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SHE WOULD BE KING is SJP’s New Book Club Central Pick!

FANTASTIC NEWS! Wayétu Moore’s SHE WOULD BE KING is Sarah Jessica Parker’s next Book Club Central Pick!

The #1 September 2018 Indie Next pick!

One of Library Journal’s Best Fall 2018 Debuts!

One of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Fall 2018 Debuts!

A BookExpo 2018 Editor’s Buzz Book!

Named a Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2018 by Huffington Post & Buzzfeed!

“It’s a privilege to announce SHE WOULD BE KING by Wayétu Moore as the new selection for Book Club Central. This novel dazzles with beauty and transcendent, transformative humanity. Through the stories of Gbessa, June Dey, and Norman Aragon, Wayétu Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. I treasured every moment I spent in the pages of this book, and I’m thrilled to be able share it with all of you.” — Sarah Jessica Parker, Honorary Chair of ALA Book Club Central

The fondest memories of my childhood are those that included libraries. Our visits were ritual and offered me the comfort and escape I occasionally needed. So, I’m absolutely honored that SHE WOULD BE KING has been chosen by Sarah Jessica Parker for the American Library Association’s Book Club Central.” — Wayétu Moore

Praise for SHE WOULD BE KING:

“Moore’s stunning debut novel is a magic-realism tour de force taking readers on a journey through the beginnings of Liberia. There is an aching sweetness to Moore’s writing that effectively captures the dichotomous and vulnerable strength of her protagonists and catapults this into the realm of books that cast a long-lingering spell.” — Booklist, starred review

“As with Yaa Gyasi’s HOMEGOING, this work will appeal to lovers of African, African American, and literary fiction.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Adult Books for Teens

Whether young or young at heart, these adult books are great for readers of all ages!

HOUSEGIRL by Michael Donkor
One of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts!
 Three adolescents—two Ghanaian “housegirls” and the daughter of wealthy immigrants—must come to terms with themselves and the secrets they have kept from each other in this powerful debut novel.

“Donkor’s dense descriptions of life in Ghana and London capture the dazzling disorientation of a young village girl on her own. Compelling female characters abound; it’s surprising to discover a young male writer who so successfully inhabits a female point of view.” — Library Journal, starred review

“The 17-year-old protagonist and coming-of-age plot will likely appeal to teens who appreciate character-driven stories.” —Booklist, YA interest

SMOTHERED by Autumn Chiklis
Also available in trade paperback
Told via journal entries, text messages, emails, bills, receipts, tweets, doctor’s prescriptions, job applications and rejections, parking tickets, and pug pictures, SMOTHERED is a humorous debut novel about what happens when entering the “real world” means moving back in with your mother, inspired by actress and celebrity Autumn Chiklis’ real life.

“Perfect for recent grads, mother–daughter duos, and those looking for a fun read . . . All the heart eye emojis!” —Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

August 2018 All-Stars

These forthcoming books are raking in the starred reviews—make sure to add them to your library’s shelves ASAP!

A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler
Also available in audio
“As accomplished as its subject, redoubtable socialite and women’s suffrage crusader Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, Fowler’s engrossing successor to 2013’s Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, again showcases her genius for seeing beyond the myths of iconic women. Though the novel’s lavish sweep and gorgeous details evoke a vanished world, Fowler’s exploration of the way powerful women are simultaneously devalued and rewarded resonates powerfully.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Watching Fowler’s heroine vanquish the gatekeepers and minions who stand in her way is nothing short of mesmerizing.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE TANGO WAR: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II by Mary Jo McConahay
A fascinating narrative of the struggle for Latin America during World War II featuring untold stories of politics, propaganda, spycraft, and intrigue. Fast-paced and informative, this is essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand World War II and some of the forces that led to it.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Journalist McConahay tells the gripping and often overlooked history of Latin America during World War II. This lively book, driven by colorful personalities, strikes the ideal balance between informative and entertaining.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

CODEX 1962: A Trilogy by Sjón
“In this beguiling, surpassingly eccentric triptych, Icelandic novelist Sjón takes on, in turn, romance (classic, not Gothic), mystery, and science fiction to examine how people parse themselves into little camps and try to make their way through this harsh world . . . Unlike anything else in contemporary fiction. Strange—but stunning.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Sjón is more than a novelist; he is a storyteller in the ancient tradition, and this work may be remembered as his masterpiece.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

July 2018 All-Stars

Whether it’s literary fiction, mystery, poetry, or graphic novels, these books all have the same thing in common: multiple starred reviews!

THE GOLDEN STATE by Lydia Kiesling
“Kiesling’s intimate, culturally perceptive debut portrays a frazzled mother and a fractious America, both verging on meltdown. But perhaps best of all is her thought-provoking portrait of a pioneer community in decline as anger and obsession fray bonds between neighbors, family, and fellow citizens.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“There’s so much to love about this novel… Strongly recommended for readers who enjoy contemporary literary fiction and can handle a few swear words.” Library Journal, starred review

BONE ON BONE by Julia Keller — 3 starred reviews!
“Keller can spin a mystery plot with the best of them, but it’s her full-bodied characters and the regard they have for one another that really sets her crime fiction apart: a bride’s back-of-the-hand caress of her new husband’s cheek, and his response, is a moment that will linger in memory long after the crime is solved.” Booklist, starred review

“Beautifully written… This thoughtful, painfully empathetic story will long linger in the reader’s memory.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This haunting, thought-provoking story proves Keller is one of a kind. Readers of Julia Spencer-Fleming’s mysteries of communities torn apart by crime may also want to try.”Library Journal, starred review

CITY OF INK by Elsa Hart
“Rich in period detail, a sharply rendered exotic setting, and a web of well-crafted plots, Li Du’s third novel will appeal to fans of historical mysteries by Lisa See, Laura Joh Rowland, and Abir Mukherjee.” Booklist, starred review

“Superb… As always, Hart excels at making even walk-on characters fully realized and at combining a gripping whodunit plot with a vivid evocation of the period. This entry solidifies her status as a top-notch historical mystery author. ” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (7/10/18 Edition)

Literary fiction, romance, and humor—this #BookBday has it all!

IF YOU SEE ME, DON’T SAY HI by Neel Patel
A July 2018 Indie Next pick! A bravura debut story collection in the vein of Aziz Ansari and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, about love, family, success, and the experience of being brown in America today. “A melancholic pleasure with a sense of humor.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

SUICIDE CLUB by Rachel Heng
One of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts! In this exceptional, page-turning debut, set in near future New York City—where the pursuit of immortality is all-consuming—Lea must choose between her estranged father and her chance to live forever. “Fans of modern speculative fiction and readers who love stories that warn us to be careful what we wish for will be enthralled by Heng’s highly imaginative debut, which deftly asks, ‘What does it really mean to be alive?’” — Library Journal, starred review

I SEE LIFE THROUGH ROSÉ COLORED GLASSES: True Stories and Confessions by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella
Also available in audio
“Novelist Scottoline and daughter Serritella team up for the eighth in a series of entertaining mother-daughter humor books, combining entries in their ‘Chick Wit’ column for the Philadelphia Inquirer and new material. This summer beach read—which is indeed ‘like a glass of rosé, between two covers’—is sure to cheer readers spanning the generations but will be of particular appeal to mothers and daughters.” — Publishers Weekly

THE SUBWAY GIRLS by Susie Orman Schnall
From the author of THE BALANCE PROJECT comes a dual-timeline narrative featuring a 1949 Miss Subways contestant and a modern-day advertising executive whose careers and lives intersect. “Schnall nicely shows that women have always wanted to balance family and a career, and that it’s never been easy.” — Library Journal readmoreremove

Adult Books for Teens

Whether young or young at heart, these adult books are great for readers of all ages!

BUTTERFLY: From Refugee to Olympian – My Story of Rescue, hope, and Triumph by Yusra Mardini
When young Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini realized her boat’s engine shut down as she was traveling from Syria to Greece with other refugees, there was no hesitation: she dove into the water, grabbed the boat’s rope with one hand, and began inching the boat towards the distant shore. This bold act of bravery saved the lives of a boatload of refugees heading to Turkey from Syria. After her arrival in Greece, Mardini, focused and undeterred, worked toward a lifelong goal: to compete in the Olympics. She succeeded, and competed in 2016 on the Refugee Olympic Team in Rio de Janeiro.

“This unforgettable memoir shines a spotlight on the refugee experience and the role sports can play in giving a voice to those affected by conflict throughout the world.” —Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Sneak Peek: June 2018 Indie Next List

Three Macmillan titles made the June 2018 Indie Next List!

SHELTER IN PLACE by Nora Roberts
One of Publishers Weekly’s Spring 2018 Literary Fiction picks! “Roberts’ latest polished novel delivers all the literary touchstones her fans have come to expect, including high-stakes suspense, a generous dollop of romance, a thoughtful exploration of the strong bonds of family and friendship that women create for themselves, and, of course, some HGTV fixer-upper moments. As a significant bonus, the book’s chilling, brutal opening scenes should be required reading for any politician waffling on the issue of gun control.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Stars for TREEBORNE

We’re thrilled that Caleb Johnson’s literary debut novel, TREEBORNE, has THREE starred reviews!

“Using language rich as mulch, debut author Johnson tells the superb saga of three generations of Treebornes, who live near the town of Elberta in the southern reaches of Georgia. Sentence by loamy sentence, this gifted author digs up corpses and upends trees to create a place laden with magic and memory.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review and editor’s pick

“Majestic in scope, jam-packed with revelations and a touch of the fantastical, TREEBORNE is an enthralling story about what binds people together and breaks them apart.” Booklist, starred review

“Johnson’s gem of a novel tells of a place and its people so vivid and real that readers won’t want their stories to end.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

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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Happy #BookBday (3/13/18 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to stories about families and all things literary, weird, and wonderful:

THE MERRY SPINSTER: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg
A “Most Anticipated Book of 2018” with two starred reviews! “Unlike most modern versions of fairy tales, Ortberg’s sly, scathing renditions avoid clichés and self-referential edginess, and instead strike directly at the heart. The book brings the shock of the new and the shock of recognition into play at the same time; it’s a tour de force of skill, daring, and hard-earned bravura.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT by Nafkote Tamirat
A Publishers Weekly Spring 2018 Literary Fiction Pick & Anticipated Debut! A mesmerizing, indelible coming-of-age story about a girl in Boston’s tightly-knit Ethiopian community who falls under the spell of a charismatic hustler out to change the world. “Tamirat’s wonderful debut novel weaves growing pains, immigrant troubles, and moments of biting humor. The unsettling conclusion serves as a perfect ending for this riveting coming-of-age story full of murky motives, deep emotion, and memorable characters.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

WHISKEY by Bruce Holbert
Two starred reviews! Two brothers—fiercely loyal and just plain fierce—are bound together by a series of darkly comedic and hauntingly violent events. “[An] impressive novel… Like Cormac McCarthy, another bard of the modern West’s brutality, Holbert finds beauty and cruelty in the land, in the tease and punch of eloquently elliptical dialogue, and in the way humans struggle for love, self-knowledge, and a grip on life. A gut-punch of a bleak family saga that satisfies on many levels.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

MEMENTO PARK by Mark Sarvas
Two starred reviews! A son learns more about his father than he ever could have imagined when a mysterious piece of art is unexpectedly restored to him. “Because of its scope and deft handling of aspects of identity in matters of love, family, religion, and loss, this literary work is highly recommended to the broadest audience.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth
From the author of LibraryReads pick THE THINGS WE KEEP comes a new suburban drama about desperate mothers, secrets among neighbors, and things women keep hidden. “With jaw-dropping discoveries, and realistic consequences, this novel is not to be missed. Perfect for lovers of BIG LITTLE LIES.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

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