Aaand We’re Back!

Aaand We’re Back!

Well, ladies and gentlemen, Austin was a blast!

I'm delighted to report that there wasn't a single disaster, fiasco, or catastrophe and all the Texan librarians I met were sweet as peaches! We hosted some fantastic author events and signings. A huge thanks to C.C. Hunter, Jason Goodwin, David Levithan, Linda Castillo, Jonathan Maberry, and John Scalzi for joining us in the booth and on our discussion panels.

Talia got the opportunity to chat about her favorite upcoming Spring titles during the publishers' Book Buzz event and she also hosted a riotous adult mystery panel. Our old buddy Ben hosted Beyond Earth's Boundaries, a sci-fi panel that turned into a thorough discussion about the function and nature of genre.

We gave away a ton of stellar galleys at the booth, the most fun of which were the YA ARCs picked up by high schoolers on Teen Day. And after all that? We were (and still are) exhausted!

Our schedule may have been jam-packed with TxLA awesomeness, but don't worry, we still managed to grab some amazing carnitas tacos and a pile of the most delicious ribs I'll ever have the pleasure of inhaling.

TxLA 2011

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io9’s Spring Title Parade!

io9’s Spring Title Parade!

io9, that great hub of all things science and science fiction, announced which spring titles are making them wiggly with anticipation. Six of the must-haves are available from Tor:

      THE GRAVITY PILOT, by M.M. Buckner
      DEATHLESS, by Catherynne M. Valente
      AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE, by Carrie Vaughn
      ALL THE LIVES HE LED, by Frederik Pohl
      FUZZY NATION, by John Scalzi
      THE QUANTUM THIEF, by Hannu Rajaniemi

Having just finished Carrie Vaughn's AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE, I can only agree that this modern heroine story is an April must. It's the kind of book that lives in front of your face making getting off the bus at the right stop or pouring coffee in the cup, instead of all over the counter, impossible. Next up for me from this list is Hannu Rajaniemi's debut, THE QUANTUM THIEF, a hard sci-fi May release handed to me by our old buddy Ben. [...]

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Geek Week Event Recap & Trade of Queens GIVEAWAY!

Geek Week Event Recap & Trade of Queens GIVEAWAY!

You guys remember Ben, right? Oh, you know, Ben! From waaay back when (a month ago)?

He's agreed to be my unofficial Tor liaison: slipping me galleys hot off the press and passing on whispers about upcoming Tor excitement, so I can pass it on to you! Last night Ben was gentleman enough to escort the new girl (me) to that super awesome Tor reading and concert at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe I told you all about. 

It's beyond me how Jo Walton and Charles Stross have escaped reading in New York for this long since they were both eloquent and hilarious readers. If you get the chance to see either of them read, do it. 

I also managed to scrounge up two copies of Stross' latest, THE TRADE OF QUEENS, for you librarians! If you would like to be entered into the drawing, send an email this week to: library at macmillanusa dot com (subject: Stross Giveaway!).

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