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ALA Midwinter 2019 (Macmillan Library booth #810)

Coffee, rain, glass-blowing, and grunge… Can Seattle really be summed up that easily? Well… We can’t wait to find out in January during ALA Midwinter!

Daily doings:

Friday, January 25:
Opening Session with Melinda Gates (THE MOMENT OF LIFT)

Fri 1/25 | 4:00-5:15 PM
Washington State Convention Center Ballroom 6A-B
Add to your schedule.

In-booth signing with Harvey-award winning cartoonist Peter Bagge
Fri 1/25 | 5:30-6:30 PM
Macmillan Library booth #810

Saturday, January 26:
In-booth signing with debut YA author + fellow librarian (!!) Emily A. Duncan (WICKED SAINTS)

Sat 1/26 | 10:00-11:00 AM
Macmillan Library booth #810

United For Libraries “Spotlight on Book Clubs”
Sat 1/26 | 2:00-4:00 PM
Macmillan Library (booth #810) will be giving away copies of our favorite Book Club picks!

LibraryReads Debut Author panel with Angie Kim (MIRACLE CREEK)
Sat 1/26 | 3:00-4:00 PM
Washington State Convention Center, Room 3A
Add to your schedule.

Cocktails + Book Buzz*
We’ll be talking books, you’ll be buzzing with excitement…
Sat 1/26 | 5:00-6:00 PM
Sheraton Seattle, Cirrus Ballroom
Add to your schedule.

Sunday, January 27:
In-booth signing with Catriona McPherson (GO TO MY GRAVE)
Sun 1/27 | 10:30-11:30 AM
Macmillan Library booth #810

UFL Gala Author Tea* with Wayétu Moore (SHE WOULD BE KING)
Sun 1/27 | 2:00-4:00 PM
Grand Hyatt Seattle, Leonesa Ballroom
Advance tickets $60 ($55 United for Libraries division members); onsite tickets $65 (if available) Event code: UNI1
Add to your schedule.

Monday, January 28:
LibraryReads Booktalk Author Breakfast* with Rachel Howzell Hall (THEY ALL FALL DOWN) and Yangsze Choo (THE NIGHT TIGER)

Mon 1/28 | 8:00-9:30 AM
Sheraton Seattle, Cirrus Ballroom
*RSVP REQUIRED by 1/7/19.
Add to your schedule.

**Events as of 12/12/18. Check back regularly for updates. #meow

Happy #BookBday DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451!


Congratulations, you’re a book! A real live BOOK written by a very smart and funny librarian named Annie Spence. We know that other librarians love you too, since you’re a LibraryReads pick and that you’re pretty well-written because industry journals gave you starred reviews.

We hope you spend lots of time off library shelves and in readers’ homes and hearts.

We love ya,
Macmillan Library

PS: Annie (@annieaupence), we know that you’re taking over @Flatironbooks today on Twitter from 10-11am and 1-2pm EST.

We’re dying to see what people #askalibrarian for besides book recommendations. Now go have a slice of virtual cake to celebrate your #BookBday!

New Nonfiction – May 2017

Essays, books about books, and a librarian’s memoir are just some of the new nonfiction books available this week:

THE END OF EDDY by Édouard Louis
Two starred reviews! The most talked-about European novel since MY STRUGGLE—a sexually frank, brutally honest coming-of-age story that captures the violence and desperation of life in a French factory town. “Translated into 20 languages and a huge hit in France, author Louis’ unsparingly autobiographical novel is the story of a gay boy’s attempts to come to terms with himself. …a seamless, universal portrait of the experience of growing up gay and gradually coming to accept oneself.” — Booklist, starred review

MY LIFE WITH BOB: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues by Pamela Paul
Two starred reviews! The editor of The New York Times Book Review reveals her personal reading journal named BOB (a.k.a. her “Book of Books”) and the books that have shaped her life. “Titles about reading and books abound, but this memoir stands in a class by itself. Bibliophiles will treasure, but the addictive storytelling and high-quality writing will vastly increase its audience. Highly recommended.” — Library Journal, starred review

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

A librarian’s heartfelt memoir about growing up with much older parents and coming to appreciate the bonds that cross generations. readmoreremove

ALL THE LITTLE LIARS & THE MOTION OF PUPPETS are October 2016 LibraryReads Picks!

libraryreads logo squareFANTASTIC NEWS! Macmillan has two books on the October 2016 LibraryReads list!

Coming in at #8 is ALL THE LITTLE LIARS by Charlaine Harris
#1 New York Times bestseller Charlaine Harris returns to her Aurora Teagarden mystery series with a fabulous new book (the first in over a decade!) in which the small-town Southern librarian must find her half-brother and his three friends. “Harris weaves a complex tale of difficult family dynamics that highlights the horrors of being a teenager. Aurora, a smart and witty protagonist, possesses all the Southern charm necessary to carry this entertaining series.” — Publishers Weekly

Rounding out the list at #10 is THE MOTION OF PUPPETS by Keith Donohue
This new horror novel from the bestselling author of the LibraryReads pick THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS (which has been optioned for film) is a chilling tale of romance and enchantment set in a Québec toy shop, patterned after the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. “Intricately plotted, absorbing, and suspenseful, this is a moving, modern story set in what feels like a fairy-tale world but is actually terrifyingly realistic.” — Booklist, starred review

See the complete October 2016 list at

JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN Signed Galley & Poster Giveaway

ElsaHart-JadeDragonMtnFRIDAY FREE DAY!! Earlier this month author Elsa Hart dropped by the Flatiron Building to say hello and sign galleys and limited edition posters of her stunning debut novel, JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN!

In JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN, an exiled librarian(!) traveling through the 18th-century Chinese/Tibetan borderlands must learn the truth about a Jesuit priest’s death before the Emperor arrives. Early buzz is building—it was recently included in a Library Journal genre spotlight article and Anne talked about it at the Texas Library Association book buzz.

We’re giving away FIVE signed galleys and SEVEN signed posters to TWELVE lucky librarians! (Yes, it’s random & sorry you can’t pick which item you want.) To enter the giveaway, simply email from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Jade Dragon Mountain) by Sunday, June 7. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Check out the fine print after the break.

Even if you don’t win, we’re giving out copies of this gem at BEA
Plus, you can download a PDF of the gorgeous poster here.

UPDATE 6/15/15: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners!

Signed galleys:
Jean Anderson, South Central Library System (Madison, WI)
Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library (Elm Grove, WI)
Diane Dynan, York County Public Library (Yorktown, VA)
Susan Hayes, Chattahoochee Valley Libraries (Columbus, GA)
Sandy Long, Whittemore Public Library (Whittemore, IA)

Signed posters:
Sharon Cerasoli, Russell Library (Middletown, CT)
Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library (Mansfield, MA)
Juanita Foster, Hennepin County Library (Crystal, MN)
Martha Iwan, Mt. Kisco Public Library (Kt. Kisco, NY)
Sarah Nagle, Carver County Library (Chaska, MN)
Karen Robinson, UMSL Library (St. Louis, MO)
Ashli Wells, Vise Library (Lebanon, TN)


Back to School Cool with Griffin Teen

Beat the back-to-school blues with these awesome books from Griffin Teen:

SWAY by Kat Spears
In this “compelling debut told with swagger and real depth” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) by librarian Spears, a young man who avoids emotional connection at all costs is forced to open his heart when he meets the girl of his dreams. “Engrossing… Sharp dialogue, edgy humor, and an unlikely hero make this page-turner a winner.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

FEUDS by Avery Hastings
In an America split into the genetically superior and inferior, a fiercely ambitious ballerina and a boy from the wrong side of the tracks must stop a deadly virus that is spreading quickly. “FEUDS is fast-paced and plot-driven [and] ends with an unexpected cliff-hanger. Readers will eagerly await the sequel.” — School Library Journal

BEING AUDREY HEPBURN by Mitchell Kriegman
The creator of Clarissa Explains It All‘s first novel stars a 19-year-old girl from New Jersey who finds herself thrust into the world of socialites after being seen in Audrey Hepburn’s iconic dress from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. “Kriegman hits all the right notes for breezy escapist fiction—Manhattan glamour, glitzy parties, couture designs, and the name-dropping that goes with them.” — Publishers Weekly

The first new Fear Street book in nearly 20 years! Rachel Martin is thrilled to be invited to Brendan Fear’s birthday party on Fear Island, but it’s not all fun and games when party guests start dropping dead. “Stine again demonstrates that he is a true master of the formula.” — Booklist

A Letter to You from Eleanor Kuhns

Today we're sharing with you an introduction letter from the 2011 Minotaur/Mystery Writer of America Best First Novel-winning author and librarian, Eleanor Kuhns. Instead of us telling you about her life as a librarian/author and the details of her thrilling new historical mystery, A SIMPLE MURDER, we figured we should leave that up to the expert—her! Without further ado...

Dear Librarians,

Winning the 2011 Minotaur/Mystery Writer of America Best First Novel contest is the culmination of my lifetime dream of becoming a published writer. I wrote my first story when I was ten and by then I was already an avid reader. I wanted then, and still strive, to recreate with my fiction that shock of discovery, that almost life-changing experience of reading a good story. I have never lost that passion for compelling the same response in a reader that I felt as a child. 


Nancy Pearl’s Under the Radar Reads

The always
amazing Nancy Pearl highlighted her
favorite summer reads on NPR
yesterday, proving something that we've known all along: when Nancy Pearl speaks, readers

According to our pal Nora Rawlinson over at
Nancy’s seal of
approval prompted each title’s sales ranking on Amazon to
skyrocket. For example, the debut novel The Lotus Eaters shot from
#40,504 to #163! That Nancy Pearl
sure can sell books!! 

Excerpts from Nancy's program:

The Good Son: "The
sort of novel that makes you think about things like families, loyalty, religion
and politics... Gruber's finest novel to date." --Nancy Pearl, the illustrious

Blood Harvest: "Blood
is, not to put too fine a word on it,
outstanding." --Nancy Pearl, the iridescent

: "A treat to behold." --Nancy Pearl, the

The Lotus Eaters:
"A devastatingly awesome novel." --Nancy Pearl, the

ALA Overview!

June 25th

5:30-7:30 pm Rebecca Maizel signs INFINITE DAYS
(Griffin) in
booth #2804


June 26th

10:30-12 pm ALTAFF’s “Isn’t It
Romantic?” panel with Beth Harbison (WCC room #142)

12 pm Harriet Reisen signs copies
of LOUISA MAY ALCOTT (Holt) in booth #2804

1:30-3:30 pm ALTAFF’s “It’s All
Politics” panel with David Finkel (WCC room #142)

4-5 pm Rosemary Harris signs copies of DEAD HEAD (Minotaur), Jane Cleland signs copies
of SILENT AUCTION (Minotaur) and Meredith Cole signs copies of DEAD IN THE WATER
(Minotaur) in booth #2804


June 27th

9:00 AM Thomas Kaufman to sign DRINK THE TEA in both #2804

11:30-12:45 pm Will Shortz to sign
crossword puzzles in booth #2804

1:00 pm Auditorium Speaker Series with Will Shortz, in Ballroom C

3:00-5:00 pm Carol Lynch Williams
signs copies of THE CHOSEN ONE (Griffin) in booth #2804


June 28th

10:30-12 pm ALTAFF’s “First
Author, First Book” panel with Eugenia Kim (WCC room

11:30 am Joe Finder arrives at our
booth to sign copies of VANISHED (SMP)

1:30-3:30 pm RUSA President’s
Program with Joe Finder (room # tk)

2:00 pm ALTAFF's "Gala Author Tea" with Sharyn McCrumb in the Renaissance Mayflower Grand Ballroom. Purchase your ticket in advance!

What’s a Librarian To Do?: BEA

Going to BEA but not sure what to do? BEA is a lot more librarian-centric than you might think! Consider this the librarian's definitive guide to the show.

Tuesday, May 25th

10:00-11:15 AM. Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Editor's Picks: The latest titles and trends from publishing insiders
MODERATOR: Barbara Hoffert, Prepub Alert Editor, Library Journal
Amy Einhorn, Vice President and Publisher, Amy Einhorn Books: Penguin Group (USA)
Jennifer Hershey, Senior Vice President, Editor in Chief of Ballantine, Bantam Dell
Kelley Ragland, Editorial Director, Minotaur Books
Liate Stehlik, Senior Vice President and Publisher, HarperCollins
3:15-4:30 PM. Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Thrillers: International: Thriller Writers discuss the Future of the Genre
MODERATOR: Jeff Ayers, Information Specialist, Seattle Public Library
Steve Berry, Author, The Emperor’s Tomb (will be signing galleys at BEA)
Lisa Gardner, Author, Live to Tell (will be signing galleys at BEA)
Jon Land, Author, Strong Justice (will be signing galleys at BEA)
Gayle Lynds, Author, The Book of Spies
Brad Meltzer, Author, Heroes for my Son, and The Inner Circle
7 pm.  Holiday Inn West 57th Street.
Annual BookExpo America Librarians Dinner
Presented by AAP and Library Journal
Authors Joining Us for Dinner include:
Cory Doctorow, author of For the Win, Macmillan
Jane Green, author of Promises To Keep,  Viking/Penguin
Rachel Vincent, author of My Soul to Keep, Harlequin Teen
Anne Fortier, author of Juliet, Ballantine
Ann Brashares, author of My Name is Memory, Riverhead/Penguin
Hosted by Barbara Hoffert, Editor, Library Journal

Please note seating is limited for the above event. Please place your request for invitation with Marlene Scheuermann at

Wednesday, May 26th

10 am – 11 am.  Jacob K. Javits Center Room 1E16
You’re Reading That!?! Crossover YA/Adult Readers Come of Age
Co-sponsored by AAP and Library Journal

How can booksellers and librarians supply the interests of their teenage customers yet stay connected with that crucial 18-35 year olds demographic—the ones who still read and buy YA titles in great numbers? The recent success of Little Brown’s Twilight Series highlights the need for industry professionals to be proactive in supplying fresh and fascinating titles for this burgeoning market.

11 am – 12 pm.  Jacob K. Javits Center Room 1E16
Co-sponsored by the AAP and Library Journal
Why is romance so…hot? Experts in the field of….romance…and romance novels take us between and under the covers to talk about the popularity of romance novels, from the all-romance-no-sex extreme to the all-sex-all-the-time other, including ideas for inception, how to acquire/market/edit, and how to best share them with your patrons. Jen Enderlin, Vice President, Associate Publisher of St. Martin’s Paperbacks and Executive Editor, St. Martin’s Press will be presenting!

Moderator:  Bette-Lee Fox, Managing Editor & Editor of the Romance Column, Library Journal

2 pm – 3:30 pm Jacob K. Javits Center Room 1C03-4
AAP Annual Librarians Book Buzz

Hear from the nation’s publishers on what books they’re excited about for the forthcoming season, and hear their behind the scenes secrets why! In a round robin format, librarians are also encouraged to share their thoughts with publishers on what they hear from their patrons. Publishers slated to participate include Talia Sherer, Library Marketing Director of Macmillan and a few other almost as important publishing people.

Thursday, May 27th

2:00PM - 3:00PM Room 1E16
Nancy Pearl Unshelved
all know Nancy Pearl as a world-famous librarian, bestselling author,
and action figure model. But what makes her tick? Are there skeletons
in her closet? Dramatic revelations from her salacious past? Find
out when Unshelved creators Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes interview her live.

3:30 pm – 5 pm. Jacob K. Javits Center Room 1E16.
2nd Annual Librarian Shout ‘n Share @ Book Expo
Co-sponsored by the AAP and Library Journal.
Two days, thousands of books, eight librarians!  Collection development librarians share their top picks (and best buys) direct from the floor of Book Expo America 2010. Participants include: Barbara Hoffert, Editor of Library Journal’s “Pre Pub Alert”;  Jason Honig, Collection Development Office, San Francisco Public Library; Douglas Lord, Library Journal’s “Books for Dudes” Columnist; Robin Nesbitt, Technical Services, Columbus Metropolitan Library (OH);  Nora Rawlinson, Co-Founder and Editor,; Miriam Tuliao, Assistant Director, Central Collection Development, The New York Public Library;  Neal Wyatt, Past President, Reference and User Services Division of the American Library Association and editor of Library Journal’s “RA Crossroads” and “The Readers Shelf”. Hosted by Barbara A. Genco, Collection Management Editor, Library Journal.

Oh, and we'll be in booth 3953!