The 2011 Featured Covers Contest!

The 2011 Featured Covers Contest!

Enter to win eleven books from our Featured Cover e-newsletter column in 2011!

UPDATE: This contest is closed. Congratulations to winner Linda Beck, Director of Indian Valley Public Library!

t's hard for me to believe that it's been an entire year since I joined the Macmillan party. In that time I've had a blast blogging, sending galleys, exhibiting at conferences, and working on our monthly e-newsletter (what's that? You don't subscribe?! Get on it!).

Each e-newsletter features a unique and totally rad dust jacket for your viewing pleasure. In honor of an excellent year, we are giving you a chance to win all of our featured titles for your personal shelf!

Let's take a look back at the Featured Covers from 2011:

January - Ali arrives at Macmillan (cue trumpets)!
February - CAT SITTER AMONG THE PIGEONS (mass market)
March - 21 ESSENTIAL AMERICAN SHORT STORIES
April - DEADLY THREADS
May - EVIL ECLAIRS (mass market)
June - PARADISE DOGS
July - CHIHUAHUA OF THE BASKERVILLES
August - DANDY GILVER AND THE PROPER TREATMENT OF BLOODSTAINS
September - NO COOPERATION FROM THE CAT (galley)
October - BARBARY DOGS
November - BEST FRIENDS, OCCASIONAL ENEMIES
December - THE SISTERS (we also featured SMUT, ONE MOMENT ONE MORNING, and WHY MY THIRD HUSBAND WILL BE A DOG as covers with adorable teacups)

One (1) Grand Prize Winner will win all eleven books listed above. The books are hardcovers except where noted otherwise.

Librarians, enter to win this pile of books by sending your name, your library, and your full mailing address to Library-at-MacmillanUSA.com (Subject: Featured Cover Giveaway) by next Wednesday, January 18th. UPDATE: contest is now closed.

This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below!

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Kirkus Reviews’ Best Fiction of 2011:

Kirkus Reviews’ Best Fiction of 2011:

As previously mentioned, we're in that magical time of year when we get our year-end "best of" lists and our to-read/holiday wish lists expand exponentially!

Today we're taking a look at Kirkus Reviews' excellent list of the Best Books of 2011 in fiction. There are quite a few Macmillan gems on this list (if I do say so myself!). But you don't have to take my word for it...

AMERICAN MASCULINE by Shann Ray
BACK OF BEYOND by C.J. Box
THE HUM AND THE SHIVER by Alex Bledsoe
THE LEFTOVERS by Tom Perrotta
THE KING OF DIAMONDS by Simon Tolkien
THE MARRIAGE PLOT by Jeffrey Eugenides
ORIENTATION AND OTHER STORIES by Daniel Orozco
NOW YOU SEE ME by S.J. Bolton
PARTITIONS by Amit Majmudar
RIZZO'S FIRE by Lou Manfredo
THE QUANTUM THIEF by Hannu Rajaniemi
SCHOLAR by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
THE SISTERS by Nancy Jensen
THE SLY COMPANY OF PEOPLE WHO CARE by Rahul Bhattacharya
SPELLBOUND by Blake Charlton
STEALING MONA LISA by Carson Morton
THE TRINITY SIX by Charles Cumming
THE SUBMISSION by Amy Waldman
WHEN THE SAINTS by Dave Duncan
WITH FATE CONSPIRE by Marie Brennan

Minotaur was very enthusiastic about this list!

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BEA 2011 Recap

BEA 2011 Recap

Sorry for the late post, everyone!

I got a little caught up celebrating over my Publishers Weekly article that ran this morning and lost track of time. Okay, okay; I also had to watch this ridiculously cute cat video that people have been sending around the office. But now I'm really getting down to business, so I thought I would post a super quick recap of our BEA 2011 events.

Monday night we kicked off the conference with the Annual BookExpo America Librarians Dinner, presented by AAP and Library Journal. Nancy Pearl hosted the event with some great authors including, Dava Sobel, author of A MORE PERFECT HEAVEN. Oh, and the dessert was divine!

Tuesday we started off with The Great Readalike. If You Like This…You’ll LOVE That! in which a few of our favorite librarians sounded off about which books you might have missed in a few popular categories. If you want a taste, Lesa posted her readalikes on her blog! Then there was Back to Basics. Why Home Economics Books are the New Retro Chic, a fun panel introducing some great DIY topics to share with your crafty patrons. The BEA Librarians Author Lunch hosted by Nora Rawlinson of EarlyWord was overflowing with very excited (and very hungry!) librarians. We ran out of chairs fast, but thankfully everyone was fed. During the lunch Tom Perrotta, author of THE LEFTOVERS, told stories about his library experiences alongside other great speakers such as Chuck Palahniuk, David Baldacci, and more. Talia finished up the day giving book recommendations at the AAP Annual Librarians Book Buzz and a panel on Hot Fall Book Club Titles. Curious what she recommended? To name a few:

THE LETOVERS (Perrotta)
GLOW (Ryan)
THE SISTERS (Jensen)
THE AMERICAN HEIRESS (Goodwin)
THE HYPNOTIST (Kepler)
KILLED AT THE WHIM OF A HAT (Cotterill)
FREEDOM (Franzen)
BY NIGHTFALL (Cunningham)
THE MARRIAGE PLOT (Eugenides)
BEST FRIENDS, OCCASIONAL ENEMIES (Scottoline & Serritella)

Wednesday we sat in on a few informative panels discussing the future of collection development considering financial cutbacks, technological transition, and the ever-changing role of the librarian. Hearing about how these changes are tangibly taking shape in libraries straight from the mouths of librarians is invaluable to us and makes conferences like BEA entirely worthwhile. We finished up our conference at the 3rd Annual Librarian Shout ‘n Share which was a riot! Talia and I both added a few books to our TBR piles, were serenated with a little BROETRY, and learned a valuable lesson: never give librarians squeaky horns!

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