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2016 PEN Literary Awards Shortlist

The PEN American Center revealed the shortlists for their 2016 PEN Literary Awards and half of the longlisted Macmillan titles made the cut!

PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson

PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing
THE DOMINO DIARIES by Brin-Jonathan Butler

PEN Translation Prize
THE BLIZZARD by Vladimir Sorokin

To see all the shortlists, click here. The winners will be announced on March 1 and April 11. Congrats to the nominees!

2016 PEN Literary Awards Longlist

This week the PEN American Center announced the longlists for the 2016 PEN Literary Awards and they include 6 Macmillan titles:

PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson

PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
SPOOKY ACTION AT A DISTANCE by George Musser

PEN Open Book Award (For an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color published in 2015)
HEAVEN by Rowan Ricardo Phillips

PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing
THE DOMINO DIARIES by Brin-Jonathan Butler

PEN Translation Prize
THE SOUND OF OUR STEPS by Ronit Matalon
THE BLIZZARD by Vladimir Sorokin

To see all the longlists, click here. Congrats to the nominees!

2015 Thanksgiving Reads

Thanksgiving is almost here! After all the cooking, cleaning and shopping, why not take a minute to relax and read? Here are 5 bestselling titles out now and 5 of our favorites coming out in 2016 that you can read and recommend:

Available Now
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah
THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson
HUMANS OF NEW YORK: STORIES by Brandon Stanton
UNSTOPPABLE by Bill Nye
KILLING AND DYING by Adriane Tomine

Coming Soon
ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN by Wendy Walker
REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart
FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown
EVERY ANXIOUS WAVE by Mo Daviau
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo

*Don’t see the green button? Get whitelisted and don’t forget to nominate your favorite for LibraryReads!

PW Best Books of 2015

We’re barely into November, yet signs of the year-end are already here: Starbucks busted out the red cups and Publishers Weekly is first out of the gate with their Best Books of 2015 list. Here are the Macmillan gems that made the cut:

Top 10
IMPERIUM by Christian Kracht
THE ARGONAUTS by Maggie Nelson

Fiction
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty
A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN by Lucia Berlin
IMPERIUM by Christian Kracht

SF/Fantasy/Horror
THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley
THE SORCERER OF THE WILDEEPS by Kai Ashante Wilson

Comics
THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE by Riad Sattouf
SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY by Jillian Tamaki
KILLING AND DYING by Adrian Tomine

Nonfiction
LEAVING ORBIT: Notes from the Last Days of American Space Flight by Margaret Lazarus Dean
CITY BY CITY: Dispatches from the American Metropolis, edited by Keith Gessen and Stephen Squibb
KISSINGER’S SHADOW: The Long Reach of America’s Most Controversial Statesman by Greg Grandin
THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson
THE ARGONAUTS by Maggie Nelson
WHAT THE EYE HEARS: A History of Tap Dancing by Brian Seibert
ONE OF US: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway by Asne Seierstad readmoreremove

Starred FSG Nonfiction Roundup

Start your weekend right with multi-starred nonfiction from Farrar, Straus & Giroux!

THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson
“This probing, provocative collection by Pulitzer winner Robinson argues for the recovery of humanism as a response to the problems of our historical moment. Eloquent, persuasive, and rigorously clear, this collection reveals one of America’s finest minds working at peak form, capturing essential ideas with all ‘the authority beautiful language and beautiful thought can give them.’”
Publishers Weekly, starred review (a PW Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2015)

“These bravely and brilliantly argued, gorgeously composed, slyly witty, profoundly caring essays lead us into the richest dimensions of consciousness and conscience, theology and mystery, responsibility and reverence.”Booklist, starred review

THE WHITE ROAD by Edmund de Waal – THREE STARS!
An Entertainment Weekly Fall Books pick!
“Artist de Waal, a potter by trade, blends art history and personal travelogue in this immersive hands-on study of porcelain and its commercial and artistic appeal over the centuries. The book transforms an otherwise esoteric subject into a truly remarkable story.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

A lyrical melding of art history, memoir, and philosophical meditation… In short passages of allusive, radiant prose, [de Waal] chronicles his journeys in search of both the materials and the history of porcelain, discovering along the way men as obsessed as he… De Waal’s poetically recounted journey is a revelation.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

Labor Day 2015 Reads

The long Labor Day weekend is here! To celebrate an extra day of reading time, here’s a list of great Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 reads you can download on Edelweiss NOW!* Don’t forget to nominate your favorite for LibraryReads!

Highly Anticipated!!
LUST & WONDER by Augusten Burroughs
A WILD SWAN by Michael Cunningham
THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson
THE THINGS WE KEEP by Sally Hepworth
AMERICAN BLOOD by Ben Sanders

Literary Fiction
THE LOST TIME ACCIDENTS by John Wray
THE HEART by Maylis de Kerangal
HIDE by Matthew Griffin
SHELTER by Jung Yun
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith

Debuts
TIME OF DEPARTURE by Douglas Schofield
FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown
THE YID
by Paul Goldberg
THE FORGETTING TIME
by Sharon Guskin
THE CHARM BRACELET
by Viola Shipman

Mystery/Thriller
ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz
EVEN THE DEAD by Benjamin Black
CINNAMON TOASTED by Gail Oust
DESPERATE MEASURES by Jo Bannister
RIOT MOST UNCOUTH by Daniel Friedman

Romance
FIRST TOUCH by Laurelin Paige
THE VIOLINIST OF VENICE by Alyssa Palombo
FOR LOVE OR MAGIC by Lucy March
THE IRRESISTIBLE ROGUE by Valerie Bowman
BELLA AND THE BEAST by Olivia Drake

Science Fiction/Fantasy
ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
MADE TO KILL by Adam Christopher
MYSTIC by Jason Denzel
RADIANCE by Catherynne M. Valente
HELL’S FOUNDATIONS QUIVER by David Weber

Riveting Nonfiction
THE SOUND OF GRAVEL by Ruth Wariner
100 MILLION YEARS OF FOOD by Stephen Le
PETTY by Warren Zanes
HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall
WITCHES OF AMERICA by Alex Mar

Young Adult/Teen
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE END OF THE WORLD by Jamie Kain
HOW TO BE BRAVE by E. Katherine Kottaras
THINGS I CAN’T EXPLAIN: A Clarissa Novel by Mitchell Kriegman
TELL THE STORY TO ITS END by Simon P. Clark
ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT by Ann Jacobus

*Don’t see the green button? Get whitelisted!

PW’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2015

Our heads are at the beach, but we’re dreaming of Pumpkin Spice everything as we look forward to Fall!

Here are the Fall 2015 books from Macmillan that Publishers Weekly is looking forward to:

Fiction
PURITY by Jonathan Franzen
In Franzen’s first novel since FREEDOM, a young woman follows a German peace activist to South America to intern for his WikiLeaks-like organization.

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
THE SORCERER OF THE WILDEEPS by Kai Ashante Wilson
Wilson brings his rich, graceful prose style to this novella of two men’s love in a fantasy world full of troubles and terrors. This is the launch title for the Tor.com novella imprint.

Comics/Graphic Novels
THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE by Riad Sattouf
Libya to France to Syria, Sattouf captures the sights, sound and even smells of his childhood in this memoir as his Arab nationalist father takes his family from one troubled landscape to another.

KILLING AND DYING by Adrian Tomine
A woman who looks like an internet porn star, a man who keeps breaking into his former home, a stuttering girl who wants to be a stand-up comic; Tomine limns the life of each of his troubled characters with understanding and precision. readmoreremove

PW Fall 2015 Announcements

It’s still summer, but Publishers Weekly is looking ahead to Fall 2015. They recently selected their best of the best in a whopping 16 different categories and we’ve gathered all 90(!!!) Macmillan standouts into a handy Edelweiss collection and listed them here for you:

Art, Architecture & Photography: People and Places
HUMANS OF NEW YORK: STORIES by Brandon Stanton (a Top 10 pick)
The follow-up to Stanton’s bestseller, HUMANS OF NEW YORK, presents photos of a new group of humans, complete with stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor.

MYSTERIES OF THE MALL by Witold Rybczynski (a Top 10 pick and two starred reviews)
Architecture critic Rybczynski casts a seasoned eye over the modern metropolitan scene, examining cities, public places, and homes.

NEXTINCTION by Ralph Steadman and Ceri Levy
Steadman, a cartoonist and friend of the feathered, gives his unique take on critically endangered birds.

PATTERNALIA: An Unconventional History of Polka Dots, Stripes, Plaid, Camouflage, & Other Graphic Patterns by Jude Stewart
A book on patterns, with illustrations from polka dots to plaid: their histories, cultural resonances, and hidden meanings.

Business
THE GLOBAL CODE: How a New Culture of Universal Values Is Reshaping Business and Marketing by Clotaire Rapaille
The bestselling author of THE CULTURE CODE explains why global marketing and business must evolve to acknowledge new, universally held human values.

Comics & Graphic Novels: Graphic Lives
KILLING AND DYING by Adrian Tomine (a Top 10 pick)
A masterful anthology of Tomine’s recent work showcases various art styles to explore modern anxiety and mortality. Each tiny panel is its own universe of repressed emotion and foiled desire.

STEP ASIDE, POPS: A Hark! a Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton (a Top 10 pick)
Beaton’s first collection was a sensation, and these comics are equally droll, brainy, and sometimes devastating. Her broadsides against clueless chauvinism are especially dead on.

PUKE FORCE by Brian Chippendale
Social satire written dark and dense across Chippendale’s deconstructed multiverse of walking, talking M&Ms, hamsters, and cycloptic-yet-glamorous trivia hosts. A bomb explodes in a coffee shop: the incident is played out over and over again from the perspective of each table in the shop.

Cooking & Food: Cooking from Far and Wide
SIMPLY NIGELLA by Nigella Lawson (a Top 10 pick)
Internationally bestselling author Lawson returns to the basics with everyday recipes that make our lives easier and make us feel better, more alive, and less stressed.

SPUNTINO: Comfort Food (New York Style) by Russell Norman
The bestselling author of POLPO showcases new mouthwatering recipes and stories from Spuntino, the New York–influenced diner in London that’s been wildly successful.

AUTHENTIC PORTUGUESE COOKING: More than 185 Classic Mediterranean-Style Recipes of the Azores, Madeira and Continental Portugal by Ana Patuleia Ortins
This collection of over 200 recipes highlights the traditional flavors of Portugal.

THUG KITCHEN PARTY GRUB GUIDE: For Social Motherf*ckers by Thug Kitchen
From the duo behind the blog and the New York Times bestseller THUG KITCHEN comes the next installment of recipes with a side of attitude.

THE BLUE BLOODS COOKBOOK by Wendy Howard Goldberg and Bridget Moynahan
More than 100 hearty, soulful comfort food recipes from the CBS television cop show Blue Bloods center around the Reagan family dinner; compiled by the show’s star, Bridget Moynahan.

Sports & Entertainment: All American—from Soul Music to Football
WHAT THE EYE HEARS: A History of Tap Dancing by Brian Seibert
This magisterial history shares the saga of African-Americans in show business wielding enormous influence as they grapple with the pain and pride of tap dancing’s complicated legacy. Seibert charts tap’s growth in vaudeville circuits and nightclubs, chronicles its spread to ubiquity on Broadway and in Hollywood, analyzes its post–WWII decline, and celebrates its reinvention.

I BLAME DENNIS HOPPER: And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies by Illeana Douglas
Award-winning actress Douglas submits a memoir about learning to survive in Hollywood while staying true to her quirky vision of the world in a testament to the power of art, the tenacity of passion, and the profound effect of how one movie can change our destiny.

PETTY: The Biography by Warren Zanes
Tom Petty, known for his reclusive style, has shared with rocker, writer, and friend Zanes his insights and arguments, his regrets and lasting ambitions, and the details of his life on and off the stage. The book is honest and evocative of Petty’s music and the remarkable rock and roll history he and his band helped to write.

FRANK & AVA: In Love and War by John Brady
The love story of Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner has been told from one side or the other, it but has never been fully explored or explained—until now. Thoroughly researched and reported, this is not another storybook version of a Hollywood romance, but a compelling drama of love and emotional war that left two celebrities wounded for life.

BEAST: Blood, Struggle, and Dreams at the Heart of Mixed Martial Arts by Doug Merlino
Following four high-level MMA fighters, Merlino bluntly examines the history, culture, business, and meaning of professional cage fighting.

Essays & Literary Criticism: Looking Back
THE ART OF THE PUBLISHER by Roberto Calasso (a Top 10 pick)
The author of ARDOR should have plenty of insights to share about the business of books. His career as a publisher goes back to the beginnings of the Italian house Adelphi in the 1960s.

THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson (a Top 10 pick)
The author of several acclaimed novels, including GILEAD and LILA, will draw a wide audience to these 17 essays that critique our society and call for a renewed sense of grace in our lives.

THE CHALLENGE OF THINGS: Thinking Through Troubled Times by A.C. Grayling
A collection of recent writings from philosopher Grayling (THE GOD ARGUMENT) reflecting on the world in a time of war and conflict.

THE PLEASURE OF READING: 43 Writers on the Discovery of Reading and the Books that Inspired Them, edited by Antonia Fraser and Victoria Gray
Forty authors—10 of them new to this reprint of a book first published in 1992—including Margaret Atwood, Tom Stoppard, and Doris Lessing, explain what first drew, and continues to draw, them to literature.

THE ART OF PERSPECTIVE: Who Tells the Story by Christopher Castellani
The 11th entry in Graywolf’s popular Art Of series tackles every fiction writer’s most urgent issue: point of view.

CHANGING THE SUBJECT: Art and Attention in the Internet Age by Sven Birkerts
The author of THE GUTENBERG ELEGIES offers trenchant essays on the cultural consequences of continuing, all-permeating technological innovation.

MAKING A POINT: The Persnickety Story of English Punctuation by David Crystal
This volume concludes Crystal’s triumphant trilogy about the English language, combining the first history of English punctuation with a complete guide on how to use it.

Literary Fiction: More Is More
PURITY by Jonathan Franzen (a Top 10 pick and three starred reviews)
In Franzen’s first novel since FREEDOM, a young woman follows a German peace activist to South America to intern for his WikiLeaks-like organization.

A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin, edited by Stephen Emerson, foreword by Lydia Davis (three starred reviews)
The women of Berlin’s stories navigate a world of jockeys, doctors, and switchboard operators who laugh, mourn, and drink. Berlin is a highly influential writer despite having published little in her lifetime.

SUBMISSION by Michel Houellebecq, trans. by Lorin Stein
Paris, 2022. In an alliance with the socialists, France’s new Islamic party sweeps to power, and Islamic law is enforced. Women are veiled, and polygamy is encouraged.

THE WAKE by Paul Kingsnorth (An ALA Annual 2015 “Read ’N Rave” selection)
This Man Booker–longlisted novel is a postapocalyptic story set a thousand years in the past. Written in a “shadow tongue” of Old English, it follows Buccmaster, a proud landowner bearing witness to the end of his world.

ALL THAT FOLLOWED by Gabriel Urza (A PW Best of Summer 2015 selection, a Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce selection, and an August 2015 Indie Next pick)
It’s 2004 in Muriga, a quiet town in Spain’s northern Basque Country, a place with more secrets than inhabitants. Five years since the kidnapping and murder of a young local politician, everyone knows who pulled the trigger, but is the convicted man the only one to blame?

THE FOX WAS EVER THE HUNTER by Herta Müller, trans. by Philip Boehm
The Nobel Prize winner’s latest: Romania at the end of the Ceausescu regime, and one of these four—schoolteacher Adina, musician Paul; factory worker Clara, and Pavel, Clara’s lover—works for the secret police and is reporting on the others.

A CLUE TO THE EXIT by Edward St. Aubyn
Charlie Fairburn, successful screenwriter, ex-husband, and absent father, has been given six months to live. He resolves to stake half his fortune on a couple of turns of the roulette wheel and, to his agent’s disgust, to write a novel—about death.

FEAR OF DYING by Erica Jong
The bestselling author delivers her first book in 10 years—a sequel to her groundbreaking novel, FEAR OF FLYING.

History: Locale Histories
GIVE US THE BALLOT: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman (a Top 10 pick, an ALA Annual 2015 “Read ’N Rave” selection, and three starred reviews)
Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of passing the Voting Rights Act, Berman’s book provides a popular history of the right to vote in America, which, according to the starred PW review, is “not only easily understandable, but riveting.”

FLOODPATH: The Deadliest Man-Made Disaster of 20th-Century America and the Making of Modern Los Angeles by Jon Wilkman
Wilkman combines urban history, a technological detective story, and life-and-death drama to tell the harrowing story of the St. Francis Dam break of 1928.

GANGSTER WARLORDS: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields, and the New Politics of Latin America by Ioan Grillo
Grillo, a Mexico City–based journalist, examines the men at the heads of drug cartels throughout Latin America: what drives them, what sustains their power, and how they can be brought down.

THE CRIME AND THE SILENCE: Confronting the Massacre of Jews in Wartime Jedwabne by Anna Bikont, trans. by Alissa Valles
A dual story of the massacre told through oral histories of survivors and witnesses, and a portrait of a Polish town coming to terms with its dark past.

THE OTHER PARIS by Luc Sante
Sante reveals the city’s hidden past and its seamy underside—populated by working and criminal classes that, though virtually extinct today, have shaped Paris over the past two centuries.

MASTERS OF EMPIRE: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America by Michael A. McDonnell
Historian McDonnell recounts the pivotal role the native peoples of the Great Lakes played in the history of North America.

CITY OF THORNS: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence
A humanitarian and journalist provides an insider account of Dabaab, in Kenya, the world’s largest and best-known refugee camp, and tells its human story.

Lifestyle: Down to Earth
THE BEST ADVICE IN SIX WORDS: Writers Famous and Obscure on Love, Sex, Money, Friendship, Family, Work, and Much More by Larry Smith (a Top 10 pick)
Even readers who normally shun self-help should be drawn to this collection of very brief advice for the wit promised by contributors such as Daniel Handler and Gary Shteyngart.

RUN TO LOSE: A Complete Guide to Weight Loss for Runners by Jennifer Van Allen and Pamela Nisevich Bede (a Top 10 pick)
The diet industry may thrive on continual innovation, but it’s hard to beat techniques that go back millennia, as outlined by the experts from Runner’s World magazine.

THE MICRONUTRIENT MIRACLE: The 28-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Increase Your Energy, and Reverse Disease by Jayson Calton, Ph.D., and Mira Calton, C.N.
An innovative guide to reversing illness and common ailments by tackling hidden nutritional deficiencies.

BEEKMAN 1802 STYLE: The Attraction of Opposites by Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell
With three successful cookbooks under their belts, the Beekman Boys partner with Country Living magazine to share their home design tips, tricks, and resources, along with an extensive collection of images from the couple’s historic farmhouse home. readmoreremove

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