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Macmillan Wins Three 2018 Pulitzer Prizes!

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners!

Biography
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser (Metropolitan Books)
A deeply researched and elegantly written portrait of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House on the Prairie series, that describes how Wilder transformed her family’s story of poverty, failure and struggle into an uplifting tale of self-reliance, familial love and perseverance.

Poetry
HALF-LIGHT: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
A volume of unyielding ambition and remarkable scope that mixes long dramatic poems with short elliptical lyrics, building on classical mythology and reinventing forms of desires that defy societal norms.

Nonfiction
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
An examination of the historical roots of contemporary criminal justice in the U.S., based on vast experience and deep knowledge of the legal system, and its often-devastating consequences for citizens and communities of color.

And a big round of applause for our 2018 Pulitzer finalists:

Nonfiction
NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY: An American Abroad in a Post-America World by Suzy Hansen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) readmoreremove

April 2018 All-Stars

These books are swimming in stars—make sure to add them to your shelves ASAP!

WITCHMARK by C.L. Polk

“Polk’s stellar debut, set in an alternate early 20th century in an England-like land recovering from a WWI-like war, blends taut mystery, exciting political intrigue, and inventive fantasy . . . The final revelations are impossible to see coming and prove that Polk is a writer to watch for fans of clever, surprising period fantasy.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Polk has created an amazing new world with hints of Edwardian glamour, sizzling secrets, and forbidden love that crescendos to a cinematic finish. WITCHMARK is a can’t-miss debut that will enchant readers.” —Booklist, starred review

SONG OF BLOOD & STONE: Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One by L. Penelope

“Penelope delivers an engrossing story with delightful characters in this fantastic opening to a promising series . . . The tale is infused with optimism but never cloying, and it culminates in a well-earned and satisfying ending, leaving readers impatient for the next installment of the series.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

This debut . . . shines a bright light into epic fantasy. Battle-scarred lands and peoples, ancient powers at war, star-crossed loves and hints of racial and refugee themes give this a solid place on library shelves.”Library Journal, starred review

MOTHERHOOD by Sheila Heti

A May Indie Next Pick! 

“This lively, exhilaratingly smart, and deliberately, appropriately frustrating affair asks difficult questions about women’s responsibilities and desires, and society’s expectations.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“As her character seeks and ultimately chooses, as she must, the aspects of life and art she’ll lay claim to, Heti writes with courage, curiosity, and uncommon truth: ‘To go along with what nature demands and to resist it—both are really beautiful—impressive and difficult in their own ways.'” Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

April is National Poetry Month

Happy National Poetry Month! Celebrate with our recent award-winning titles:

HALF-LIGHT: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart
2017 National Book Award Winner in Poetry
2017 Triangle Award Finalist (Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry)

WHEREAS: Poems by Layli Long Soldier
2017 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner for Poetry
2018 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award Winner (Poetry)
2017 National Book Award Finalist in Poetry

DON’T CALL US DEAD: Poems by Danez Smith
2017 National Book Award Finalist in Poetry
2018 Lammy Award Finalist (Gay Poetry)
2017 Triangle Award Finalist (Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry & the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature)
2018 Over the Rainbow Reading List

WADE IN THE WATER by Tracy K. Smith
The U.S. Poet Laureate’s new collection is an April 2018 Indie Next pick and was named a Most Anticipated Book of Spring 2018 by Buzzfeed, Nylon, Bustle, and Publishers Weekly.

SOME SAY: Poems by Maureen N. McLane
2017 Triangle Award Finalist (Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry) readmoreremove

Buzzfeed’s “Amazing New Books You Need To Read This Spring” 2018

Poetry, essays, short stories… these Buzzfeed-recommended books will spring off your library’s shelves!

WADE IN THE WATER by Tracy K. Smith
US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith returns with WADE IN THE WATER, a new collection of poems that feels both timely and timeless. In lines that are as lyrical as they are wise (and so poignant you’ll want to write them down immediately), Smith makes connections between the current state of American culture and its history — police brutality, slavery, immigration, the Civil War, the Declaration of Independence (which she turns into an erasure poem). What does it mean to be an American, to be a woman in a society still dominated by men? Smith captures memories, found language, music, and the voices of the past to get to the beating heart of our nation today — and you’ll feel it in every fiber of your being while reading.

A LUCKY MAN by Jamel Brinkley
The nine stories in Jamel Brinkley’s collection A LUCKY MAN are about black men grappling with their place in the world, their pasts, their friendships, and their families — boys coming of age and encountering firsthand how privilege is tied to race and class, brothers navigating strained relationships, parents and children disappointing each other. Brinkley shows both the great beauty and ugliness of humanity — but always with empathy — and captures the ways in which our world is defined and divided by power. A LUCKY MAN so real and alive, much like its characters, that you’ll be eager to read whatever Brinkley writes next.

EYE LEVEL by Jenny Xie
US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Hererra chose Jenny Xie as the winner of the Academy of American Poets’ 2017 Walt Whitman Award, and it’s easy to see why in her debut collection EYE LEVEL. Xie’s poems take us on a journey to new places (Vietnam, Cambodia, even a Greek island) in such vivid detail that you’ll feel as if you really traveled, as well as to new questions about immigration, identity, and loneliness. How do we really find home? What do we lose when we leave? Reading EYE LEVEL feels like taking a trip with someone who truly sees you, and the world, as it is. readmoreremove

March 2018 Bestsellers & Recent Releases

Our sales team created an Edelweiss collection of our month’s bestsellers and recently released titles — what a perfect collection development tool for you! Here are some of the top titles for March 2018:

Recent Releases:
THE SUN DOES SHINE: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton, with a foreword by Bryan Stevenson

THE BISHOP’S PAWN by Steve Berry

THE ITALIAN PARTY by Christina Lynch

SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney

THE MERRY SPINSTER: Tales of Everyday Horror by Daniel Mallory Ortberg

WHERE THERE’S HOPE: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up by Elizabeth Smart

Recent Award Winners:
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser (NBCC winner, Biography)

WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier (NBCC & PEN Award winners, Poetry)

THE BUTCHERING ART: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris (PEN Award winner)

THE SHAPE OF WATER by Guillermo del Toro & Daniel Kraus (Oscar winner)

This Edelweiss collection will be updated on a monthly basis so check back often!

2017 National Book Critics Circle Awards Winners

Congratulations to our 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award winners and honorees!

Biography
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

Poetry
WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier

John McPhee (DRAFT NO. 4: On the Writing Process) is the recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Named after the first president of the NBCC, the award is given annually to a person or institution, who has, over time, made significant contributions to book culture.

Carmen Maria Machado’s debut story collection, HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES, is the recipient of the fourth annual John Leonard Prize, established to recognize outstanding first books in any genre and named in honor of founding NBCC member John Leonard.

The recipient of the 2017 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing is Charles Finch. Finch is the author of the Charles Lenox mysteries, including THE WOMAN IN THE WATER and A BEAUTIFUL BLUE DEATH, which was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007.

Sneak Peek: April 2018 Indie Next List

Four Macmillan titles made the April 2018 Indie Next list!

THE ITALIAN PARTY by Christina Lynch
“In her gracefully written debut, as effervescent as spumante, Lynch dramatizes the allure and power of secrets—in politics and marriage—while depicting with sly humor the collision between American do-gooder naïveté and Italian culture. Italophiles and anyone interested in spying and the expat experience (think Chris Pavone’s THE EXPATS) will love the spot-on social commentary.” — Library Journal, starred review

AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline
Anna is a drop-dead gorgeous sixteen-year-old with a secret dark side and when she turns up dead, all fingers point to her stepfather. “[A] nail-biting domestic thriller…. Filled with plenty of twists and complex characters, this entertaining story builds to a satisfying conclusion.” — Publishers Weekly

WAITING FOR TOMORROW by Nathacha Appanah
This compelling novel tracks the complicated relationship of a married couple, who struggle with preserving their separate identities within their relationship, their individual artistic freedoms, and integrity, and how it all relates back to their nanny. “…the characters are complicated and well-drawn and the story immersive.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

2017 Triangle Awards Finalists

We’re waving our rainbow flag in support of our 2017 Publishing Triangle Awards finalists, honoring the best LGBTQ fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as the year’s best trans and gender-variant literature:

Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
ABANDON ME by Melissa Febos

Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry
SOME SAY: Poems by Maureen N. McLane

Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
DON’T CALL US DEAD by Danez Smith
HALF-LIGHT: Collected Poems, 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart

Finalists for the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature
DON’T CALL US DEAD by Danez Smith

Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado

Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado  readmoreremove

2018 Lammy Awards Finalists

The Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) announced the finalists for the 30th annual Lambda Literary Awards (a.k.a. the “Lammys”) celebrating achievements in LGBTQ literature. We’re waving our rainbow flag in support of these nine nominees from Macmillan!

Lesbian Fiction
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado

Gay Fiction
THE END OF EDDY by Edouard Louis

Gay Poetry
DON’T CALL US DEAD by Danez Smith

Lesbian Mystery
FEVER IN THE DARK by Ellen Hart

Lesbian Memoir/Biography
ABANDON ME by Melissa Febos
THE FACT OF A BODY by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Gay Memoir/Biography
THE WORLD BROKE IN TWO: Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster, and the Year that Changed Literature by Bill Goldstein

LGBTQ SF/F/Horror
AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz readmoreremove

Sneak Peek: March 2018 Indie Next List

Seven Macmillan titles made the March 2018 Indie Next list!

SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney
Also available in audio
A March 2018 LibraryReads pick and one of Bustle’s “2018 Debuts You Need in Your TBR Pile!” My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me: 1. I’m in a coma. 2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore. 3. Sometimes I lie. So opens this brilliant psychological thriller by former BBC news producer, Alice Feeney. “…a serpentine tale of betrayal, madness, and murder. Feeney is definitely a writer to watch.” — Publishers Weekly

EAT THE APPLE by Matt Young
THREE starred reviews! “This honest war memoir will shock and horrify, will cause readers to tear up, and will make them wish they could tell a 19-year-old marine that everything will be okay. Highly recommended for all collections.” — Library Journal, starred review

REGISTERS OF ILLUMINATED VILLAGES: Poems by Tarfia Faizullah
Faizullah’s highly anticipated second collection extends and transforms her powerful accounts of violence, war, and loss into poems of many forms and voices—elegies, outcries, self-portraits, and larger-scale confrontations with discrimination, family, and memory.

THE HUSH by John Hart
Also available in audio
New York Times bestselling and LibraryReads author Hart’s sequel to THE LAST CHILD picks up ten years later when Johnny Merrimon is living in the wilds beyond the town where a dangerous force is at play. “Hart continues to deepen his palette in this ambitious sequel, which is distinctive enough in story and tone to be read as a stand-alone. Recommended for fans of Dennis Lehane’s SHUTTER ISLAND and Tom Franklin’s CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER.” — Library Journal readmoreremove

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