Happy #BookBday (8/26/14 Edition)

Happy #BookBday (8/26/14 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to these fabulous new titles: LOCK IN by John Scalzi Scalzi’s near-future thriller landed on the August 2014 LibraryReads list and received three starred pre-publication reviews, like this one from Kirkus: “This SF thriller provides yet more evidence that Scalzi is a master at creating appealing commercial fiction.” FIVES AND TWENTY FIVES by […]

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Friday Free Day!

Friday Free Day!

TGIF! What’s better than Friday? FREE STUFF! Here are some recent giveaways for Macmillan goodness: Picador is giving away 20 copies of HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE by Emma Chapman now through Sunday, August 17. Click here to enter to win! St. Martin’s Press is giving away 100 advance reader copies of THE SILENT […]

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Happy Birthday LibraryReads!

Happy Birthday LibraryReads!

Happy Anniversary LibraryReads! Can you believe it’s already been a year? Thanks very much for your support of these great Macmillan LibraryReads picks: September 2013 #1: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell #2: HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny November 2013 #2: THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS by Julia Spencer-Fleming #8: THE RAVEN’S EYE by Barry […]

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For Your Consideration: October LibraryReads titles

For Your Consideration: October LibraryReads titles

Download, read, and nominate our favorite titles now for the October 2014* LibraryReads list! *Nominations are due September 1 LILA by Marilynne Robinson Pulitzer Prize-winning author “Robinson has created a tour de force” (Booklist, starred review) with the final volume in her Gilead trilogy, LILA. It’s already received two starred reviews and has a major […]

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For Your Consideration: September LibraryReads titles

For Your Consideration: September LibraryReads titles

The days are long and hot and we’re already looking forward to Fall and cooling temperatures. Get a head start with these recommended September titles and nominate your favorites for the September 2014 LibraryReads list (due August 1)! BROADCHURCH by Erin Kelly This brilliant novelization of the hit television show Broadchurch follows Detectives Alec Hardy […]

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Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year 2014!

new years kittensHappy New Year! We hope your holidays were wonderful. We're rested, rejuvenated and ready for all that 2014 will bring!

Want to know what our New Year's Resolution is? It's for all the librarians we know to participate in LibraryReads!

Do you love to read? Do people often ask you what book they should read next? Are you a public librarian? If you answered yes to all of these, then my friend, you are ready for LibraryReads.

LibraryReads logoWhat is this magical LibraryReads thing we speak of? It's a monthly list of the Top Ten newly released must-read books, voted on by librarians like you! By harnessing the value of "library staff picks" into a single nation-wide discovery tool, you can help connect books to as many readers as possible.

If you're ready to start, nominations are now being accepted for books publishing in March 2013 (due February 1). Here are some titles we recommend:

SHOTGUN LOVESONGS by Nickolas Butler
TEMPTING FATE by Jane Green
PRECIOUS THING by Colette McBeth
THE HAVEN by Carol Lynch Williams
THE CAIRO AFFAIR by Olen Steinhauer
DECODED by Mai Jia 
NOTORIOUS by Allison Brennan 
THE REVENANT OF THRAXTON HALL by Vaughn Entwistle
THE MIDNIGHT WITCH by Paula Brackston
THE OTHER HALF by Sarah Rayner 
ALWAYS UNIQUE by Nikki Turner 
QUEEN ELIZABETH'S DAUGHTER by Anne Clinard Barnhill 
CODE ZERO by Jonathan Maberry
I REMEMBER YOU by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
NOTES FROM THE INTERNET APOCALPYSE by Wayne Gladstone
PROVIDENCE RAG by Bruce DeSilva

To vote, you must be an Edelweiss user and registered as a public librarian. If so, then you’re all set! To recommend a title, find the book page while logged into Edelweiss and click on “Your Review.” You will see the check the “Submit to LibraryReads” box on the bottom right of that box; click on it when saving your review to nominate that title.

If you are already an Edelweiss user, and logged in, but don’t see the option to “Submit to LibraryReads” when you click on “Your Review,” you may be in an Edelweiss organization that is not classified as a public library. In this case, please email support@abovethetreeline.com for help.
If you are not an Edelweiss user, please register for Edelweiss using the Organization Type “Library – Public” to join the LibraryReads community. 

Read in any format you like–paper or digital–but please submit all your reviews electronically, via Edelweiss.

Speaking of Edelweiss, did you know you can get whitelisted* for access to Macmillan e-galleys? It's true! Here's how to get pre-approved:

1. Register for Edelweiss with your library-issued e-mail address.
2. Send Anne an email that includes the e-mail address you registered with, your full name, and your current library (subject: Edelweiss).
3. Wait for Anne to send you a confirmation message, then download to your heart's delight and nominate titles you love for LibraryReads

*Whitelisting is only available to librarians currently employed in the U.S. 

For more on Edelweiss, including reading recommendations, click here. Want to know even more about LibraryReads? Check out our FAQ for nomination deadlines, guidelines for writing reviews, details on how each list gets decided, and FREE marketing materials for your library. Happy reading and happy nominating!

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Monday Fun Day – Hot Debuts & Book Fashion

Monday Fun Day – Hot Debuts & Book Fashion

Hello friends! Did you have a nice weekend? We did. We're rested and ready to share more awesome news with you this week, starting with the Spring 2014 Indies Introduce program.

The Indies Introduce list consists of titles from 10 Adult and 10 Children's debut authors, all chosen by booksellers as the best in new talent for the upcoming season, and two terrific Macmillan titles made the cut:

THE WIVES OF LOS ALAMOS by TaraShea Nesbit
Bold and emotionally charged, THE WIVES OF LOS ALAMOS is told in the collective voices of the wives of the men who created the atom bomb. Mostly in their mid-twenties and hailing from around the country, the women arrived in New Mexico ready for adventure. What they found was anything but—they lived in barely finished houses in a rugged military town encircled by barbed wire. Though they were strangers, they joined together adapting to a landscape as fierce as it was absorbing, forging friendships and creating families and a true community all amidst intense secrecy and chaos of the war. Think THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY meets THE ASTRONAUT WIVES' CLUB, only fiction.

“In this fascinating and artful debut, TaraShea Nesbit gives voice to the women closest to one of gravest and most telling moments in our collective history: the development and testing of the nuclear bomb at Los Alamos. Tender and mundane details of marriage and domesticity quietly collide with the covert and solemn work at hand. With chilling implications and charged, sure-footed prose, this is a novel—and writer—of consequence.” — Paula McLain, author of THE PARIS WIFE


SHOTGUN LOVESONGS
by Nickolas Butler
Hank, Leland, Kip and Ronny were all born and raised in the small town of Little Wing, Wisconsin and are now coming into their own (or not) as husbands and fathers. One stayed while others left to make good, with varying degrees of success. Seamlessly woven into their patchwork is Beth, whose presence among them—both then and now—fuels the kind of passion one comes to expect of love songs and rivalries. Now all four have returned to Little Wing in hopes of finding their place in the world. SHOTGUN LOVESONGS explores the age-old question of whether or not you can ever truly come home again and the kind of steely faith and love returning requires.

"This debut, told in the alternating voices of four lifelong friends, could do for Wisconsin farm towns what THE LAST PICTURE SHOW did for Texas football towns. Living with the main characters under the microscope that is small-town life, we experience their heartbreaks, successes, failures, loves, and losses. This novel is crafted with heart-wrenching sorrow and joy, displaying the pain and beauty possible when relationships carry from childhood into adulthood." —  Kelly Estep, Carmichael’s Bookstore, Louisville KY

Before we get into 2014, don’t forget that tomorrow is the deadline to submit your LibraryReads nominations for November titles! We offer our suggestions here.  

BONUS FUN: Check out this cool library dress we found! 
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Happy #BookBday (9/10/13 Edition)

Happy #BookBday (9/10/13 Edition)

It's Tuesday and you know what that means (all together now): 

♫♪♫♫♪ Haaaappy Book Birthday to Youuuu, Happy Book Birthday to Youuuu! Happy BOOK Birthday dear: 

FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
It's the #1 pick for the inaugural LibraryReads list this month, an Indie Next selection and has glowing reviews, including four starred pre-publication trades and love from Entertainment Weekly ("Consider me a fangirl of this charming coming-of-age tale”). That's more buzz than a gallon of coffee!

NINE INCHES by Tom Perrotta
The New York Times Book Review is just one of many raving about Perrotta's new short story collection: “His portrait of the suburbs as an essential, if at times heartbreaking, facet of our modern lives marks him as the descendant of such chroniclers of small-town America as Thornton Wilder, John O’Hara and Willa Cather.” Wow. [...]

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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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