The National Book Award Finalists!

The National Book Award Finalists!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled blogging to bring you the National Book Award-finalists from Macmillan!

Fiction: 
SALVAGE THE BONES by Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury USA)

Nonfiction:
THE CONVERT by Deborah Baker (Graywolf Press)

Poetry:
THE CHAMELEON COUCH by Yusef Komunyakaa (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
DOUBLE SHADOW by Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

See the full list of NBA-nominees at Publishers Weekly.

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The Word of the Day: Crafts

The Word of the Day: Crafts

We're getting pretty serious about this whole "Word of the Day" theme. Let's see if I can keep it up for the rest of the week!

Monday's Word of the Day: Teens

Tuesday's Word of the Day: Chocolate

And today's Word of the Day: Crafts!

THE VERY EASY GUIDE TO KNITTING SCARVES
Step-by-Step Techniques, Easy-to-Follow Patterns, and 22 Projects to Get You Started
Marie Connolly

Sew you think you can knit, huh? Prove it with a cozy scarf. A scarf is where many knitters start and often return. Scarves never lose their appeal. For the beginner, this book offers basic stitches paired with beautiful yarns to create gorgeous scarves, from cozy winter warmers to delicate evening wraps. The more advanced can choose from cable patterns, lace stitches, Fair Isle patterns, and many other inspiring ideas.

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Nonfiction Naked with Rob Kirkpatrick #4

Nonfiction Naked with Rob Kirkpatrick #4

Nonfiction Naked is a column brought to you by Rob Kirkpatrick, a senior editor with Thomas Dunne Books at St. Martin's Press!

Read all of Rob Kirkpatrick's Nonfiction Naked articles here on the Macmillan Library blog.

AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTHINESS
The Rise (and Further Rise) of Stephen Colbert
Lisa Rogak

AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTHINESS (Thomas Dunne Books, October) delivers a funny and personal portrait of the ground-breaking star.

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Come Explore the World of Downton Abbey

Come Explore the World of Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey fans, take note!

This December, St. Martin's Press will release THE WORLD OF DOWNTON ABBEY, a beautiful color photo book that explores the Emmy Award-winning show, Downton Abbey

Millions of viewers are enthralled by the world of Downton Abbey, the addictive TV drama that follows the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants on the verge of dramatic change.

On the eve of Season 2, this gorgeous book--illustrated with sketches and research from the production team, as well as on-set photographs from both seasons--takes us even deeper into that world, with fresh insights into the story and characters as well as the social history.

Downton Abbey Charts

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Starred Audio Books Seeking Road Trips

Starred Audio Books Seeking Road Trips

Your audio-loving patrons will be delighted to hear that Publishers Weekly just gave starred reviews to two great Macmillan Audio books, THE LEFTOVERS and 40 LOVE.

Narrators Dennis Boutsikaris and Katherine Kellgren have made the already exceptional texts into enchanting experiences with their excellent storytelling. Sounds like the perfect time to take that road trip!

"Proving to be a superb narrator for Perrotta’s work, Boutsikaris’s quiet excellence is akin to that of the author." -Publishers Weekly on THE LEFTOVERS (starred review)

"Kellgren’s narration is marvelous, inhabiting various characters’ states of mind, shifting among anxiety, fury, and guilt as the book’s POV changes. A delightful performance not to be missed." -Publishers Weekly on 40 LOVE (starred review)

Listen to an excerpt from 40 LOVE here

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American Dogs as War Heroes

American Dogs as War Heroes

We're closing out National Dog Week with a look at Lisa Rogak's THE DOGS OF WAR.

 

Few civilians realize we have dogs serving in combat, let alone that they can parachute from up to 30,000 feet.

In this book, Lisa Rogak shows the amazing range of jobs that military working dogs perform, such as explosives detection, patrol, and hunt for enemy combatants. Dogs have had a place in the military for decades, but their importance and our treatment of them has evolved over time. Rogak examines the training, equipment, and what it’s like to serve with them on the front lines.

THE DOGS OF WAR also tells heart-warming stories of the deep connections that grow between dogs and their handlers. Rogak recounts adventures both heroic and tragic of the courage and devotion that both human and canine soldiers have shown together on the battlefield.

 

 

Publishers Weekly recently featured a few books about heroic war dogs including THE DOGS OF WAR. They say,

"Tales of dogs participating in war are some of the few uplifting stories to come out of Iraq and Afghanistan. St. Martin's editor Peter Joseph says such titles 'are positive reminders that there are things more important than politics.' Lisa Rogak's THE DOGS OF WAR: The Courage, Love, and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs (Oct.) covers the range of jobs performed by military dogs, some of whom can parachute from as high as 30,000 feet."

 

This is an excellent read for dog-lovers and military aficionados, alike.

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Feathers Vs. Fur

Feathers Vs. Fur

Apparently it's National Dog Week and we almost missed it! So in honor of this holiday, we would like to recommend and celebrate the following book: BEAUTIFUL CHICKENS.

Wait, did she just say chickens?

That's right, chickens! An article in this week's Publishers Weekly entitled "Paws & Effect" asked the probing question: "Chickens: The New Dogs?" and featured our gorgeous chicken photography book.

While you ponder if feathers really are the new fur, flip through page after page of foxy chickens.

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Monday Fun Day! (9/19/2011 Edition)

Monday Fun Day! (9/19/2011 Edition)

Welcome to a new week, book lovers!

We have more exciting award news for you straight out of St. Louie. Last week we talked about our enthusiasm with the Barry Award winners and now we have even more to celebrate because both the Macavity Awards and the Anthony Awards were announced!

The 2011 Macmillan Macavity Award winners:
Best Novel: BURY YOUR DEAD by Louise Penny
Best First Novel: ROGUE ISLAND by Bruce DeSilva
Sue Feder Historical Mystery: CITY OF DRAGONS by Kelli Stanley

The 2011 Macmillan Anthony Awards winners (the Best Novel may sound familiar):
Best Novel: BURY YOUR DEAD by Louise Penny
Best First Novel: THE DAMAGE DONE by Hilary Davidson
Best Paperback Original: EXPIRATION DATE by Duane Swierczynski

You can see the full list of 2011 Macavity Award winners and 2011 Anthony Award winners at Lesa's Book Critiques.

Banned Books Week BannerBanned Books Week is just around the corner which means it's time to pull your favorite banned book off the shelf and remember what exactly makes that book important and unbannable to you. We also highly recommend you get involved with ALA's Virtual Read-Out on YouTube.

The Virtual Read-Out information page offers suggestions for the types of videos you can upload to their stream:

1) You can submit a video no more than two minutes long of a reading from a banned or challenged book.

2) A video of an eyewitness account of local challenges can be submitted. This video should be no longer than three minutes long.

Finally, we have to feature a few of these brilliant miniature paper sculptures that are mysteriously appearing in libraries across Edinburgh. Enjoy!

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2011 Barry Award Winners Announced!

2011 Barry Award Winners Announced!

The fine folks over at Deadly Pleasures Magazine announced the 2011 Barry Award-winners last night at Bouchercon in St. Louis. 

Barry Award-winners are chosen for their excellence in the field of crime fiction and we're celebrating because two of our favorites are on the top of the list! 

2011 Barry Award-winner for Best Novel: 
THE LOCK ARTIST by Steve Hamilton

2011 Barry Award-winner for Best First Novel:
THE POACHER'S SON by Paul Doiron

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Help Patrons Sell Their Crafts on Etsy!

Help Patrons Sell Their Crafts on Etsy!

If you have patrons who are looking to sell their crafts over the internet, but can't quite get a handle on where to start, HOW TO SELL YOUR CRAFTS ONLINE by Derrick Sutton is the perfect book to steer them towards.

Library Journal says, "Online craft marketplaces such as Etsy and ArtFire have made it easy for crafters to sell their wares online. But how do you market them in the increasingly crowded handmade marketplace? Sutton, who operates a successful online craft business, provides a wealth of tips and tricks to help crafters get noticed and grow their business. The content is Etsy-centric, and Internet-savvy sellers will find some of the advice obvious, but crafters looking to start or grow an online business may appreciate Sutton’s guidance."

Pair it with THE SEWING MACHINE ACCESSORY BIBLE and they'll be fully prepared to open an online store with quality crafts in no time!

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