Black History Month is almost here! To celebrate, we’re offering a collection of fiction and nonfiction titles in our Black History Month e-Book sale for libraries! Running from January 30 through March 3, more than 30 adult, YA, and children’s e-Books will be discounted 30% off (with our regular lending terms), including these titles: CONVERSATIONS […]
In honor of Black History Month, we've put together a robust Edelweiss collection of titles (History! Biography! Fiction! Culture! Plus many more!) that we hope will help you with collection development. Here are some highlights:
GOSPEL OF FREEDOM by Jonathan Rieder
DOWN TO THE CROSSROADS by Aram Goudsouzian
LET FREEDOM RING: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the March on Washington by Kitty Kelley
THE EMPIRE OF NECESSITY by Greg Grandin
THE MANOR: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island by Mac Griswold
THE SLAVES' GAMBLE: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812 by Gene Allen Smith
THE HAMMER AND THE ANVIL: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the End of Slavery in America by Dwight Jon Zimmerman
JIMI HENDRIX by Leon Hendrix
RESPECT YOURSELF: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon
BOB MARLEY by Chris Salewicz
PRINCE: Inside the Music and the Masks by Ronin Ro
HAIR STORY: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America (2nd Edition) by Ayana Byrd and Lori Tharps
HIGH ON THE HOG by Jessica B. Harris
SAPP ATTACK by Warren Sapp
THE HUSTLE: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White by Doug Merlino
MORE THAN JUST A GAME by Chuck Korr and Marvin Close
THE SPORTSMAN: Unexpected Lessons from an Around-the-World Sports Odyssey by Dhani Jones
Talia and I have a girl crush on Jamaica Kincaid. We spent a little time with her before the Freedom to Read Foundation's Banned/Challenged Author event at Seattle Town Hall during ALA Midwinter. She completely won us over in, oh, approximately four minutes.
Kincaid joined us in Seattle to talk about her journey as a reader and a writer and the experience of having her book, LUCY, challenged in a Pennsylvania high school as "most pornographic." More on that event here.
We're excited to see that SEE NOW THEN, Kincaid's first novel in ten years, has some great press already. The New York Times ran a piece called "Never Mind the Parallels, Don’t Read It as My Life" in which Kincaid clarifies how much of her new book is autobiographical (spoiler: only some). And Publishers Weekly interviewed Kincaid in "The Age of a Mountain: PW Talks with Jamaica Kincaid" about the phrase "see now then" and her experience creating characters of all ages.
"Kincaid has created a measured, bewitching, and metaphysical fable, as well as a venomous, acidly comic, and plangent tale of love, betrayal, and loss that is at once slashingly personal and radiantly universal in its mystery, passion, and catharsis." -Booklist (starred review)
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!
We'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
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")!