Articles tagged "Monday Fun Day"

Monday Fun Day on Columbus Day!

Hello lovely librarians! We hope you had a nice weekend and we know for some of you it's still the weekend because of Columbus Day. Here's a look at a couple key backlist titles, in the spirit of the day:
To recount the wild era when Europeans first roamed the New World (between Columbus's sail in 1492 and the Pilgrims' arrival in 1620), Horwitz sets out on a modern-day adventure. Along the way he retraced the steps of our early explorers by going inside an Indian sweat lodge in subarctic Canada, down the Mississippi in a canoe, taking a road trip fueled by buffalo meat, and fitting into sixty pounds of armor as a conquistador re-enactor in Florida.

1494: How a Family Feud in Medieval Spain Divided the World in Half by Stephen R. Bown
In 1494, award-winning author Stephen R. Bown tells the untold story of the explosive feud between monarchs, clergy, and explorers that split the globe between Spain and Portugal and made the world’s oceans a battleground. "This is a starry love story, a tale of seething jealousies and subterfuge, a political imbroglio, and religious cruelties. It sounds like Shakespeare and it could have very well been the plot of one of his plays.... In the 15th century, the world began to take shape in the ways we understand it today." –Toronto Star
Since we’re talking about exploration, here are some cats exploring exciting new places:
Cats in Funny Places
Happy Columbus Day!


Happy Monday friends! We've got a treat for you today–it's a success story. Who doesn't love those?

Once We Were Brothers ad

By day Ronald H. Balson is a trial attorney in Chicago, but by night (or the weekend, or whenever he has time), he writes. His practice took him around the globe and seeing villages in Poland inspired his debut novel, ONCE WE WERE BROTHERS, which he self-published. With virtually no marketing or publicity, it steadily built word-of-mouth acclaim (the average Goodreads rating is 4-1/2 stars) until an eagle-eyed editor at St. Martin's Press snapped it up.

ONCE WE WERE BROTHERS is a heart-wrenching story about two boys, as close as can be without blood relation, who find themselves on opposite sides of the Holocaust as they struggle to survive in war-torn Poland. Sixty years later, their lives collide in a quest for redemption. The result is an enthralling tale of love, survival, and triumph of the human spirit, perfect for fans of SARAH'S KEY by Tatiana de Rosnay. 

"This novel is uplifting and moving, intelligently written and featuring historically accurate context and an unusual insight into human character and motivations. Highly recommended for all readers." – Library Journal, starred review

"...readers will be riveted by this novel’s central question: Will justice long delayed be denied?" – Kirkus Reviews

"Many will enjoy this gripping novel for its narrative drive and its emotional storytelling." – Booklist


Monday Fun Day – Hot Debuts & Book Fashion

Hello friends! Did you have a nice weekend? We did. We're rested and ready to share more awesome news with you this week, starting with the Spring 2014 Indies Introduce program.

The Indies Introduce list consists of titles from 10 Adult and 10 Children's debut authors, all chosen by booksellers as the best in new talent for the upcoming season, and two terrific Macmillan titles made the cut:

Bold and emotionally charged, THE WIVES OF LOS ALAMOS is told in the collective voices of the wives of the men who created the atom bomb. Mostly in their mid-twenties and hailing from around the country, the women arrived in New Mexico ready for adventure. What they found was anything but—they lived in barely finished houses in a rugged military town encircled by barbed wire. Though they were strangers, they joined together adapting to a landscape as fierce as it was absorbing, forging friendships and creating families and a true community all amidst intense secrecy and chaos of the war. Think THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY meets THE ASTRONAUT WIVES' CLUB, only fiction.

“In this fascinating and artful debut, TaraShea Nesbit gives voice to the women closest to one of gravest and most telling moments in our collective history: the development and testing of the nuclear bomb at Los Alamos. Tender and mundane details of marriage and domesticity quietly collide with the covert and solemn work at hand. With chilling implications and charged, sure-footed prose, this is a novel—and writer—of consequence.” — Paula McLain, author of THE PARIS WIFE

by Nickolas Butler
Hank, Leland, Kip and Ronny were all born and raised in the small town of Little Wing, Wisconsin and are now coming into their own (or not) as husbands and fathers. One stayed while others left to make good, with varying degrees of success. Seamlessly woven into their patchwork is Beth, whose presence among them—both then and now—fuels the kind of passion one comes to expect of love songs and rivalries. Now all four have returned to Little Wing in hopes of finding their place in the world. SHOTGUN LOVESONGS explores the age-old question of whether or not you can ever truly come home again and the kind of steely faith and love returning requires.

"This debut, told in the alternating voices of four lifelong friends, could do for Wisconsin farm towns what THE LAST PICTURE SHOW did for Texas football towns. Living with the main characters under the microscope that is small-town life, we experience their heartbreaks, successes, failures, loves, and losses. This novel is crafted with heart-wrenching sorrow and joy, displaying the pain and beauty possible when relationships carry from childhood into adulthood." —  Kelly Estep, Carmichael’s Bookstore, Louisville KY

Before we get into 2014, don’t forget that tomorrow is the deadline to submit your LibraryReads nominations for November titles! We offer our suggestions here.  

BONUS FUN: Check out this cool library dress we found! 
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Banned Books Week 2013!

Banned Books Week
(Sept. 22-28) is upon us once again librarian friends!

This is the week to read and re-read all your favorite banned and challenged books.

If you're feeling inspired to read aloud, we highly recommend that you submit a banned book reading video on the Virtual Read-Out page on YouTube. And don't forget to join the conversation on Twitter today (Monday) 9/23 from 10 am - Noon and Wednesday 9/25 from Noon - 2 pm using the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek2013.

Let's keep fighting for our FREADOM!


Monday Fun Day with MR. PENUMBRA’S Unofficial Fan Club

Good afternoon, friends! Today we have a special treat for you. We were so pumped when we saw Preservation Librarian Craig Fansler tweet a photo of the MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE exhibit at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library that we had to do more than just re-tweet it. We immediately wrote to Craig (the clear leader of the "Unofficial Robin Sloan Fan Club" at ZSR Library) and asked him our most burning questions about how this awesome display came to be:

Mr. Penumbra display


Monday Fun Day! (9/9/2013 Edition)

Our weekend involved authors & kittens. 

What more is there to life, really? 
 Louise Penny & Wilton Barnhardt events

Talia attended local bookstore events for Louise Penny (HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN) and Wilton Barnhardt (LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY) at Flyleaf Books and McIntyre's Books. All were smash hits as you can see from the standing room only pictures. 

Anne kitty beach

Meanwhile, Anne hit the Rockaways and found kittens living under the boardwalk. She (of course) wanted to take all seven of them home that instant! Fear not! a neighborhood kitten wrangler is keeping an eye on them.  Phew! 

We hope your week is off to a good start!


Monday Fun Day! (8/19/2013 Edition)

Happy Monday, library buds! We're passing on some excellent reading recommendations to you and your patrons from some very wise sources.

- Publishers Weekly said that this week you should be reading SUITABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life: The Letters of J.F. Powers, 1942-1963 edited by Katherine A. Powers. "These vibrant letters, collected and edited by his daughter, Katherine, reveal a restless, promising writer and family man with a wry sense of humor and a hunger for literary camaraderie." See what else you should be reading this week

- NPR recently reviewed THE BONE SEASON which they said was always difficult to do for a book with lots of the pre-pub hype. "So how is THE BONE SEASON? It's terrific—intelligent, inventive, dark, and engrossing enough to keep me up late to finish." Read more here

- Lena Dunham wants YOU to read THE LOVE AFFAIRS OF NATHANIEL P.:

- The New York Public Library tumbled an amazing video of librarians upholding library law to the tune of Beastie Boys' "Sabotage!" 

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- And don't forget we're running two sweepstakes right now! One for our LibraryReads September selections and one for ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS. readmoreremove

Monday Fun Day! (7/29/2013 Edition)

Happy Monday, librarians! 

- C-SPAN 3 aired an event at the Smithsonian in which Daniel Stashower discussed his book, THE HOUR OF PERIL! You can watch the recording on Just click the link then select "The Civil War: The Baltimore Plot Against Lincoln" in the right panel.

- Erica Jong, the author of FEAR OF FLYING who some of you will remember from the AAP's BEA Librarian Dinner, has highly recommended Fay Weldon to her Twitter followers after The New York Times ran a review of Weldon's HABITS OF THE HOUSE. Read the review on

- Also in The New York Times was a list of "twisty tales of sin and corruption set against an unforgiving Texas backdrop." The list of Southern crime fiction included THESE MORTAL REMAINS by Milton T. Burton, COMPOUND MURDER by Bill Crider, and STRONG RAIN FALLING by Jon Land (e-galley available). 

- And now for the best four seconds of your day/week/life care of Alene Moroni:

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Monday Fun Day! (7/8/2013 Edition)

Happy post-Fourth of July weekend, librarians! Rub the firework flash blindness out of those eyes, friends, and get ready for another week.

We're back and unpacked after the happy chaos of ALA Annual, but we're diving straight into a full week of Spring and Summer 2014 launch meetings, so expect some e-mail delays. We'll get to everything as quickly as we can.

In BREAKING Book World News: Augusten Burroughs' puppy is still super cute!

Also be sure to wish the inimitable Chris Vaccari from Sterling a (belated) happy birthday!


Monday Fun Day! (6/10/2013 Edition)

Happy Monday, librarians! 

- We hope you got the chance to properly celebrate National Doughnut Day last Friday. If not, it's not too late. Any day can be National Doughnut Day if you want it to be! Just get yourself some torus-shaped deep-fried dough and GO. TO. TOWN. Our recommended reading pairing: Jessica Beck's Donut Shop Mysteries.

- EarlyWord posted the full list of titles mentioned at the 4th Annual Librarian Shout 'n Share panel on their site with a nice description of the panel, so if you didn't get to BEA, those are the books your colleagues wanted to be sure you knew about. 

The titles mentioned that are published and distributed by Macmillan:

FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
THE BONE SEASON by Samantha Shannon
LADIES' NIGHT by Mary Kay Andrews
HAVISHAM by Ronald Frame
GOOD AS GONE by Douglas Corleone
PERV by Jese Bering

indie next pick- As a follow up note: we just found out that FLAT WATER TUESDAY is a June Indie Next Pick alongside ON SAL MAL LANE by Ru Freeman (we will have finished copies of this one in booth #2103 in Chicago!).

- Shelf Awareness reviewed Steve Hamilton's latest Alex McKnight novel, LET IT BURN. They said,

"Hamilton's previous McKnight books were steeped in the lonely ethos of [Michigan's Upper Peninsula], but he may be even more successful in his rendering of today's broken Detroit as we follow the tenacious McKnight past boarded-up mansions, graffitied railroad bridges and trash-strewn yards. It doesn't make a pretty picture, but LET IT BURN may be Hamilton's best novel yet."

Nice! Now let's get this week started!