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Postcards from Three Pines

“In the lead-up to KINGDOM OF THE BLIND coming out November 27th, I’ve looked back on the previous books with some amazement. For thirteen years we’ve been visiting the little Quebec village together. I went back over my notes, and it got me thinking that you might like to know how it all happened. So, we’re starting a new feature. Postcards from Three Pines. Every week one will be sent out digitally, describing my thinking and feelings as I wrote each book.” — Louise Penny

In a countdown to KINGDOM OF THE BLIND, Minotaur Books will reveal a postcard from Louise Penny each week on GamacheSeries.com, offering a glimpse into the creation of each book in the Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series!

Now Open: Postcard from STILL LIFE
September 4: To be revealed from A FATAL GRACE
September 11: To be revealed from THE CRUELEST MONTH
September 18: To be revealed from A RULE AGAINST MURDER
September 25: To be revealed from THE BRUTAL TELLING
October 2: To be revealed from BURY YOUR DEAD
October 9: To be revealed from A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
October 16: To be revealed from THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
October 23: To be revealed from HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
October 30: To be revealed from THE LONG WAY HOME
November 6: To be revealed from THE NATURE OF THE BEAST
November 13: To be revealed from A GREAT RECKONING
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Cultural Inspirations from Three Pines

GamacheSeries“In the bedroom Clara picked up the well-worn book beside Jane’s bed, C.S. Lewis’s, Surprised by Joy. It smelled of Floris.” — from STILL LIFE

Readers of Louise Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache series know that art and culture play a big a role in her satisfying mysteries. Minotaur Books invites you to explore creative works of cultural significance from the world of Three Pines in a countdown to the August 29th release of the new book, GLASS HOUSES.

Beginning this week and continuing every two weeks, GamacheSeries.com will reveal a new cultural reference drawn from each book in the series, complete with photos and an open discussion forum. You’re always welcome to join any current or past discussion of any of the works.

Cultural Inspirations from Three Pines discussion schedule:

Now Open: Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis from STILL LIFE
March 28: To be revealed from A FATAL GRACE
April 11: To be revealed from THE CRUELEST MONTH
April 25: To be revealed from A RULE AGAINST MURDER
May 9: To be revealed from THE BRUTAL TELLING
May 23: To be revealed from BURY YOUR DEAD
June 6: To be revealed from A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
June 20: To be revealed from THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
July 4: To be revealed from HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
July 18: To be revealed from THE LONG WAY HOME
August 1: To be revealed from THE NATURE OF THE BEAST
August 15: To be revealed from A GREAT RECKONING

You can also read about recipes inspired by Three Pines, the real places of Three Pines, and more here. Happy discussing, and vive Gamache!
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The Nature of the Feast

NatureoftheFeast“They ate by candlelight, the candles of all shapes and sizes flickering around the kitchen. Their plates were piled high with turkey and chestnut stuffing, candied yams and potatoes, peas and gravy.” — from STILL LIFE

Readers of Louise Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache series have come to relish the descriptions of food as much as her engrossing characters and satisfying mysteries. Minotaur Books is pleased to invite you to THE NATURE OF THE FEAST, a celebration of recipes from the world of Three Pines in a countdown to the August 30th release of the new book, A GREAT RECKONING.

Beginning today and continuing every two weeks, GamacheSeries.com will share a new recipe inspired from each book in the series, complete with photos and an open discussion forum. You’re always welcome to join any current or past discussion of any of the recipes.

THE NATURE OF THE FEAST recipe/discussion schedule:

Now Cooking: Roast Turkey and Chestnut Stuffing from STILL LIFE
April 5: Steak Frites with Mayonnaise from A FATAL GRACE
April 19: Sugar Pie from THE CRUELEST MONTH
May 3: Homemade Lemonade from A RULE AGAINST MURDER
May 17: Pain Doré from THE BRUTAL TELLING
May 31: French Onion Soup from BURY YOUR DEAD
June 14: Grilled Garlic Shrimp from A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
June 28: Cheese and Leek Dish with a Crunchy Crumble Top from THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
July 12: Trifle from HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
July 26: Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse from THE LONG WAY HOME
August 9: Apple and Avocado Salsa with Honey-Lime Dressing from THE NATURE OF THE BEAST

Bon Appetit!

2016 Audie Awards Finalists

Listen to this wonderful news: our friends at Macmillan Audio have 13 finalists in the 2016 Audie Awards!

Audiobook of the Year
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah, read by Polly Stone

Excellence in Design
BILL O’REILLY’S HISTORY COLLECTION: Audiobook Boxed Set by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, package/cover design by Margo Goody

Excellence in Production
THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry, read by Scott Brick with special bonus “writer’s cut” read by Steve Berry

Fiction
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah, read by Polly Stone

Humor
FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson, read by Jenny Lawson

Mystery
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny, read by Robert Bathurst
CORRUPTED by Lisa Scottoline, read by Kate Burton
ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer, read by Ari Fliakos & Juliana Francis Kelly

Thriller/Suspense
THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry, read by Scott Brick
SIGNAL by Patrick Lee, read by Ari Fliakos

Best Female Narrator
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah, read by Polly Stone

Multi-Voiced Performance
JUST KIDS FROM THE BRONX by Arlene Alda, read by Alan Alda, Arlene Alda, Christina Delaine with Milton Glaser, Regis Philbin, Robert Klein, Gabrielle Salvatto & Carlos Serrano

Narration by the Author or Authors
FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson, read by Jenny Lawson

Winners will be announced at the Audie Awards Gala in Chicago on May 11. See the full list of nominees here.

Louise Penny & Jenny Lawson are LibraryReads 2015 “Favorite of Favorites”

We love them and you do, too: THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny (#4) and FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson (#7) are LibraryReads 2015 “Favorite of Favorites!”

Thank you for voting for them and remember, they love you, too (see exhibits A & B).

Need more library list love? Count down your top 10 list of favorites books of 2015 on Twitter, hashtag #libfaves15, one book each day starting 12/7!

Kirkus Best Books of 2015 – Fiction

First, Publishers Weekly, then Library Journal, and now Kirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2015 Fiction lists which include 20 Macmillan titles:

Best Fiction
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty
A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN by Lucia Berlin
PURITY by Jonathan Franzen
LAST RAGGED BREATH by Julia Keller
THE DARK FOREST by Cixin Liu
CRUCIFIXION CREEK by Barry Maitland
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
I REFUSE by Per Petterson
THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT by Helen Phillips
THE LOST CHILD by Caryl Phillips
THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley
THE BLONDES by Emily Schultz
CHASING THE PHOENIX by Michael Swanwick
THE WAY THINGS WERE by Aatish Taseer
THE BIG GREEN TENT by Ludmila Ulitskaya
THE AFFINITIES by Robert Charles Wilson

Best Mysteries and Thrillers
LAST RAGGED BREATH by Julia Keller
CRUCIFIXION CREEK by Barry Maitland
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
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2015 Goodreads Choice Awards

Goodreads launched their annual Choice Awards this week and we’re proud to say that Macmillan has 28 nominees in the Opening Round! Click here to vote for your favorites and we’ll keep you updated as the tournament progresses.
Our 2015 Winners: THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah (Best Historical Fiction) and BENEATH THE SURFACE by John Hargrove (Best Science & Technology)!

Update 11/17: We have 11 finalists in the Final Round! Vote now through Monday, 11/23 for your favorites!
Update 11/10:
Incredibly, ALL of our nominees are still in the Semifinal Round! Vote now through Saturday, 11/15 for your favorites!


Voting Schedule

Final Round Nov. 17 – 23

Best Mystery & Thriller
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny

Best Historical Fiction
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

Best Fantasy
SHADOWS OF SELF by Brandon Sanderson
A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

Best Science Fiction
THE END OF ALL THINGS by John Scalzi

Best Humor
FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson

Best Nonfiction
HUMANS OF NEW YORK: STORIES by Brandon Stanton

Best Science & Technology
BENEATH THE SURFACE by John Hargrove

Best Graphic Novels & Comics
STEP ASIDE, POPS! by Kate Beaton

Debut Goodreads Author
THE STRONGEST STEEL by Scarlett Cole

Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell
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Help Choose the LibraryReads 2015 “Favorite of Favorites” List

LR favorite of favoritesThe long list has been whittled down to 25 titles and you get to vote again to determine the ultimate LibraryReads 2015 “Favorite of Favorites!” Macmillan titles still in the running include:

A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab
FIRST FROST by Sarah Addison Allen
FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny

Read it? Loved it? Want to make sure it ends up on the final list? Then vote for it and your other top picks from now until November 1. Your votes will determine the ultimate “Favorite of Favorites” list to be revealed on December 1!

What are you waiting for? Go vote!

Don’t forget you can also vote for the next monthly list (December 2015/January 2016, nominations due 11/20)! Check out our suggestions, including the baby Daniel-approved THE THINGS WE KEEP.

 

We LOVE Louise Penny!

Louise Penny CollageLouise Penny dropped by the Flatiron Building today to celebrate her new book, THE NATURE OF THE BEAST, which lands at #3 on next weekend’s New York Times bestseller list! There was champagne, a magnificent cake, and Anne tried not to squeal/cry/faint as she met one of her longtime favorite authors and got a signed book. Even our CEO got his pant leg signed!! PEOPLE ARE CRAZY FOR LOUISE!

Lucky thing Louise is crazy about you, too. She signed 5 copies to give away to some lucky librarians!

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Nature of the Beast) by Sunday, Sept. 20. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Check the fine print after the break.

Good luck and #ViveGamache!

UPDATE 9/23 – Congratulations to our winners:
Betty H. Lee of Rockville Memorial Library, Rockville MD
Sharon Piersma of Loutit District Library, Grand Haven MI
Lesa Holstine of Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, Evansville, IN
Sheri Stevens of Lockport Public Library, Lockport, NY
Tracy Lech of Loma Vista Middle School, Riverside CA

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Thriller Thursday (8/27/15 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday to two series favorites, a debut, and a new novel from a writer serving a life sentence in prison (no joke!):

THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
The outstanding 11th book in #1 New York Times bestselling author Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache series is an August 2015 LibraryReads pick, a September 2015 Indie Next pick, and has THREE starred reviews, including this one from Library Journal: “A strong sense of place, a multilayered plot, and well-crafted (and for Penny’s fans, familiar) characters combine for a thoughtful, intriguing tale.”

LAST RAGGED BREATH by Julia Keller
Two stars for the next Bell Elkins novel in which the West Virginia prosecutor must work with a man who, until recently, lived off the grid, but now finds himself charged with murder he didn’t commit. “A beautifully crafted mystery in which Keller explores love, hate, and poverty in a place of stunning natural beauty with pockets of overwhelming ugliness. The ending may leave you in tears.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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