Book Buzzing in Chicago!

Book Buzzing in Chicago!

cplWell folks, this weekend I'm off to the Windy City (I added those italics so it looks appropriately wind-blown!) to buzz about new books at Chicago Public! I'm not totally sure what to expect from the City of Big Shoulders, but when I get back I'll tell you all about it! And I assume that will go a liiittle something like this.

For those of you outside the Chicago metropolitan area, you can take a look at all of the titles that I'll be presenting on Monday in this post. Also, if you want to know more specifically about some of our hottest upcoming mysteries, take a look at Talia's slides from the "Murderous Month of May" Booklist Webinar.

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Library Journal’s Spring Adult Book Buzz!

Library Journal’s Spring Adult Book Buzz!

This afternoon during Library Journal's Spring Adult Book Buzz (3pm Eastern, #ljadultbuzz), I'll be discussing all of the super fabulous upcoming titles listed below!

Join me, Virginia from HarperCollins, Kelly and Erica from Random House, Elenita from Perseus, and moderator Barbara Hoffert from Library Journal for an hour-long book buzz webinar party today! Register now

A LADY CYCLIST'S GUIDE TO KASHGAR | Suzanna Joinson | 978-1-60819-811-5

SHINE SHINE SHINE | Lydia Netzer | 978-1-250-00707-0

BENEATH THE SHADOWS | Sara Foster | 978-0-312-64336-2

THE LAND OF DECORATION | Grace McCleen | 978-0-8050-9494-7

A SIMPLE MURDER | Eleanor Kuhns | 978-1-250-00553-3

DEAD SCARED | S. J. Bolton | 978-0-312-60053-2

KILL YOU TWICE | Chelsea Cain | 978-0-312-61978-7

THE OTHER WOMAN | Hank Phillippi Ryan | 978-0-7653-3257-8

BRING UP THE BODIES | Hilary Mantel | 978-0-8050-9003-1

WHERE WE BELONG | Emily Giffin | 978-0-312-55419-4

MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND | Matthew Dicks | 978-1-250-00621-9

THIS IS NOT A TEST | Courtney Summers | 978-0-312-65674-4

REDSHIRTS | John Scalzi | 978-0-7653-1699-8

GLAMOUR IN GLASS | Mary Robinette Kowal | 978-0-7653-2557-0

THE WITCH'S DAUGHTER | Paula Brackston | 978-0-312-62168-1

AMONG OTHERS | Jo Walton | 978-0-7653-2153-4

CHINESE WHISKERS | Pallavi Aiyar | 978-1-250-01448-1

PAW PRINTS IN THE MOONLIGHT | Denis O'Connor | 978-0-312-66829-7

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Register Now: Library Journal’s Spring Adult Book Buzz

Register Now: Library Journal’s Spring Adult Book Buzz

spring buzz

Librarians, mark your calendars:

Yours truly will be buzzing about some of Macmillan's most exciting upcoming Spring titles in Library Journal's Spring Adult Book Buzz on Tuesday, April 10 at 3:00PM (EDT). 

I will be joining Virginia Stanley from HarperCollins, Jen Childs and Erica Melnichok from Random House, Elenita Chmilowski from Perseus, and moderator Barbara Hoffert from Library Journal for this hour-long book buzz webinar.

Expect your to-read pile to get dangerously tottery.

There are more details on this event at LibraryJournal.com. Or you can go ahead and register for the event now.

I hope you're free to join me for my inaugural book buzz webinar!

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Philadelphia Book Buzz Title List

Philadelphia Book Buzz Title List

Thanks to all of the librarians who joined us at the Free Library of Philadelphia yesterday! I had a lot of fun and got A LOT of compliments on my awesome new fox sweater.

For those of you who couldn't make it to Philly, here's the list of titles I presented: 

New from Our Bestselling Authors

COME HOME | Scottoline, Lisa | 978-0-312-38082-3 | HC
HOME FRONT | Hannah, Kristin | 978-0-312-57720-9 | HC
ANOTHER PIECE OF MY HEART | Green, Jane | 978-0-312-59182-3 | HC

Dark Mysteries

AVAILABLE DARK | Hand, Elizabeth | 978-0-312-58594-5 | HC
CLOUDLAND | Olshan, Joseph | 978-1-250-00017-0 | HC
THE MAN FROM PRIMROSE LANE | Renner, James | 978-0-374-20095-4 | HC
ASHES TO DUST | Sigurdardottir, Yrsa | 978-0-312-64174-0; 978-1-250-00493-2 | TPO&HC

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Thrillers

AN AMERICAN SPY | Steinhauer , Olen | 978-0-312-62289-3 | HC
THE ROPE | Barr, Navada | 978-0-312-61457-7 | HC
THE DARKENING FIELD | Ryan, William | 978-0-312-58651-5 | HC
CHILDREN OF WRATH | Grossman, Paul | 978-0-312-60191-1 | HC
THE INQUISITOR | Smith, Mark Allen | 978-0-8050-9426-8 | HC

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For the Janeites

MIDNIGHT IN AUSTENLAND | Hale, Shannon | 978-1-60819-625-8 | HC

For the Magicians

HEMLOCK GROVE | McGreevy, Brian | 978-0-374-53291-8 | TPO
JOE GOLEM AND THE DROWNING CITY | Mignola, Mike | 978-0-312-64473-4 | HC

Heavy Memoirs

GYPSY BOY | Walsh, Mikey | 978-0-312-62208-4 | HC
TRIGGERED | Wortmann, Fletcher | 978-0-312-62210-7 | HC

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Now, Back to the Cute! (Cozies with Kittens)

THE CAT SITTER’S PAJAMAS | Clement, Blaize | 978-0-312-64313-3 | HC
NO COOPERATION FROM THE CAT | Babson, Marian | 978-0-312-33240-2 | HC

For YA Librarians

Teen title information at MacmillanLibrary.com under Books for Teens.

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You’re Invited to the Philadelphia Book Buzz!

You’re Invited to the Philadelphia Book Buzz!

Buzzing in Philly

 

What: A book buzz!

When: 12/14/2011 @ 2pm (lunch at 1pm)

Where: Parkway Central Library (1901 Vine St, Philadelphia) Room 108

 

Who: Library representatives from Macmillan (me!), Hachette, HarperCollins, John Wiley, McGraw Hill, Penguin, Perseus, Random House,  Sterling,  Workman, WW Norton, and, of course, you!

If you're going to be in Philly in mid-December, join Ali for a book buzz at the Parkway Central Library.

Please RSVP here by December 5th*! For more information, contact Anne Silvers Lee at leea-at-freelibrary.org.

*UPDATE: The deadline has been extended, please RSVP today and join us!

Can't make it? Don't fret, we'll post the full list of featured titles on the blog afterward.

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NYLA’s Mystery Slam!

NYLA’s Mystery Slam!

mysterious girls

Thanks to all of the librarians who joined me yesterday at NYLA's Mystery Slam! I had a blast. I hope you all discovered some intriguing new titles and managed to enjoy a glass of wine (or two) during the event (I mean, the description really should have been: "buzzing and getting buzzed!").

I had a blast presenting with my co-panelists Kayleigh George (HarperCollins) and Cheryl Herman (Random House Books On Tape and Listening Library). I also owe a huge thanks (and probably a mountain of cookies) to Annie Mazes (HarperCollins) who drove Kayleigh and I upstate to the event! Thanks, girl!

Here's the list of all the titles I presented:
  • AVAILABLE DARK | Hand, Elizabeth | 978-0-312-58594-5 | HC
  • CLOUDLAND | Olshan, Joseph | 978-1-250-00017-0 | HC
  • THE MAN FROM PRIMROSE LANE | Renner, James | 978-0-374-20095-4 | HC
  • HEART OF A KILLER | Rosenfelt, David | 978-0-312-59837-2 | HC
  • HUNTING SWEETIE ROSE | Fredrickson, Jack | 978-0-312-60526-1 | HC
  • ASHES TO DUST | Sigurdardottir, Yrsa | 978-0-312-64174-0; 978-1-250-00493-2 | TPO&HC
  • AN AMERICAN SPY | Steinhauer , Olen | 978-0-312-62289-3 | HC
  • THE ROPE | Barr, Nevada | 978-0-312-61457-7 | HC
  • THE DARKENING FIELD | Ryan, William | 978-0-312-58651-5 | HC
  • THE INQUISITOR | Smith, Mark Allen | 978-0-8050-9426-8 | HC
  • MIDNIGHT IN AUSTENLAND | Hale, Shannon | 978-1-60819-625-8 | HC
  • A SIMPLE MURDER | Kuhns , Eleanor | 978-1-250-00553-3 | HC
  • HEMLOCK GROVE |McGreevy, Brian | 978-0-374-53291-8 | TPO
  • JOE GOLEM AND THE DROWNING CITY | Mignola, Mike | 978-0-312-64473-4 | HC
  • THREATS | Gray, Amelia | 978-0-374-53307-6 | TPO
  • CHILDREN OF WRATH | Grossman, Paul | 978-0-312-60191-1 | HC
  • THE CAT SITTER’S PAJAMAS | Clement, Blaize | 978-0-312-64313-3 | HC
  • NO COOPERATION FROM THE CAT | Babson, Marian | 978-0-312-33240-2 | HC
  • DEAD SCARED | Bolton, S.J. | 978-0-312-60053-2 | HC
  • KILL YOU TWICE | Cain, Chelsea | 978-0-312-61978-7 | HC
  • THE NIGHTMARE | Kepler, Lars | 978-0-374-11533-3 | HC
  • GRANDDAD, THERE'S A HEAD ON THE BEACH | Cotterill, Colin | 978-0-312-56454-4 | HC
  • THE RECKONING | Casey, Jane | 978-0-312-62200-8 | HC
  • HUSH MONEY | Greaves, Chuck | 978-1-250-00523-6 | HC
  • A DARK ANATOMY | Blake, Robin | 978-1-250-00672-1 | HC
  • DON’T EVER GET OLD | Friedman, Dan | 978-0-312-60693-0 | HC
  • THE VIPER | Östlundh, Håkan | 978-0-312-64232-7 | HC
  • THE LOCK ARTIST | Hamilton, Steve | 978-0-312-69695-5 | TP
  • THE LAST CHILD | Hart, John | 978-0-312-64236-5 | TP

THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE | King, Laurie R. | 978-0-312-42736-8 | TP

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AAP Sneak Peek Success!

AAP Sneak Peek Success!

Yesterday's AAP Librarians' Sneak Peek Book Preview was the perfect way to spend a rainy Wednesday!

Of the titles I presented (see below), THE INQUISITOR, THREATS, TRIGGERED, and MIDNIGHT IN AUSTENLAND prompted the strongest audience reactions (mostly ooo's, ewww's, and oh my's!). Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag: #aapbookbuzz!

Macmillan's Titles:
  • LOVE IN A NUTSHELL | Evanovich, Janet | 978-0-312-65131-2 
  • COME HOME | Scottoline, Lisa | 978-0-312-38082-3 
  • HOME FRONT | Hannah, Kristin | 978-0-312-57720-9
  • ANOTHER PIECE OF MY HEART | Green, Jane | 978-0-312-59182-3 
  • THE INQUISITOR | Smith, Mark Allen | 978-0-8050-9426-8
  • AVAILABLE DARK | Hand, Elizabeth | 978-0-312-58594-5
  • HEART OF A KILLER | Rosenfelt, David | 978-0-312-59837-2
  • ASHES TO DUST | Sigurdardottir, Yrsa | 978-0-312-64174-0; 978-1-250-00493-2
  • CLOUDLAND | Olshan, Joseph | 978-1-250-00017-0
  • THE MAN FROM PRIMROSE LANE | Renner, James | 978-0-374-20095-4
  • THREATS | Gray, Amelia | 978-0-374-53307-6
  • THE CAT SITTER’S PAJAMAS | Clement, Blaize | 978-0-312-64313-3
  • NO COOPERATION FROM THE CAT | Babson, Marian | 978-0-312-33240-2
  • GYPSY BOY | Walsh, Mikey | 978-0-312-62208-4 (YA crossover)
  • TRIGGERED | Wortmann, Fletcher | 978-0-312-62210-7 (YA crossover)
  • THE STARBOARD SEA | Dermont, Amber | 978-0-312-64280-8 (YA crossover)
  • HEMLOCK GROVE | McGreevy, Brian | 978-0-374-53291-8 (YA crossover)
  • JOE GOLEM AND THE DROWNING CITY | Mignola, Mike | 978-0-312-64473-4 (YA crossover)
  • MIDNIGHT IN AUSTENLAND | Hale, Shannon | 978-1-60819-625-8
  • THE DARKENING FIELD | Ryan, William | 978-0-312-58651-5
  • CHILDREN OF WRATH | Grossman, Paul | 978-0-312-60191-1

BOOKS FOR TEENS | See info under Books for Teens

There should be a partial recording of the event out soon (unfortunately, there were some technical difficulties near the end), so stay tuned!

We owe a big thanks to Becca of the AAP and Erica at Random House for putting the event together and to all the librarians that came out and joined us!

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Book Group Buzzing with Booklist

Book Group Buzzing with Booklist

If you missed Booklist's Book Group Buzz webinar (for shame!), we've got the scoop for you until the webinar is archived.

You can download the full title list from all publishers here. (Warning! The excel file downloads immediately.)

All of our buzzed books are shown above, but here are a few snippets from Talia's buzz to tempt you to tune in next time:

"What do
Edith Wharton, Daphne du Maurier, Jane Austen, "Upstairs, Downstairs," and
People magazine have in common? THE AMERICAN HEIRESS has been compared to all
of them." On THE AMERICAN HEIRESS

"A dead mother. An abusive father. A plot to escape. A sister has been left behind!" On THE SISTERS

"I have to take a second to thank Julia for writing some steamy moments between Reverend Claire and Chief of Police Russ. What could be better?" On ONE WAS A SOLDIER

"If you
have a puppy, had a puppy, or have puppy-owning friends, you must start a
puppy book club just to read this book." On THE PUPPY DIARIES

"Are we
looking at those kittens? Hello? Kittens anyone?!" On BEST FRIENDS, OCCASIONAL ENEMIES

Check out our dedicated book club website, Reading Group Gold, for more recommendations.

[UPDATE] Our friends over at Booklist have posted all of the slides from the presentation for you here: http://www.BooklistOnline.com/media/webinars/materials/Book_Group_Buzzing.pdf. And they have posted the full audio-visual presentation, which you can watch here.

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Monday Fun Day! (7/25/2011 Edition)

Monday Fun Day! (7/25/2011 Edition)

It's Monday! Monday! Monday!

And we have galleys to send you! Patti Callahan Henry has written yet another insightful exploration of the human heart, COMING UP FOR AIR

UPDATE: We have sent out all of our COMING UP FOR AIR galleys. If you got one, enjoy!

Ellie’s world turns upside down after her controlling mother passes away and she sees her ex-boyfriend, Hutch, at the funeral. Ellie learns that he is in charge of a documentary that involved her mother before her death. He wants answers to questions that Ellie’s not sure she can face, until, when going through her mother’s things, she discovers a hidden diary – and a window onto stories buried long ago. 

COMING UP FOR AIR will be available September 2011 from St. Martin's Press and is featured on the August 2011 Indie Next List. If you would like an advanced copy of COMING UP FOR AIR send your name, library, and full mailing address to Library @ MacmillanUSA.com.

Tomorrow Talia will be giving shout-outs to some hot new titles in a Booklist buzz webinar. Join us, Random House, and HarperCollins for an hour of library-specific recommendations! Sign up here.

Last week, many of our buddies over at Tor were singularly focused on San Diego Comic Con. If you're following them on Twitter you've undoubtedly seen an influx in geektastic tweets about panels, interviews, and costume sightings. I am, admittedly, quite jealous.

And finally, a head's up: for the rest of this week we'll be running blog posts on great books for reluctant readers of the teenage male variety. Tune in and tell us your favorites, too!

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BEA 2011 Recap

BEA 2011 Recap

Sorry for the late post, everyone!

I got a little caught up celebrating over my Publishers Weekly article that ran this morning and lost track of time. Okay, okay; I also had to watch this ridiculously cute cat video that people have been sending around the office. But now I'm really getting down to business, so I thought I would post a super quick recap of our BEA 2011 events.

Monday night we kicked off the conference with the Annual BookExpo America Librarians Dinner, presented by AAP and Library Journal. Nancy Pearl hosted the event with some great authors including, Dava Sobel, author of A MORE PERFECT HEAVEN. Oh, and the dessert was divine!

Tuesday we started off with The Great Readalike. If You Like This…You’ll LOVE That! in which a few of our favorite librarians sounded off about which books you might have missed in a few popular categories. If you want a taste, Lesa posted her readalikes on her blog! Then there was Back to Basics. Why Home Economics Books are the New Retro Chic, a fun panel introducing some great DIY topics to share with your crafty patrons. The BEA Librarians Author Lunch hosted by Nora Rawlinson of EarlyWord was overflowing with very excited (and very hungry!) librarians. We ran out of chairs fast, but thankfully everyone was fed. During the lunch Tom Perrotta, author of THE LEFTOVERS, told stories about his library experiences alongside other great speakers such as Chuck Palahniuk, David Baldacci, and more. Talia finished up the day giving book recommendations at the AAP Annual Librarians Book Buzz and a panel on Hot Fall Book Club Titles. Curious what she recommended? To name a few:

THE LETOVERS (Perrotta)
GLOW (Ryan)
THE SISTERS (Jensen)
THE AMERICAN HEIRESS (Goodwin)
THE HYPNOTIST (Kepler)
KILLED AT THE WHIM OF A HAT (Cotterill)
FREEDOM (Franzen)
BY NIGHTFALL (Cunningham)
THE MARRIAGE PLOT (Eugenides)
BEST FRIENDS, OCCASIONAL ENEMIES (Scottoline & Serritella)

Wednesday we sat in on a few informative panels discussing the future of collection development considering financial cutbacks, technological transition, and the ever-changing role of the librarian. Hearing about how these changes are tangibly taking shape in libraries straight from the mouths of librarians is invaluable to us and makes conferences like BEA entirely worthwhile. We finished up our conference at the 3rd Annual Librarian Shout ‘n Share which was a riot! Talia and I both added a few books to our TBR piles, were serenated with a little BROETRY, and learned a valuable lesson: never give librarians squeaky horns!

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