Happy Friday! If this was your first full week back after a long vacation, congratulations! You made it! Now get out of here already and spend your weekend snuggling with these two furry fellas. #meow BAILEY BOAT CAT: Adventures of a Feline Afloat by Louise Kennedy We want Bailey’s life: gazing wistfully out of portholes […]
On Sunday, many of you will be watching to see whether the Seattle Seahawks can top the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. Even the Seattle and Denver libraries are duking it out on Twitter in the #ReadingBowl! (Tweet what you're reading with the hashtags #ReadingBowl and #SEAReads or #DENreads to play along.)
But some of us don't care about sports. We only care about cute things and have finally been rewarded with THE KITTEN BOWL!!!
Airing at 12:00 noon/11am Central on the Hallmark Channel, the Kitten Bowl has four adorably furry teams competing on an obstacle course of hurdles, tunnels, hoops, jumps, weave poles, lasers, lures and toys on strings!
Check out the lineup and pick your favorite kitten now! We're loving Feline Manning, Troy Paw-Lamalau, Ferrell Owens, and Catnip. Plus, there's a live Kitten Cam feed on the website so you don't have to miss a minute of feline fun! Meow.
Best of all, each kitten is guaranteed to be adopted into a loving home (no, we didn't adopt ALL of them, as much as we'd like to...).
Enjoy! And if you need more cuteness, there's always that other bowl game...
Our weekend involved authors & kittens.
What more is there to life, really?
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.
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!
We interrupt your Tuesday afternoon coffee break for a very important introduction.
Librarians, meet Siete, the cat with seven toes... on EACH of her front paws!
She's a Hemingway (polydactyl) cat, an evolutionary masterpiece, and the cutest little grocery bag spelunker EVER.
She lives with Michelle Campbell from our children's school and library marketing department. She has also been invited to live in our hearts forever. [...]
Happy post-BEA Monday!
*cue everyone collapsing into a pile and catnapping for a week.*
We're almost at the end of this year's frenzied conference season, so let's wrap up our BookExpo adventures and get you back in gear for ALA Annual.
First of all, a huge thanks to all of the happy librarians who joined us for dinner on Wednesday at the AAP's Annual BEA Librarians Dinner with Erica Jong, the author of FEAR OF FLYING (40th Anniversary Edition), and also on Thursday at the AAP's BEA Librarians Author Lunch with Louise Penny, author of the Chief Inspector Gamache novels (pictured below)! We had a great time and we hope you were entertained and well-fed for your other panels and show floor expeditions. Please join us again next year and spread the word!
Alene Moroni and Stephanie Chase (King County Library System) bookending Louise Penny!
And also thank you to everyone who came out to hear me gush about a few of Macmillan's forthcoming titles at the AAP's Annual Librarians Book Buzz panel. My handout is available for you to download (PDF) and definitely go to MacmillanBEAPreview.com to register for e-galley downloads of all of Macmillan's featured BEA titles (expires June 10). Read more about Edelweiss here.
C-SPAN 2 posted the hour-long state of the book industry talk at BookExpo America with Macmillan CEO John Sargent. Watch "Publishing, Bookselling, and the Whole Damn Thing: A Conversation with John Sargent" now.
American Library Association Annual Convention:
Please take a look at our full schedule posted here and find us during the show at booth 2103!
Texas Library Association Annual Conference:
We're still talking about TxLA?? You betcha. That's because you still have a chance to win a stack of super fine signed books! The deadline to enter is today. Enter now.
As we embark into June let's take a look back over last month's ridiculously smile-worthy cat videos:
Welcome back from Thanksgiving, everyone!
I hope you all had an uncomfortably delicious holiday. While you're recovering with your leftovers lunch we have a few items to share with you:
- Teen Librarians, please join us next Tuesday (12/4) for the Association of American Publishers' first ever Children's and YA Tri-State Book Buzz! There will be goodie bags, galleys, breakfast, and good times. RSVP now!
- The paperback of Talia's tell-all memoir is coming out in January, so be sure to check that out...
"Big Stone Gap is truly, madly, amazingly beautiful."
—Wendy Welch, in THE LITTLE BOOKSTORE OF BIG STONE GAP
"Hold up... IS THIS PLACE FOR REAL?!"
—Me, in the doorway of the little bookstore of Big Stone Gap
I have returned alive and unscathed from my weekend field excursion to the Tales of the Lonesome Pine Bookstore, a magical little mansion-turned-bookstore in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Well, to be totally honest I'm a little scratched up thanks to an overly-playful kitten (I'm looking at you, Owen!), but below the love-scratches I'm all gushy and glowing inside.
I happen to know the dapper fellow who has been bookshop-sitting while bookstore co-owners Wendy and Jack are traveling the country on book tour. I've been bugging him since day one for pics, updates, and the stories behnd the stories, but eventually I had to haul myself down there and experiece it for myself.
There are few things more satisfying than heading downstairs for coffee in the morning, passing by tens of thousands of books ready for reading, and settling into a big, comfy chair with a lapful of unearned affection from a horde of well-loved pets. The coziness factor is completely out of control! Everyone is so freaking welcoming! There are a suspicious number of cats napping in all the right places!
In fact, the more I remember from my trip, the more I think I never went to Virginia at all. I probably just visited my local REKAL branch and had my perfect weekend getaway implanted in my memory.
Wendy and Jack have admittedly had their ups and downs moving into a small town and opening an independent bookstore. You can and should read all about their journey in Wendy's memoir, but the home/business/animal sanctuary that they live/work/play in today is straight out of a book lover's dream.
If you're ever in the area, do yourself a favor and stop by.
UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to winner Melissa Gray from St. Paul Public Library!
We're also giving away a signed copy of THE LITTLE BOOKSTORE OF BIG STONE GAP to one lucky librarian and I just extended to the entrance deadline until this Friday. Details here!
CAPTURING CAMELOT: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the Kennedys is a collection of memorable photos taken by consummate photojournalist, Stanley Tretick.
Tretick was assigned to follow the Kennedy campaign of 1960 and the photographer soon befriended the candidate. When Kennedy took office, Tretick was given extensive access to the White House. Tretick's photographs helped define the American family of the early sixties and lent Kennedy an endearing credibility that greatly contributed to his popularity.
Accompanied by an insightful, heartwarming essay from Kitty Kelley—Tretick's close friend—about the relationship between the photographer and JFK, CAPTURING CAMELOT includes some of the most memorable images of America's Camelot and brings to life the uniquely hopeful historical era from which it emerged.
Planning on getting a copy for your library or yourself?
E-mail Library-at-MacmillanUSA.com (subject: Capturing Camelot) with your name and mailing address and we'll send you a bookplate signed by Kitty Kelley with her particularly adorable signature:
This one's my favorite because it's both silly and sinister:
Come one, come all, to a brand new week!
"[R]eaders who love deep examinations of character will find themselves caught in Audun's voice like a ray of light in a prism, their emotions filtering through in a spectrum of compassion, commiseration and admiration. [...]
"Petterson's prose is brisk and unornamented, perfect for evoking the austere beauty of the Norwegian landscape and yet packed with emotions both powerful and subtle."
The issue also includes an interview with Fiona McCrae, publisher and director of Graywolf Press, on working with translations.
- Don't forget to direct your teen patrons to YALSA's Teens' Top Ten poll: http://www.SurveyMonkey.com/s/TeensTopTen12.
- Our overstuffed A MEMORY OF LIGHT backpack giveaway is still open for those of you interested in taking a peek at Uncharted Pages, our new SF/F recommendation blog hosted by EarlyWord! Contest details here.
- And finally...
MONDAY! MONDAY! MONDAY! The EPIC SHOWDOWN you've all been waiting for: Parrot vs. Kitten! Winner gets the back of the couch.
My cohort Ali is in Chicago today preparing for a title
presentation at the Chicago Public Library. In her absence, I promise to amuse
you with a few deep thoughts about books and kittens.
- -- What about Monday Fun-Day,
you ask? That will have to wait until Ali's return.
- -- But where exactly is Ali?
She is here talking
about these books.
- -- No Edgars or Agathas
for us – why does the world hate us?
- -- Mark Allen Smith’s propulsive debut, THE INQUISITOR,
finally gets the love
it deserves from Marilyn Stasio!
- -- One more shameless plug for DON’T EVER GET OLD
– which has FOUR starred pre-pub reviews and comparisons to Elmore Leonard. ROCK ‘n ROLL!