THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND by Colette McBeth (On Sale: Feb. 24)

Coming to a Theater Near You
SPARE PARTS by Joshua Davis (On Sale: Dec. 2)
THE REVENANT by Michael Punke (On Sale: Jan. 6)

Crazy, Weird & True!
A KIM JONG-IL PRODUCTION by Paul Fischer (On Sale: Feb. 3)
LETTER TO A FUTURE LOVER by Ander Monson (On Sale: Feb. 3)

Ahoy Matey!
WE ARE PIRATES by Daniel Handler (On Sale: Feb. 3)

Coming of Age
FIND ME by Laura van den Berg (On Sale: Feb. 17)
THE TRAGIC AGE by Stephen Metcalfe (On Sale: March 3)
BONES & ALL by Camille DeAngelis (On Sale: March 10)

The Teen Read of 2015
ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers (On Sale: April 14)

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