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Susan Choi Wins the 2019 National Book Award

A huge congratulations goes out to Susan Choi for winning the 2019 National Book Award in Fiction for TRUST EXERCISE!

More praise for TRUST EXERCISE:

An April Indie Next pick + Kirkus Reviews Most Addictive Book of 2019 So Far + Entertainment Weekly Most Best Book of 2019 So Far + Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019 + Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2019 + 3 starred reviews!

“Choi’s superb, powerful fifth novel, after 2013’s MY EDUCATION, marries exquisite craft with topical urgency…. Fiercely intelligent, impeccably written, and observed with searing insight, this novel is destined to be a classic.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“[T]he writing (exquisite) and the observations (cuttingly accurate) make Choi’s latest both wrenching and one-of-a-kind. Never sentimental; always thrillingly alive.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“‘That whole thing about fiction not being the truth is a lie,’ one character admonishes another in Choi’s fifth, and finest, novel…. Literary deception rarely reads this well.”–Booklist, starred review

Also check out Susan Choi’s interviews with Vanity Fair and The New York Times.

2019 National Book Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2019 National Book Award have been announced, and FOUR Macmillan titles made the cut!

Translated Literature

DEATH IS HARD WORK by Khaled Khalifa, translated from the Arabic by Leri Price


DEAF REPUBLIC: Poems by Ilya Kaminsky
BE RECORDER: Poems by Carmen Giménez Smith



Winners will be announced on 11/20/19.

2019 National Book Award Longlist

The 2019 National Book Award longlist has been announced, and Macmillan has seven books in the running!

Translated Literature

THE COLLECTOR OF LEFTOVER SOULS: Field Notes on Brazil’s Everyday Insurrections by Eliane Brum, translated from the Portuguese by Diane Grosklaus Whitty
SPACE INVADERS by Nona Fernández, translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer
DEATH IS HARD WORK by Khaled Khalifa, translated from the Arabic by Leri Price


DEAF REPUBLIC: Poems by Ilya Kaminsky
BE RECORDER: Poems by Carmen Giménez Smith


THE END OF THE MYTH: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America by Greg Grandin



Finalists will be announced on 10/8/19 and the winners on 11/20/19!

Required Friday Reading (8/10/18)

It’s important, now more than ever, to continue reading, reflecting, and engaging in open dialogue about the issues facing us all as a nation. Here are our picks to help you do just that:

A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming

2018 Alex Award Winner

2018 ALA Amelia Bloomer List

“This poignant tale of survival and loss gives immediacy to the plight of Syrian refugees. Fleming’s skillful writing brings new vividness to Doaa Al Zamel’s dramatic story. This book amply demonstrates why Al Zamel has since become a symbol of hope for other refugees. Fleming should be congratulated for bringing [this] inspiring and illuminating story to the page.” — Publishers Weekly

BUTTERFLY: From Refugee to Olympian – My Story of Rescue, Hope, and Triumph by Yusra Mardini

BUTTERFLY is a powerful story of survival, inspiration, and hope with a resounding message: no one chooses to be a refugee; rather, horrific circumstances force ordinary people to take extraordinary measures to save themselves. 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… Teens who enjoyed I AM MALALA will find another heroine in this inspirational memoir of a Syrian swimmer who became an advocate for refugees.” Booklist, starred review

CITY OF THORNS: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year

“[A] remarkable book…Like Dadaab itself, the story has no conclusion. It is a portrait, beautifully and movingly painted. And it is more than that. At a time when newspapers are filled with daily images of refugees arriving in boats on Europe’s shores, when politicians and governments grapple with solutions to migration and erect ever larger walls and fences, it is an important reminder that a vast majority of the world’s refugees never get as far as a boat or a border of the developed world.” — Caroline Moorehead, The New York Times Book Review

IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero

“Guerrero relates her struggle to hold her life together, get through high school and college, and find her feet in the world—challenges that will resonate with many readers… [She] writes with humor and heartbreaking honesty. Offering readers the story she needed to hear as a child, Guerrero shines a light on this country’s flawed immigration system, eloquently calling for reform without diminishing her appreciation for the opportunities US citizenship has afforded her. A timely and enlightening read.” — Booklist

SPARE PARTS: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis

“A gratifying human interest story that calls attention to the plight and promise of America’s undocumented youth.” — Library Journal

“Davis takes what could have been another feel-good story of triumphant underdogs and raises the stakes by examining the difficulties of these young immigrants in the context of the societal systems that they briefly and temporarily overcame.” — Publishers Weekly

ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson

“This whiplash-inducing chronicle of how a nation that just a few short years ago elected its first black president now finds itself in the throes of a deceitful and craven effort to rip this most essential of American rights from millions of its citizens.” — Booklist, starred review


Remembering Tom Wolfe


One of the founders of the New Journalism movement (he’s credited with coining the term, “The Me Decade”), and a reporter for The Washington Post, the New York Herald Tribune, Esquire, and New York magazine, Wolfe has been honored with the National Book Award, the John Dos Passos Award, the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence, the National Humanities Medal, and National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. readmoreremove

2017 National Book Award Winners

Congratulations to Frank Bidart, who won the 2017 National Book Award in Poetry for HALF-LIGHT: Collected Poems 1965-2016!

And congratulations to Jesmyn Ward on her second National Book Award in Fiction win! We proudly published her 2011 NBA Fiction Award winner, SALVAGE THE BONES, as well as her bestselling and acclaimed memoir, MEN WE REAPED.|

And The National Book Award Goes To… EVAN OSNOS!

We’re thrilled to share the news that the National Book Award in the Nonfiction category went to Evan Osnos for AGE OF AMBITION published by FSG.

The book explores China’s ongoing transformation into an economic superpower, and the clash between its economic progress and its authoritarian government’s crackdown on social freedoms.

Congrats to all involved!

Books for Boys

This season Macmillan Library is all about boys and their adventures in growing up.  The boys whose DIY robot bests MIT, the boys who attend a terrifyingly real boarding school (in the future), and the boys who use gaming as a means of salvation…   We’re getting to know them all. Won’t you join us?

SPARE PARTS by Joshua Davis

“Davis takes what could have been another feel-good story of triumphant underdogs and raises the stakes by examining the difficulties of these young immigrants in the context of the societal systems that they briefly and temporarily overcame.”—Publishers Weekly

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WOLF IN WHITE VAN by John Darnielle

National Book Award Finalist

“A pop culture-infused novel that thoughtfully and nonjudgmentally considers the dark side of nerddom.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

GOODHOUSE by Peyton Marshall

“A cut above the strong recent crop of dystopian futures, with a sympathetic protagonist, a believably degenerated society, and harrowing pacing, this deserves a wide audience.”—Library Journal, starred review


Happy National Poetry Month!

Happy National Poetry Month! We're fortunate to have an abundance of great poetry books—so many, that we've created an Edelweiss collection for you. Here are a few that we're loving:

CARIBOU by Charles Wright
Charles Wright’s truth—the truth of nature, of man’s yearning for the divine, of aging—is at the heart of the renowned poet’s latest collection. “Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, among other honors, Wright offers up a spare, no-nonsense approach that serves his subjects well, enabling a kind of spiritual poetry for those who resist spirituality. Pointed as ever, his work continues to engage and explore life's unsolvable mysteries.” — Library Journal, starred review 

The debut poetry collection by the multi-talented James Franco (yes, THAT James Franco), has Hollywood—fame, celebrity, the promise of becoming an artist—at its center. “Franco’s bold and magnetic examination of life in the mirrored hall of make-believe and fame taps deeply into our collective mythology.” — Booklist

Bidart's collection was a finalist for the National Book Award and recently won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. “The poems of METAPHYSICAL DOG are at once emotionally bracing and full of intellectual reward. Bidart is widely admired by other influential poets; he seems in line for even more attention than he has received.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review


We’ve got 2013 National Book Award nominees! WooHoo!

Over the course of this week the National Book Awards longlist was published and we are delighted to have several nominees! 

Longlist for Nonfiction

THE UNWINDING: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer
One of the finest political journalists of our generation, Packer weaves together complex narratives from the past three decades to create a riveting examination of a nation in crisis. It's already received three starred reviews, including this one from Booklist: "Packer offers an illuminating, in-depth, sometimes frightening view of the complexities of decline and the enduring hope for recovery."
Available in hardcover from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Longlist for Poetry

A vital, searching new collection from one of finest American poets at work today. "The poems of METAPHYSICAL DOG are at once emotionally bracing and full of intellectual reward. Bidart is widely admired by other influential poets; he seems in line for even more attention than he has received." --Publishers Weekly, starred review & PW Pick.
Available in hardcover from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

INCARNADINE by Mary Szybist
The beautiful and inventive second book by the poet Mary Szybist, whose first book, GRANTED, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. "Whether or not readers are attuned to the religious content, these are gorgeous lyrics, in traditional and invented forms—one poem is a diagrammed sentence while another radiates from an empty space at the center of the page—which create close encounters with not-quite-paraphrasable truths. This is essential poetry." --Publishers Weekly, starred review & PW Pick.
Available in trade paperback from Graywolf Press

Longlist for Fiction

SOMEONE by Alice McDermott
The NBA nomination is another well-deserved accolade that this “stunning hymn to the ordinary” (More Magazine) has received in addition to being a PW Pick of the Week, September Indie Next selection and recipient of four starred pre-publication reviews. People gave it 3 ½ stars in the main review of the Sept. 16 issue and many others are singing McDermott's praises, including The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Elle, O Magazine, and NPR's Fresh Air.
Available in hardcover from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Finalists for the award will be announced on October 16 and the winners on November 20. Congratulations to all nominees!   readmoreremove