Hellooooo Monday! It's yet another brand new week and we're inching ever closer to summer skies. To kick off your week right we rounded up a few exciting viewables; take a look.
- Watch Louise Penny accept the 2013 Agatha Award for Best Novel (yet again!) this time for THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY and Catriona McPherson accept the 2013 Agatha Award for Best Historical for DANDY GILVER AND AN UNSUITABLE DAY FOR MURDER:
Louise kindly thanked her editor Hope Dellon, her publicist Sarah Melnyk, and publisher Andrew Martin. In describing her books she said,
"At the heart of the nugget they're about belonging, they're about my own personal quest for belonging, that for all of my life I've felt—for much of my life I've felt like I was on an island near the mainland [...] for me to find my community is deeply meaningful and what great company to be in."
Catriona also thanked all of the excellent people at Minotaur Books, her editor Marcia Markland, her fellow Macmillan author and winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award Hank Fabulous Ryan, er, Hank Phillippi Ryan and everyone in the Flatiron building (that's us!).
We loved getting the chance to talk about these two incredible books and if you didn't heed our praises when they came out, now's the time!
See all of the Agatha winners at MaliceDomestic.org.
- And finally, the greatest mystery of all: what exactly is this cat trying to pull? (Thanks, Ivy!)Read more
I'm back in New York and wishing you all a wonderful National Library Week! I'm wearing my very best yellow, plaid skirt and evergreen sweater combo in tribute to you.
In book news:
- CURSE OF THE JADE LILY by David Housewright is the winner of the 25th annual Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction! The honor is awarded by the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, the Saint Paul Public Library, and the City of Saint Paul. See the full list of award winners on Shelf Awareness.
- And speaking of good books, Kirkus Reviews gave an exalting review of Wilton Barnhardt's latest novel, LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY.
"Barnhardt’s fourth novel is a revelation: witty, savage and bighearted all at once, it is the Southern novel for the 21st century. [...] Barnhardt masterfully reimagines the Southern gothic: There is every kind of sordid deed committed, but there is also an abundance of humanity and grace." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Finally we wish all the best for the victims, families, and friends of those affected by the bombings in Boston. We were relieved to hear that the Boston Public Library next to the finish line was closed on Monday in observance of Patriot’s Day. Stay safe, Boston friends.Read more
Happy day, librarians! The weather has taken a turn for the sunny here in NYC and we hope it's doing the same in your neighborhood.
- TxLA 2013 is fast approaching! Don't forget to take a look at our full conference schedule under Conference Info above.
- Lauren Willig, author of THE ASHFORD AFFAIR, wrote an article for HeroesandHeartbreakers.com on the art of putting the right characters together at the wrong time in their lives to maximize romantic tension. Read 'Author Lauren Willig on Romantic Timing' now! And get whitelisted to download a copy of the e-galley from Edelweiss:
- And finally, a complicated flow chart answering an age-old question:
A small chart to help with over- purchases of books... twitter.com/justrena/statu…— RenaMaguire (@justrena) March 31, 2013
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!
Apologies for the unexpected radio silence after Wednesday of last week; I fell victim to the seasonal cold monster. I've triumphantly defeated the beast and returned only slightly sniffly to kick off the week with some great news.
- Continuing the exciting award nomination news from last week, we got the list of Macmillan books nominated for the 2012 Agatha Awards:
Nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Novel of 2012:
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
by Louise Penny
A FATAL WINTER
by G.M. Malliet
THE OTHER WOMAN
by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel of 2012:
DANDY GILVER AND AN UNSUITABLE DAY FOR A MURDER
by Catriona McPherson
Winners will be announced at the 2012 Agatha Awards banquet on May 4th, 2013, during Malice Domestic 25. See the full list of Agatha nominees here.
- A delightful review of THE MARLOW PAPERS is currently traveling all across the U.S. in American Airline's American Way magazine!
"With the screw-tightening verve of a great thriller and the romantic pull of Renaissance poetry, the novel—which purports that Marlowe is the true author of William Shakespeare’s legendary oeuvre—is a gripping, lyrical, most unlikely page-turner."
Read the super quick review here.
- Flavorwire suckered us in with another one of their bookish listicles, "The Best Fictional Libraries in Pop Culture."
- And finally, a couple of snuggly red pandas romping around in the snow!!
Hello, librarian buds! We'reback in the office after ALA Midwinter and ready to talk about a bunch of great award nomination news.
The 2013 nominees for the Left Coast Crime (a.k.a. Lefty) Award, which honors the best humorous mystery published during the previous year, have been annouced! The Macmillan nominees are:
SWIFT RUN by Laura DiSilverio
THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Brad Parks
Also HUSH MONEY by Chuck Greaves has been shortlisted for the Rocky Award for best mystery novel set in the Left Coast Crime geographical region and DANDY GILVER AND AN UNSUITABLE DAY FOR A MURDER by Catriona McPherson is shortlisted for the Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award, which is given to mystery novels covering events before 1960!
Winners will be announced on March 23rd during the 23rd annual Left Coast Crime Convention in Colorado Springs, CO.Read more
Happy Monday, Librarians!
- We're proud to see some fantastic books published and distributed by Macmillan on the list of finalists for the National Book Critics’ Circle Awards!
HHhH by Laurent Binet (FSG)
ALL WE KNOW by Lisa Cohen (FSG)
MY POETS by Maureen N. McLane (FSG)
REINVENTING BACH by Paul Elie (FSG)
THE GREY ALBUM: On the Blackness of Blackness by Kevin Young (Graywolf Press)
USELESS LANDSCAPE, OR A GUIDE FOR BOYS by D. A. Powell (Graywolf Press)
- We also saw some great reads on Nancy Pearl's list of Sure Bets for Your Book Group in her most recent Check it Out column for Publishers Weekly. We're especially excited about AMONG OTHERS by Jo Walton and FIELDWORK by Mischa Berlinski. See all of her picks here.
- Don't forget to get whitelisted so you can download all of Macmillan's e-galleys from Edelweiss! Instructions here.
- And check out the chapter sampler that St. Martin's Press created of their Spring 2013 debuts just for you. Download it now!Read more
Welcome to a new week, everyone!
- Thank you to all of the librarians who came out to last week's book buzzes in New York and Philadelphia. I had a wonderful time sharing the good word about our Winter 2013 titles and I hope you heard about a few books you simply can't run a library without!
- Library Journal's resident dude expert, Douglas Lord, has curated another list of Books for Dudes including THE UNINVITED by Liz Jensen, of which he says, "Both the hero and the mystery of this superb and engrossing novel will captivate readers." See the full article here.
Is this seat taken? twitter.com/EmergencyPuppy…— Emergency Cute Stuff (@EmergencyPuppy) December 6, 2012
Welcome back from Thanksgiving, everyone!
I hope you all had an uncomfortably delicious holiday. While you're recovering with your leftovers lunch we have a few items to share with you:
- Teen Librarians, please join us next Tuesday (12/4) for the Association of American Publishers' first ever Children's and YA Tri-State Book Buzz! There will be goodie bags, galleys, breakfast, and good times. RSVP now!
- The paperback of Talia's tell-all memoir is coming out in January, so be sure to check that out...Read more
Ladies and gentlemen, the Flatiron is powered up and Macmillan is officially back in action post-Sandy!
Our hearts go out to everyone who was and still is affected by the hurricane. We wish you all the best recovering safely and returning to normal.
We're having some e-mail recovery delays today. Please feel free to resend urgent e-mails from the past week. We appreciate your patience while we get back on our feet!
We're still not receiving external e-mails. Even if you do NOT get a bounce back notification, it's likely we will not receive your e-mail today. Please feel free to call Ali at (646) 307-5486, comment below, or tweet at @MacmillanLib.
Despite the troubles, it was great to walk in this morning and see that the lights are on, the water's running, and the Publishers Weekly's Best Books 2012 issue is out! They compiled a great list and we'll start by applauding four titles that we're delighted to see in the Top 10:
BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel
THE PEOPLE WHO EAT DARKNESS by Richard Lloyd Parry
ALL WE KNOW by Lisa Cohen
DETROIT CITY IS THE PLACE TO BE by Mark Binelli
See the full 2012 Top 10 list here. We'll be making noise about the rest of the best later this week!
Please stay safe and we hope to hear from you all again soon!Read more