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! (3/12/2012 Edition)

Monday Fun Day! (3/12/2012 Edition)

phillyWe're off to PLA on Tuesday, so this will be our last post until next Monday. If you're also going to be in Philly this week, please stop by our booth (#1540) and join us for our many wonderful author signings and events! We want to see you! See our full PLA schedule under Conference Info.

And take a peek at Talia's slides for the Book Buzz presentations with Nancy Pearl (link).

jc giveWhile we're away, take a minute to enter the Jackie Collins "Pink" Collection Giveaway for a chance to win some excellent signed Jackie Collins books and audio books!

Three of our excellent titles were longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction: HALF-BLOOD BLUES by Esi Edugyan, TIDES OF WAR by Stella Tillyard, and THE SUBMISSION by Amy Waldman! See the full longlist here.

Take another look at the letter we posted last week from author and librarian Eleanor Kuhns to librarians (link). Also, our buddies at Minotaur Books are running an A SIMPLE MURDER Advance Readers' Edition Sweepstakes right now! Enter here for a chance to win a galley. 

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Monday Fun Day! (2/13/2012 Edition)

Monday Fun Day! (2/13/2012 Edition)

Happy Monday, lovely librarians! Let's kick of the week with some great reads.

- For the SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY fans out there, tor.com posted a nice long excerpt from the beginning of the sequel, GLAMOUR IN GLASS. It begins,

"There are few things in this world that can at once delight and dismay to the same extent as a formal dinner party."

Read the full excerpt here.

- Shelf Awareness reviewed Esi Edugyan's Scotiabank Giller-winning novel, HALF-BLOOD BLUES. They said,

"One of the risks of historical fiction is that the history can get in the way of the fiction; the author's imagination is often crammed into a box of flat characters and plodding narrative in the name of accuracy. Such is not the case with Esi Edugyan's atmospheric second novel. [...] Edugyan's prose sparkles not only with the jive and banter of jazz musicians, but also with the metaphors of a music built on improvisation."

Read the full review here.

- NPR did a feature on Tupelo Hassman's GIRLCHILD (which you will recognize as the Featured Cover from our January e-newsletter!). 

"Tupelo Hassman writes with such an eye for rough-and-tough detail, she obviously knows something about kids who have been given the dubious gift of premature autonomy."

Read the full feature here.

- Author S.J. Bolton posted a piece on Goodreads called "Why we need our libraries." She talks about the experience of her local library (in the U.K.) transferring into the hands of the community after the government withdrew support. Bolton was then asked to manage the future purchase and rotation of books which she gladly accepted. Here are a few choice quotes from the article:

"A library, like the pub, the post office, the village shop, is part of the fabric of the community."

"No one, especially not my neighbours, should imagine the battle is over. Passing libraries into community ownership hasn't saved them, it has given them a stay of execution. If we are to keep them into the future, we'll need the ongoing commitment of our volunteers and the financial support of our sponsors. Most of all, though, we will need our libraries to be used."

Read the full article here.

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Two Stars for Half-Blood Blues!

Two Stars for Half-Blood Blues!

 

Esi Edugyan's HALF-BLOOD BLUES won the 2011 Giller Prize and was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, so we're not too surprised to see the starred reviews come rolling in. 

"While the rarely explored subject adds to the book’s allure, what stands out most is its cadenced narration and slangy dialogue, as conversations, both spoken and unspoken, snap, sizzle, and slide off the page." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"That narrow moment in time when the freewheeling decadence of Weimar Germany gave way to jackbooted tyranny has been the subject of much fine fiction, but Edugyan is the first to overlay it with jazz history. It makes a sublime marriage." -Booklist (starred review)

Her debut novel, THE SECOND LIFE OF SAMUEL TYNE, was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the "25 Books to Remember from 2004."

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Monday Fun Day! (11/14/2011 Edition)

Monday Fun Day! (11/14/2011 Edition)

Happy Monday, librarian friends!

- School Library Journal highlighted ACROSS MANY MOUNTAINS in their Adult Books 4 Teens section. They said,

"The author illuminates the lives of refugees, for whom safety in India is coupled with poverty and hard work, as well as on-going efforts to bring the Tibetan cause to the attention of world leaders. This book will appeal to teens interested in Tibetan Buddhism, as well as student activists interested in the Free Tibet movement."

- SFF twitter users rejoice! Today (Monday 11/14) Brandon Sanderson (@BrandSanderson) will be chatting with Tor (@torbooks) on Twitter at 1PM EST and you're invited. Just use the hastag #TorChat and jump on in with questions!

- Major congratulations to author Esi Edugyan for winning Canada’s 2011 Giller Prize. Picador will publish HALF-BLOOD BLUES this coming February.

- Kirkus Reviews has posted their 2011 Best of Fiction and we are proud to see quite a few Macmillan gems on the list. Take a peek at their full list here.

- And finally, on your lunch break, check out Nancy Pearl's Book Lust interview with Jeffrey Eugenides! Video hosted here.

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