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Happy Halloween! (10/31/18)

Trick or treat, bags of sweets, ghosts are walking down the street… blah blah go read books!

THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife

An Amazon Book of the Month!

“What a terrific book…I learned so much about Ravens, and even things I didn’t know about the Tower. It’s like spending a long evening with a bottle of whisky as a wise Ravenmaster tells you everything you need to know.”—Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) on Twitter

“Skaife is a very good storyteller, and the book is full of the kind of anecdote that would make a great scene in a movie (like, for instance, the time one of the ravens orchestrated a daring escape from the Tower). A splendid and constantly surprising book.”—Booklist, starred review

Learn more about THE RAVENMASTER from NPR’s interview with author Christopher Skaife

I AM BEHIND YOU by John Ajvide Lindqvist

“Swedish sensation Lundqvist’s (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN) twisting journey into the dark corners of the mind is true psychological horror. It will keep entranced and shocked readers guessing until the very end.”—Library Journal

THE SPELLBOOK OF KATRINA VAN TASSEL: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo

“Readers who enjoy detail and history will find much to pleased with in this feminist reconsideration.”—Wyatt’s World, Library Journal

“Readers seeking a historical romance or a reboot of an American legend will enjoy this tale.”—Booklist

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October 2018 Bestsellers & Recent Releases (10/26/18)

Here are our top titles for October 2018:

Bestsellers:

THE DEAD RINGER by M.C. Beaton

THE DICHOTOMY OF LEADERSHIP: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win  by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

THE DREAM DAUGHTER by Diane Chamberlain (October LibraryReads pick!)

THE FLAME: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings by Leonard Cohen

FULL DISCLOSURE by Stormy Daniels

IMPOSSIBLE OWLS: Essays by Brian Phillips

THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife

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Booklist’s “Adult Books on the Horizon: Fall and Winter Announcements” Webinar Titles

We hope you were able to tune in to Booklist’s “Adult Books on the Horizon: Fall and Winter Announcements” webinar today, but if not, here are all the titles Talia presented:

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS* by Liane Moriarty | 9781250069825 | Out 11/6/18 (LR: 9/20/18)
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND* by Louise Penny | 9781250066206 | Out 11/27/18 (LR: 9/20/18)
AN ANONYMOUS GIRL* by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen | 9781250133731 | Out 1/8/19  (LR: 11/20/18)
THE LOST MAN* by Jane Harper | 9781250105684 | Out 2/5/19 (LR: 12/20/18)
LIES* by T.M. Logan | 9781250182265 | Out 9/11/18
FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED POLITICS* by Leah Daughtry, Yolanda Caraway, Minyon Moore, Donna Brazile, Veronica Chambers | 9781250137715 | Out 10/2/18 (LR: 8/20/18)
MR. TRUMP’S WILD RIDE: The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of His Extraordinary First Year in Office* by Major Garrett | 9781250185914 | Out 9/18/18
WHERE WE GO FROM HERE* by Bernie Sanders | 9781250163264 | Out 10/30/18 (LR: 8/20/18)
THEM: Why We Hate Each Other—and How to Heal* by Ben Sasse | 9781250193681 | Out 10/16/18 (LR: 8/20/18)
THE FIRST CONSPIRACY: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer | 9781250130334 | Out 1/8/19 (LR: 11/20/18)
SOLDIER, SAILOR, FROGMAN, SPY, AIRMAN, GANGSTER, KILL OR DIE: How the Allies Won on D-Day by Giles Milton | 9781250134929 | Out 1/8/19 (LR: 11/20/18)
THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London* by Christopher Skaife |  9780374113346 | Out 10/2/18 (LR: 8/20/18)
NINE PINTS: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood by Rose George | 9781627796378 | Out 10/23/18 (LR: 8/20/18)
THE SILENT PATIENT* by Alex Michaelides | 9781250301697 | Out 2/5/19 (LR: 12/20/18)
CAPE MAY* by Chip Cheek | 9781250297150 | Out 4/30/19 (LR: 2/20/19)
BRIGHT YOUNG DEAD* by Jessica Fellowes | 9781250170811 | Out 10/30/18 (LR: 8/20/18)
BUTTON MAN* by Andrew Gross | 9781250179982 | Out 9/18/18
THE WIDOWS* by Jess Montgomery | 9781250184528 | Out 1/8/19 (LR: 11/20/18)
DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN* by Sarah Bird | 9781250193162 | Out 9/4/18
A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN* by Therese Anne Fowler | 9781250095473 | Out 10/16/18 (LR: 8/20/18)
INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster* by Stephen L. Carter | 9781250121974 | Out 10/9/18 (LR: 8/20/18)
THE PIRANHAS: The Boy Bosses of Naples* by Roberto Saviano | 9780374230029 | Out 9/4/18
BOOMER1** by Daniel Torday | 9781250191793 | Out 9/18/18
LISTEN TO THE MARRIAGE** by John Jay Osborn | 9780374192020 | Out 10/2/18 (LR: 8/20/18) readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: October 2018 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the October 2018 LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due August 20! Click here for the full list of 2018 deadlines.

THE RAIN WATCHER by Tatiana de Rosnay
Also available in audio
The bestselling author of SARAH’S KEY delivers a powerful family drama set in Paris as the Malegarde family gathers to celebrate the father’s 70th birthday. Their hidden fears and secrets are slowly unraveled as the City of Light undergoes a stunning natural disaster. “Triumphant…with raw and powerful reminisces and gorgeous descriptions. This is an emotional tour de force and a thoughtful, deliberate examination of personal tragedy and the possibility of redemption.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter
Also available in audio
A BookExpo “Shout n’ Share” & ALA Annual “Read n’ Rave” librarian pick! Carter tells the incredible true story of his grandmother, Eunice Hunton Carter, a granddaughter of slaves who became one of the most famous African American women by the 1940s for her work as a lawyer that brought down organized crime in New York City. “A vivid portrait of a remarkable woman.” — Kirkus Reviews

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Invisible.”*

A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler
Also available in audio
Two starred reviews! From New York Times bestselling author Fowler comes a riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded-Age New York. “Expect high demand from fans of the author’s Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and those who enjoy stories of the rich and famous.” — Library Journal

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife
Also available in audio
Skaife shares the behind-the-scenes account of life with the legendary ravens at the world’s eeriest monument, the Tower of London. “This is an utterly fascinating book about one of those subjects you never thought you’d be interested in until, well, you were. A splendid and constantly surprising book.” — Booklist, starred review

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

THE DREAM DAUGHTER by Diane Chamberlain
Also available in audio
THE LOVELY BONES meets THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE in LibraryReads author Chamberlain‘s new novel about a mother who must take a mind-bending leap of faith in order to save her unborn baby girl who has a heart defect. “The story is well-paced and the ending satisfyingly sweet….” — Kirkus Reviews

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THE LITTLE SHOP OF FOUND THINGS by Paula Brackston
The New York Times bestselling author of THE WITCH’S DAUGHTER begins a new series about a young woman whose connection to antiques takes her on a magical adventure. “Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander collection will delight in Brackston’s new series and eagerly await its second installment. A bewitching tale of love across centuries.” — Kirkus Reviews

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July 2018 E-Galley Recommendations

First, if you’re not whitelisted (pre-approved) for Macmillan’s e-galleys on Edelweiss, DO IT! Then download and read these fresh, forthcoming Macmillan titles:

Fiction:
DAUGHTER OF MOLOKA’I by Alan Brennert
GODSEND by John Wray
PARIS ECHO by Sebastian Faulks
RECEPTOR by Alan Glynn

Mystery/Thriller:
THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
NO MERCY by Joanna Schaffhausen
THE PERFECT LIAR by Thomas Christopher Greene
REDEMPTION POINT by Candice Fox
SINS AS SCARLET by Nicolas Obregon

Nonfiction:
ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson
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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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ALA Annual 2018 Adult Book Buzz Titles

We hope you enjoyed our Booze + Book Buzz at ALA Annual! For those who were #alaleftbehind, here’s everything we buzzed about:

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS* by Liane Moriarty | November 6, 2018 | 9781250069825
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND* by Louise Penny | November 27, 2018 | 9781250066206
FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED POLITICS* by Leah Daughtry, Yolanda Caraway, Minyon Moore, Donna Brazile, Veronica Chambers | October 2, 2018 | 9781250137715
MR. TRUMP’S WILD RIDE: The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of His Extraordinary First Year in Office* by Major Garrett | September 18, 2018 | 9781250185914
WHERE WE GO FROM HERE* by Bernie Sanders | October 30, 2018 | 9781250163264
THEM: Why We Hate Each Other—and How to Heal* by Ben Sasse | October 16, 2018 | 9781250193681
THE SILENT PATIENT* by Alex Michaelides | February 5, 2019 | 9781250301697
CAPE MAY* by Chip Creek | April 30, 2019 | 9781250297150
THIS CHAIR ROCKS: A Manifesto Against Ageism** by Ashton Applewhite | March 5, 2019 | 9781250311481
WHY DON’T YOU WRITE MY EULOGY NOW SO I CAN CORRECT IT?: A Mother’s Suggestions by Patricia Marx & Roz Chast | April 2, 2019 | 9781250301963
DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN* by Sarah Bird | September 4, 2018 | 9781250193162
A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN* by Therese Anne Fowler | October 16, 2018 | 9781250095473
THE BEST BAD THINGS** by Katrina Carrasco | November 6, 2018 | 9780374123697
INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster* by Stephen L. Carter | October 9, 2018 | 9781250121974
SHOTGUNS AND STAGECOACHES: The Brave Men Who Rode for Wells Fargo in the Wild West* by John Boessenecker | October 30, 2018 | 9781250184887
HEARTS OF THE MISSING** by Carol Potenza | December 4, 2018 | 9781250178282
THE WIDOWS* by Jess Montgomery | January 8, 2019 | 9781250184528
THE DEAD RINGER by M.C. Beaton | October 2, 2018 | 9781250157690
ASK ME NO QUESTIONS** by Shelley Noble | October 16, 2018 | 9780765398710
BUTTON MAN* by Andrew Gross | September 18, 2018 | 9781250179982
BRIGHT YOUNG DEAD* by Jessica Fellowes | October 30, 2018 | 9781250170811
BABY TEETH* by Zoje Stage | July 17, 2018 | 9781250170750
THE OTHER WOMAN* by Sandie Jones | August 21, 2018 | 9781250191984
LIES* by T.M. Logan | September 11, 2018 | 9781250182265
ZERO SUM GAME** by S.L. Huang | October 2, 2018 | 9781250180254
TRUST ME* by Hank Phillippi Ryan | August 28, 2018 | 9780765393074
THE CRAFTSMAN** by Sharon Bolton | October 16, 2018 | 9781250300034
A BORROWING OF BONES** by Paula Munier | September 11, 2018 | 9781250153036
AN ACT OF VILLAINY by Ashley Weaver | September 4, 2018 | 9781250159755
BLOOD IS BLOOD by Will Thomas | November 13, 2018 | 9781250170385
THE PIRANHAS: The Boy Bosses of Naples* by Roberto Saviano | September 4, 2018 | 9780374230029
BOOMER1** by Daniel Torday | September 18, 2018 | 9781250191793
LISTEN TO THE MARRIAGE** by John Jay Osborn | October 2, 2018 | 9780374192020
THE RAIN WATCHER* by Tatiana de Rosnay | October 23, 2018 | 9781250200013
EVENING IN PARADISE by Lucia Berlin | November 6, 2018 | 9780374279486
THE END OF THE END OF THE EARTH** by Jonathan Franzen | November 13, 2018 | 9780374147938
THE DINNER LIST* by Rebecca Serle | September 11, 2018 | 9781250295187
THE DREAM DAUGHTER* by Diane Chamberlain | October 2, 2018 | 9781250087300
THE FLAME: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings* by Leonard Cohen | October 2, 2018 | 9780374156060
UNTITLED AUTOBIOGRAPHY* by Roger Daltrey | October 23, 2018 | 9781250296030
HEART: A History by Sandeep Jauhar | September 18, 2018 | 9780374168650
NINE PINTS: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood by Rose George | October 23, 2018 | 9781627796378
THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London* by Christopher Skaife | October 2, 2018 | 9780374113346
MIRAGE* by Somaiya Daud | August 28, 2018 | 9781250126429
UNSTOPPABLE MOSES** by Tyler James Smith | September 25, 2018 | 9781250138545
TEEN TRAILBLAZERS by Jennifer Calvert, illus. by Vesna Asanovic | October 2, 2018 | 9781250200204
SADIE** by Courtney Summers | September 4, 2018 | 9781250105714
WIND RIDER** by P.C. Cast | October 16, 2018 | 9781250100788
THE DYSASTERS* by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast | February 26, 2019 | 9781250141040

Download the book buzz handout, complete with information about getting whitelisted for Macmillan e-galleys and participating in LibraryReads! And don’t forget you have free access to this presentation and many others right here.

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BookExpo & Day of Dialog 2018 – That’s a Wrap!

Last week we enjoyed seeing many of you at Library Journal and School Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog events and at BookExpo (helloooo!). For those who couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed:

At Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog, Laura van den Berg (THE THIRD HOTEL) dazzled on a Literary Fiction author panel, and M.C. Beaton charmed on a Mystery/Thriller author panel, promoting her newest Agatha Raisin mystery, THE DEAD RINGER.

Celadon Books co-founders Jamie Raab & Deb Futter presented their inaugural Winter 2019 list as part of an Editor’s Buzz Panel:

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides | 9781250301697 | Out 2/5/19
CAPE MAY by Chip Cheek | 9781250297150 | Out 4/30/19
THIS CHAIR ROCKS: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite | 9781250311481 | Out 3/5/19
WHY DON’T YOU WRITE MY EULOGY NOW SO I CAN CORRECT IT?: A Mother’s Suggestions by Patricia Marx and Roz Chast | 9781250301963 | Out 4/2/19

Later that afternoon, Minotaur Books Senior Editor Catherine Richards presented her favorites as part of an Mystery Editor’s Picks Panel:

THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones | 9781250191984 | Out 8/21/18
THE WIDOWS by Jess Montgomery | 9781250184528 | Out 1/8/19
THE BURNING CHAMBERS by Kate Mosse | 9781250202161 | Out 5/7/19
WONDERLAND by Zoje Stage | 9781250206893 | Out 12/25/19

Click here to download the snazzy handout of both Editor’s Buzz Panel titles.

Meanwhile over at School Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog, Melissa Albert (THE HAZEL WOOD) charmed on a “Strange Fascinations in YA” panel, and our own Emily Day presented her favorite forthcoming titles during a Publisher’s Pitch (we’re seeing Paris as a theme here…):

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease | 9781250295521 | Out 2/5/19 | YA Historical Fantasy | Ages 12 And Up
BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo | 9781250129833 | Out 4/30/19 | YA Romance / LGBT | Ages 12 And Up
IN PARIS WITH YOU by Clémentine Beauvais | 9781250299161 | Out 1/8/19 | YA Contemporary Romance | Ages 14 to 18
THE DYSASTERS by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast | 9781250141040 | Out 2/26/19 | YA Contemporary Fantasy | Ages 12 to 18
THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi | 9781250144546 | Out 1/15/19 | YA Epic Fantasy | Ages 12 to 18

Click here to download Emily’s SLJ Day of Dialog Publisher Pitch handout.

Plus, your colleagues were tweeting fast and furiously via the hashtags #ljdod18 and #sljdod18.

At BookExpo, Talia thrilled a crowd of 200+ librarians on the Downtown Stage with these forthcoming titles:

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty | November 6, 2018 | 9781250069825
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND by Louise Penny | November 27, 2018 | 9781250066206
FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED POLITICS by Leah Daughtry, Yolanda Caraway, Minyon Moore, Donna Brazile, Veronica Chambers | October 2, 2018 | 9781250137715
MR. TRUMP’S WILD RIDE: The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of His Extraordinary First Year in Office by Major Garrett | September 18, 2018 | 9781250185914
WHERE WE GO FROM HERE by Bernie Sanders | October 30, 2018 | 9781250163264
THEM: Why We Hate Each Other—and How to Heal by Ben Sasse | October 16, 2018 | 9781250193681
DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN by Sarah Bird | September 4, 2018 | 9781250193162
A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler | October 16, 2018 | 9781250095473
THE BEST BAD THINGS by Katrina Carrasco | November 6, 2018 | 9780374123697
INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter | October 9, 2018 | 9781250121974
BOOMER1 by Daniel Torday | September 18, 2018 | 9781250191793
THE PIRANHAS: The Boy Bosses of Naples by Roberto Saviano | September 4, 2018 | 9780374230029
LISTEN TO THE MARRIAGE by John Jay Osborn | October 2, 2018 | 9780374192020
THE DEAD RINGER by M.C. Beaton | October 2, 2018 | 9781250157690
ASK ME NO QUESTIONS by Shelley Noble | October 16, 2018 | 9780765398710
BUTTON MAN by Andrew Gross | September 18, 2018 | 9781250179982
BRIGHT YOUNG DEAD by Jessica Fellowes | October 30, 2018 | 9781250170811
THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides | February 5, 2019 | 9781250301697
BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage | July 17, 2018 | 9781250170750
THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones | August 21, 2018 | 9781250191984
LIES by T.M. Logan | September 11, 2018 | 9781250182265
TRUST ME by Hank Phillippi Ryan | August 28, 2018 | 9780765393074
THE CRAFTSMAN by Sharon Bolton | October 16, 2018 | 9781250300034
THE DINNER LIST by Rebecca Serle | September 11, 2018 | 9781250295187
THE DREAM DAUGHTER by Diane Chamberlain | October 2, 2018 | 9781250087300
THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife | October 2, 2018 | 9780374113346

Download the BookExpo 2018 Book Buzz handout here.

And at the LibraryReads Librarian author lunch, Suketu Mehta talked about his own experiences and research for his new book, THIS LAND IS THEIR LAND: An Impassioned Argument About Immigrations and Its Discontents (Spring 2019): “Fear of migrants is doing incalculably more damage than the migrants themselves ever could. All evidence shows that immigrants enrich the countries that they move to.”

Last but not least, here’s what your librarian pals recommended at Library Journal‘s “Shout n’ Share” panel:

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