Happy Monday, friends! We're starting this week with a hodgepodge-y check list of excellent linkage:
- This book isn't ours, but you should still read The Boston Globe's charmed review of Boris Kachka's "delectably gossipy" account of our very own Farrar, Straus, & Giroux called HOTHOUSE: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America’s Most Celebrated Publishing House (review online here).
- Consider hosting a Google+ event for #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon! Kenyon will open a Google+ Hangout on September 4th to celebrate the launch of STYXX and she's looking for a few venues to celebrate with her! Kenyon and her publicist are still in the early stages of planning the Hangout, but they're looking for nine enthusiastic venues that are ready to celebrate the Dark-Hunter series. If you're interested, please e-mail me with: the details of your A/V equipment, information on Google+/Skype events you've previously hosted, and how many people you think you can draw into your event.
- And finally, be good to one another!!
Kittens, snugglin' pic.twitter.com/mnqf6AUiIN— Emergency Cute Stuff (@EmergencyPuppy) June 25, 2013
Happy post-BEA Monday!
*cue everyone collapsing into a pile and catnapping for a week.*
We're almost at the end of this year's frenzied conference season, so let's wrap up our BookExpo adventures and get you back in gear for ALA Annual.
First of all, a huge thanks to all of the happy librarians who joined us for dinner on Wednesday at the AAP's Annual BEA Librarians Dinner with Erica Jong, the author of FEAR OF FLYING (40th Anniversary Edition), and also on Thursday at the AAP's BEA Librarians Author Lunch with Louise Penny, author of the Chief Inspector Gamache novels (pictured below)! We had a great time and we hope you were entertained and well-fed for your other panels and show floor expeditions. Please join us again next year and spread the word!
Alene Moroni and Stephanie Chase (King County Library System) bookending Louise Penny!
And also thank you to everyone who came out to hear me gush about a few of Macmillan's forthcoming titles at the AAP's Annual Librarians Book Buzz panel. My handout is available for you to download (PDF) and definitely go to MacmillanBEAPreview.com to register for e-galley downloads of all of Macmillan's featured BEA titles (expires June 10). Read more about Edelweiss here.
C-SPAN 2 posted the hour-long state of the book industry talk at BookExpo America with Macmillan CEO John Sargent. Watch "Publishing, Bookselling, and the Whole Damn Thing: A Conversation with John Sargent" now.
Please take a look at our full schedule posted here and find us during the show at booth 2103!
We're still talking about TxLA?? You betcha. That's because you still have a chance to win a stack of super fine signed books! The deadline to enter is today. Enter now.
As we embark into June let's take a look back over last month's ridiculously smile-worthy cat videos:
Happy Tuesday, library buds! I hope you all had a relaxing Presidents Day.
YA GalleyChat today; join us at 4 p.m. Eastern (3:30 for virtual cocktails). #ewyagc— EarlyWord (@earlyword) February 19, 2013
- To celebrate the publication of Dana Stabenow's BAD BLOOD, Minotaur is giving away five hundred (!!!) "Friends of Mutt" stickers to Dana's Facebook fans. This promotion does require a temporary switch of your Facebook profile. Details here.
Libraries of the future!! myjetpack.tumblr.com/post/433998080… A comic by Tom Gauld, author of the very awesome GOLIATH.— Macmillan Library (@MacmillanLib) February 19, 2013
Happy Monday, librarians! Here are a couple fun things to get your week started:
- Grammar Girl is here to help you help your patrons get work! She wrote up a few very handy hints for résumé building here on the blog. Oh, and there's a signed books giveaway, too!
"Karen Nieto is a remarkable character, and Mexican playwright/poet Sabina Berman's rendering of her unusual voice and personality in ME, WHO DOVE INTO THE HEART OF THE WORLD is equally remarkable. [...]
"A beautifully written, emotionally affecting debut featuring a protagonist whose 'different abilities' include surprising and charming the reader."
- And finally, A LADY CYCLIST'S GUIDE TO KASHGAR may have come out back in May, but it's still bicycle season, so we're still thinking about it!
When Talia told me that the brilliant minds at EarlyWord approached her about setting up a blog for Readers' Advisory librarians to learn more about the Science Fiction and Fantasy books coming out of Macmillan I whispered, "mine."
Finally! A place to highlight some of our fantastic fiction for the curious minded!
Each season I'll pick a few titles that I love and tell you a little bit about why I think they're so special. Uncharted Pages will cover a wide range of genres under the speculative fiction umbrella written for teens, adults, and immortals.
Ready to take a peek? Hop on your unicorn/magic carpet/transport zombie and head over to Uncharted Pages!
To celebrate we're giving away one slick, single-shouldered A MEMORY OF LIGHT backpack that we crammed full of finished books!
This contest has ended. Congratulations to our winner: Brianna Glenn, Library Director at De Soto Public Library!
Head over to Uncharted Pages, click the pale blue envelope icon under my picture, and send me an e-mail introducing yourself. Tell me one thing that you or your patrons love about speculative fiction and I'll enter you in the drawing!
This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below.
We're giving you a totally exclusive, never before seen, behind the scenes look into our twitter feed this week (you lucky librarians, you!). So much good stuff is going on, so instead of paraphrasing, we're serving it all up fresh straight from the tweeters' mouths. Enjoy!
We'll start with some tweets about the 4th Annual Librarian Shout 'n Share:
And here are some people we really like tweeting about books we really like:
At first I thought @Scalzi’s Redshirts was going to be lite nerdy fare, and then I found myself crying.— Bill Barnes (@billba) June 10, 2012
S Joinson"s engaging lst novel A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar: trag, & hope for 2 sets of characters living a world & many decades apart.— Nancy Pearl (@Nancy_Pearl) June 8, 2012
Prize for best eye-punching title goes to My Heart Is an Idiot: Essays by Davy Rothbart (Sept., Farrar) #bea12— Heather McCormack (@HuisceBeatha) June 6, 2012
And here are a few things to read on your lunch break:
Read an excerpt from How To Build An Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection huff.to/KDyMKT— HenryHolt (@HenryHolt) June 8, 2012
And, of course:
♫ Red Panda sittin' in the snow. N. A. P. P. I. N. G. ♫ twitter.com/EmergencyPuppy…— Emergency Cute Stuff (@EmergencyPuppy) June 4, 2012
What's that you say? You're not on Twitter? BIG MISTAKE! These monthly chats are an exceptional way to hear about which galleys other librarians are reading, have read, or plan to read and what made them pick up those books. It's the perfect first look at forthcoming titles.
A few excellent, upcoming Macmillan titles were discussed yesterday. I'll highlight a few for you here:
GRANDDAD, THERE'S A HEAD ON THE BEACH by Colin Cotterill
SO DAMN LUCKY by Deborah Coonts
GLAMOUR IN GLASS by Mary Robinette Kowal
MIDNIGHT IN AUSTENLAND by Shannon Hale
The next EarlyWord Galley Chat is on February 7th. And if you're looking for news on teen titles, you're in luck! The folks at EarlyWord are adding an EarlyWord YA Galley Chat starting February 14th (hashtag #ewYAgc).Read more
During this month's EarlyWord Galley Chat the conversation turned toward Daisy Goodwin's scandalous and luxe, THE AMERICAN HEIRESS. @EarlyWord expressed some confusion about the recommendation, "Talia recommended AMERICAN HEIRESS? But, it doesn't sound like there's any gore in it!" Fortunately Stephanie Chase (@acornandnuts) was there to clarify the appeal, "American Heiress is like a delicious piece of cake." We agree.
Library Journal gave THE AMERICAN HEIRESS a starred review that says, "Top-notch writing brings to life the world of wealth on both sides of the Atlantic. This debut’s strong character development and sense of place will please fans of historical romance, including book club members."
Publishers Weekly calls the story "lush," "propulsive," and "fresh." They also caught up with Goodwin to discuss her inspirations for her magnetic characters, clashing cultures, and explosive costumes. Read the full interview here!Read more