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FIRE AND FURY Frenzy!

Media is at a fever pitch for Michael Wolff’s FIRE AND FURY: Inside the Trump White House!

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New York Magazine (on stands 1/8, online now)

TV
1/5 The Today Show
1/7 Meet the Press
1/8 CBS This Morning
1/8 Morning Joe
1/8 MSNBC, Katy Tur
1/8 NBC Nightly News
1/8 MSNBC, Lawrence O’Donnell
1/8 Late Night with Stephen Colbert
1/8, Fox News, Ingraham Angle
1/9 MSNBC, Hardball with Chris Matthews
1/10 The View
1/10 CNN, Don Lemon Show
1/13 CNN, Michael Smerconish

RADIO
NPR’s “All Things Considered” — (1/5/181/7/18book review)

PRINT
Entertainment Weekly
USA Today
New York Times
Washington Post
San Francisco Chronicle
Los Angeles Times
New Yorker
Economist
Boston Globe

A message from Macmillan CEO John Sargent regarding FIRE AND FURY:

Last Thursday, shortly after 7:00 a.m., we received a demand from the President of the United States to “immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination” of Michael Wolff’s FIRE AND FURY. On Thursday afternoon we responded with a short statement saying that we would publish the book, and we moved the pub date forward to the next day. Later today we will send our legal response to President Trump.

Our response is firm, as it has to be. I am writing you today to explain why this is a matter of great importance. It is about much more than FIRE AND FURY.

The president is free to call news “fake” and to blast the media. That goes against convention, but it is not unconstitutional. But a demand to cease and desist publication—a clear effort by the President of the United States to intimidate a publisher into halting publication of an important book on the workings of the government—is an attempt to achieve what is called prior restraint. That is something that no American court would order as it is flagrantly unconstitutional.

This is very clearly defined in Supreme Court case law, most prominently in the Pentagon Papers case. As Justice Hugo Black explained in his concurrence:

“Both the history and language of the First Amendment support the view that the press must be left free to publish news, whatever the source, without censorship, injunctions, or prior restraints. In the First Amendment, the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government.”

Then there is Justice William Brennan’s opinion in The New York Times Co. v. Sullivan:

“Thus we consider this case against the background of a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust and wide-open, and that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.” readmoreremove

‘I Want The Pages To Turn’: Librarian Nancy Pearl’s Summer Reading List

Nancy Pearl continues to share her love of Renee Patrick‘s Lillian Frost and Edith Head mystery series. Today on NPR’s Morning Edition she started her Summer Reading List with DESIGN FOR DYING. You can read or listen to the complete Summer Reading List here.

Earlier this Spring, Nancy interviewed Rosemarie and Vince Keenan (the duo that is Renee Patrick) and had this to say about the series: “Lillian Frost is, I think, going to be everybody’s favorite.”

 

Happy #BookBday (3/31/15 Edition)

Today we wish Happy #BookBday to two new books destined for the bestseller list:

THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry
Minotaur’s first novel from renowned New York Times bestseller Berry continues the riveting, history-based Cotton Malone series with a dangerous question: What if the federal income tax is illegal?

The Associated Press calls THE PATRIOT THREAT “one of Berry’s best books to date.” Plus, there’s a good chance you’ll see him on the road during his massive cross-country tour that includes several library stops and the Texas Library Association Conference!

4/2 Carnegie Library – 3 events in Pittsburgh, PA
4/9 Highlands Ranch Library in Denver, CO
4/16 Texas Library Association Conference in Austin, TX
4/18 St. Louis County Library in St. Louis, MO
4/22 Nashville Public Library Foundation in Nashville, TN
4/23 Warren County Public Library in Bowling Green, KY
4/24 Gwinnett County Public Library in Atlanta, GA
4/25 Cobb Library Foundation in Kennesaw, GA

UNFORGETTABLE by Scott Simon
@nprscottsimon: Mother called: “I can’t talk. I’m surrounded by handsome men.” Emergency surgery. If you can hold a thought for her now…

@nprscottsimon: I am getting a life’s lesson about grace from my mother in the ICU. We never stop learning from our mothers, do we?

“In this tender memoir developed from a series of Twitter messages, Simon, the host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, finds the last week of his mother’s life to be a time for them to cherish each other and tenderly reminisce. He takes his quirky, devoted, gracious mother on her own terms, and his work shimmers as a touching tribute.” — Publishers Weekly

“Simon’s memoir is so captivating that everyone, not just fans of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, will enjoy learning about the wellspring that nourished the award-winning journalist’s wit, intelligence, heart, and chutzpah.” — Booklist, starred review

For a truly immersive experience, listen to the audiobook edition, narrated by Simon (clip available here).

 

Unabridged Access

Happy Monday! Our friends at Macmillan Audio recently launched a new blog called Unabridged Access dedicated to giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the world of audiobooks.

They’ll be sharing photos from the studio, audiobook recommendations for any situation, excerpts from exciting new programs, glimpses into audiobook publishing, Q&As with industry folks, and so much more.

Here are a few of our favorite recent posts:

In The Studio With Steve Berry Discussing THE PATRIOT THREAT Writer’s Cut: a video interview with Berry about creating a special version for the audiobook.

Scott Simon’s UNFORGETTABLE Tweets: listening to the NPR host’s memoir about connecting to his mother during her death had us calling our moms to say, “I love you.”

And our favorite, The Dogs of Macmillan Audio. Say no more.

 

Don’t Forget to Vote!

Nominations for the April LibraryReads list are due THIS FRIDAY (Feb. 20)!!!

Need a recommendation refresher? Check out our favorites and a few more:

EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES by Lisa Scottoline (2 starred reviews!)
A SCOURGE OF VIPERS by Bruce DeSilva (2 starred reviews!)
HER NAME IS ROSE by Christine Breen
UNFORGETTABLE: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime by Scott Simon
THE MEMORY PAINTER by Gwendolyn Womack
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Stars for DEEP DOWN DARK

It’s hard to believe it’s been four years since the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, trapping 33 miners underground for a record-breaking 69 days. In DEEP DOWN DARK, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Héctor Tobar shares the untold stories of the miners through exclusive interviews.

DEEP DOWN DARK is landing on Fall reading lists, from Publishers Weekly to USA Today to CNN (“50 things you can’t miss this fall”) and already has two starred reviews:

Tobar spins a gripping narrative, taut to the point of explosion, of the 2010 story that made international headlines for weeks. An electrifying, empathetic work of journalism that makes a four-year-old story feel fresh.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Tobar…compassionately recounts the miners’ personal histories, experiences during the 17 days they were without outside contact, extended rescue, and the drama above ground with the families… Rich in local color, this is a sensitive, suspenseful rendering of a legendary story.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“…a gripping account… Tobar details the harrowing rescue and the emotional and spiritual resolve the men drew on as they struggled to survive in what they thought would be their coffin.” — Booklist

Lots more media is ahead, including interviews on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and the New Yorker and reviews in USA Today, Harper’s Magazine, and Christian Science Monitor

Plus, Macmillan Audio has created a tie-in website with several clips from the audiobook that create a timeline of those harrowing days.

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Happy Belated #BookBday to WOLF IN WHITE VAN

Today we’d like to wish a belated #BookBday to WOLF IN WHITE VAN by John Darnielle, who also happens to be the front man of the indie band The Mountain Goats.

In this literary debut, teenager Sean Phillips is isolated by a horrific injury that left him disfigured. He seeks solace in creating new worlds and his latest creation, “Trace Italian”—a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail—lands two other teenagers in trouble. In an attempt to fix things, Sean is pulled back through time, tracing back toward the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the world in which most people live.

It’s an October 2014 Indie Next selection, was named one of “Three Big Novels of the Month” by GQ Magazine (September issue), and Darnielle was interviewed by the New York Times Book Review, and NPR’s “Weekend Edition” AND “Fresh Air.” Plus, there are all those glowing reviews:

“WOLF is about the way storytelling can deliver you, though not always save you, from the blistering, profound pain of adolescence–or just existence. In Darnielle’s novel, as in his songs, the monstrously true and unbelievably beautiful press up against one another. Together, they begin to dance.”NPR

“WOLF IN WHITE VAN explains its whole premise in the first few pages—and then spends the rest of the book retelling it again and again, moving the reader toward one particular moment, one particular scene, that changed protagonist Sean Phillips’ life. The result is a journey of always knowing and always discovering—a tricky proposition for any writer, an incredible feat for a debut novelist.” The AV Club, “A” review

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Thriller Thursday Bonus: Crime in the City!

#THRILLERTHURSDAY BONUS! Three of our favorite female Macmillan authors were recently featured on NPR’s Crime in the City and we simply couldn’t let you get away without hearing about them:

Julia Keller spoke with NPR’s Noah Adams about her mystery series set in West Virginia (based on her hometown of Guyandotte) and starring prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins.

“One of the things I wanted to do with having a female protagonist is to allow her to have her anger. If we let women have a little more of their anger and to speak their minds, we’d have a very different kind of world,” Keller said.

Listen to the full Julia Keller interview here.

Available in the Bell Elkins series:
A KILLING IN THE HILLS (Book 1)
BITTER RIVER (Book 2)
SUMMER OF THE DEAD (Book 3) – available August 26

 

Meanwhile, NPR’s Ari Shapiro traveled with Ann Cleeves to the Shetland Islands, where Cleeves sets her highly acclaimed series featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez.

“I love the idea of long, low horizons with secrets hidden underneath,” Cleeves said. The author has been making regular trips to the Scottish islands for 40 years and her books are so popular that a tourism agency has put out a map showing where key scenes in the novels take place. Even the BBC has turned the books into a hit TV series titled “Shetland,” with a U.S. adaptation to come in the future.

Listen to the full Ann Cleeves interview here.

Available in the Shetland Island series:
RAVEN BLACK (Book 1)
WHITE NIGHTS (Book 2)
RED BONES (Book 3)
BLUE LIGHTNING (Book 4)
DEAD WATER (Book 5)

 

Back in the States, Karen Grigsby Bates joined Rachel Howzell Hall in South Los Angeles where they talked about her debut novel, LAND OF SHADOWS, featuring homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton and the unique circumstances that led her to become a writer.

“When I was 33 years old,” Hall says, “I was diagnosed with a rare type of breast cancer. And I was pregnant. And it was terrifying. Having faced that, that’s the biggest fear anyone could have. It’s like, ‘OK, you’re writing a book? That’s not scary. I can do that.’ And that’s when I started LAND OF SHADOWS.”

Listen to the full Rachel Howzell Hall interview here.

Available in the Elouise “Lou” Norton series:
LAND OF SHADOWS (Book 1)

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Monday Fun Day! (6/17/2013 Edition)

Happy Monday, librarians! I trust you all had a loving Father's Day weekend.

We're busily wrapping up all the loose ends before ALA Annual. Until then, I've posted a few fun bits and bobs below. Enjoy!

- NPR's Fresh Air posted the 1/2 hour audio clip of their segment "Mantel Takes Up Betrayal, Beheadings In 'Bodies'." And Terry Gross asked the question that we've all wanted to ask Mantel, 

"You wrote [...] about the French Revolution, and now you've written about Henry VIII, and there are several beheadings in these books. So excuse me for asking this, but if you had to be beheaded centuries ago, would you have preferred the guillotine, or the axe or sword customarily used in England?"

Mantel opted for—drumroll, please—the guillotine! Listen to the full interview now.

- Michael Kelley from Library Journal has called for submissions for Library Cat of the Month! The inaugural kitty, Emma from Lyme Public Library, is featured in the June 15th edition of Library Journal (p. 17) and she's a real beauty! Submission details here

Twitter PSAs:

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Eleven Dark Tales of Murder, Mourning, and Revenge

An aspiring writer discovers that her landlady has murdered her husband. An accomplished surgeon meets a cabaret singer, whose beautiful appearance belies the grotesque condition of her heart. And while the surgeon’s jealous lover vows to kill him, a violent envy also stirs in the soul of a lonely craftsman. The fates of these and others converge in the dark web of Yoko Ogawa's REVENGE.

Alan Cheuse raved about REVENGE on NPR saying, "So, really, it's not just Murakami but also the shadow of Borges that hovers over this mesmerizing book. And in that telltale heart, one may detect a slight bow to the American macabre of E.A. Poe. Ogawa stands on the shoulders of giants, as another saying goes. But this collection may linger in your mind—it does in mine—as a delicious, perplexing, absorbing and somehow singular experience." Read the full review here.

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"Ogawa’s writing is simple and effective, and her technique for merging the tales demonstrates her mastery of the written word. [...] the author paints each tale exquisitely." -Kirkus Reviews

"Weaving together the morbid tales of 11 unnamed narrators, prolific Japanese author Ogawa, a Shirley Jackson Award winner, [...] makes it count with her precision and dedication to bringing the vision full-circle." -Publishers Weekly

Watch the book trailer for REVENGE here. IF YOU DARE!

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