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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LOCK IN lands on the August 2014 LibraryReads list!

LOCK IN lands on the August 2014 LibraryReads list!

FANTASTIC NEWS! LOCK IN by John Scalzi is #4 on the August 2014 LibraryReads list! In Hugo Award-winning author Scalzi’s latest sci-fi novel, a meningitis-like virus known as “Haden’s syndrome” has swept the globe, leaving nearly 5 million people “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. Locked-in Haden’s survivors can […]

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Summer SF/Fantasy

Summer SF/Fantasy

Greetings, SF/fantasy fans! Here are a few books hitting the shelves this summer that we think you'll love:

CALIFORNIA BONES by Greg Van Eekhout
Available Now
“This wonderfully imaginative story is set in an alternate-reality Los Angeles that will seem both familiar (the author mentions Topanga Canyon and Rhino Records) and weirdly unusual (the city has an elaborate canal system, like that in Venice, for example). In this world, the bones of magical creatures contain remnants of their powers; if you consume these ancient bones, or the bones of magical people living today, you acquire their magical properties (when the Hierarch killed Daniel’s father, he, um, ate him). The story is structured like a caper novel, and fans of stories about heists will enjoy it, but its fantastical elements make it an absolute must for urban-fantasy readers, too.” — Booklist, starred & boxed review  


UNWEPT: Book One of The Nightbirds by Tracy Hickman and Laura Hickman
On Sale: July 1, 2014
In this start to a spellbinding new trilogy by the bestselling co-creators of Dragonlance and Ravenloft, unknown events have robbed Ellis Harkington of her memory. Concerned individuals, who claim to be friends and loved ones, insist that she simply needs to recuperate, yet they refuse to divulge what has brought her to this state. “A gothic, unsettling, and eerie beginning to the new trilogy from the Hickmans. Creepy imagery and the withholding of information from both Ellis and the reader keep the pages turning.” — Library Journal  


LOCK IN by John Scalzi
On Sale: August 26, 2014
In Hugo Award-winning author Scalzi’s latest sci-fi novel, a virus known as “Haden's syndrome” has swept the globe, creating the largest medical crisis in history with nearly 5 million people “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. In this new world, rookie FBI agent Chris Shane and veteran agent Leslie Vann must investigate a Haden-related murder that may have much larger implications in this new society.


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For Your Consideration: August LibraryReads titles

For Your Consideration: August LibraryReads titles

August LibraryReads collage

Summer means vacations and long, lazy weekends—occasions when you always need a good book. We recommend these great August titles, and you can nominate your favorites for the August 2014 LibraryReads List (due July 1)!

THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
In the new book in the New York Times bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache series, the former Chief Inspector of Homicide is happily retired in Three Pines, but must help his friend Clara Morrow find her estranged husband, Peter. (While you’re waiting for Penny’s latest blockbuster, join the great Gamache re-read now and relive those favorite Three Pines moments!)

NetGalley buttonAvailable on NetGalley via super secret special request! To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Long Way Home.”

THE KILLS by Richard House
This epic four-books-in-one thriller longlisted for the Man Booker prize begins with a man on the run and ends with a burned body, moving across continents, characters, and genres. “Part Olen Steinhauer spy thriller and part Roberto Bolaño art novel, with a huge cast of characters, many Middle Eastern settings, and a puzzle of a time-shifting plot, THE KILLS is a work of intense artistic conviction and demands a serious commitment from its readers. They’ll be rewarded, even if the center of this dazzlingly large picture is elusive.” — Booklist, starred review

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A COLDER WAR by Charles Cumming
A brilliant novel of MI6 and modern espionage by the New York Times bestselling author of A FOREIGN COUNTRY and THE TRINITY SIX. “Cumming has established himself, along with Olen Steinhauer, as one of the best of today's old-school espionage novelists…. Superb espionage fiction in the grand tradition.”
Booklist, starred review

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SMALL BLESSINGS by Martha Woodroof
Readers who loved MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND will adore this inspiring debut of a small-town college professor, a remarkable new woman at the bookshop, and the ten-year old son he never knew he had.  “What could have become a sappy tale in less capable hands is a warm, caring, and thoroughly entertaining debut that reads remarkably well. NPR pro Woodroof is no novice writer, and her first novel will have readers eager for more.” — Library Journal, starred review

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LOCK IN by John Scalzi
In Hugo Award-winning author Scalzi’s latest sci-fi novel, a virus known as “Haden's syndrome” has swept the globe, creating the largest medical crisis in history with nearly 5 million people “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. In this new world, rookie FBI agent Chris Shane and veteran agent Leslie Vann must investigate a Haden-related murder that may have much larger implications in this new society. 

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THE FROZEN DEAD by Bernard Minier
A suspenseful and “compelling” (Booklist, starred & boxed review) murder mystery set in a high-security asylum for the criminally insane and the snowy mountains of the French Pyrénées. “French author Minier’s assured debut adroitly combines a genuinely creepy series of crimes, a literally chilling atmosphere, and a dogged detective.  Minier’s execution equals his considerable cleverness.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review  

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Librarians “Shout ‘n Share” Their Favorite BEA Picks!

Librarians “Shout ‘n Share” Their Favorite BEA Picks!

Happy Monday, friends!  For those of you who couldn't make it to BEA (sniff), here's what your librarian pals found on the show floor to  shout ‘n share about:

King County Library System's Alene Moroni loved Kate Forsyth's historical novel BITTER GREENS.

New York Public Library/Bookops's Charlene Rue was captivated by Eula Biss' ON IMMUNITY: An Inoculation.

Douglas "Books for Dudes" Lord was really excited about Kim Zupan's gritty Western mystery THE PLOUGHMEN.

Library Journal's Henrietta Verma picked Ursula Archer's geocaching murder mystery FIVE, and said that it satisfied her love of both mysteries and maps.
She also recommended John Scalzi's latest sci-fi gem, LOCK IN

Baltimore County Public Library's Jamie Watson called out Susan Strecker's NIGHT BLINDNESS and said it's the perfect book for Nicholas Sparks fans. 

Alene and Jamie both applauded Kate Funk's BEST CAT BOOK EVER! Cat + Costume = What's not to love?

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BEA 2014 is here!

BEA 2014 is here!

BEA librarian logoBookExpo America is finally here! We hope to see you at these great events and in the Macmillan booth (#1738).  
Thursday, May 29

LibraryReads: Collaborative Discovery for Librarians & Patrons panel
10:00am-10:50am
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E14

Find out how to share the books you love with readers across the country and enhance your professional profile by participating in LibraryReads, the monthly, nationwide library staff picks list. Speakers include Robin Nesbitt, Manager, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH; Kaite Stover, Director of Reader’s Services, Kansas City Public Library, MO; Stephanie Anderson, Head of Readers Services, Darien Library, CT, and Melissa DeWild, Collection Development Manager, Kent District Library, MI.

BiblioCommons: Cultivating and Supporting an Online Reading Community: Digital Badges and Online Programming
11:00–11:50am
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E14

Stephanie Chase of Library Discovery Service for BiblioCommons and Jenn Northington of WORD Bookstores will discuss how to reach the online community of patrons and customers through digital badges and online programming. 

The AAP's Annual Librarians Book Buzz, Part I
2:15-3:30pm
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E16

Come hear Anne Spieth highlight her favorite forthcoming Macmillan titles at this very popular annual Publishers Book Buzz!

Macmillan Galley Giveaways and Author Signings (Booth #1738):

9:00am  Galley Giveaway: MIDNIGHT PLAN OF THE REPO MAN by Bruce Cameron (Tor Books)
9:30am Galley Giveaway: LILA by Marilynne Robinson (FSG)
10:00am In-Booth Signing: Lisa Scottoline (BETRAYED, SMP)
10:45am In-Booth Signing: Rainbow Rowell (LANDLINE, SMP/Macmillan Audio)
11:00am Galley Giveaway: THE PLOUGHMEN by Kim Zupan (Holt)
2:00pm In-Booth Signing: R.L. Stine (PARTY GAMES, Griffin)
2:00pm Galley Giveaway: THE KILLS by Richard House (Picador)
2:30pm Galley Giveaway: BITTER GREENS by Kate Forsyth (Thomas Dunne Books)
3:00pm Galley Giveaway: ISLAND OF A THOUSAND MIRRORS by Nayomi Munaweera (SMP)
3:30pm Brooklyn Beer Tasting: THE CRAFT BEER REVOLUTION by Steve Hindy (Palgrave Macmillan)
3:30pm Galley Giveaway: WAR DOGS by Rebecca Frankel (Palgrave Macmillan)

Friday, May 30

The AAP's Annual Librarians Book Buzz, Part II
2:00-3:30pm
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E14

Come listen to our publishing friends as they highlight their favorite forthcoming titles!

The 6th Annual Librarian Shout 'n Share
3:30-5:00pm
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E14

Join librarians as they sound off on their favorite exhibit floor reads, and other upcoming works they are looking forward to sharing with their patrons. Speakers include Douglas Lord, Head of Circulation/ Branch Head, New Britain (CT) Public Library, longtime Library Journal book reviewer and Books for Dudes Columnist; Alene Moroni, Manager, Selection and Order, King County Library System (WA) and a 2013 Library  Journal “Mover and Shaker”; Charlene Rue, Deputy Director of Collection Management, BookOps: The shared technical services organization of New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library; Etta Thornton-Verma, Library Journal Reviews Editor (NY); and Jamie Watson, Collection Development Coordinator, Baltimore County Public Library (MD) and a 2008 Library Journal “Mover and Shaker.”

Macmillan Galley Giveaways and Author Signings (Booth #1738): 

9:30 AM In-Booth Signing: Ben Lerner (10:04, Faber)
9:30 AM Galley Giveaway: THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS by Keith Donohue (Picador)
10:00 AM Galley Giveaway: YOU MIGHT REMEMBER ME: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman by Mike Thomas (SMP)
10:30 AM Galley Giveaway: MY REAL CHILDREN by Jo Walton (Tor Books)
11:00 AM Galley and Advance Listening Copy Giveaway: LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell (SMP/ Macmillan Audio)
11:30 AM In-Booth Signing: Andy Cohen, ANDY COHEN DIARIES (Holt)
11:30 AM Galley Giveaway: THE FURIES by Natalie Haynes (SMP)
2:00 PM In-Booth Signing: John Scalzi (LOCK IN, Tor)
2:00 PM Galley Giveaway: MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver (Minotaur)
2:30 PM Galley Giveaway: SWAY by Kat Spears (Griffin)
4:00 PM Galley Giveaway: FULL MEASURE by T. Jefferson Parker (SMP)

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Macmillan Library @ BEA 2014! (Booth #1738)

Macmillan Library @ BEA 2014! (Booth #1738)

BEA librarian logoSpring is finally here, and that means that BookExpo America is only a few short weeks away! We hope to see you at these great events and in the Macmillan booth (#1738).

 

Wednesday, May 28

Library Journal’s Day of Dialog
9:00am–6:00pm
McGraw-Hill 50th floor, 1221 Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue and 49th Street), New York, NY 10020
RSVP required 

LJ's annual event will feature the ever-popular Editors’ Picks panel featuring Picador’s own Publisher & VP Stephen Morrison and a women's fiction panel starring Lisa Scottoline (BETRAYED) and Rainbow Rowell (LANDLINE)! 

Click here for more information and to RSVP 

The 8th Annual BEA Adult Librarians Dinner, co-hosted by AAP and LibraryReads
RSVP required, space is limited

NPR's Maureen Corrigan hosts this annual dinner featuring Pat O'Brien, whose memoir I'LL BE RIGHT BACK AFTER THIS chronicles his wild life in sports and Hollywood and his recovery from crippling substance abuse. 

Details and RSVP here. (Please note that this dinner is nearly sold out. If you RSVP after the event is full, you will be placed on a wait list.) 

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Thursday, May 29

LibraryReads: Collaborative Discovery for Librarians & Patrons panel
10:00am-10:50am
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E14

Find out how to share the books you love with readers across the country and enhance your professional profile by participating in LibraryReads, the monthly, nationwide library staff picks list. Speakers include Robin Nesbitt, Manager, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH; Kaite Stover, Director of Reader’s Services, Kansas City Public Library, MO; Stephanie Anderson, Head of Readers Services, Darien Library, CT, and Melissa DeWild, Collection Development Manager, Kent District Library, MI.

BiblioCommons: Cultivating and Supporting an Online Reading Community: Digital Badges and Online Programming
11:00–11:50am
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E14

Stephanie Chase of Library Discovery Service for BiblioCommons and Jenn Northington of WORD Bookstores will discuss how to reach the online community of patrons and customers through digital badges and online programming. 

The AAP's Annual Librarians Book Buzz, Part I
2:15-3:30pm
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E16

Come hear Anne Spieth highlight her favorite forthcoming Macmillan titles at this very popular annual Publishers Book Buzz!

Macmillan Galley Giveaways and Author Signings (Booth #1738):

9:00am  Galley Giveaway: MIDNIGHT PLAN OF THE REPO MAN by Bruce Cameron (Tor Books)
9:30am Galley Giveaway: LILA by Marilynne Robinson (FSG)
10:00am In-Booth Signing: Lisa Scottoline (BETRAYED, SMP)
10:45am In-Booth Signing: Rainbow Rowell (LANDLINE, SMP/Macmillan Audio)
11:00am Galley Giveaway: THE PLOUGHMEN by Kim Zupan (Holt)
2:00pm In-Booth Signing: R.L. Stine (PARTY GAMES, Griffin)
2:00pm Galley Giveaway: THE KILLS by Richard House (Picador)
2:30pm Galley Giveaway: BITTER GREENS by Kate Forsyth (Thomas Dunne Books)
3:00pm Galley Giveaway: ISLAND OF A THOUSAND MIRRORS by Nayomi Munaweera (SMP)
3:30pm Brooklyn Beer Tasting: THE CRAFT BEER REVOLUTION by Steve Hindy (Palgrave Macmillan)
3:30pm Galley Giveaway: WAR DOGS by Rebecca Frankel (Palgrave Macmillan)

Friday, May 30

The AAP's Annual Librarians Book Buzz, Part II
2:00-3:30pm
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E14

Come listen to our publishing friends as they highlight their favorite forthcoming titles!

The 6th Annual Librarian Shout 'n Share
3:30-5:00pm
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E14

Join librarians as they sound off on their favorite exhibit floor reads, and other upcoming works they are looking forward to sharing with their patrons. Speakers include Douglas Lord, Head of Circulation/ Branch Head, New Britain (CT) Public Library, longtime Library Journal book reviewer and Books for Dudes Columnist; Alene Moroni, Manager, Selection and Order, King County Library System (WA) and a 2013 Library  Journal “Mover and Shaker”; Charlene Rue, Deputy Director of Collection Management, BookOps: The shared technical services organization of New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library; Etta Thornton-Verma, Library Journal Reviews Editor (NY); and Jamie Watson, Collection Development Coordinator, Baltimore County Public Library (MD) and a 2008 Library Journal “Mover and Shaker.”

Macmillan Galley Giveaways and Author Signings (Booth #1738): 

9:30 AM In-Booth Signing: Ben Lerner (10:04, Faber)
9:30 AM Galley Giveaway: THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS by Keith Donohue (Picador)
10:00 AM Galley Giveaway: YOU MIGHT REMEMBER ME: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman by Mike Thomas (SMP)
10:30 AM Galley Giveaway: MY REAL CHILDREN by Jo Walton (Tor Books)
11:00 AM Galley and Advance Listening Copy Giveaway: LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell (SMP/ Macmillan Audio)
11:30 AM In-Booth Signing: Andy Cohen, ANDY COHEN DIARIES (Holt)
11:30 AM Galley Giveaway: THE FURIES by Natalie Haynes (SMP)
2:00 PM In-Booth Signing: John Scalzi (LOCK IN, Tor)
2:00 PM Galley Giveaway: MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver (Minotaur)
2:30 PM Galley Giveaway: SWAY by Kat Spears (Griffin)
4:00 PM Galley Giveaway: FULL MEASURE by T. Jefferson Parker (SMP)

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Calling all Sci-Fi/ Fantasy Readers!

Calling all Sci-Fi/ Fantasy Readers!

Pillar to the Sky jacketLike a Mighty Army jacketGoblin Emperor jacketWords of Radiance jacketMy Real Children jacketLock In jacket
Here's the scoop on the latest greatest and soon-to-come SF & Fantasy from Tor Books:

PILLAR TO THE SKY by William Forstchen
PILLAR TO THE SKY is part of NASA-inspired Works of Fiction–a partnership between NASA and Tor/Forge aimed at raising awareness of science, technology, engineering, and math, and attracting students to those fields. The titular pillar is a controversial supertower developed by a visionary rocket scientist intent on finding a new energy source. "Forstchen’s work is as convincingly told as it is diverting." – Kirkus Reviews

LIKE A MIGHTY ARMY by David Weber
In the seventh entry in Weber's popular Safehold series, Merlyn Athrawes, the cybernetic avatar of a thousand-year-old warrior, has one purpose: to restart the history of the too-long-hidden human race. "Weber’s seventh far-future Safehold novel is a complex and fascinating epic about change, identity, and the nature of faith." – Publishers Weekly 

THE GOBLIN EMPEROR by Katherine Addison
A half-goblin named Maia unwittingly inherits the throne to the Imperial Court and struggles to navigate the politics of being Emperor. "Addison patiently and tellingly paints in the backdrop, mingling steampunk elements and low-key magic with imperial intricacies. The result is a spellbinding and genuinely affecting drama. Unreservedly recommended." – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

WORDS OF RADIANCE by Brandon Sanderson
In the second volume of New York Times bestseller Sanderson's Stormlight Archive (after THE WAY OF KINGS), the war with the Parshendi will move into a new, dangerous phase, Jasnah and Shallan search for the legendary city of Urithiru, and Kaladin is learning how to fulfill his new role as leader of the restored Knights Radiant. "... the novel is weighty without being ponderous, and delivers a satisfactory story despite being part of an episodic secondary world fantasy series." – Publishers Weekly 

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