Entertainment Weekly gave us a sneak preview of this year’s “dazzlingly rich” fall season in a recent issue guest edited by Andy Cohen (hey there, MOST TALKATIVE!). While only their list of Blockbuster Novels is available online, Anne’s got the scoop on all the other Macmillan picks: Blockbuster Novels PURITY by Jonathan Franzen In Franzen’s […]
It's Wednesday already?! Oh, Time, you sure are a fickle creature!
I hope you all had a beautiful Memorial Day weekend. I'm sure you all set aside at least one of the days to properly celebrate MY BIRTHDAY!! I know I did!
Here's a few fun links to get you excited for the rest of this short week:
- The New York Times Books Section recommended some Books for Basking including GRANDAD, THERE'S A HEAD ON THE BEACH by Colin Cotterill, BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel, MOST TALKATIVE by Andy Cohen, and LOVE, LIFE, AND ELEPHANTS by Dame Daphne Sheldrick
"This year 'GRANDAD, THERE'S A HEAD ON THE BEACH' is the best beach title around, and its author, Colin Cotterill, isn’t even pandering." Ha!
- Debut mystery writer Chuck Greaves, who will be livin' it up at the Pop Top Stage at ALA Annual, wrote a heartfelt love letter to libraries and librarians. He writes in part about his impressionable years checking out copies of Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein and also about the twenty years he served on the board of directors of the Pasadena Public Library Foundation. Read his post here.
- The GeekDad section of Wired.com featured John Scalzi talking about his latest novel, REDSHIRTS.
"So how can we take these tropes that everybody knows, jump through all these hoops that everybody knows... and still put something in there, structurally speaking, that does the job that we’re supposed to do as storytellers? The real challenge for a storyteller is to take that ‘nudge-nudge-wink-wink’ thinking and simultaneously subvert and fulfill it." See the full article here.
- Also, if you're going to be at ALA Annual in Anaheim, don't forget to pack your Unshelved swag because Saturday is officially Unshelved Day @ ALA!
This is the time of year that Talia and I are of the busier of the busy bees (maybe that's why we're buzzing so much lately??) and we end up missing some of the totally rad week-to-week Macmillan excitement.
So when Talia paused for 1/23 of a second to sip her coffee this morning and glanced at The New York Times Book Review Best Sellers list for May 27, she did a double-take and then called me in to talk about how many of our awesome books are on the list.
We high-fived about it.
To give these books a pat on the back, a nod of approval, and a "well done, champ!" I've listed them below:
Print Hardcover Bestsellers – FICTION
#3 BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel
#11 THE SINS OF THE FATHER by Jeffrey Archer
#14 A DOG’S JOURNEY by W. Bruce Cameron
Print Hardcover Bestsellers - NONFICTION
#4 MOST TALKATIVE by Andy Cohen
#6 KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
Print Paperback Bestsellers – TRADE FICTION
#20 WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
Print Paperback Bestsellers – NONFICTION
#11 SEAL TEAM SIX by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin
Print Bestsellers Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous - HARDCOVER
#4 THIS IS HOW by Augusten Burroughs
Print Children's Best Sellers - SERIES
#9 The Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking
Print Hardcover and Paperback Combined – FICTION
#8 BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel
#20 THE SINS OF THE FATHER by Jeffrey Archer
Print Hardcover and Paperback Combined - NONFICTION
#7 MOST TALKATIVE by Andy Cohen
#9 KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
#32 THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman
FARTHER AWAY by Jonathan Franzen
"The theme of human struggle against the pulls of solipsism and narcissism illuminates every page of the novelist’s essays."
OBLIVION by Héctor Abad. Translated by Anne McLean and Rosalind Harvey.
"Abad’s highly personal coming-of-age story is also a sociopolitical portrait of Colombia."