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2018 PEN Literary Awards Longlist

The PEN American Center announced the longlists for the 2018 PEN Literary Awards and they include 10 Macmillan titles:

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas

PEN Open Book Award (For an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color published in 2017)
LESSONS ON EXPULSION: Poems by Erika L. Sanchez

PEN Translation Prize
THE IMPOSSIBLE FAIRY TALE by Han Yujoo

PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
THE ART OF DEATH: Writing the Final Story by Edwidge Danticat
FLANEUSE: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London by Lauren Elkin

PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography
THE TRIALS OF A SCOLD: The Incredible True Story of Writer Anne Royall by Jeff Biggers
YOU SAY TO BRICK: The Life of Louis Kahn by Wendy Lesser
HOUSMAN COUNTRY: Into the Heart of England by Peter Parker

PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
THE BUTCHERING ART: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris

The finalists will be revealed later this month and the winners will be announced on February 20.

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

Kirkus Best Books of 2017 – Nonfiction

Kirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2017 Nonfiction lists which include 13 Macmillan titles:

Best Nonfiction (full list)
INCENDIARY: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling by Michael Cannell
FALLEN GLORY: The Lives and Deaths of History’s Greatest Buildings by James Crawford
FREUD: The Making of an Illusion by Frederick Crews
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
UNWARRANTED: Policing Without Permission by Barry Friedman
BORDER: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova
YOU SAY TO BRICK: The Life of Louis Kahn by Wendy Lesser
ADMISSIONS: Life as a Brain Surgeon by Henry Marsh
FEAR CITY: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics by Kim Phillips-Fein
THE SONGS WE KNOW BEST: John Ashbery’s Early Life by Karin Roffman
LIFE IN CODE: A Personal History of Technology by Ellen Ullman
JANE AUSTEN AT HOME: A Biography by Lucy Worsley

Best American History Books of 2017 (full list)
FEAR CITY: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics by Kim Phillips-Fein
INCENDIARY: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling by Michael Cannell

Best Current Affairs/Politics Books of 2017 (full list)
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
UNWARRANTED: Policing Without Permission by Barry Friedman

Best Biographies of 2017 (full list)
FREUD: The Making of an Illusion by Frederick Crews
THE SONGS WE KNOW BEST: John Ashbery’s Early Life by Karin Roffman
JANE AUSTEN AT HOME: A Biography by Lucy Worsley
YOU SAY TO BRICK: The Life of Louis Kahn by Wendy Lesser

Best Memoirs of 2017 (full list)
ADMISSIONS: Life as a Brain Surgeon by Henry Marsh
LIFE IN CODE: A Personal History of Technology by Ellen Ullman readmoreremove

New York Times Notable Books of 2017

The gray lady picked 14 Macmillan titles:

Fiction & Poetry
THE DARK FLOOD RISES by Margaret Drabble
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
SIX FOUR by Hideo Yokoyama
TRANSIT by Rachel Cusk
WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier

Nonfiction
AGE OF ANGER: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra
BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young
FLANEUSE: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London by Lauren Elkin
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr. (a NYTBR Top Ten pick!)
NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY: An American Abroad in a Post-American World by Suzy Hansen
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser (a NYTBR Top Ten pick!)
YOU SAY TO BRICK: The Life of Louis Kahn by Wendy Lesser

See these and many more titles in Macmillan’s Best Books of 2017 Edelweiss collection. We’ll update it as more “Best of 2017” lists come in. #CollectionDevelopmentMadeEasy

Washington Post’s Best Books of 2017

Huzzah! 16 Macmillan titles made the Washington Post‘s Best Books of 2017 lists!

Best Books 2017 (full list)
I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet

Notable Fiction (full list)
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
THE DARK FLOOD RISES by Margaret Drabble
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle

Notable Nonfiction (full list)
AFFLUENCE WITHOUT ABUNDANCE: The Disappearing World of the Bushmen by James Suzman
THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President, edited by Bandy X. Lee readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Architecture

Happy Friday! Celebrate with these #FridayReads about architecture:

FALLEN GLORY: The Lives and Deaths of History’s Greatest Buildings by James Crawford
An inviting, fascinating compendium of twenty-one of history’s most famous lost places, from the Tower of Babel to the Twin Towers. “No one can accuse FALLEN GLORY of lacking ambition…. It’s a narrative that spans seven millennia, five continents and even reaches into cyberspace. At over 600 pages with endnotes, it’s a commitment. I savored each page. At no time was I tempted to rush through or skip ahead. The writing is that good, and each one of the author’s subjects is fascinating and idiosyncratic…. This is a book of and for the world.” — The Wall Street Journal

YOU SAY TO BRICK: The Life of Louis Kahn by Wendy Lesser
The first biography of iconic American architect Louis Kahn that delves fully into his life and work. “Lesser tracks with clarity and drama each demanding phase in Kahn’s evolution as an ardent and magnetic architect and teacher who had children with his wife of more than 40 years, and two of his colleagues turned lovers, while working passionately around the world to create vital, evocative, and inspiring buildings and spaces.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

ALA Midwinter 2014 – Friday events

ALA Midwinter headerIt's finally here! Today ALA Midwinter 2014 opens and we're excited to see all of your happy, shining faces in booth #622 and at all of our exciting events (all are free unless otherwise noted).

Here's your daily digest for Friday, January 24:
Why I Read jacketIn-booth signing by Wendy Lesser, author of WHY I READ: The Serious Pleasure of Books

Friday, January 24th
5:30-7:00pm
Philadelphia Convention Center | Booth #622

Meet the founder of the Threepenny Review and have your complimentary copy of WHY I READ: The Serious Pleasure of Books signed. Lesser's "delectably sophisticated inquiry into why reading is a constant source of pleasure and provocation" (Booklist) is as much a memoir as it is about the craft of literature. Written in "erudite, beautiful passages," WHY I READ "will speak to booklovers of all types." — Publishers Weekly, starred review. 

See you soon!

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We Love Books About Books

Who can resist books about books and libraries? We can't! Here's just a few of the latest titles we're into (Caution: some books may include kittens):

WHY I READ: The Serious Pleasure of Books by Wendy Lesser
Founder of the Threepenny Review, Lesser's "delectably sophisticated inquiry into why reading is a constant source of pleasure and provocation" (Booklist) is as much a memoir as it is about the craft of literature. Written in "erudite, beautiful passages," WHY I READ "will speak to booklovers of all types." – Publishers Weekly, starred review. If you're attending ALA Midwinter, make sure to meet Wendy Lesser in booth #622!

WHAT MAKE THIS BOOK SO GREAT by Jo Walton
This collection of Tor.com blog posts from Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author Walton about her favorites works of sci-fi and fantasy is "...akin to a genre version of Nancy Pearl's BOOK LUST." (Library Journal, starred review) "For readers unschooled in the history of SF/F, this book is a treasure trove; for those who recognize every title, Walton evokes the joy of returning to a well-worn favorite." – Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE SHELF: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading by Phyllis Rose
No, this isn't reading while rappelling down a mountain like we hoped, but it is still an extreme library sport: to read through an entire shelf of library books. In Rose's case, her randomly chosen shelf of fiction from LEQ to LES contained a classic she has not read, a remarkable variety of authors, and a range of literary styles from mystery to humor. Perhaps it'll inspire similar challenges in your library!

Now that we're thinking about cats, here are 21 cats who are secretly excellent readers!

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Macmillan Library @ ALA Midwinter 2014 (booth 622)

ALA Midwinter headerCan you believe it's just two short months until we descend on the City of Brotherly Love for ALA Midwinter 2014?! Please visit us in the booth (#622) and join us for all of our exciting events (all are free unless otherwise noted):

Why I Read jacketIn-booth signing by Wendy Lesser, author of WHY I READ: The Serious Pleasure of Books

Friday, January 24th
5:30-7:00pm
Philadelphia Convention Center | Booth #622

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E-galley available on Edelweiss

LibraryReads logoLibraryReads: Collaborative Discovery for Librarians & Patrons panel

Saturday, January 25th
11:30am-12:30pm
Philadelphia Convention Center | 114 Lecture Hall

Find out how to share the books you love with readers across the country and enhance your professional profile by participating in LibraryReads, the monthly, nationwide library staff picks list. Free Advance Readers Copies will be provided courtesy of publishers.

  

Adult Literature Spotlight: ARC & Finished Book Giveaway

Saturday, January 25th
2:00-4:00pm
Philadelphia Convention Center | Booth #622

Drift jacket
In-booth signing by Jon McGoran, author of DRIFT

Saturday, January 25th
2:00-4:00pm
Philadelphia Convention Center | Booth #622

Radiance of Tomorrow jacket

Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture
by Ishmael Beah

Saturday, January 25th
4:00-5:00pm
Philadelphia Convention Center | Grand Ballroom

Don't miss the opportunity to be inspired and moved by human rights advocate and bestselling author Ishmael Beah whose first book A LONG WAY GONE: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier has been published in over thirty languages and has helped shine an international spotlight on critical issues related to children and war. His new book is RADIANCE OF TOMORROW.

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E-galley available on Edelweiss

Duck the Halls jacket

Donna Andrews at the Pop Top Mystery Stage

Sunday, January 26th
10:00-11:00am
Philadelphia Convention Center | Pop Top Mystery Stage on the Exhibit Floor off the 400 aisle, Row #30

Donna Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of the award-winning Meg Langslow mystery series. She will be speaking and signing copies of DUCK THE HALLS.

FangirlEleanor & ParkIn-booth signing by Rainbow Rowell, author of  FANGIRL and ELEANOR & PARK

Sunday, January 26th
3:00-5:00pm
Philadelphia Convention Center | Booth #622
While supplies last; limit one book per person 

RUSA Book & Media Awards Ceremony and Reception

Sunday, January 26th
5:00pm to 6:30pm
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel | Liberty Ballroom A

Attend RUSA's Book & Media Awards Ceremony and Reception to find out selections for the Reading List, Notable Books (which help form the long list for the Andrew Carnegie Medals of Excellence for Fiction and Nonfiction) and Listen List, as well as the winners of the Dartmouth Medal for reference, the Sophie Brody Medal for Jewish literature, the Zora Neale Hurston Award for achievement in promoting African-American literature, the Louis Shores Award for book reviewing and many more. If you can't attend, follow @ala_rusa on Twitter for announcements (hashtag #literarytastes).

YALSA's Morris & Nonfiction Award Program & Presentation

Charm & StrangeMonday, January 27th
10:30am to 12:00 noon
Philadelphia Convention Center | Lecture Hall 103B

Morris Award nominee Stephanie Kuehn (CHARM & STRANGE) will speak at the 2014 Morris Award and YA Nonfiction presentation. Join all award honorees and winners at this ticketed event, where you can also enjoy coffee, tea and danish. After the winners and finalists speak about their honored titles, mingle with the authors and pick up free copies of their books.

Tickets are $19. Details and purchasing information here.

LandlineLibraryReads / AAP Annual BookTalk Breakfast

Monday, January 27th
8:30am to 10:00am
RSVP required, space is limited

Co-hosted by the Association of American Publishers Trade Libraries Committee and Library Journal each year, this annual breakfast will feature several authors including Rainbow Rowell (LANDLINE, FANGIRL, ELEANOR & PARK).

Details and RSVP information here.

Keep Quiet jacketAccused jacketGala Author Tea

Monday, January 27th
2:00-4:00pm
Philadelphia Convention Center | Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Liberty A-C

Join United for Libraries for this traditional and popular event. Enjoy a light repast of finger sandwiches and tea as several best-selling authors, including Lisa Scottoline, discuss their writing. Author signings follow and most books will be given away for free!

Advance purchase tickets are $55 each ($49 for United for Libraries members). On-site tickets are $55 each while seats are available.

Details and ticket information here.

First time at ALA Midwinter? Take a look at these super helpful tips so you can be a pro in no time. See you there! readmoreremove
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