Articles tagged "literary fiction"

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)

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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

Sneak Peek: February 2018 Indie Next List

Four Macmillan titles made the February 2018 Indie Next list!

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
One of Publishers Weekly‘s Spring 2018 Literary Fiction picks with two starred reviews! From the author of the worldwide phenomenon, THE NIGHTINGALE, comes a story of a family in crisis and a young girl struggling to survive at the edge of the world, in America’s last true frontier: Alaska. “Hannah’s follow-up to her series of blockbuster bestsellers will thrill her fans with its combination of Greek tragedy, Romeo and Juliet-like coming-of-age story, and domestic potboiler. A tour de force.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

MOTHERS OF SPARTA by Dawn Davies
A Winter/Spring 2018 Indies Introduce pick! Discovered by Michael Ondaatje, Davies’ dazzling literary memoir has shades of Mary Karr, Anne Lamott, and Jenny Lawson as she examines motherhood and what it’s like to be a woman trying to carve a place for herself in the world, no matter how unyielding the rock can be. “Davies’ first book is magnetic attraction in memoir form: it will pull readers in with stories that are funny, insightful, and bordering on farce while also pushing them away with darker pieces about loss, mental illness, and an immense amount of physical pain. Readers will laugh and cry, probably at the same time.” — Booklist

THE MITFORD MURDERS by Jessica Fellowes
New York Times bestselling author Fellowes draws on a true unsolved crime from the 1920s in a mystery starring a maid working for the Mitford sisters. “…the heroine is appealingly plucky, and the reader sinks into the rich period detail as pleasantly as into an overstuffed sofa.” — Kirkus Reviews readmoreremove

PW’s Spring 2018 Literary Fiction Picks

Publishers Weekly‘s Spring 2018 literary fiction picks include 8 titles from Macmillan:
Top 10

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
Hannah’s novel, starred by PW, follows the Allbright family, who barely make ends meet, as they move from 1974 Seattle to the untamed wilderness of Kaneq, Alaska, to claim a parcel of land left to the father by a slain Army buddy.

KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
Following OUTLINE and TRANSIT, this novel completes Cusk’s trilogy: a woman writer visits a Europe in flux, where questions of personal and political identity rise to the surface.

THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT by Nafkote Tamirat
Tamirat’s debut is a coming-of-age story about a girl in Boston’s tightly knit Ethiopian community who falls under the influence of a charismatic hustler. The novel received a starred PW review. readmoreremove

Flatiron Fiction Stars

We’re seeing stars for Flatiron Books’s W18 fiction!

OLIVER LOVING by Stefan Merrill Block
Also available in audio
“Block’s powerful, ambitious third novel (after The Storm at the Door and The Story of Forgetting) examines the dislocation, confusion, and psychological trauma experienced by families and communities when sudden, violent loss of life occurs. The author handles this deep psychological exploration very skillfully. The ending of the novel is a beautifully rendered meditation on the nature of forgiveness, mercy, and healing. Enthusiastically recommended for fans of literary fiction.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Block’s plot is intriguing enough to keep the pages turning, but it is his idiosyncratic, resolutely individual characters who really demand attention as they drive the narrative. Block has done an excellent job of building both his characters and the West Texas setting, which lives vividly on the page, all heat and dust and decrepitude. At once timely and timeless, this is an exciting story that rewards reader interest.” — Booklist, starred review

THE PLEA by Steve Cavanagh
“…Cavanagh’s criminally entertaining sequel to 2016’s THE DEFENSEThis is perfect for anyone who likes a locked-room mystery wrapped inside a legal thriller on steroids.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Kirkus Best Books of 2017 – Fiction

Kirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2017 Fiction lists which include 19 Macmillan titles:

Best Fiction (full list)
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
THE FIFTH ELEMENT by Jorgen Brekke
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
DUKE WITH BENEFITS by Manda Collins
WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders
TRAIL OF ECHOES by Rachel Howzell Hall
THE DARK DARK by Samantha Hunt
THE ANSWERS by Catherine Lacey
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado (a finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize in Fiction)
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott (a finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize in Fiction)
RECLUCE TALES: Stories from the World of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz
A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
EXPOSED by Lisa Scottoline
WAIT TILL YOU SEE ME DANCE by Deb Olin Unferth
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas

Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2017 (full list)
EXPOSED by Lisa Scottoline
THE FIFTH ELEMENT by Jorgen Brekke
A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2017 (full list)
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
RECLUCE TALES: Stories from the World of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz
A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow

Best Literary Fiction of 2017 (full list)
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott

Best Romance Novels of 2017 (full list)
DUKE WITH BENEFITS by Manda Collins

Best Historical Fiction of 2017 (full list)
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott

Best Fiction of 2017 To Get Your Book Club Talking (full list)
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Happy #BookBday (10/3/17 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to these outstanding new releases!

FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
Longlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, plus two starred reviews! “These stories skillfully explore the often elusive quest for happiness and self-knowledge, along with the many complexities that attend relationships with family, friends, and lovers. Essential for all fans of literary fiction.” — Library Journal, starred review

HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
Longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award in Fiction, the #1 October 2017 Indie Next pick, one of Kirkus’s “Fiction Debuts & Breakthroughs That Live up to the Hype,” and two starred reviews! “Machado creates eerie, inventive worlds shimmering with supernatural swerves in this engrossing debut collection. Her stories make strikingly feminist moves by combining elements of horror and speculative fiction with women’s everyday crises… Machado’s slightly slanted world echoes our own in ways that will entertain, challenge, and move readers.” — Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

THE STOLEN MARRIAGE by Diane Chamberlain
An October 2017 LibraryReads pick! As young nurse Tess works to save the lives of her polio-stricken patients, she must untangle her husband’s mysterious behavior. “Combines the issue-driven style of Jodi Picoult, the romantic tension of Nora Roberts, and the life-defining-mistake motif of Amy Hatvany’s IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.” — Booklist

THE ORPHAN OF FLORENCE by Jeanne Kalogridis
In this irresistible historical novel set in the turbulent world of the Medicis, a young woman finds herself driven from pick-pocketing to espionage when she meets a mysterious man. “Betrayal, magic, and murder drive the brisk pace and create a dark atmosphere of uncertainty. Kalogridis’ clever inclusion of historical detail brings Florence to life (as she did in THE DEVIL’S QUEEN, 2009), while characters shift alliances, becoming ever more treacherous and violent.” Booklist, starred review

LONDON AND THE SOUTH-EAST by David Szalay
Never before published in the United States, the debut novel by the wildly talented author of Man Booker Prize finalist ALL THAT MAN IS. “Written with intense psychological acuity and inventive detail, the author turns a humdrum account of male malaise into an experience far more affecting—and universal—than it has any right to be.” — Publishers Weekly

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