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Maximum Shelf: RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE

Today’s featured Maximum Shelf Awareness pick is the big-hearted rom-com of the summer, RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston.

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

“Casey McQuiston dazzles with RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE. Passion characterizes every moment of this smart, mischievous, gratifying and sensitive novel. The punch lines are deft, the sex is steamy and the romance is stirring.”
Shelf Awareness

See the full summary, review, and interview with Casey McQuiston on Shelf-Awareness.com. AND enter to win an ARC!

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE has received three starred reviews!

Download the e-galley here.

Check out Booklist‘s interview with the author.

Lambda Award Finalists

The Lambda Literary Awards honor the best in LGBTQ books, and this year’s finalists include NINE Macmillan titles!

Gay Fiction

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE by Édouard Louis
SOME HELL by Patrick Nathan

Bisexual Fiction

THE BEST BAD THINGS by Katrina Carrasco

Gay Poetry

WILD IS THE WIND: Poems by Carl Phillips

Lesbian Mystery

A WHISPER OF BONES: A Jane Lawless Mystery by Ellen Hart

Gay Memoir/Biography

THE UNPUNISHED VICE: A Life of Reading by Edmund White

LGBTQ SF/F/Horror

THE BARROW WILL SEND WHAT IT MAY by Margaret Killjoy
THE DESCENT OF MONSTERS by JY Yang
WITCHMARK by C. L. Polk

Three Stars for RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE

Everyone is falling in love with debut M/M rom-com RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston! Just check out these THREE starred reviews:

“The much-loved royal romance genre gets a fun and refreshing update in McQuiston’s debut…. A clever, romantic, sexy love story.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The impossible relationship between Alex and Henry is portrayed with quick wit and clever plotting. The drama, which involves political rivals, possible betrayals, and even a meeting with the queen, is both irresistible and delicious. Readers will be eager to see more from McQuiston after this extremely promising start.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“In between sweet and steamy love scenes, RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE allows readers to imagine a world where coming out involves no self-loathing; where fan fiction and activist Twitter do actual good; and a diverse, liberal White House wins elections. This Blue Wave fantasy could be the feel-good book of the summer.”
Booklist, starred review

Also don’t miss Booklist’s exclusive interview with the author.

Booklist Interviews Debut Author Casey McQuiston

Romance + Comedy + LGBTQ + Debut = Casey McQuiston’s delightful RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE!

This big-hearted rom-com follows the First Son as he falls in love with the Prince of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends. Already a darling of the Macmillan Library department and gaining tremendous librarian support, Booklist joins the love fest with an exclusive interview with author Casey McQuiston.

Read the full interview here, and make sure to download the egalley from Edelweiss!

Macmillan Library @ TxLA 2019

Howdy, partners! We can’t wait to see you in Austin for the Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference! Join us in the exhibit hall in booth #2346 for tons of ARC giveaways and author signings, and mark your calendars with our many awesome events!

Please check back later for final room assignments.

Monday, April 15

In-booth signing with Emily March (JACKSON)
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Macmillan Adult booth #2346

Book Buzz after Dark!
Hear from multiple publishers about exciting forthcoming titles!
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Austin Convention Center, 18AB, Level 4

Tuesday, April 16

Spirit of Texas Reading Program with C.C.Hunter (IN ANOTHER LIFE)
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Austin Convention Center, 5ABC, Level 3

In-booth signing with Chandler Baker (WHISPER NETWORK)
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Macmillan Adult booth #2346

Author Autographing Area signings:
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Exhibit Hall
C.C. Hunter (IN ANOTHER LIFE), Table #1
Meredith Russo (BIRTHDAY), Table #2

Opening Awards & Author Session* with Ben Mezrich (BITCOIN BILLIONAIRES)
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM | Hilton Downtown Hotel, 500 E. 4th St., Austin Grand Ballroom, Salon F, 6th floor
*tickets required, more details available here.

Love is Love: LGBTQIA + in YA Lit with Meredith Russo (BIRTHDAY)
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Austin Convention Center, 12AB, Level 4

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Our 2019 YALSA & RUSA Award Winners!

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

2019 Reading List (The Reading List is an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers selected by RUSA’s Reading List Council.)

Adrenaline Short List
JAR OF HEARTS by Jennifer Hillier
Fantasy Short List
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
Historical Fiction Short List
A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by Therese Anne Fowler
Mystery Short List
CRIMSON LAKE by Candice Fox
Science Fiction Winner
THE CALCULATING STARS: A Lady Astronaut Novel by Mary Robinette Kowal
Women’s Fiction Shortlist
HOW TO WALK AWAY by Katherine Center
MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM by Anne Youngson

2019 Over the Rainbow List (Honors adult books with significant LGBTQ content)

HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado
SO LUCKY by Nicola Griffith

2019 Rainbow Book List (Honors books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning content, and which are aimed at youth, birth through age 18.)

HOW I RESIST: Activism and Hope for a New Generation by Maureen Johnson

Alex Awards (the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences)

THE BLACK GOD’S DRUMS by P. Djèlí Clarkm

Odyssey Award (This annual award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults)

SADIE written by Courtney Summers, narrated by Rebecca Soler, Fred Berman, Dan Bittner, Gabra Zackman, & more, and produced by Macmillan Audio from Wednesday Books

Celebrating Women’s Voices: An Edelweiss Collection

This catalog is a collection of the best fiction and nonfiction from women whose voices are a collective call for urgent resistance. Given the current political climate we hope that this catalog will be a helpful tool for identifying books that are culturally relevant and on the pulse of the public conversation.

Teen Talk (6/14/2018 Edition)

Happy Thursday, YA librarians!

Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us on Twitter today at 2:30pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading & loving!

KISSING GAMES by Tara Eglington
9781250075260
Ages 12 to 18
After a perfect first kiss, Aurora’s second kiss lands her boyfriend in the hospital, and her matchmaking strategies start to backfire in this sequel to HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU. When Aurora’s best friend decides to run for class president and offers up Aurora’s matchmaking service as one of her campaign initiatives, the kissing games begin. Aurora has to convince everyone that her program works—but that might be hard to do when it seems like her own love life might be falling apart.

“This light, dreamy, and easy read is filled with strong character development as the teens find their way in their everyday lives.” —School Library Journal

BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf
9781640631465
Ages 14 and up
Zera is a Heartless—the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly . . . until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own. So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all. Winner takes the loser’s heart. Literally.

“Zera is an exemplar of confident, capable, relentlessly witty young womanhood. She is assertive, proactive, and, above all, a fun character to follow . . . ” —Kirkus Reviews

Also available this month in trade paperback from Flatiron Books:

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
9781250078414
Ages 13 to 18
Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like anyone else, she wants to make friends and fit in. But Amanda has a secret. She’s determined not to get too close to anyone. Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? At her old school, she used to be Andrew. IF I WAS YOUR GIRL is an award-winning, bighearted novel about being seen for who you really are, and a love story you can’t help rooting for.

“Above all, this is a necessary, universal story about feeling different and enduring prejudices, and it’s full of love, hope, engaging writing, and truth.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS by Bonnie Pipkin
9781250114853
Ages 12 to 18
“Troubled.” That’s seventeen-year-old Genesis according to her small New Jersey town. She finds refuge and stability in her relationship with her boyfriend, Peter—until he abandons her at a Planned Parenthood clinic during their appointment to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. The betrayal causes Gen to question everything. This powerfully immersive and format-crushing debut follows Gen from dorm rooms to diners to house parties to auditions—and ultimately, right into readers’ hearts.

“Genesis’s conflicted relationships with her mother, grandparents, and friends are as engrossing as her breakup with Peter, and her story packs a big emotional punch.” —Publishers Weekly

Check out all of our 2018 Books for Teens!

2018 Lammy Awards Winners

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

Lesbian Fiction
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado

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

LGBTQ SF/F/Horror
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz

2017 Triangle Awards Finalists

We’re waving our rainbow flag in support of our 2017 Publishing Triangle Awards finalists, honoring the best LGBTQ fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as the year’s best trans and gender-variant literature:

Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
ABANDON ME by Melissa Febos

Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry
SOME SAY: Poems by Maureen N. McLane

Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
DON’T CALL US DEAD by Danez Smith
HALF-LIGHT: Collected Poems, 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart

Finalists for the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature
DON’T CALL US DEAD by Danez Smith

Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado

Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction
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