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Happy #BookBday (9/27/16 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to three whimsical, mythical reads:

DON’T I KNOW YOU? by Marni Jackson
This debut “whimsical collection of linked stories” (Kirkus Reviews) follows one woman’s life from age 16 to 60, and what happens when certain celebrities—Neil Young, Meryl Streep, John Updike, Taylor Swift, Karl Ove Knausgaard—start turning up in her private life, at the spa, in the middle of a break-up, even on the operating table.

THE TENGU’S GAME OF GO by Lian Hearn (Book 4 in the Tale of Shikanoko)
The fourth and final book in an epic, action-packed four-volume adventure in mythical, medieval Japan, where the drama plays out against a background of wild forests, elegant castles, hidden temples, and savage battlefields. “Expect graphic violence, fairy-tale magic, flights of comedy, and operatic melodrama but also genuine intimacy and tragedy.” — Kirkus Reviews readmoreremove

LJ Genre Spotlight: SF/Fantasy

Library Journal‘s genre spotlight on SF/Fantasy has so much Macmillan goodness, it’s out of this world!

A MULTIPLICITY OF CHARACTERS

September marks the publication of James Tiptree Jr. Literary Award–winning short story writer Nisi Shawl’s highly anticipated first novel, EVERFAIR, a steampunk alternate history set in the Belgian Congo. “It’s as diverse in about as many ways as you can count. The author is a queer black woman, and several of [her] characters are queer (and often women and/or nonwhite as well),” explains Tor Books editor Liz Gorinsky. “The [other] characters represent a multiplicity of voices that have been historically silenced—Africans, East Asians, and African Americans—as well as a few Europeans, in complex relationships with one another.”

WORKS IN TRANSLATION

Increasingly, publishers’ fall lists are featuring speculative fiction in translation, and awards committees have taken note. In 2015, Cixin Liu’s THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM became the first translated sf novel to win a Hugo Award and wound up on the reading lists of President Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg. Arriving in September from Tor is DEATH’S END, the highly anticipated conclusion to Liu’s “Remembrance of Earth’s Past” trilogy.

“I have somehow fallen into the Chinese [sf] publishing business, and I couldn’t be happier,” exclaims Tor’s Gorinsky. “This fall we actually have two books translated by Ken Liu (who’s an amazing author in his own right—the only one to ever win Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards for the same story).” The second title is INVISIBLE PLANETS, an anthology of Chinese short stories; it includes two tales by Cixin Liu and the rest by rising talents, including the Hugo- and Sturgeon Award–nominated “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang. Coming in October is Mariko Koike’s THE GRAVEYARD APARTMENT; known for her hybrid works that mix detective fiction with horror, the author is one of Japan’s most popular writers. Originally published in 1986, this novel follows a young family as they move into what they believe is the perfect home—despite the cemetery next door.

DRAWN FROM OTHER LANDS

Pseudonymous author Lian Hearn, who has lived in Japan and is a student of the Japanese language, explores that country’s medieval history and mythology in her four-volume “Tale of Shikanoko” series. In the third outing, LORD OF THE DARKWOOD, the warrior Shikanoko must confront the Spider Tribe that he had some part in creating.

Authors are also incorporating some unusual urban settings in the natural world for their epics. Australian Thoraiya Dyer’s series opener, CROSSROADS OF CANOPY, due from Tor in January, introduces a city set in the canopy of a rainforest ruled by gods. Unar, the young servant of the goddess Audblayin, must descend to the deprived realms of Understorey and Floor to seek her destiny. Fran Wilde introduced readers to her towering city of living bone and its flying inhabitants in her award-winning debut UPDRAFT, but more trouble brews for residents in CLOUDBOUND. readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Fantasy

An assassin, a saint, and a warrior walk into our #FridayReads

NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff
“Launching the Nevernight fantasy series, Kristoff (the Lotus War trilogy) creates a splendid world of corruption and violence. Absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness, this beginning promises (and delivers) equal shares of beauty and decay. With a delicate balance of the ancient and the magical, this tense and brutal tale is unflinching, thrilling, and satisfying.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Booklist “Best Bets for Book Clubs” Webinar Titles

What’s the best way to get your library’s book club talking? Read and recommend these discussion-worthy Macmillan titles that Talia presented at yesterday’s Booklist‘s “Best Bets for Book Clubs” collection development webinar:

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler (download the guide)
Tale of Shikanoko series by Lian Hearn (download the guide for all 4 books)
Book 1: EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS
Book 2: AUTUMN PRINCESS, DRAGON CHILD
Book 3: LORD OF THE DARKWOOD
Book 4: THE TENGU’S GAME OF GO
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan (download the guide)
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith (download the guide)
IN THE COUNTY WE LOVE by Diane Guerrero (download the guide)
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo (download the guide)
AN UNRESTORED WOMAN by Shobha Rao (download the guide)
TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty (download the guide)
THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO, BUT THEY DO by Cathleen Schine (download the guide)
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande (download the guide)

Here’s a link to the full presentation slides and you can download the Excel sheet of all titles presented (with ISBNs). You can also view the archived webinar here.

Want more book club ideas? Check out suggestions from the NEA Big Read, Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden & more right here.

ALA Annual 2016 Book Buzz Titles

Here’s a sneak peek at all the great Macmillan books that Anne “sweet teeth” Spieth will be sharing at the “Two for the Show” book buzz this afternoon from 2:30-3:15pm at the Book Buzz Theater (on the show floor at the end of the 1200 aisle near booths 1275 & 1375):

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS* | B.A. Paris | 9781250121004 | Hardcover | On Sale 8/9/16
DAISY IN CHAINS | Sharon Bolton | 9781250103420 | Hardcover | On Sale 9/20/16 (LR deadline: 7/20)
THE NEXT* | Stephanie Gangi | 9781250110565 | Hardcover | On Sale 10/18/16 (LR deadline: 8/20)
CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD | Alexander Weinstein | 9781250098993 | Paperback | On Sale 9/13/16 (LR deadline: 7/20)
The Tale of Shikanoko series | Lian Hearn
     EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS (Book 1) | 9780374536312 | Paperback | Available Now
     AUTUMN PRINCESS, DRAGON CHILD (Book 2) | 9780374536329 | Paperback | Available Now
     LORD OF THE DARKWOOD (Book 3) | 9780374536336 | Paperback | On Sale 8/9/16
     THE TENGU’S GAME OF GO (Book 4) | 9780374536343 | Paperback | On Sale 9/27/16 (LR deadline: 7/20)
ALL THE LITTLE LIARS | Charlaine Harris | 9781250090034 | Hardcover | On Sale 10/4/16 (LR deadline: 8/20)
THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE | Kate Saunders | 9781632864499 | Hardcover | On Sale 9/13/16 (LR deadline: 7/20)
A MOST NOVEL REVENGE | Ashley Weaver | 9781250060457 | Hardcover | On Sale 10/11/16 (LR deadline: 8/20)
THE WHITE MIRROR | Elsa Hart | 9781250074966 | Hardcover | On Sale 9/6/16 (LR deadline: 7/20)
THE ONE MAN* | Andrew Gross | 9781250079503 | Hardcover | On Sale 8/23/16
I WILL SEND RAIN | Rae Meadows | 9781627794268 | Hardcover | On Sale 8/9/16
THE BLIND ASTRONOMER’S DAUGHTER | John Pipkin | 9781632861870 | Hardcover | On Sale 10/11/16 (LR deadline: 8/20)
TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CANNOT KEEP* | Beatrice Colin | 9781250071446 | Hardcover | On Sale 11/29/16 (LR deadline: 9/20)

Fun fact: all of these titles are available as ARC giveaways tomorrow in the Macmillan booth #2115!

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

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For Your Consideration: September 2016 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the September 2016* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due July 20! Click here for the full list of 2016 deadlines.

HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
THREE starred reviews! Foer’s “intensely imagined and richly rewarding”* new novel focuses on the unraveling of a Jewish-American family in Washington DC over a 4-week span, during which time an earthquake sets off a Pan-Israel invasion. “Foer fuses these complex strands with his never-wavering hand. That he can provide such a redemptive denouement, at once poignant, inspirational, and compassionate, is the mark of a thrillingly gifted writer.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred review

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DAISY IN CHAINS by Sharon Bolton
The new standalone novel from the LibraryReads author of LITTLE BLACK LIES!
A criminal defense attorney with a reputation for getting the wrongly convicted exonerated is drawn into the machinations of a serial killer who claims innocence. “Bolton has created a page-turner of a story with a surprise ending.” — Elizabeth Kanouse, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ on LITTLE BLACK LIES

To request a print ARC, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Daisy in Chains” and include your library’s mailing address.*

CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
This debut collection of speculative short fiction for our tech-savvy era is an ABA Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce selection. “[Weinstein’s] stories look like SF but read like literary fiction. Calling all fans of Margaret Atwood and Emily St. John Mandel.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

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THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE by Kate Saunders
Combining the strengths of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and M. C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin, Laetitia Rodd towers over both of these genteel sleuths in wit, tact, and ingenuity. The book is a sheer delight, with its deliciously intricate puzzle and well-drawn characters whom readers are sure to continue to enjoy in volumes to come.” Booklist, starred review

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

KAROLINA’S TWINS by Ronald H. Balson
A saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor’s quest to fulfill a promise, return to Poland and find two sisters lost during World War II. “Readers who crave more books like Balsam’s ONCE WE WERE BROTHERS and Kristin Hannah’s best-selling THE NIGHTINGALE will be enthralled by KAROLINA’S TWINS.”
Booklist, starred review

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THE WHITE MIRROR by Elsa Hart
“Hart seamlessly melds the complex politics of 18th-century Asia with a superior fair-play plot in her second whodunit featuring Chinese librarian Li Du.” Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Hart, in a twist on the classic British county manor mystery, adds her characteristic elegantly crafted atmosphere and keen eye for character and writes with an ease and an assurance that makes it feel like this is her twenty-second book, not just her second.” — Gregg Winsor, Johnson County Public Library, Overland Park KS

To request a print ARC, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “White Mirror” and include your library’s mailing address.*

MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
A BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” pick with THREE starred reviews! “Best-selling King consummately meshes biography with art history as he turns the creation of one resounding masterpiece into a portal onto the artist’s life. Never before has the full drama and significance of Monet’s magnificent Water Lilies been conveyed with such knowledge and perception, empathy and wonder.” — Booklist, starred review

NetGalleyLogoAvailable on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Mad Enchantment.”*
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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Roundup

These new & forthcoming science fiction & fantasy titles will transport you to another world:

SPELLS OF BLOOD AND KIN by Claire Humphrey
“Human warmth underlies this exciting and furiously paced fable of fur, fangs, and family. Emphasizing intricate family dynamics alongside shape-changing and magic, Humphrey’s debut merges victim and victimizer, reality and the occult. This paranormal tale stands out even in its very crowded field.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE BIG SHEEP by Robert Kroese
Sherlock meets Blade Runner in this novel that explores society’s fascination with celebrity in a futuristic dystopic LA, with a genetically modified sheep in the center of it all. “Fans of Sherlock Holmes and Douglas Adams’s ‘Dirk Gently’ novels will find things to love in Kroese’s latest.” — Library Journal, starred review

TIME SIEGE by Wesley Chu
“In this engrossing sequel to TIME SALVAGER, Chu continues a futuristic saga that pits fugitive time traveler James Griffin-Mars and his allies, who seek to rescue a ravaged Earth from utter destruction, against Valta, the megacorporation that rules the galaxies. The story’s intricate plotting, breathtaking battles, and hefty doses of cruelty, betrayal, sacrifice, courage, and hope culminate in a cliff-hanger that will leave readers longing for the next installment.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

INFOMOCRACY by Malka Older
Little Brother meets The West Wing in this “sparkling debut”* high-tech political cyberthriller about a global information monopoly attempting to prevent election sabotage and world war. “This intriguing thought experiment is perfectly timed to leave readers pondering the meaning of voting and representative government in the run-up to the 2016 elections.” — *Publishers Weekly

LAST NIGHT A SUPERHERO SAVED MY LIFE: Neil Gaiman!! Jodi Picoult!! Brad Meltzer!!…and an All-Star Roster on the Caped Crusaders That Changed Their Lives by Liesa Mignogna
An anthology of essays exploring the origins of bestselling and award-winning authors’ relationships to their favorite superheroes. “This is a collection with a lot of heart and variety; each piece takes the premise in a different direction and unveils in compelling ways why these superheroes are so revered.” — Library Journal readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: August 2016 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the August 2016* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due June 20! Click here for the full list of 2016 deadlines.

A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
FOUR STARRED REVIEWS! In the 12th book in Penny’s #1 New York Times bestselling series, Inspector Armand Gamache has come out of retirement to head up the Sûreté academy. He’s not there long when one of the most despised professors ends up murdered and everyone comes under suspicion, including Gamache. “This complex novel deals with universal themes of compassion, weakness in the face of temptation, forgiveness, and the danger of falling into despair and cynicism over apparently insurmountable evils.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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LOVE WARRIOR by Glennon Doyle Melton
The highly anticipated new memoir by bestselling author Melton tells the story of her journey of self-discovery after the implosion of her marriage.

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BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris
To their neighbors and friends newlyweds Jack and Grace Angel seem to have the perfect marriage. They are wealthy, charming, elegant—and never apart. Is it the perfect marriage or the perfect lie? “Wow! This book will be huge! I can see the comparisons to GONE GIRL, but it is leaps and bounds better.” — Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library (CA)

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THE ONE MAN by Andrew Gross
FOUR STARRED REVIEWS! In this riveting historical thriller with a twist, a US intelligence officer must sneak into Auschwitz and escape with a physics professor who happens to be the one man with knowledge that could end the war. “This is Gross’ best work yet, with his heart and soul imprinted on every page.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood
A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard-won relationship that elevates them above the Midwestern meth lab backdrop of their lives. “A powerful and rewarding story that dares to imagine what would happen if Sons of Anarchy met Romeo & Juliet.” — Kaite Stover, Kansas City Public Library (MO)

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BEA 2016 Book Buzz Titles

Here’s a sneak peek at all the great Macmillan books that Anne “sweet teeth” Spieth will be sharing at the AAP Book Buzz, Part I this afternoon from 1:45-3:15pm in McCormick Place, Room W184b:

HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty
ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN by Wendy Walker
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris
BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
THE ONE MAN by Andrew Gross
ALL THE LITTLE LIARS by Charlaine Harris
EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS by Lian Hearn
THE MOTION OF PUPPETS by Keith Donohue
THE NEXT by Stephanie Gangi
I’M JUDGING YOU by Luvvie Ajayi
LOVE WARRIOR by Glennon Doyle Melton
IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi
THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF IVAN ISAENKO by Scott Stambach
THE RISING by Heather Graham & Jon Land
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

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

Fun fact: many of these titles are available as ARCs in Macmillan booth #1958-59 during tomorrow morning’s “Mac Snack Book Attack” from 9:30-10:30am. Don’t miss it!

Genre-Bending FridayReads

We’re craving some genre-bending reads this weekend—these should hit the spot:

EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire
libraryreads logo squareAn April 2016 LibraryReads pick! Bestseller McGuire presents a fresh take on the portal fantasy genre that blends Alice in Wonderland, The Magicians, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. “McGuire’s lyrical prose makes this novella a rich experience. Readers will be unable to resist the children’s longing for home, no matter how bizarre or fanciful that destination may be.” — Library Journal, starred review

HYSTOPIA by David Means
THREE STARS for this “compelling, imaginative alternative-history tale about memory and distress” (Booklist, starred review) in which President John F. Kennedy is alive and has created a vast federal agency called the Psych Corps, dedicated to maintaining the nation’s mental hygiene by any means necessary.

THE FIRST BOOK OF CALAMITY LEEK by Paula Lichtarowicz
A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick! A singular, beguiling debut about sixteen girls raised in a Garden on a diet of show tunes and twisted creation myths, who begin to ask questions about the world beyond their Wall of Safekeeping. “Enigmatic… Fans of the offbeat will dote on this sui generis story.” — Booklist readmoreremove

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