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Booklist’s Top Arts Books of 2016

Booklist recently unveiled their Top Arts Books of 2016*, including these Macmillan titles, and Bill Ott gave a preview of IDENTITY UNKNOWN by Booklist‘s own Donna Seaman!
Top 10 Arts Books: 2016 (full list)

THE LONELY CITY: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing
Laing imaginatively entwines memoir with profiles and astute interpretations as she looks to visual art in an effort to understand the true nature of loneliness.

MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
With deep knowledge and mesmerizing skill, King tells the little-known story behind Monet’s 30-year effort to paint his magnificent Water Lilies at Giverny.

OF ARMS AND ARTISTS: The American Revolution through Painters’ Eyes by Paul Staiti
Staiti vividly profiles the five artists whose paintings helped inspire the vision of independence and unity that generated the American Revolution and the forging of a new nation.

Core Collection: Architects and Architecture in (Mostly) America (full list)

ARCHITECTURE’S ODD COUPLE: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson by Hugh Howard
Howard portrays two iconic, outspoken, twentieth-century architects whose provocative ideas and innovative designs transformed America’s built environment, two artists who “were the yin and the yang, …the positive and negative charges that gave architecture its compass.”

BRICKS AND MORTALS: Ten Great Buildings and the People They Made by Tom Wilkinson
As the real-estate market recovers from a decade-long recession and new towers rise at breakneck speed around the globe, Wilkinson skillfully evaluates 10 notable structures, past and present.

THE FLATIRON: The New York Landmark and the Incomparable City That Arose with It by Alice Sparberg Alexiou
Alexiou, whose grandfather was once a co-owner of the Fuller Building, the New York landmark known as the Flatiron, recounts a tale of architectural innovation and the larger-than-life personalities responsible for this iconic structure, including the visionary architect and urban designer Daniel Burnham.

HOW ARCHITECTURE WORKS: A Humanist’s Toolkit by Witold Rybczynski
Architect and outstanding architectural writer Rybczynski takes palpable pleasure in revealing the complex, often contradictory demands of architecture, illuminating “the practical as well as the aesthetic” in this expert and invigorating guide to the field’s profound humanness. readmoreremove

June is Pride Month

Read out loud & proud with these new LGBTQ titles:

Adult:
WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell
HIDE by Matthew Griffin
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: Volume 1: Search for My Heart by Larry Kramer
THE LESBIAN SEX HAIKU BOOK (WITH CATS!) by Anna Pulley & Kelsey Beyer
EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire

YA:
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS, edited by Stephanie Perkins
YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Levithan & Nina LaCour
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell
ABOUT A GIRL by Sarah McCarry

Big congratulations to our 2016 Lammy Award-winning books:

Bisexual Literature
IRREPRESSIBLE: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham by Emily Bingham

Gay Poetry
RECONNAISSANCE by Carl Phillips

Don’t miss our Pride Month e-Book sale happening now!

2016 Lammy Awards Finalists

The Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) announced the finalists for the 28th annual Lambda Literary Awards (a.k.a. the “Lammys”) celebrating achievements in LGBT literature. We’re waving our rainbow flag in support of these eight nominees from Macmillan!

Gay Fiction
A POET OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD by Michael Golding
STILL LIFE, LAS VEGAS by James Sie

Bisexual Literature
IRREPRESSIBLE: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham by Emily Bingham

Gay Poetry
RECONNAISSANCE by Carl Phillips

Lesbian Mystery
THE GRAVE SOUL by Ellen Hart

Gay Memoir/Biography
CHASING LOST TIME: The Life of C. K. Scott Moncrieff: Soldier, Spy, and Translator by Jean Findlay
A HOUSE IN ST. JOHN’S WOOD by Matthew Spender

LGBT Children’s/Young Adult
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Our 2016 YALSA & RUSA Award Winners!

Congrats to all of the amazing Macmillan authors who won awards or were selected for YALSA and RUSA’s various reading lists this year!

2016 Alex Awards (the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences):
BONES & ALL by Camille De Angelis
FUTURISTIC VIOLENCE AND FANCY SUITS by David Wong
HUMANS OF NEW YORK: STORIES by Brandon Stanton

See the full Alex Award list here.

2016 YALSA William C. Morris YA Debut Finalist
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore

2016 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore

See the full BFYA list here.

2016 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
DUPLICITY by N.K. Traver

See the full Quick Picks list here.

2016 YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Reading List, Unreliable Narrators: Don’t Believe a Word category
CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn (a Top 10 pick)

See the full PPYA list here.

2016 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens
HAVEN’T YOU HEARD, I’M SAKAMOTO, VOL. 1 by Nami Sano
SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY by Jillian Tamaki

See the full GGNT list here.

2016 YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell, read by Euan Morton (Macmillan Audio)

See the full Amazing Audiobooks list here.

2016 ALA Amelia Bloomer Project Book List (best feminist books)
ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers
HEADSCARVES & HYMENS by Mona Eltahawy

See the full Amelia Bloomer list here.

2016 Rainbow Book List (Honors books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning content, and which are aimed at youth, birth through age 18.)
ABOUT A GIRL by Sarah McCarry
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell
SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY by Jillian Tamaki

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Teen Talk Tuesday (7/21/15)

YA librarians, rejoice! We’ve got new Teen reads for you, just in time for today’s Early Word YA Galley Chat! Join us and @earlyword at 5pm EST (hashtag: #ewgcya) to tell us what’s on your TBR pile…and your mind.

ABOUT A GIRL by Sarah McCarry
Two stars for the third and final book in the Metamorphoses trilogy (after ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS and DIRTY WINGS), based loosely on Jason and the Argonauts. “This edgy, smart, and challenging title combines mythology, punk rock, science, a quest, feminism, art, dreams and the power of stories and storytelling with unforgettable results. A highly recommended and breathtaking read for sophisticated readers.” — School Library Journal, starred review

BELL WEATHER by Dennis Mahoney
A July 2015 Indie Next pick! An otherworldly and kinetic story set in a fantastical 18th century starring a young woman who must uncover the secrets of her past while confronting the present dangers of a magical wilderness. “The real strength of this novel is its stunning worldbuilding, which merges the aesthetic of the Colonial Americas with Márquez-style magical realism…” — Kirkus Reviews

A THOUSAND MILES TO FREEDOM: My Escape from North Korea by Eunsun Kim
In her haunting and compelling memoir, Kim recounts her childhood in North Korea and the harrowing 9-year journey that finally led her to South Korea and freedom. “The descriptions of time spent in China, the escape to Mongolia, and subsequent move to South Korea are fascinating and will certainly interest many readers. Both volumes put a human face to an often misunderstood country and will appeal to a wide range of readers.” — Library Journal (co-reviewed with UNDER THE SAME SKY by Joseph Kim)

WHAT WE KNEW by Barbara Stewart
When Tracy and her best friend, Lisa, were kids, stories about a man kept them out of the woods and in their own backyards. But Tracy and Lisa aren’t so little anymore, and the man in the woods is nothing but a stupid legend. Right? “Stewart’s suspenseful creepfest explores the nature of paranoia, the limits of loyalty, the pursuit of vengeance, and the ways that friendships change as young people come of age.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Stars for ABOUT A GIRL!

We love Sarah McCarry for her reimagining of Greek myths into lush, hauntingly beautiful YA books, and so do reviewers. Her newest book, ABOUT A GIRL (the third and final book in the Metamorphoses trilogy based loosely on the story of Jason and the Argonauts), has two starred reviews!

No surprise—her first novel, ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS, also received two starred reviews and her second book, DIRTY WINGS, was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as a Best Teen Book of 2014!

Praise for ABOUT A GIRL:

“The stunning, densely packed story is full of as much intoxicating poetry as meticulous scientific explanations. Tally’s initial prim and rather academic narration becomes richer and more dreamlike as her story unfolds. This edgy, smart, and challenging title combines mythology, punk rock, science, a quest, feminism, art, dreams and the power of stories and storytelling with unforgettable results. The well-developed cast of characters is racially and sexually diverse. The emphasis on the importance of female relationships—as family, as lovers, and as friends—is a welcome exploration of the many levels of intimacy. A highly recommended and breathtakingly read for sophisticated readers.” — School Library Journal, starred review

“The language-whether describing sex or music or nightmares-is breathtaking. Fluid and aching, with a diverse cast and rich worldbuilding.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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TxLA 2015 – Friday Book Buzz

It’s the last day of TxLA! Come get the last of our giveaways in booth #1359 and listen to Anne “the sweet teeth” Spieth highlight her favorite forthcoming Macmillan titles at Book Buzz: The New Books Are Coming (10:00-11:50am, Austin Convention Center | Room 17 AB, level 4). Don’t forget to follow the action on Twitter, hashtag #txla15.

Can’t make the buzz or want to prep in advance? Check these titles out:

Dazzling Debuts
THE MEMORY PAINTER by Gwendolen Womack
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
PRETTY IS by Maggie Mitchell
EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford

Highly Anticipated Fiction
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
PURITY by Jonathan Franzen
THE CLASP by Sloane Crosley
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell

Mysteries
THOSE GIRLS by Chevy Stevens
JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Elsa Hart
THE KILLING LESSONS by Saul Black

Nonfiction/Memoir
A THOUSAND MILES TO FREEDOM by Eunsun Kim
FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson
HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall

Books for Teens
ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers
DELICATE MONSTERS by Stephanie Kuehn
A GIRL UNDONE by Catherine Linka
ABOUT A GIRL by Sarah McCarry
TELL THE STORY TO ITS END by Simon P. Clark
DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt

 

2014 Nebula Award nominees

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America revealed their finalists for the 2014 Nebula Awards and we’re pleased to have four outstanding nominees!

Best Novel
THE GOBLIN EMPEROR by Katherine Addison
THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu
ANNIHILATION by Jeff VanderMeer

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
DIRTY WINGS by Sarah McCarry

See the full list of finalists here! The winners will be announced on June 6 during the Nebula Awards Weekend in Chicago. Congrats to all nominees!

BONUS: Our friends at Tor/Forge made this flyer highlighting twenty-two of their “Best Books of 2014”*! Perfect for sci-fi and fantasy collection development or growing your personal TBR pile.

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Kirkus LOVES Dirty Wings!

Good morning and welcome back dear librarians!
I’m thrilled to share the news that Sarah McCarry’s DIRTY WINGS was chosen by Kirkus as a 2014 Best Teen Book. And School Library Journal named it a “Hot in YA” pick.

Praise for DIRTY WINGS:

“[A] lyrical stand-alone prequel…The prose is exquisitely crafted, moving effortlessly from dizzying to heartbreaking…A breathtaking companion volume, fully readable on its own and devastating in the context of its predecessor.–“Kirkus, starred review

“In this lyrical and romantic coming-of-age tale of friendship, rebellion, and identity, McCarry has penned a prequel to her debut, ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013)… McCarry’s hauntingly beautiful, darkly poetic language is her strength, and a sense of magical realism pervades the narrative throughout, hinting at danger lurking on the periphery. Fans of Francesca Lia Block’s works, such as I Was a Teenage Fairy (1998), the “Weetzie Bat” books, and The Rose and the Beast (2000, all HarperCollins) will devour McCarry’s sensual prose.”–School Library Journal

“The mothers of the girls featured in ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS (2013) receive their own girlhood story in this beautifully constructed and grim tale. Mirroring the myth of Persephone, the tale follows extraordinarily good and overprotected Maia as she makes friends with street kid Cass and they drive down the West Coast in a stolen car. Drugs, punk music, and freedom lead Maia to the too-early marriage that produces the previous book’s narrator. Maia and Cass are fully realized and their relationship, as detailed here, brings even more texture to McCarry’s portrayal of their daughters. Identity, musical talent, and poisonous relationships between parents and children are depicted in a bravura retelling of a classic myth.”–Booklist readmoreremove

Books for Teens 2015: It’s All the Rage

BFT15posterOMG you guys—it’s time for our annual list of teen and YA-OK titles! And of course we’re more excited than a basket of kittens in yarn to share our favorites with you!

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You can also view our Edelweiss collection of Books for Teens titles here.

Our super-cool “Books for Teens 2015: It’s All the Rage” poster is now available! Click here for your downloadable copy or email us to request a hard copy (don’t forget to include your mailing address).

Now on to the books!

ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers
Three words: O.M.G. Possibly one of the best, most important Griffin Teen books we’ve ever read, Summers’ hardcover debut examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence. Angie Manfredi, Head of Youth Services Librarian at Los Alamos County Library System, NM, called it “A YA game changer along the lines of Laurie Halse Anderson’s SPEAK, this is a work of great power and resonance.”

FEUDS by Avery Hastings (The Feuds Series #1)
In an America split into the genetically superior and inferior, a fiercely ambitious ballerina, Davis, and a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, Cole, must stop a deadly virus that is spreading quickly. “FEUDS is fast-paced and plot-driven [and] ends with an unexpected cliff-hanger. Readers will eagerly await the sequel.” — School Library Journal

TORN by Avery Hastings (The Feuds Series #2)
In the sequel to FEUDS, Davis meets another recovered patient who helps her find clues that could lead to a cure. Meanwhile, Cole has plans to change his identity to compete in the Olympiads. Both will need to resist temptation and have the courage to face the answers they’re seeking in order for their love to survive.

BEING AUDREY HEPBURN by Mitchell Kriegman
The creator of Clarissa Explains It All‘s first novel stars a 19-year-old girl from New Jersey who finds herself thrust into the world of socialites after being seen in Audrey Hepburn’s iconic dress from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. “Kriegman hits all the right notes for breezy escapist fiction—Manhattan glamour, glitzy parties, couture designs, and the name-dropping that goes with them.” — Publishers Weekly

SWAY by Kat Spears
In this “compelling debut told with swagger and real depth” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) by librarian Spears, a young man who avoids emotional connection at all costs is forced to open his heart when he meets the girl of his dreams. “Engrossing… Sharp dialogue, edgy humor, and an unlikely hero make this page-turner a winner.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

PARTY GAMES by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series)
The first new Fear Street book in nearly 20 years! Rachel Martin is thrilled to be invited to Brendan Fear’s birthday party on Fear Island, but it’s not all fun and games when party guests start dropping dead. “Stine again demonstrates that he is a true master of the formula.” — Booklist

DON’T STAY UP LATE by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series)
In the second new book in the re-launch of R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series, a damaged young lady gets sent on a doomed babysitting job.

THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS by Keith Donohue
This creepy horror novel about a young boy whose drawings of monsters take on a life of their own is the #6 October 2014 LibraryReads pick! “A sterling example of the new breed of horror: unnerving and internal with just the right number of bumps in the night.” — Kirkus Reviews

THE GOOD SISTER by Jamie Kain
A stunning debut young adult novel about love in all its joyful, painful, exhilarating manifestations, and about the ties that bind us together, in life and beyond.

REDEEMED by P.C. + Kristin Cast (The House of Night #12)
In the final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, evil vampyre Neferet has recovered her strength, while Zoey Redbird isn’t sure that she has what it takes to bring down Neferet, who now calls herself a god. “Lives are lost, loyalties (and romances) tested, and loose ends neatly tied up in this twelfth and final installment in the series. Fans will happily slurp this down, and with a film adaptation of the series in the works, they’ll have more to look forward to.” — Booklist

REVEALED by P.C. + Kristin Cast (The House of Night #11) is now available in Trade Paperback.

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME, edited by Stephanie Perkins with contributions from Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, Holly Black & others
Twelve romantic holiday stories by twelve bestselling young adult authors, with four starred, rave reviews:

“It’s that rarest of short story collections: There’s not a single lump of coal.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A rare seasonal treat.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Never mind the winter holidays; booktalk this title all year round.”School Library Journal, starred review

“This is the substantive stuff of dream stockings: a rollicking, blush-inducing, memorable holiday collection of breezy, bite-sized stories perfect for a snug evening next to the fire.” Booklist, starred review

THE TERMINALS by Royce Scott Buckingham
The riveting story of a covert team of young, terminally ill teens who spend their last year alive running dangerous missions as super-spies for an organization that may not be all it seems.

LOOP by Karen Akins
A thrilling new YA novel in which time traveler Bree Bennis accidentally brings a boy from the past into the 23rd century, only to discover he’s keeping his own set of secrets. “LOOP is time well spent.” — School Library Journal
A 2016 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers nominee!

TWIST by Karen Akins
In the unbelievably thrilling sequel to LOOP, someone is kidnapping Shifters from the distant past and altering the current timeline. It’s up to Bree to stop them, but first, she has to figure out who…and why.

ETERNAL by C.C. Hunter (Shadow Falls After Dark #2)
In the second YA romance in New York Times bestselling author C. C. Hunter’s Shadow Falls spinoff series, Della is trying to prove herself as a paranormal investigator while being torn between her feelings for a powerful vampire and a sexy shapeshifter.

UNSPOKEN by C.C. Hunter (Shadow Falls After Dark #3)
On Sale: October 27, 2015
The final installment in the Shadow Falls After Dark trilogy! When Della tries to solve a twenty year old murder—and clear her father’s name—she uncovers secrets about the vampire council and the boy she’s bonded to.

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