Monday Fun Day! (2/25/2013 Edition)

Monday Fun Day! (2/25/2013 Edition)

Welcome to another week, you gorgeous librarians.

How about those Oscars, hmm? Were you surprised by the winners? Did you call 'em all months ago? Well, if you or your patrons have a sudden increased interest in the inner workings of Hollywood, we recommend Christine Sneed's juicy, hypnotic debut, LITTLE KNOWN FACTS.

"As Sneed illuminates each facet of her percussively choreographed plot via delectably slant disclosures––overheard conversations, snooping, tabloids, confessions under duress, and journal entries, among them—she spotlights 'little known facts' about the cost of fame, our erotic obsession with movie-star power, and where joy can be found." -Booklist (starred review)

"A clear-eyed story that paints a disturbing portrait of how those closest to celebrities are forever shadowed." -Shelf Awareness (starred review)

And speaking of debuts, the German Book Office in New York (a project of the Frankfurt Book Fair) has selected Nele Nauhaus' American debut (and international bestseller) SNOW WHITE MUST DIE as their February Book of the Month! See the GBO Facebook page for details here

And speaking of debuts, Angela Carstensen from School Library Journal posted a great interview with debut author, R.S. Belcher, about his first book, THE SIX-GUN TAROT (now available from Tor Books). Find out how Belcher come up with his magical Weird West adventure story set in Nevada, 1869, on SLJ.com.

And speaking of debuts, the winner of a signed copy of Ben Schrank's Adult debut, LOVE IS A CANOE, is Carol Lee Saffioti-Hughes, Director of the Wabeno Public Library! Congratulations, Carol.

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Our #FridayReads: Women in Disguise

Our #FridayReads: Women in Disguise

Talia and I realized we're reading around the same theme this week: incognito women wreaking havoc on cities and men.

Talia's reading:

THE IMPOSTER BRIDE by Nancy Richler in which Lily, a mysterious mail-order bride, arrives in post-WWII Montreal only to disappear again leaving behind a new husband, a baby daughter, a diary, and a diamond.

Ali's reading:

BABAYAGA by Toby Barlow in which two ever-youthful witches, Zoya and Elga, arrive in 1950s Paris and encounter Will, a good-hearted Detroit ad man who might be working with the C.I.A., and Inspector Vidot who has the misfortune of being turned into a flea.

Today is also the last day to enter last week's #FridayReads sweepstakes for a signed copy of LOVE IS A CANOE! Details here.

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Tuesday Fun Day! (2/19/2013 Edition)

Tuesday Fun Day! (2/19/2013 Edition)

Happy Tuesday, library buds! I hope you all had a relaxing Presidents Day.

- YA librarians, join us on Twitter today at 4p.m. Eastern to chat about forthcoming young adult titles during EarlyWord's YA GalleyChat. Hashtag: #ewyagc

 

 

- Our post-Valentine's Day hangover sweepstakes is still running! Enter here to win a signed copy of LOVE IS A CANOE by Ben Schrank before Friday, February 22nd. Get in there!

- To celebrate the publication of Dana Stabenow's BAD BLOOD, Minotaur is giving away five hundred (!!!) "Friends of Mutt" stickers to Dana's Facebook fans. This promotion does require a temporary switch of your Facebook profile. Details here

 

 

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A #FridayReads/Post-Valentine’s Hangover Giveaway!

A #FridayReads/Post-Valentine’s Hangover Giveaway!

We've got the cure for your post-Valentine's Day love hangover (which we've heard can be fatal if left untreated): a sweepstakes! 

We have one signed copy of Ben Schrank's adult debut, LOVE IS A CANOE, a novel full of both wise and unwise love advice. Here's a quick summary:

Peter Herman is something of a folk hero. MARRIAGE IS A CANOE, his decades-old book on love and relationships, has won the hearts of hopeful romantics and desperate cynics alike. When Peter's wife dies and he passes the time with a woman he admires but doesn’t love, he begins to question the advice he’s famously doled out for decades.

Then he receives a call from an ambitious young editor who wants to celebrate the 50th anniversary of MARRIAGE IS A CANOE with a contest for struggling couples. The prize? An afternoon with Peter and a chance to save their relationship.

Love is a Canoe Valentine

And speaking of prizes...

Enter to win LOVE IS A CANOE:

Enter to win the author-signed copy of LOVE IS A CANOE by sending an e-mail with 1. your full name, 2. your mailing address, and 3. the library you work for to library-at-macmillanusa.com (subject: Love is a Canoe) by Friday, February 22nd!

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This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below.

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ALA Midwinter: Seattle or BUST!

ALA Midwinter: Seattle or BUST!

Hello again after the long weekend and also, farewell! We're busily wrapping up affairs before heading out tomorrow for ALA Midwinter. We hope to see you in Seattle!

ala exhibitingWe'll be camping out for much of the conference in booth #2435 talking about and giving away galleys of our most exciting forthcoming titles (take a look at our featured galleys post). When we're not in the booth we'll be attending and hosting the following events:

Book Battle III: Macmillan and Sterling in the Book Buzz Theater

Saturday, January 26th, 1-2pm
Washington State Convention Center | Room 608-609

Macmillan's very own library marketing champion Talia Sherer and her archnemesis Chris Vaccari from Sterling duke it out once again in the third episode of their award-winning Book Battle series! See the full Book Buzz Theater schedule here.

FTRF's Annual Banned/Challenged Author Fundraiser with Jamaica Kincaid

Saturday, January 26th, 7:30-10pm 
Town Hall Seattle | 1119 Eighth Avenue 

The award-winning writer originally from Antigua will be discussing her 1990 short novel LUCY which was challenged in 1994 as "most pornographic." There will be a wine & dessert reception immediately following the talk. Ms. Kincaid will be signing copies of LUCY and her forthcoming novel, SEE NOW THEN. Suggested donation: $20 General. Questions? E-mail here.

Library Family Feud with Ben Schrank

Sunday, January 27th, 3-4pm
Washington State Convention Center | Room LL4-5

Five Adult Services Librarians will go head-to-head with five popular authors to see who's quickest on the draw to guess the most common librarian responses to some basic questions. Add Library Family Feud to your calendar!

The AAP/Library Journal Annual BookTalk Breakfast with Ben Schrank

Monday, January 28th, 8:30-10am
Washington State Convention Center | Room 301

This annual breakfast will feature several authors including Ben Schrank, author of LOVE IS A CANOE. RSVP required! Details here.

Gala Author Tea with Amanda Hocking

Monday, January 28th, 2-4:00pm 
Grand Hyatt Seattle | Leonesa Ballroom 

Enjoy a light repast of finger sandwiches and tea as several best-selling authors discuss their writing. Author signings to follow. On-site tickets are $55 each while seats are available. Details and ticket info here.

And when you're not with us in the exhibit hall or at an event, check out some of my Seattle coffee and dessert recommendations (find them here under "The Seattle Scoop")!

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