BookExpo America 2012 Galley Schedule

BookExpo America 2012 Galley Schedule

BEA 2012! June 4-7, Booth #3358!

BEA lovesTuesday, June 5th

9:00am Galley Giveaway

PRIVACY by Garret Keizer

9:30am Author Signing!

THE HEART BROKE IN by James Meek 

10am Galley Giveaway

THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #8) by Louise Penny

WORLD WITHOUT CANCER by Margaret Cuomo

11:00am Galley Giveaway

WAKE (Watersong #1) by Amanda Hocking

MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND by Matthew Dicks (ALC)

2:00pm Author Signing!

CROSSTOWN TO OBLIVION by Walter Mosely

3:00pm Galley Giveaway

AN ECHO THROUGH THE SNOW by Andrea Thalasinos

WINTER JOURNAL by Paul Auster

4:00pm Galley Giveaway

MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND by Matthew Dicks

SPRING FEVER by Mary Kay Andrews

4:30pm Author Event (with booze!!)!

CAPTURING CAMELOT by Kitty Kelley

Wednesday, June 6th

9:00am Galley Giveaway

WE SINNERS by Hanna Pylväinen

9:30am Author Signing!

THE OTHER WOMAN by Hank Phillippi Ryan

10:00am Galley Giveaway

GRACE GROWS by Shelle Sumners

A FOREIGN COUNTRY by Charles Cumming

10:30am Author Signing!

MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan 

11:00am Galley Giveaway

OBJECT LESSONS: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story

2:00pm Galley Giveaway

FALLEN MASTERS by John Edward

3:00pm Galley Giveaway

THE FORGETTING TREE by Tatjana Soli 

*Dates and times subject to change. Please check back for updates!

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On the Shelf: The Sequel to Wolf Hall

On the Shelf: The Sequel to Wolf Hall

Shelf Awareness just ran a super sexy Maximum Shelf featuring BRING UP THE BODIES, Hilary Mantel's much-anticipated sequel to her 2009 Booker Prize winning novel, WOLF HALL!

BRING UP THE BODIES is the chilling story of Anne Boleyn's downfall from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell. Here are a few quotes from the Shelf Awareness review: 

 

"Mantel weaves a richly textured world that is at once deeply foreign and entirely relevant."

"Erotic desire and violent death are a constant, powerful undercurrent despite their subtle deployment."

"No one can know for certain the thoughts and feelings of historical figures--but from extant evidence and an understanding of human nature, a writer can extrapolate, inventing an imagined reality that is convincing in every detail. We see this firsthand, as Cromwell sets out to write the story of Anne Boleyn--and use it to bring about her death."

 

vikSee the full Maximum Shelf here including an interview with Mantel and a great portrait of Vik, the chill, blue Shelf Awareness guru, all decked out in Tudor finery (see right)!

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Monday Fun Day! (5/7/2012 Edition)

Monday Fun Day! (5/7/2012 Edition)

Hellooooo, Monday!

Today I've put together a photo-tastic post for you featuring a few of the Macmillan and Macmillan Library adventures of late...

Talia was in Seattle last week (jealous!) for all of the Seattle Reads events with author Amy Waldman (THE SUBMISSION).

Here's Amy with her book!

amy submission

And here's enthusiastic librarian, excuse me, guybrarian David Wright!

david submission

 

We saw the Enterprise shuttle fly by our office! It was a glorious sight, if bitter sweet since it was on its way to retirement. More pics at tor.com!

enterprise

And speaking of space, here's a sneak peek at Ender's electronic surveillance implant from the set of the Ender's Game movie! 

Ender

And finally... A PUPPY!

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Starred Review for This Is How

Starred Review for This Is How

Augusten Burroughs' collection of comedic wisdom cleverly masquerading as a self-help book has just been selected for Amazon's Best Books of the Month: May 2012! In THIS IS HOW New York Times bestselling Burroughs offers advice on the following topics: 

How to feel like crap!

How to ride an elevator!

How to find love!

How to finish your drink!

...and so much more. 

"In this hilarious and searingly straightforward memoir, Burroughs (RUNNING WITH SCISSORS) turns the self-help genre upside down [...] As always, Burroughs is smart and energetically forthright about living and loving." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Best Crime According to Booklist

Best Crime According to Booklist

Booklist has posted their picks for The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2012!

They admit, "It gets harder and harder to pick the year’s best crime fiction. There is so much outstanding work in this ever-expanding genre that it’s confounding even to know where to start."

We totally agree. However, we think they found some great books to feature this year including two of our favorites, THE DEVIL SHE KNOWS by Bill Loeflem which they call, "suspenseful and remarkably textured," and IRON HOUSE by John Hart which has "beyond-genre depth!"

They also listed their Top Five Debut Crime Novels including Rick Gavin's RANCHERO which has "pitch-perfect" dialogue!

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Macmillan Library is Buzzing Like Aldrin

Macmillan Library is Buzzing Like Aldrin

Hello, my dear librarian friends! I'm back from Chicago! Did you miss me?? I thought so.

Yesterday I got to talk up some of our most exciting forthcoming Spring and Fall titles, most of which I presented during the Library Journal Spring Adult Book Buzz (which is now archived and accessible via registration here). All of the Chicagoan librarians I met were absolutely wonderful and excellent lunch time conversationalists. Thanks to everyone who made it out!

Did I just hear someone say, "pics or it didn't happen?" Boom:

ali presenting

And did I hear someone else say, "tweets or it didn't happen?" ...No? Boom, anyway:

I needed some souvenirs so I stole all of the historic telescopes on display at the Adler Planetarium and I also found this kooky bean thing that someone left in Millennium Park. Call me if it's yours and you want it back.

Now, if you're feeling left out, don't panic! There is still more buzzing to be had:

Talia will be at the Boston Public Library on Wednesday, May 23rd. More details to come! And if you can't make that event, you can launch the archived version of Booklist's The Murderous Month of May: Hot Mysteries for Spring webinar right freaking now (link)! 

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In Today’s Episode of Library Marketing with Talia…

In Today’s Episode of Library Marketing with Talia…

My cohort Ali is in Chicago today preparing for a title
presentation at the Chicago Public Library. In her absence, I promise to amuse
you with a few deep thoughts about books and kittens.

  1. -- What about Monday Fun-Day,
    you ask?  That will have to wait until Ali's return.
  2. -- But where exactly is Ali?
    She is
     here talking
    about
     these books.
  3. -- No Edgars or Agathas
    for us – why does the world hate us?
  4. -- Mark Allen Smith’s propulsive debut, THE INQUISITOR,
     finally gets the love
    it deserves from Marilyn Stasio!
      
  5. -- One more shameless plug for DON’T EVER GET OLD
    – which has FOUR starred pre-pub reviews and comparisons to Elmore Leonard.
      ROCK ‘n ROLL!  

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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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Nonfiction Naked with Rob Kirkpatrick #5

Nonfiction Naked with Rob Kirkpatrick #5

 

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

See all of Rob's Nonfiction Naked articles here.

"Imagine the worst thing in the world."

This is the mantra that runs through the brilliant debut from Fletcher Wortmann, TRIGGERED: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  You might have heard Fletcher’s deeply moving interview on NPR’s Talk of the Nation recently (link). He’s a talented new voice, a recent Swarthmore grad writing about the devil in the details. Forget the whimsical portrayal of Detective Monk. We’re talking "Pure O," a highly debilitating form of the illness, one marked by intrusive thoughts of the darkest and even apocalyptic kind.

But no mere "misery memoir," this. As brutally intimate and honest as TRIGGERED is—an "acid bath of self-revelation," one blurber calls it—what charmed me about this memoir was its quirky balance of the heartbreaking and the hysterical, the profound and the light-hearted.  (One of my favorite lines: "If a girl accepts an invitation to help count the tiles on your bedroom ceiling, then she will probably be disappointed when she realizes you were speaking literally.") The experience of reading TRIGGERED is akin to "reading" a Wes Anderson film, if that makes sense. Wortmann’s a unique talent; it’s a rare author indeed who can weave eclectic allusions to David Bowie, Kurt Vonnegut, psychology, Christian comic books, Pokémon, Edgar Allen Poe, the family cat, and St. John of the Cross. As engrossing as this memoir is on the subject of mental illness, fundamentally it’s a universal coming of age story that takes us on a journey through American culture both high and low. (And it’s entirely appropriate for teen readers, as well. My 16-year-old nephew polished it off in a couple days…)

People magazine gave TRIGGERED 3 1/2 out of 4 stars, bestselling memoirist Janine Latus declared "Bravo!" and OCD authority Jonathan Grayson praised its "hip, dark humor" and likened TRIGGERED to "Jack Kerouac’s on the Road for OCD and the twenty-first century."

...Staying on the subject of moving memoirs, I also want to draw your attention to SPARKY AND ME: My Friendship with Sparky Anderson and the Lessons He Shared About Baseball and Life by Dan Ewald. 

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Starred Review for What Money Can’t Buy

Starred Review for What Money Can’t Buy

Let's kick this post off with some difficult questions...

Should we allow corporations to pay for the right to pollute the atmosphere? Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs? What about hiring mercenaries to fight our wars? Auctioning admission to elite universities? Selling citizenship to immigrants willing to pay?

In WHAT MONEY CAN'T BUY, Michael J. Sandel takes on one of the biggest ethical questions of our time: Is there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale? If so, how can we prevent market values from reaching into spheres of life where they don’t belong?

Kirkus Reviews just gave it a starred review and called it, "An exquisitely reasoned, skillfully written treatise on big issues of everyday life."

headphonesSound good? Listen to an excerpt from the audiobook from Macmillan Audio (link)!

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