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ALA Annual 2018 “Read n’ Rave” Picks

Here’s what your librarian pals recommended at Booklist’s “Read n’ Rave” panel at ALA Annual 2018:

Ariel Farrar, Acquisitions Librarian, New Orleans Public Library
THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
“This is gonna be huge!”

WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson
“Fascinating and important… Centered around a dinner with black luminaries.”

Rebecca Vnuk, Executive Director, LibraryReads
THE DINNER LIST by Rebecca Serle
“Such a cute conceit…the five people living or dead you would most want to have dinner with.”
(seconded by Ariel Farrar)

Kaite Stover, Director of Readers’ Services, Kansas City Public Library (MO)
BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage
“Think children of the non-GMO artisinally grown corn. This is scary stuff!”
(seconded by Ariel Farrar, Rebecca Vnuk & Becky Spratford)

A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler
“Scrumptious historical fiction. Book clubs will clamor for this one.”

INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter
“Haunting, fascinating…your books clubs will love this one.”

Becky Spratford, Readers’ Advisor, RAforAll.com
THE BLACK GOD’S DRUM by P. Djèlí Clark
“If you are not reading & collecting the Tor.com novellas in your library you are missing out. This is Afro-retroism. Adventure. Steampunk. An all-black cast are trying to save NOLA from a voodoo scientist.”

THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife
“This is a great behind-the-scenes history of the Tower. You get to know Christopher, the ravens, and history from a new perspective. His voice is sweet. Also: biscuits soaked in blood!”
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BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” Picks

Lovely library friends, we’re having BEA withdrawal.

We had TOO MUCH fun, from Anne & Talia’s silly Macmillan Library genie skit to the #librariansonly “Mac Snack Book Attack” where Anne gave our personal book recommendations, ARCs & homemade cookies. We love ya.

AS the genie backstage Anne @ snack attack

Y’all love us, too! Check out the Macmillan books your librarian pals recommended at the annual BEA Shout ‘n Share panel:

Lesa Holstine, Collection Development Manager at Evansville Public Library (IN) loved Rae Meadows’s I WILL SEND RAIN (“It will make you really thirsty”), Linda Castillo‘s latest Kate Burkholder mystery, AMONG THE WICKED and Louise Penny‘s new Inspector Armand Gamache mystery, A GREAT RECKONING.

Tracy Babiasz, Acquisitions and Collections Manager at Chapel Hill Public Library (NC) adored Stacey Kade’s 738 DAYS (“If you want a romance with a little bit of thriller, this one’s for you”) and THE NEXT by Stephanie Gangi.

Chicago Public Library’s Stephen Sposato, Manager, Content Curation, raved about Max Porter’s GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS and Ross King’s MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies.

Vicki Nesting, Assistant Director at St. Charles Parish Public Library (LA) stayed close to home for her pick: LET THE DEVIL OUT by Bill Loehfelm, the next book in the New Orleans-set series starring cop Maureen Coughlin.

Panel moderator Wilda Williams, Library Journal fiction editor, fell for THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF IVAN ISAENKO by Scott Stambach and also enjoyed Sposato’s pick, MAD ENCHANTMENT.

See Wilda’s full LJ write-up of Shout ‘n Share here.

BEA 2016 – Friday Events

It’s the last day of BEA! Come to all of our excellent programs and stop by the Macmillan booth (#1958-1959) for our final ​giveaways and signings.​

“Mac Snack Book Attack” — #LibrariansOnly!
9:30-10:30am
McCormick Place | Macmillan Booth #1958

A special librarian-only event! Come to the Macmillan booth (#1958) for free ARCs, a breakfast snack, and personalized reader’s advisory recommendations from library marketing manager Anne “sweet teeth” Spieth and colleagues. While supplies last!

The AAP’s Annual Librarians Book Buzz, Part II
2:00-3:20pm
McCormick Place | Room W184b

Come listen to our publishing friends as they highlight their favorite forthcoming titles!

The 8th Annual Librarian Shout ‘n Share
3:30-5:00pm
McCormick Place | Room W184b

Join librarians as they sound off on their favorite exhibit floor reads, and other upcoming works they are looking forward to sharing with their patrons at this panel co-sponsored by the AAP and Library Journal. Wilda Williams, Fiction Editor, Library Journal moderates this year’s Shout N Sharers:

  • Vicki Nesting, Assistant Director, St. Charles Parish Public Library, Hanville LA
  • Lesa Holstine, Collection Development Manager, Evansville Public Library, Evansville IN
  • Tracy Babiasz, Acquisitions & Collections Manager, Chapel Hill Public Library, Chapel Hill NC
  • Stephen Sposato, Manager, Content Curation, Chicago Public Library, Chicago IL
  • Darren Nelson, Collection Development Librarian, Sno-Isle Libraries, Tulalip WA
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Librarians “Read ‘n Rave” Their Favorite ALA Annual 2015 Picks!

Last Monday we rounded out a terrific ALA Annual 2015 with a standing-room only Read ‘n Rave panel (similar to BEA’s Shout ‘n Share) moderated by Booklist‘s Rebecca Vnuk. Here’s what the all-star collection development specialists found on the exhibit floor to share with you:

Seattle Public Library’s David Wright kicked it off with A BURGLAR’S GUIDE TO THE CITY by Geoff Manaugh, noting that “You don’t have to get very far in before you start casing every place you’re in.” He also mentioned GIVE US THE BALLOT by Ari Berman, saying that it’s incredibly important to the civil rights movement still occurring today.

Kansas City Public Library’s Kaite Mediatore Stover called Sally Hepworth’s THE THINGS WE KEEP, “A gut-puncher about early onset Alzheimer’s.”

Chicago Public Library’s Stephen Sposato had lots of love for many Macmillan books, starting with THE FISH LADDER by Katharine Norbury. He described it as a “very scenic” adoption story with the appeal of Cheryl Strayed’s WILD and THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE by James Rebanks. Sposato said that the BEA Buzz Book BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT by Damon Tweedy “lives up to the hype” and that it would make an excellent pair with neurosurgeon Henry Marsh’s DO NO HARM. His final recommendation was THE WAKE by Paul Kingsnorth, a postapocalyptic novel set after the Norman Invasion optioned for film by Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall).

Hillsboro Public Library’s Stephanie Chase (and several audience members) were crazy about Jenny Lawson’s FURIOUSLY HAPPY. Chase mentioned that you could get your picture taken with the giant cut-out in the Macmillan booth. She also gave two thumbs up for THE END OF ALL THINGS by John Scalzi and gave the briefest of shout outs for CARRY ON “because it’s Rainbow Rowell.”

Last but not least, King County Library System’s Alene Moroni enticed the audience with HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall after reading the tag line on the galley aloud (“For the Marshalls, laughter is the best medicine, especially when combined with alcohol, pain pills, excessive cursing, sexual escapades, actual medicine, and more alcohol.”), adding “these are MY people!”

Looking for more recommendations? Check out what Talia presented at the “Three’s Company” Book Buzz at ALA Annual!

ALA Annual 2015 – Monday Events

It’s the last day of ALA Annual 2015! Say hello/goodbye to us in the Macmillan (adult) booth #1009 and finish strong with today’s great events:

Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Joshua Davis with Rick Jacobs and David Thomson – From Cover to Screen – Books to Movies
8:30-10:00am
Moscone Convention Center | Esplanade 305

Joshua Davis (SPARE PARTS) will be joined by producer Rick Jacobs and esteemed film critic David Thomson to talk about the writing of the book, the creation of the movie and how movies are judged and reviewed. Attendees will also view a trailer for the film version, starring George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis and Marisa Tomei. SPARE PARTS is about four undocumented Mexican teenagers overcoming all odds to win a high-tech underwater robot competition against teams from elite universities, and has been called a “triumphant read” by the Toronto Star and “a great American story” by the Washington Post.

Booklist‘s Read ‘n Rave
9:00-10:00am
Moscone Convention Center | Room 122 (N)

Come hear six collection development specialists rave about their favorite titles gathered from the exhibit floor. This lively panel, co-organized by Booklist and the AAP, will feature librarians Stephanie Chase (Hillsboro Public Library); Naphtali Faris (Kansas City Public Library); Alene Moroni (King County Library System); Kaite Mediatore Stover (Kansas City Public Library); Stephen Sposato (Chicago Public Library); and David Wright (Seattle Public Library). Moderated by Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist‘s editor for Reference and Collection Management.

AAP/LibraryReads Mystery Authors Panel
10:30-11:30am
Moscone Convention Center | Room 122 (N)
RSVP required, space is limited

Join the AAP and LibraryReads for a Mystery Authors Panel and hear from five authors, including Allison Brennan (COMPULSION). A complimentary book signing will follow the program.

Space is still available for this event. RSVP here.

Keep up with the action on the Twitter action, hashtag #alaac15!

Macmillan Library @ ALA Annual 2015 (Booth #1009)

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We’re happy to leave our hearts in San Francisco with you fine librarians next month at ALA Annual! Stop by the Macmillan (adult) booth #1009 and attend all of the fabulous events on our schedule below (RSVP ASAP)!
Friday, June 26

In-booth signing with Jane Cleland & Kelli Stanley
5:30-7:00pm
Moscone Convention Center | Booth #1009

Jane Cleland and Kelli Stanley will be signing complimentary copies of ORNAMENTS OF DEATH and CITY OF GHOSTS.

Saturday, June 27

The AAP’s Book-A-Licious Breakfast
8:30-10:00am
Marriott Marquis San Francisco | Golden Gate B
RSVP required, space is limited

Join bestselling author Brigid Schulte (OVERWHELMED: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time) for breakfast and book-talk.

Details and RSVP here
by June 19.

In-booth signing with Catherine Linka
9:00-10:00am
Moscone Convention Center | Booth #1009

Catherine Linka will be signing complimentary copies of A GIRL UNDONE.


“Zombies, and Vampires, and Spooks — Oh My!” with Catherine Linka and Stephanie Kuehn

10:30-11:30am
Moscone Convention Center | Room 125 (N)

Sponsored by United for Libraries and moderated by Library Journal‘s Barbara Hoffert, this panel includes YA authors Catherine Linka (A GIRL UNDONE) and Stephanie Kuehn (DELICATE MONSTERS).


“Three’s Company: We’ll be Waiting For You”
: The Best in Adult Books from Virginia Stanley, HarperCollins; Talia Sherer, Macmillan; and Chris Vaccari, Sterling

1:30-2:30pm
Moscone Convention Center | Book Buzz Theater (behind aisle 3900, near booth 3931)

Join Talia “the terror” Sherer as she presents her favorite Fall 2015 adult titles from Macmillan alongside the hilarious Virginia Stanley and always-entertaining Chris Vaccari!
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