Booklist Webinar: The Murderous Month of May!

Booklist Webinar: The Murderous Month of May!

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Come one! Come all!

This afternoon at 2pm (Eastern) Talia will be telling you all about our hottest new mystery titles in Booklist's The Murderous Month of May: Hot Mysteries for Spring webinar!

Register right now (link) and then come on back and take a peek at Talia's presentation slides (link).

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Awards for Half-Blood Blues!

Awards for Half-Blood Blues!

 

Esi Edugyan’s HALF-BLOOD BLUES has won the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award which recognizes books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures! Esi will accept the award at a ceremony in Cleveland, OH, on September 13th.

And HALF-BLOOD BLUES has also been shortlisted for The Orange Prize for Fiction which celebrates and promotes fiction by women throughout the world! The awards ceremony will be in London on May 30th, 2012. We have our fingers crossed!

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Monday Fun Day! (4/23/2012 Edition)

Monday Fun Day! (4/23/2012 Edition)

Hello again, librarian friends!

- TxLA was fantastic this year! Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth and joined us for our author signings, panels, and other events. Please stay in touch! We'll post more about our adventures later this week. 

- Congratulations to Tracy K. Smith who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry with her collection LIFE ON MARS! See all of this year's winners here.

- Tomorrow join us for Booklist's "The Murderous Month of May: Hot Mysteries for Spring" webinar at 2PM Eastern. Sign up now!

- Will you be in Chicago at the end of April? Join Ali for a book buzz on Monday, April 30 in the Harold Washington Library Center (400 S. State St.) in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium! A complimentary lunch will be served at 12:30PM and the adult buzz starts at 2PM. Sign up now!

- We already mentioned that DON'T EVER GET OLD, the debut mystery from author Daniel Friedman, is getting great reviews. Well, now it has four(!) starred reviews from Publishers WeeklyLibrary Journal, Booklist, AND Kirkus Reviews

- Also we heard a rumor that Cat Fancy featured NO COOPERATION FROM THE CAT by Marian Babson in a "Books for Cat Lovers" article. We wholeheartedly approve. 

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Starred Reviews for HHhH

Starred Reviews for HHhH

HHhH: "Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich," or "Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich," is the story of Reinhard Heydrich, a much-feared Nazi known as the Butcher of Prague, and his assassination in broad daylight by two agents of the British secret service. 

This international bestseller and winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman is a thrilling and intellectually engrossing blend of historical truth, personal memory, and Laurent Binet's remarkable imagination.

"Readers will recognize why this brilliant work won the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman—and why an English translation was imperative!" -Booklist (starred review)

"Binet demonstrates without a doubt that a self aware, cerebral structure can be deployed in the service of a gripping historical read. A perfect fusion of action and the avante-garde that deserves a place as a great WWII novel." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Flavorwire included HHhH in their list of "10 New Must-Reads for April" and called it "a unique and incredibly compelling reading experience."

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From Mary Kay Andrews To You

From Mary Kay Andrews To You

Mary Kay Andrews' New York Times bestselling summer hit, SUMMER RENTAL, about three best friends spending a month together in North Carolina’s Outer Banks is soon to be out in paperback.

The author wanted to take a minute to tell all of the amazing librarians out there (ie: you!) a little bit more about this great beach read in case you missed it in hardcover.

Take it away, Mary Kay!

Dear Librarians:

The promise of a month spent at a rambling old beach house with your lifelong best friends? Who wouldn’t jump at the chance? SUMMER RENTAL is the story of three women, best friends since parochial school days in Savannah, who find themselves, in their mid-thirties, at the crossroads of life and love. A month in North Carolina’s Outer Banks is just what they need. Joined by Ty, their gorgeous but enigmatic landlord, and Maryn, a stranger trying to out-run her past, the women find themselves on a journey that will uncover all their secrets, and maybe, point them on the path to forgiveness. I hope your patrons will enjoy reading SUMMER RENTAL as much as I enjoyed writing it.

All my best,
Mary Kay Andrews

SUMMER RENTAL will be available in paperback in May from St. Martin's Griffin. And her next fair weather hit, SPRING FEVER, will be available in hardcover in June from St. Martin's Press.

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Pick of the Week: Dead Scared!

Pick of the Week: Dead Scared!

In the March 19th issue, Publishers Weekly selected S. J. Bolton's latest psychological thriller, DEAD SCARED, as their Pick of the Week!

When a rash of suspicious suicides tears through Cambridge University, Detective Lacey Flint goes undercover as a student to investigate. The London police are not convinced that the victims acted alone; they believe that someone might be preying on insecure students. As long as Lacey can play the role of a vulnerable young woman, she may be able to stop these deaths, but with her fragile past, is she drawing out a killer, or being drawn into a deadly game in which she’s the perfect victim?

"Bolton (winner of two Mary Higgins Clark Awards) never eases up the tension; her tightly coiled plot and heroine on the edge work perfectly in tandem. " -Publishers Weekly (starred review, pick of the week)

I also just recommended this book during Library Journal's Spring Adult Book Buzz! See the full list of titles I talked up in this post.

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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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Monday Fun Day! (4/9/2012 Edition)

Monday Fun Day! (4/9/2012 Edition)

Welcome to National Library Week 2012 (#nlw12)! This calls for cupcakes, confetti, and, say, a trip to the library!

- Tomorrow is Library Journal's Spring Adult Book Buzz (#ljadultbuzz). It's also my first webinar as a presenter, so I'm nervous and need your support. Sign up now!

- AMONG OTHERS, Jo Walton's magical semi-memoir and one of my 2011 Book Club Picks with a Touch of Magic, is a finalist for the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel! And yes, it is also a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Novel! Are you convinced, yet?!

See all of the 2012 Hugo Award finalists on Tor.com.

- One of our favorite librarian book bloggers, the lovely Lesa Holstine, spent a very full, magical day with our favorite international men of mystery (writing), Brad Parks!

"Brad told us libraries meant a lot to him as a kid. He wasn't the best student, but he always had a library card." 

Read all about Lesa's adventures with Brad on her blog.

Brad and Lesa

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Barbara’s Mystery Preview for LJ!

Barbara’s Mystery Preview for LJ!

Barbara Hoffert posted an extensive Mystery Preview for May 2012-August 2012 on Library Journal's website with some great upcoming titles that you'll want to take a peek at.

Barbara listed quite a few hawk... ehem, excuse me... hot titles coming from Minotaur later this year:

"Winner of the Agatha, Anthony, and Barry awards, plus multiple Lefty and Bromberg awards for best funny mysteries, Donna Andrews sets out to prove herself again with SOME LIKE IT HAWK." (July)

"Linda Castillo, winner of a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, gets appropriately atmospheric in GONE MISSING." (June)

"Sara Foster’s BENEATH THE SHADOWS is set in North Yorkshire, where Grace and Adam move to escape London. And then Adam vanishes." (June)

"Paul Doiron’s BAD LITTLE FALLS puts registered Maine guide Mike Bowditch on remote Canadian border, where a drug dealer has apparently been murdered in the midst of a blizzard." (August)

"Finally, librarian Eleanor Kuhns has won 2011’s Mystery Writers of America/Minotaur Books First Crime Novel Competition. Set in 1796 Maine, A SIMPLE MURDER features soldier turned traveling weaver Will Rees, accused of murdering a Shaker woman." (May)

She also included three excellent titles coming from Forge:

"Bill Pronzini, winner of the Edgar, Macavity, and inaugural Shamus awards, brings back the Nameless Detective, whose wife goes missing in the Sierra foothills [in] HELLBOX." (July)

"In Macavity Award winner Rebecca Cantrell’s A CITY OF BROKEN GLASS, journalist Hannah Vogel, in 1938 Poland for a festival, rushes to cover the story when she learns that 12,000 Polish Jews have been deported from Germany." (July)

"Loren D. Estleman, winner of a Shamus Award for his debut novel, SUGARTOWN, and several for his short stories, returns with BURNING MIDNIGHT, another Amos Walker mystery set in Detroit." (June)

She mentions a great crime title from Bloomsbury USA:

"In contemporary Milan, as seen in Conor Fitzgerald’s THE NAMESAKE, magistrate Matteo Arconti’s namesake is found dead near a court building in what turns out to be a threatening message to Rome." (June)

Oh yes, and finally a winner from Holt:

"Finally, don’t forget VENGEANCE. [...] Author Benjamin Black, whose Quirke novels have been big hits, is of course the Man Book prize winner John Banville." (June)

Great picks, Barbara!

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Starred Reviews for The Fish That Ate the Whale

Starred Reviews for The Fish That Ate the Whale

Rich Cohen’s rich and fast-paced historical profile of the capitalist revolutionary Samuel Zemurray, THE FISH THAT ATE THE WHALE, is getting starred reviews fit for a thriller.

Known as El Amigo, the Gringo, or simply Z, Samuel Zemurray lived one of the great untold stories of the last hundred years.  Starting with nothing but a cart of freckled bananas and built a sprawling empire of banana cowboys, Mestizo Indians, soldiers of fortune, Mafia loan-sharks, Honduran peasants and American Presidents.  From hustling on the docks to bankrolling private wars, Zemurray emerges as an unforgettable figure.

 

"[I]t is nearly impossible to put the book down, and that’s something you don’t say about a lot of biographies—and especially biographies of businessmen. For anyone who enjoys a good life story, this one is an absolute must-read." 
Booklist (starred review)

"This is popular history and biography at its best." —Library Journal (starred review)

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