Several Macmillan titles we’ve been talking up made it onto Library Journal’s “Summer Best Debuts” list! THE FURIES by Natalie Haynes When she begins teaching drama therapy at a school for troubled teens, Alex Morris finds that her students relate to Greek tragedy in dark and surprising ways. “Accomplished psychological mystery” (Publishers Weekly, starred review); […]
It’s ah-MAY-zing how much good stuff we’ve got happening today! Come by the Macmillan (adult) booth #528 for signings & giveaways, sign our birthday card and/or write us a special birthday wish, get your badge catified, and attend our many events! Read on for the full scoop: First Author, First Book: Veterans & Rookies 8:30-10:00am […]
Today we wish a happy #BookBday to BRUTAL YOUTH by Anthony Breznican! We buzzed about this debut coming-of-age story set in a Catholic High School from the Entertainment Weekly senior writer several months ago, and the hype has only grown since then.
Apple iBooks selected it as one of their ten best fiction titles of June, Parade.com featured it in their Father's Day Gift Guide, and Breznican was interviewed on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered (air date tk) and Southern California Public Radio!
Of course, EW gave it a half-page write up in their June 13 issue and featured an essay from Breznican on their Shelf Life blog today (natch).
Praise for BRUTAL YOUTH:
“Debut author (and senior staff writer at Entertainment Weekly) Breznican captures a perfect balance of horror, heartbreak, and resilience and takes the high school novel into deeper places. Great for the beach but not just a summer read.” — Library Journal, starred review
“If you thought high school was hell, has Anthony Breznican got a story for you… By turns funny and terrifying, BRUTAL YOUTH is an unputdownable tour-de-force, a REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE for the 21st century.” — Stephen King
“Breznican has accomplished that rare feat of unflinchingly exposing the high school experience in all of its hilarity, vengeance, and terror. You'll think Roald Dahl just went for a swim in the world of John Hughes and came out wearing prison stripes.” — Jason Reitman, Academy award-nominated writer/director/producer of JUNO, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, and UP IN THE AIR
Coming to ALA Annual? Make sure to meet Anthony Breznican!
VIVA LAS VEGAS! We're ridiculously excited to see your happy little faces in the Macmillan (adult) booth #528 and at all of our great events at ALA Annual next month. Check out our schedule below and RSVP ASAP!
Friday, June 27
In-booth signing with Jane Cleland & Hannah Dennison
Las Vegas Convention Center | Booth #528
The Michael L. Printz Program & Reception
Paris Las Vegas | Versailles Ballroom
Ticketed event, space is limited
Come listen to the 2014 Michael L. Printz honor award-winning authors including Rainbow Rowell (ELEANOR & PARK) as they're interviewed by a panel of teens at this YALSA & Booklist-sponsored event.
Tickets are $34-40. Details and purchasing information available here.
Saturday, June 28
The AAP’s Book-A-Licious Breakfast
Las Vegas Hotel | Pavilion 10
RSVP required, space is limited
Join New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo (THE DEAD WILL TELL) for breakfast and book-talk!
Isn't it Romantic?
Las Vegas Convention Center | Room N263
Meet Deborah Coonts (LUCKY BASTARD) and pick up a complimentary copy of her latest Lucky O'Toole, Las Vegas Adventure novel.
In-booth signing with Jessica Love and Catherine Linka
Las Vegas Convention Center | Booth #528
Speed Dating with Kat Spears and Catherine Linka
Las Vegas Convention Center | Room N112
RSVP required, space is limited
Since the weather is getting warmer, why not take your reading al fresco? We recommend these June 2014 titles to get you in a summer state of mind. Just don't forget to nominate your favorite books by May 1!
THAT NIGHT by Chevy Stevens
A woman who was wrongly convicted of her sister's murder and served time in prison must risk everything to find out the truth and clear her name. “Stevens has crafted yet another suspenseful thriller with this tale of heartbreak, the cruelties of fate, and redemption... A compelling, exceptional read.” — Library Journal, starred review
Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email email@example.com with the subject "That Night."
A DARK AND TWISTED TIDE by Sharon Bolton
In the latest Lacey Flint mystery, the detective—now part of the marine police—finds a shrouded body in the river. And that's just the first one... “Bolton, who previously published using her initials rather than her first name, turns out dependably well-plotted, well-written crime novels that have actually made me miss my subway stop. I can't wait to get my hands on this one.” — Library Journal, Spring 2014 Editors' Picks
Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Dark and Twisted Tide."
SAVE THE DATE by Mary Kay Andrews
Cara Kryzik is on the verge of becoming the go-to wedding florist in Savannah, even though she doesn't believe in love. But when the bride spirals into a crisis and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must come to the rescue and figure out what she believes in. “Bestseller Andrews is at the top of her game, delivering a smart, funny perfect-for-summer read with a hopeful heart.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review on LADIES NIGHT
THAT SUMMER by Lauren Willig
From modern-day England to the early days of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, New York Times bestseller Willig takes readers on a journey through a mysterious old house, a hidden love affair, and one woman's search for the truth about her past—and herself.
THE GLASS KITCHEN by Linda Francis Lee
Three sisters move from Texas to New York City to open a restaurant in this novel about food, family, and finding true love from the author of EMILY AND EINSTEIN.
BRUTAL YOUTH by Anthony Breznican
Three freshmen must join forces to survive at a troubled, working-class Catholic high school with a student body full of bullies and zealots, and a faculty that's even worse in this coming-of-age story that's Fight Club meets The Breakfast Club.
THE ROMANOV SISTERS: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport
Historian Helen Rappaport brings the four Russian Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov, to life in their own words, drawing extensively on previously unseen or unpublished letters, diaries and archival sources, to illuminate the opulence of their doomed world and their courage as they faced a terrible end.
Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email email@example.com with the subject "Romanov Sisters."
For more June LibraryReads title suggestions, view our collection on Edelweiss. Happy reading and happy nominating!
Thanks to everyone who came out to the TxLA Book Buzz this morning to listen to Anne "the sweet teeth" Spieth talk about her favorite Summer books! If you couldn't make it, don't worry, we've got you covered.
Here are all the titles, plus a handy-dandy catified handout!
Last week Entertainment Weekly did their senior staff writer Anthony Breznican proud with a cover reveal and Q&A for his debut novel, BRUTAL YOUTH.
In this unusual coming-of-age story, incoming freshman Peter Davidek is trying to survive his first year at a troubled, working-class Catholic high school with a student body full of bullies, and a faculty that's even worse. Within this desperate place, Peter befriends fellow freshmen Noah Stein, a volatile classmate whose face bears the scars of a hard-fighting past, and the beautiful but lonely Lorelei Paskal—so eager to become popular, she makes only enemies.
Even Stephen King is talking about it!
“If you thought high school was hell, has Anthony Breznican got a story for you. Every bully who stalked you, every sadistic teacher who ever terrified you, every stupid prank, every hopeless crush and false friend: they’re all here, along with a few kids who hang together and try to do the right thing in a brutal environment. By turns funny and terrifying, BRUTAL YOUTH is an unputdownable tour-de-force, a REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE for the 21st century.”
— Stephen King
“Breznican has accomplished that rare feat of unflinchingly exposing the high school experience in all of its hilarity, vengeance, and terror. You'll think Roald Dahl just went for a swim in the world of John Hughes and came out wearing prison stripes. Life isn't fair... but high school is brutal. This is the most richly detailed and nuanced academic microcosm since DEAD POETS SOCIETY. You may have never been to St. Michael the Archangel High School, but you will fear it after reading this powerful and hilarious debut novel. Never has a story brought me back to the merciless teachers and ruthless bullies with such poetry and wit.”
— Jason Reitman, Academy award-nominated writer/director/producer of JUNO, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, and UP IN THE AIR
From the EW Q&A: How would you describe the book in movie terms? (e.g., "Heathers" meets Tarantino, or something like that…)
My brother Greg came up with a good one after he read it: “'Fight Club' meets 'The Breakfast Club.'” I couldn’t hope for any better than that.
Anne (who is also an unapologetic reader of EW) read it over the weekend and couldn't put it down! “Fight Club” meets “Breakfast Club” is pretty spot on, with a dash of “Freaks & Geeks” thrown in for good measure.
And if that’s not enough of a reason to read it, Breznican’s wife is a librarian!
The e-galley is available on Edelweiss! Can't see the green button? Then request to be whitelisted on Edelweiss.