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2014 Lambda Award Finalists

The 27th annual Lambda Literary Award finalists were announced today and we have eight terrific nominees from Macmillan!

Gay General Fiction
BITTER EDEN by Tatamkhulu Afrika

Gay Memoir/Biography
INSIDE A PEARL: My Years in Paris by Edmund White

Lesbian General Fiction
NEW YORK 1, TEL AVIV 0 by Shelly Oria

Lesbian Mystery
THE OLD DEEP AND DARK: A Jane Lawless Mystery by Ellen Hart

LGBT Graphic Novels
SECOND AVENUE CAPER: When Goodfellas, Divas, and Dealers Plotted Against the Plague by Joyce Brabner and Mark Zingarelli

LGBT SF/F/Horror
AFTERPARTY by Daryl Gregory
CHILD OF A HIDDEN SEA by A.M. Dellamonica
FULL FATHOM FIVE by Max Gladstone

Winners will be announced on June 1 in New York City. Click here to see the full list of nominees.

2015 Stonewall Awards

The 2015 Stonewall Book Awards were announced by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association and three out of FOUR Honor Books were from Macmillan!

Honor Books in Literature:
BITTER EDEN by Tatamkhulu Afrika (Picador)
THE TWO HOTEL FRANCFORTS by David Leavitt (Bloomsbury)
MY REAL CHILDREN by Jo Walton (Tor Books) readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (2/25/14 Edition)

Bitter Eden jacketMy Name is Resolute jacketHeadmaster's Wife jacketBirthday KittyJust like our furry friend says, today we wish a happy #BookBday to:

BITTER EDEN by Tatamkhulu Afrika
Based on the author’s own capture in North Africa and his experiences as a prisoner-of-war in World War II in Italy and Germany, this frank and beautifully wrought novel deals with three men who must negotiate the emotions that are brought to the surface by the physical closeness of survival in the male-only camps. “BITTER EDEN is a beautifully crafted, absorbing read, a careful examination of human relationships, and a rare glimpse into the complexities of life in wartime.” — Booklist

MY NAME IS RESOLUTE by Nancy Turner
A sweeping historical set in Revolutionary War-era New England, young Resolute Talbot is sold into slavery and taught spinning and weaving–skills that place her at the secret heart of the growing rebellion against England. "Every page of Turner's engrossing and fascinating work is better than the last. Not only historical fiction fans will love this beautifully written and compelling novel." — Library Journal  

THE HEADMASTER'S WIFE by Thomas Christopher Greene
Inspired by a personal loss, this is a beautifully written, haunting and deeply affecting portrait of one couple at their best and worst. "This is a riveting psychological novel about loss and the terrible mistakes and compromises one can make in love and marriage. Essential for fans of literary fiction." — Library Journal, starred review

Celebrating Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, we've put together a robust Edelweiss collection of titles (History! Biography! Fiction! Culture! Plus many more!) that we hope will help you with collection development. Here are some highlights:
Fiction

ORCHARD OF LOST SOULS by Nadifa Mohamed
MY NAME IS RESOLUTE by Nancy Turner
THE WEDDING GIFT by Marlen Suyapa Bodden
SOME SING, SOME CRY by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza

 

Social History

WITHOUT MERCY by David Beasley
EBONY AND IVY by Craig Steven Wilder
RED SUMMER by Cameron McWhirter

 

Civil Rights

GOSPEL OF FREEDOM by Jonathan Rieder
DOWN TO THE CROSSROADS by Aram Goudsouzian
LET FREEDOM RING: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the March on Washington by Kitty Kelley

Slavery

THE EMPIRE OF NECESSITY by Greg Grandin
THE MANOR: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island by Mac Griswold
THE SLAVES' GAMBLE: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812 by Gene Allen Smith
THE HAMMER AND THE ANVIL: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the End of Slavery in America by Dwight Jon Zimmerman

 

War Stories 

THE WARS OF RECONSTRUCTION by Douglas R. Egerton
WAR CHILD by Emmanuel Jal
RADIANCE OF TOMORROW by Ishmael Beah
BITTER EDEN by Tatamkhulu Afrika

 

Biography/Autobiography/Memoir

MEN WE REAPED by Jesmyn Ward
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MY MOTHER by Jamaica Kincaid
AND THEN LIFE HAPPENS by Auma Obama
CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF by Nelson Mandela, foreword by Barack Obama

Music 

JIMI HENDRIX by Leon Hendrix
RESPECT YOURSELF: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon
BOB MARLEY by Chris Salewicz
PRINCE: Inside the Music and the Masks by Ronin Ro

 

Culture

HAIR STORY: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America (2nd Edition) by Ayana Byrd and Lori Tharps
HIGH ON THE HOG by Jessica B. Harris

 

Sports

SAPP ATTACK by Warren Sapp
THE HUSTLE: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White by Doug Merlino
MORE THAN JUST A GAME by Chuck Korr and Marvin Close
THE SPORTSMAN: Unexpected Lessons from an Around-the-World Sports Odyssey by Dhani Jones

 

Graphic Novels

AYA: LIFE IN YOP CITY by Marguerite Abouet, illustrated by Clément Oubrerie
AYA: LOVE IN YOP CITY by Marguerite Abouet, illustrated by Clément Oubrerie

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For Your Consideration: February LibraryReads titles

February 2014 LibraryReads collageThe holiday season is upon us!

Silly BoyTime is more fleeting than ever in December, so why not get your February LibraryReads nominations in early and have one less thing to worry about? Unless you're saving all your reading and nominating for a long, winter break (just make sure to submit by the January 1, 2014 deadline). We recommend a big mug of hot cocoa, a warm blanket, a cat curled up in your lap, and these February books:

DOING HARM by Kelly Parsons
“As a medical thriller, this skillfully wrought debut gets high marks for building tension to a breathtaking climax." – Library Journal, starred review
 
 

BITTER EDEN by Tatamkhulu Afrika
“Originally published shortly after the author’s death in 2002 and based on his experiences as a POW in WWII, BITTER EDEN is a beautifully crafted, absorbing read, a careful examination of human relationships, and a rare glimpse into the complexities of life in wartime.” — Booklist 

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Note: BITTER EDEN is available on NetGalley. Email library@macmillanusa.com (subject line: BITTER EDEN) to get pre-approved for an e-galley.

RUNNER by Patrick Lee
This thriller from New York Times bestselling author Patrick Lee is the first in a new series starring retired special forces operative Sam Dryden. It's received three outstanding pre-publication reviews, sold international rights in seven countries, and the film rights were optioned by Warner Brothers with director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) attached. 

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THE INNOCENT SLEEP by Karen Perry
"Readers drawn to the intense emotion and zero-sum conflict of Andre Dubus III’s HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG will love this one
, as will those captivated by the missing-person intrigues in Laura Lippman’s WHAT THE DEAD KNOW and Lisa Scottoline’s LOOK AGAIN." — Booklist

Get the free praise sheet for THE INNOCENT SLEEP

THE HEADMASTER'S WIFE by Thomas Christopher Greene
"This is a riveting psychological novel about loss and the terrible mistakes and compromises one can make in love and marriage. Essential for fans of literary fiction." — Library Journal, starred review

WHERE MONSTERS DWELL by Jørgen Brekke 
"The buildup to each murder is extraordinarily well done and almost unbearably suspenseful. On the whole, the novel lives up to the edginess of this genre. Brrrr." — Booklist

For more February LibraryReads title suggestions, view our collection on Edelweiss. Happy reading and happy nominating!

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BITTER EDEN – “a jewel of a tale…”

Today we want to tell you about a little gem that might not be on your radar: BITTER EDEN by Tatamkhulu Afrika, one of South Africa’s most revered poets. Based on the author’s own capture in North Africa and his experiences as a prisoner-of-war in World War II in Italy and Germany, this frank and beautifully wrought novel deals with three men who must negotiate the emotions that are brought to the surface by the physical closeness of survival in the male-only camps. 

We have early rave reviews: 

“Afrika explores these relationships in depth, creating a remarkably honest and moving book. Originally published shortly after the author’s death in 2002 and based on his experiences as a POW in WWII, BITTER EDEN is a beautifully crafted, absorbing read, a careful examination of human relationships, and a rare glimpse into the complexities of life in wartime.” — Booklist

“Such a powerful, melodic, urgent and honest story of suffering, love and survival I have never quite encountered before. This is a jewel of a tale—a vital and raw piece of the true human experience—and it needs to never be forgotten. I am honored to have read it, and will pass it along to many others.” — Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times-bestselling author of THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS and EAT PRAY LOVE


NetGalley logoBITTER EDEN is available on NetGalley
. Email library@macmillanusa.com (subject line: BITTER EDEN) to get pre-approved for an e-galley. Even though BITTER EDEN is not available on Edelweiss, you can still nominate it for LibraryReads. Read our LibraryReads FAQ for more information.

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