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Graywolf e-Books Sale For Libraries

Contemporary American & international literature? Check. Independent publisher? Check. e-Books for Libraries? Check.

Graywolf Press is having an e-Books sale for the month of March! If you’re not familiar with this leading independent publisher and their unique publications, then consider this a great way to add some e-Books to your digital shelf.

Starting today (February 29) and running through Monday, April 4, select titles will be discounted 25% off (with our regular lending terms in the US only). Here’s a sneak preview of some sale titles:

I REFUSE by Per Petterson
SONG OF THE SHANK by Jeffery Renard Allen
HALF AN INCH OF WATER by Percival Everett
THE WAKE by Paul Kingsnorth
A WOMAN LOVED by Andrei Makine

Click here to download the spreadsheet of all available titles with exact price changes.

March Medals Madness!

MarchMedalsMadness_Twitter1024x512It’s March Madness and we’ve got brackets on the brain! We’re excited to see Arizona and North Carolina in the Sweet Sixteen, but we’re even MORE jazzed about ALA’s March Medals Madness where you can vote to predict the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction for a chance to win books AND money!

Click here to pick the three fiction and three nonfiction titles from the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals longlist that you think will be named to the shortlist, as well as the two winners. The player matching the most titles named to the 2015 shortlist will win a $50 cash card and a full set of the 2015 shortlist titles.

If you need voting help, let us recommend Macmillan’s finest:

SPARE PARTS: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis
NO PLACE TO HIDE: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

SONG OF THE SHANK by Jeffery Renard Allen
LILA by Marilynne Robinson

Stay tuned for the shortlist announcement on April 6, 2015 to see if your picks were selected as shortlist titles and follow #ala_carnegie on Twitter (tag @ALA_Booklist) and Facebook for updates.


New York Times Notable Books Make Great Gifts

AND Macmillan has 26 of ’em!

1. American Innovations

2. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

3. Can’t and Won’t

4. Faithful and Virtuous Night

5. The Laughing Monsters

6. Lila

7.  The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013

8. Song of the Shank

9. 10:04

10. American Mirror

11. Being Mortal

12. Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant

13. Deep Down Dark

14. The Empathy Exams

15. The Fame Lunches

16. Geek Sublime

17.  Hotel Florida

18.  Limonov

19.  No Good Men Among the Living

20.  On Immunity

21.  100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write

22. PRO

23. The Sixth Extinction

24. The Trip to Echo Spring

25. My Struggle: Book 3 (our edition is coming out in April!)

26.  On the Run (our edition is coming out in April!)

Kirkus Best Fiction Books of 2014

Macmillan, oh Macmillan, why must you steal nearly all the spots on Kirkus’ Best Fiction Books of 2014 list?

Song of the Shank

Steles of the Sky

Monday, Monday

Wolf in White Van

American Innovations



The Last Illusion

Valour & Vanity

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

The Long Way Home

In the Light of What We Know


Lock In



The Secret Life of William Shakespeare


Top Titles Kirkus Recommends…

Kirkus Reviews knows which books readers are eager to read and are really worth the time.

Topping their list of books that are “not just popular but pretty great to boot” is Euny Hong’s THE BIRTH OF KOREAN COOL: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture!

The funny, young Korean-American Journalist Hong turns her skewering lens on her own South Korean culture, which Kirkus called, “A pleasing mix of Margaret Cho, Sarah Vowell and a pinch of Cory Doctorow.”
BONUS: check out the Kirkus interview with Euny Hong.

Also on their can’t miss-list is SONG OF THE SHANK by Jeffery Renard Allen.

One of America’s most gifted novelists projects dark and daring speculations upon the incredible-but-true 19th-century story of a child piano prodigy who was blind, autistic and a slave. “If there’s any justice, Allen’s visionary work, as startlingly inventive as one of his subject’s performances, should propel him to the front rank of American novelists.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review. Even the New York Times Book Review gave SONG OF THE SHANK a front page rave review!



We’re thrilled to share with our readers that the New York Times Book Review gave Jeffery Renard Allen’s SONG OF THE SHANK the front page!

At the heart of this remarkable novel is Thomas Greene Wiggins, a nineteenth-century slave and improbable musical genius who performed under the name Blind Tom. Jeffery Renard Allen blends history and fantastical invention to bring to life a man who profoundly changed all who encountered him.

The NYTBR called it, “[A] masterly new novel…. It sagely explores themes of religion, class, art and genius, and introduces elements of magical realism…resulting in the kind of imaginative work only a prodigiously gifted risk-taker could produce.”

This review joins praise that SONG OF THE SHANK has already received from Essence, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Kansas City Star, Bookforum, and a starred review in Kirkus with even more reviews forthcoming in the New York Times, Star Tribune, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and interviews with WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show, Shelf Awareness, and The Nervous Breakdown, among others.

SONG OF THE SHANK is available now from Graywolf Press.