The great Gamache re-read!

The great Gamache re-read!

Long Way Home jacketLouise Penny's new book, THE LONG WAY HOME, won't be out until August 26, but our friends at Minotaur Books have something to help with your Three Pines-withdrawal: the great Gamache re-read!

Starting today, a community of readers is engaging in a group re-read of the nine books in Penny’s beloved, bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache series! From now through May 4, the group is reading STILL LIFE (Book 1) and going on GamacheSeries.com to discuss the book. Then every two weeks the discussion moves to the next book with a guest post from a bookseller, librarian, blogger, fellow author, or major fan of Louise. (The first guest moderator is Lesa Holstine!)

Gamache Series

April 21 - May 4: STILL LIFE 
May 5-18: A FATAL GRACE 
May 19 - June 1: THE CRUELEST MONTH
June 2-15: A RULE AGAINST MURDER 
June 16-29: THE BRUTAL TELLING 
June 30 - July 13: BURY YOUR DEAD 
July 14-27: A TRICK OF THE LIGHT 
July 28 - August 10: THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY 
August 11-25: HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN 
August 26: THE LONG WAY HOME

The re-read is a fantastic way for fans to revisit the magic of the series while also welcoming new readers into the community. Why not have your patrons (and patrons) join the fun? 

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Thriller Thursday (3/27/14 Edition) plus Left Coast Crime Award winners!

Thriller Thursday (3/27/14 Edition) plus Left Coast Crime Award winners!

Happy #ThrillerThursday, friends! We've got a creepy new crop of mysteries, plus Left Coast Crime Award Winners! Read on for more:

THE COAL BLACK ASPHALT TOMB by David Handler
Romantic crime-fighting duo Mitch Berger and Desiree Mitry must go up against the town's aristocracy to solve the forty-year-old murder of a missing Navy flyer, found during overdue construction on a quaint New England road. "The affable Burger mines town gossip, and Mitry digs into some sordid town history en route to the satisfying resolution of the murder case." — Publishers Weekly

I REMEMBER YOU by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
"Sigurdardottir has written an excellent and seriously scary mystery with tangible and supernatural elements that will appeal to fans of John Ajvide Lindqvist (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN)." Library Journal, starred review.
We loved this one (and some of you did, too!).

THE REVENANT OF THRAXTON HALL by Vaughn Entwistle
In Entwistle's debut, Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde team up to investigate the future death of a medium at a manor in the English countryside. "Entwistle assembles an intriguing cast, including a levitator whose acts go awry, an enigmatic foreign count, and a Russian mystic who warns of dangerous revenants (returning spirits), for his whimsical plot." — Publishers Weekly

NOTORIOUS by Allison Brennan
In this start of a new series, bestselling author Brennan introduces tough-as-nails TV reporter Max Revere, who's got a knack for solving cold cases–except for the one from her own past. "[A] terrific new series. Sandra Brown and Hank Phillippi Ryan fans will feel right at home." – Booklist, starred review

WITHOUT WARNING by David Rosenfelt
When a small town in Maine is devastated by a hurricane, it unearths a time capsule that includes predictions about past murders...and future ones to come. "Descriptions of Rosenfelt’s latest stand-alone: Spooky. Creepy. Edgy. Chilling. Shuddery. What more could anyone want? The novel steps into Michael Connelly ground... highly recommended for readers craving that elusive 'something different.'” — Booklist  

 

The Left Coast Crime Awards were recently announced and we're thrilled to have three winners from Minotaur Books:

The Lefty: Best humorous mystery novel
THE GOOD COP by Brad Parks 

The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award: Best historical mystery novel covering events before 1960
DANDY GILVER AND A BOTHERSOME NUMBER OF CORPSES by Catriona McPherson

The Calamari: Best mystery set anywhere else in the world
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny


Click here
to see the full list of nominees and winners. Congratulations to all winners! 

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2013 Agatha Awards nominees!

2013 Agatha Awards nominees!

Malice Domestic logoMalice Domestic recently announced the nominees for the 2013 Agatha Awards and we're very proud to have five great traditional mysteries in the running:

Best Contemporary Novel:

THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS by Julia Spencer-Fleming 
PAGAN SPRING by G.M. Malliet 
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny 
THE WRONG GIRL by Hank Phillippi Ryan 

Best Nonfiction:

THE HOUR OF PERIL: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower

Additionally, Joan Hess (MURDER AS A SECOND LANGUAGE) is receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award!

The winners will be announced at the 2013 Agatha Awards banquet to be held on May 3, 2014. 

See the full list of 2013 Agatha Award nominees here. Congratulations to all nominees! [...]

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The 2014 Edgar Nominees

The 2014 Edgar Nominees

Edgar logoWe are thrilled to have six outstanding books, both fiction and nonfiction, nominated for the Edgar Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and television published or produced in 2013:

Best Novel
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

Best First Novel
RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman

Best Fact Crime
MORTAL SINS by Michael D'Antonio
THE HOUR OF PERIL by Daniel Stashower

Best Critical/Biographical
IAN FLEMING by Andrew Lycett

Mary Higgins Clark 
THE SIXTH STATION by Linda Stasi 

See all of the 2014 Edgar Award Nominees and read the full press release from the Mystery Writers of America.

The awards will be presented to the winners on May 1, 2014 at the 68th Gala Banquet at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. Congratulations to all nominees! [...]

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Best Books of 2013!

Best Books of 2013!

We've had an amazing year in books and are thrilled to be represented on so many Best of 2013 lists. Here's a look at the highlights:
BOOKLIST

Arts & Literature
     IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD by Eve Ensler

Biography
     JACK LONDON by Earle Labor

Health & Medicine
     IN THE KINGDOM OF THE SICK by Laurie Edwards

History
     THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel 

Social Sciences
     EBONY AND IVY by Craig Steven Wilder
     GOSPEL OF FREEDOM by Jonathan Rieder
     HOPE AGAINST HOPE by Sarah Carr
     IN THE NAME OF GOD by Cameron Stauth
     THE UNWINDING by George Packer

Adult Books for Young Adults
  
     A CHANCE TO WIN by Jonathan Schuppe
     THE GAMAL by Ciarán Collins

Books for Youth 
     ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
     IF YOU FIND ME by Emily Murdoch

Audio for Adults
 
     HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

 

KIRKUS REVIEWS 

Best Fiction
     LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY by Wilton Barnhardt
     BOX OFFICE POISON by Phillipa Bornikova
     GHOSTS OF BUNGO SUIDO by P.T. Deutermann
     MIDNIGHT by Kevin Egan
     JEEVES AND THE WEDDING BELLS by Sebastian Faulks
     HAVISHAM by Ronald Frame
     TRANSCENDENTAL by James Gunn
     GOOD PEOPLE by Ewart Hutton
     SOMEONE by Alice McDermott  
     THE NIGHT GUEST by Fiona McFarlane
     SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT by Ian Tregillis
     THE LAND ACROSS by Gene Wolfe
     QUEEN VICTORIA’S BOOK OF SPELLS by Ellen Datlow 

Best Teen 
     ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell 

Best Nonfiction  
     THE GUNS AT LAST LIGHT by Rick Atkinson
     REPORT FROM THE INTERIOR by Paul Auster
     SHOUTING WON'T HELP by Katherine Bouton
     MORTAL SINS by Michael D'Antonio
     THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel
     THE SEARCHERS by Glenn Frankel
     THE GREAT DISSENT by Thomas Healy
     THE BOOK OF MY LIVES by Aleksandar Hemon
     THE BROTHERS by Stephen Kinzer
     A FORT OF NINE TOWERS by Qais Akbar Omar
     THE UNWINDING by George Packer
     MEN WE REAPED by Jesmyn Ward
     EBONY AND IVY by Craig Steven Wilder

 

LIBRARY JOURNAL

Top 10 Best Books of 2013   
     THE SEARCHERS by Glenn Frankel 

More of the Best 
     JACK LONDON by Earle Labor
     OWNING THE EARTH by Andro Linklater

Best Books 2013: Memoir 
     HER by Christa Parravani

Best Books 2013: Consumer Health 
     MIDLIFE EATING DISORDERS by Cynthia M. Bulik 

Best Books 2013: Sci-Tech  
     BUG MUSIC by David Rothenberg

Best Books 2013: Audio  
     LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY by Wilton Barnhardt
     HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Top 10 Best Books of 2013  
     MEN WE REAPED by Jesmyn Ward  

Best Fiction  
     PERCIVAL EVERETT BY VIRGINIA RUSSELL by Virgil Russell
     SOMEONE by Alice McDermott

Best Mystery  
     HOUR OF THE RED GOD by Richard Crompton
     HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny
     ENIGMA OF CHINA by Qiu Xiaolong

Best Poetry  
     METAPHYSICAL DOG by Frank Bidart
     INCARNADINE by Mary Szybist

Best SF/Fantasy/Horror  
     TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY SCIENCE FICTION, edited by David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden
     VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab

Best Comics
     THE PROPERTY by Rutu Modan

Best Nonfiction  
     MEN WE REAPED by Jesmyn Ward
     MORTAL SINS by Michael D'Antonio
     THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel
     FORTY-ONE FALSE STARTS by Janet Malcolm
     SCARCITY by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir
     THE UNWINDING by George Packer

Best Children's Fiction  
     ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell

Best Religion  
     MY BRIGHT ABYSS by Christian Wiman


SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL  

Best Fiction
     ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
     FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

LibraryReads logoAnd here are all of our LibraryReads’ selections from 2013:

September list 
     #1: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
     #2: HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

November list
     #2: THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS by Julia Spencer-Fleming
     #8: THE RAVEN'S EYE by Barry Maitland

December list 
     #7: DANGEROUS WOMEN, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
     #9: THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING by Olivia Laing

While it's not technically a "Best of 2013" list, NPR's Book Concierge is definitely a collection of favorites throughout the year. 

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#Libfaves13 – Your Favorite Books of 2013

#Libfaves13 – Your Favorite Books of 2013

This week, librarians everywhere are sharing their favorite 10 reads from 2013, counting down from #10 to #1 on Twitter with the hashtag #libfaves13. Join them or sit back and watch the fireworks!

UPDATE 12/11/13: The votes are in and Macmillan has 4 books on the Librarian Favorite 2013 list!

1. ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
2. FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell (also the September #1 LibraryReads pick!)
8. HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny (also the September #2 LibraryReads pick!)
10. (tied) THE HUMAN DIVISION by John Scalzi

Rowell FTW 

View the full list of winners here. Thank you to everyone who voted! 

Here's a look at some of the Macmillan-nominated favorites throughout the week: 

#libfaves13

If you’re a mere marketer (like us) join us by listing your 2013 faves on Twitter using hashtag #libmktgfaves13.

#libmktgfaves13

Happy reading and happy sharing!

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Monday Fun Day! (9/9/2013 Edition)

Monday Fun Day! (9/9/2013 Edition)

Our weekend involved authors & kittens. 

What more is there to life, really? 
 Louise Penny & Wilton Barnhardt events

Talia attended local bookstore events for Louise Penny (HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN) and Wilton Barnhardt (LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY) at Flyleaf Books and McIntyre's Books. All were smash hits as you can see from the standing room only pictures. 

Anne kitty beach

Meanwhile, Anne hit the Rockaways and found kittens living under the boardwalk. She (of course) wanted to take all seven of them home that instant! Fear not! a neighborhood kitten wrangler is keeping an eye on them.  Phew! 

We hope your week is off to a good start!

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Our #FridayReads – Labor Day Edition

Our #FridayReads – Labor Day Edition

TGIF! You know what that means: it’s time for #FridayReads! We’re especially excited to get bonus reading time over the long Labor Day weekend. (We hope you do, too!)

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Goodbye, Ali—Hello, Anne!

Goodbye, Ali—Hello, Anne!

**Warning: tearjerker post ahead! Do not proceed without kleenex!**

Dearest librarians,

It grieves me to tell you that I will no longer be posting news, giveaways, and cat videos here for you come September. I've accepted a position at Tor working on titles from the Tor Teen and Starscape imprints. 

It's been an honor discussing books and baby animals with you all. Thank you for your kindness, silliness, and enthusiasm. Please, please stay in touch!

And now I shall pass the torch to Anne Spieth, Assistant Library Marketing Manager extraordinaire! 

Yours,
Ali

 

Hello Library Land!

My name is Anne Spieth and I’m thrilled to be joining Talia’s team and working with all of you. If this was a pageant and I was asked to describe myself, I would say that:

1) I’m a voracious reader (I read mostly fiction and love mysteries but most of all I just want a compelling story. I am currently reading HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny and INSURGENT by Veronica Roth).

2) I’m from Tucson, AZ (shout out to all the Pima County Librarians!).

3) I worked at Barnes & Noble for 7 years (I worked in every department starting in the café and can still make a mean macchiato) and have worked in publishing for 5 years at both Macmillan and Simon & Schuster doing marketing, publicity, and design.

4) I love to bake (hopefully most of you will experience my baking at one point or another).

5) I love music (I played flute and trumpet and did marching band in high school and college).

6) I have tattoos and occasionally wear glasses.

7) I love all things small and cuddly (current obsession: my NYC bestie’s cat Louie).

I’m pretty sure you can see why Talia hired me. I love meeting new people and making connections, so please don’t hesitate to email or call me at any time. I look forward to working with all of you and hopefully meeting many of you in person in the coming months!

Best,
Anne 

Ali&Anne sharing cookiesAnne giving Ali a delicious compost cookie (recipe here) she baked. 

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LibraryReads Chooses FANGIRL and HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN! Oooh Yeaaaah!

LibraryReads Chooses FANGIRL and HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN! Oooh Yeaaaah!

FANTASTIC NEWS!

LibraryReads' inaugural recommendation list was posted this morning and two FANTASTIC Macmillan titles made the top ten! Before we talk about the books, here's a super quick refresher of the program:

LibraryReads is a new program which harnesses the value of "library staff picks" into a single nation-wide discovery tool, a monthly list of ten newly released must-reads.

LibraryReads LogoThe #1 pick for September which was nominated by the most librarians is a teen/adult crossover title, FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell! It's a coming-of-age tale about family, first love, and fan fiction during a tumultuous freshman year of college by the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of ELEANOR & PARK. The second Macmillan title selected for the list is Louise Penny's HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, the latest exquisitely wrought installment in the award-winning and New York Times bestselling mystery series featuring Chief Inspector Gamache!

We have been championing these two incredible authors for a while now and we're ecstatic to see them both on LibraryReads' first list.

 

 

See the full September 2013 top ten list on LibraryReads.org!

LibraryReads chooses Fangirl

Sweepstakes! 

We're giving away a set of both FANGIRL and HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN to five randomly selected librarians who nominate a title for the October list!

To enter:

1. Nominate a title—any title!—to LibraryReads via Edelweiss (full instructions on LibraryReads.org).

2. Send us an e-mail from your professional e-mail address (subject: I Nominated a Book for LibraryReads!) by Tuesday, August 20th.

Don't have anything to nominate? No problem! We would love to add you to our Edelweiss whitelist so you can download all of the Macmillan e-galleys you can read without waiting for approval for each title. Details on how to get whitelisted in this post. Please note: you absolutely do not need to nominate a Macmillan title to enter the sweepstakes—nominate any title you love!

This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. Details below.
UPDATE 8/21/13: 
The sweepstakes is now closed. 

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