Monday Fun Day! (10/24/2011 Edition)

Monday Fun Day! (10/24/2011 Edition)

Well, well, well, if it isn't Monday, again.

- We had a blast last week at the AAP Librarians' Sneak Peek Book Preview event! If you missed it, we listed all the titles we presented in this post. Stay tuned for a (partial) recording of the event!

- ESPN is gearing up for the premiere of the documentary film "Unguarded," about the life and addiction of Chris Herren, author of BASKETBALL JUNKIE. Take a peek at the director’s clip (hosted on ESPN.com) and check out the film on ESPN which airs November 1, at 8pm!

Unguarded Video Img

- Minotaur Books had cause for celebration last week when AS THE PIG TURNS hit the New York Times Hardcover Bestsellers list, making that nine(!) excellent Minotaur titles on the list so far this year:

THOUGH NOT DEAD
THE NIGHT SEASON
ONE WAS A SOLDIER
BREAKING SILENCE
MISERY BAY
BACK OF BEYOND
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
TAG MAN
AS THE PIG TURNS

- And finally, give me a shout if you're going to be in Saratoga Springs next Wednesday for NYLA's Mystery Slam event at the Annual Conference. I'll see you there!

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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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Stars for Or the Bull Kills You

Stars for Or the Bull Kills You

 

Jason Webster's accomplished debut mystery is set in the high-stakes and decidedly murky world of bullfighting in Valencia, Spain and it's getting great reviews! First, a quick look at what you're getting into: 

"Either you kill the bull, or the bull kills you."

Chief Inspector Max Cámara thinks in proverbs, and he hates one thing above all: bullfighting. One hot afternoon in Valencia, however, he has to stand in for his boss, judging a festival corrida starring Spain’s most famous young matador. That night, he is back in the bullring, and what he finds on the blood-stained sand rattles the city of Valencia to its core.

Cámara is roped into investigating a grisly murder while dealing with violent shadows from his own past, as well as confronting the suspiciousness of the bullfighting community and the stonewalling of local politicians in full electoral campaign.

Library Journal gave OR THE BULL KILLS YOU a starred review and named it Debut of the Month saying, "With its rapid pace and wonderfully flawed detective, this vibrant novel has tremendous appeal. Conor Fitzgerald would be a good read-alike; it also would appeal to new fans of Zen (Michael Dibdin’s Italian cop) thanks to the recent PBS Masterpiece Mystery! miniseries starring Rufus Sewell."

Publishers Weekly also gave it a starred review saying, "Webster makes the bullfighting integral to the plot rather than a mere backdrop, effortlessly conveying the role of the sport in Spanish society. The well-rounded leadcynical, willing to bend the rules, emotionally woundedshould be more than capable of sustaining a long series."

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Monday Fun Day! (10/17/2011 Edition)

Monday Fun Day! (10/17/2011 Edition)

Hello, my charming library wizards! Welcome to a new week.

- If you were roaming the halls of New York Comic Con this weekend, I can only hope that: A. You stopped by the Tor Books booth for some rad giveaways and author signings and, B. You were dressed as Gort.

- Speaking of sci-fi, Cory Doctorow name-dropped our very own Talia Sherer in his Publishers Weekly article, "With a Little Help: Now at Your Library," discussing his experience with his "pay what you like" short story collection, With a Little Help

"Throughout this experiment, Tor has been remarkably generous with advice and help, and this was no exception. Talia Sherer, Macmillan's library sales director, directed me to several librarians, and I tapped each of them. They were warm, and helpful, and blindingly organized about delivering advice.

"...after three months, Ingram has now listed the book in its catalogue. And I've just finished an interview with ALA's Booklist announcing the book's availability, and many librarians have offered to help spread the word through their mailing lists."

Yay!

- Fans of Mary Robinette Kowal's SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY will be ecstatic to hear that Tor plans to publish two more of her quasi-Regency fantasy sequels after, GLAMOUR IN GLASS! See the announcement here! We've received quite a few requests for GLAMOUR IN GLASS galleys, which unfortunately are not available, yet. But I read an unedited version of the manuscript and can promise that there is plenty of adventure and charm to look forward to!

- HarperCollins' Library master, Virginia Stanley is now on Twitter (@VStan523)!! Go bug her.

- Look at this pup:

Leo puppy pic

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The Word of the Day: KITTENS?!

The Word of the Day: KITTENS?!

Sleight of paw cover

Teens, chocolate, crafts, economics, and now... kittens! 

It's Friday, and that means it's the perfect time to talk about a ridiculously adorable trend in mysteries: crime solving cats! Here are a few gems for you:

THE CAT SITTER'S PAJAMAS
Blaize Clement

Celebrity hijinks, counterfeit fashion, and KITTENS IN HAMMOCKS!?

NO COOPERATION FROM THE CAT
Marian Babson

Murder, mayhem, and KITTENS IN THE KITCHEN?!

SLEIGHT OF PAW
Sofie Kelley

And of course we had to feature this amazing Magical Cats Mystery that our buddies over at Penguin sent us that's full of secrets, library books, and KITTENS WITH MAGIC POWERS?!

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Word of the Day: Economics

Word of the Day: Economics

That's right! We're still on our Word of the Day kick and today we're talking economics.

With the Occupy Wall Street discussion on everyone's minds, your patrons might be coming to you for some nonfiction reading guidance. We have a few suggestions for you.

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Barbara Ehrenreich

In this Alex Award winning book, Ehrenreich, a sharp and original social critic, goes "undercover" as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity.

How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities
John Cassidy

In this Pulitzer Prize finalist, Cassidy describes the rising influence of "utopian economies"—the thinking that is blind to how real people act and that denies the many ways an unregulated free market can bring on disaster.

The Next Convergence: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World
Michael Spence

Spence, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, explains what happened to cause a dramatic shift after World War II between massive growth in the industrialized West to explosive growth in the developing world.

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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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