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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Astronaut Wives ClubCasting is moving forward for the ABC series based on Astronaut Wives Club, Lily Koppel’s best-selling book  (Hachette/Grand Central; Hachette Audio and Large Print), about the wives of  of the first U.S. astronauts, published last summer (see our earlier coverage). Currently on board are:

Odette Annable —  Trudy Cooper

Bret Harrison – Gordon “Gordo” Cooper

Dominique McElligott – Louise Shepard

Desmond Harrington – Alan Shepard

JoAnna Garcia Swisher — Betty Grissom

Azure Parsons — Annie Glenn

Zoe Boyle – Jo Schirra

The 10-episode series, to be directed by Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook, My Sister’s Keeper)  is set to begin shooting this fall, to debut midseason, 2014/15.

Peter Matthiessen Dies

Monday, April 7th, 2014

In ParadiseWith a new novel, In Paradise, (Penguin/Riverhead), set for release on Tuesday, Peter Matthiessen died at 86 on Saturday.

Both NPR and the New York Times magazine released profiles of Matthiessen just before the news broke.

Ron Charles, reviewing the new novel in the Washington Post writes, “Like the rest of Matthiessen’s vast body of work, In Paradise leads us into questions that define our most profound mysteries.”

The Los Angeles Times Book Critic, David Ulin, offers his picks of Matthiessen’s over 30 books, ”five essential reads and why they matter.”

Live Chat with Nikki Loftin, NIGHTINGALE’S NEST

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

This chat has now ended. To sign up for the program and join future chats, go to the Penguin Young Readers Program.


GALLEYCHATTER: Eight Titles To Top Your TBR Pile

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Editor’s Note: We’re delighted to welcome Robin Beerbower as the regular “GalleyChatter” columnist for EarlyWord. Robin’s day job is as the  readers’ advisor and homebound services coordinator for the Salem [OR] Public Library. She has been a supporter of GalleyChat from its inception, calling those discussions “pure gold for selectors and readers advisors.” She’s enthusiastic about the importance (and fun) of reading books ahead of publication and tirelessly tracks down galleys, making her the local authority on new books. She is also very active on the Edelwiss Community Board, using it to spot titles and gauge developing buzz among librarians (you can join in; just register on Edelweiss and “friend” Robin). She plans to write regular roundups on the titles she discovers through the monthly GalleyChats, with regular updates on books to watch for.

From Robin:
Thanks to everyone on GalleyChat for their warm reception about my contributions to EarlyWord, and thanks to Nora for giving me this opportunity. The chats are  fast and furious with tweets flying everywhere. I’ll do my best to summarize each chat (for a full transcript, check our board on Storify).

GalleyChats are held on Twitter the first Tuesday of each month. The next one is on April 1. Please join us (details here).

Below are the titles that rose to the top of the TBR lists as we chatted last week. If you haven’t received print galleys of these titles, check for e-galleys on NetGalley and Edelweiss.

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, May 2014; Audio exclusive from MidWest Tape), a historical novel set in occupied France during WWII, received high praise from a couple of chatters including Susan Balla, who called it “A once-in-a-lifetime book.” The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin, April 2014), a moving novel set in a small island bookstore, also received an outpouring of love from multiple chatters. Vicki Nesting said she wanted to reread it as soon as she finished, and it has received “Much Love” from 47 peers on Edelweiss. Scroll through those reviews; you’ll be convinced (UPDATE: it’s the #1 title on the just released April LibraryReads list). Selectors, stock up on this one.

Bees Kristi Chadwick said the intriguing novel set in a beehive, The Bees by Laline Paull (HC/Ecco, May 2014), was amazing, and during the January chat, Wilda Williams from Library Journal called it “a Watership Down for insects.”

authorityTwo science fiction/fantasy books received several mentions. The e-galley of Jeff VanderMeer’s second book in the Southern Reach trilogy, Authority (Macmillan/FSG, May 2014), was well received by Megan McArdle, who loved the first book,  Annihilation. The Macmillan rep reported the good news that the third book, Acceptance, will be released next September. Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor (Tor, April 2014) was mentioned by multiple members with Jane Jorgenson saying it was the best fantasy she’s read in years. Addison also writes the Doctrine of Labyrinth series as Sarah Monnette.

Suspense thrillers were popular during the exchange with the third in the Keye Street series, Don’t Talk to Strangers by Amanda Kyle Williams (RH/Bantam, July, 2014), at the top of the list. Jane Jorgenson said  ”It’s got good, claustrophobic, small-town feel – kind of reminds me of the mood of  True Detective (love).”  This has been a popular readalike series for Karin Slaughter and Lisa Gardner fans. Chevy Stevens’That Night and Chelsea Cain’s departure from the Sheridan/Lowell series, One Kick,(Simon & Schuster, August 2014) received nods from fans of their earlier books.

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My personal favorite of the past month was Robin Black’s Life Drawing (RH, July 2014), a gorgeously written suspenseful study of marriage and betrayal. Not exactly a Gone Girl readalike but just as compelling.

If you read any of these mentioned books, please let us know what you enjoyed by either entering your comments below or in Edelweiss.

Happy Reading!

PLA 2014 — The Procrastinator’s Guide

Monday, March 10th, 2014

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If you’re a procrastinator (and, believe us, we KNOW who you are!), you don’t have time to hunt down dozens of sources to put together your schedule for PLA in Indianapolis.

The major programs are easy; they are on highlighted on PLA’s Daily Schedule, (Ann Patchett! David Sedaris! John Green!) but the session listings can be overwhelming. It helps that you can sort through by keywords and The Readers Advisor offers a handy rundown of R.A. programs.

Below are a our favorites.

Note: We’ve listed the children’s breakfast on Friday first because it REQUIRES advance registration, which you need to do NOW. The rest of our picks are in sequence by day and time.

Friday, March 14, 7:00 am – 8:15 am
Children’s Book And Author Breakfast
Convention Center, Sagamore Ballroom 6-7

Why this belongs on your calendar: For the free breakfast, but more importantly, because it features several children’s and YA superstars, including Rainbow Rowell and William Joyce. Full program listing after the jump. – SEATING IS LIMITED. RSVP HERE NOW. You will receive a confirmation email if there is space.


Thursday, March 13th 10:45 a.m. – 12 noon
The Best in Debut Authors 
Convention Center, Room #103 – 104

Why this belongs on your calendar: All the authors featured on this panel are being published for the first time this spring, so this is an opportunity to learn about new titles and GET FREE GALLEYS. Several of these authors come with advance buzz. On GalleyChat, we’ve been hearing about  Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler, (St. Martin’s; Macmillan Audio) and we’re particular fans of Natalie Baszile, author of Queen Sugarone of the authors in our Penguin Debut Authors series (check out the enthusiastic Peer Reviews for it on Edelweiss). Full program listing after the jump. – RSVP HERE (for headcount purposes only; seating is not limited, but don’t be angry if you don’t RSVP and they run out of galleys!).


Thursday, March 13th, 10:45am-12:00 noon
YA Crossover Panel
JW Marriott Indianapolis, White River Ballroom

Why this belongs on your calendar: Aren’t you dying to meet Gene Luen Yang, author of the graphic novel stunner, Boxers & Saints, (Macmillan/First Second), which was on the majority of the year’s best books lists? If that’s not enough, Laurie Halse Anderson is also on the panel. Full program listing after the jump. —  RSVP HERE. (for headcount purposes only; seating is not limited, but don’t be angry if you don’t RSVP and they run out of galleys!).


Thursday, March 13th, 2:00 – 3:15 pm
ABC – Always Be Circulating: How Public Libraries Meet Demand and Increase Use
Convention Center, 500 Ballroom

Why this belongs on your calendar: The subject and the speakers promise a smash-up program. You’ll learn how to increase circ. through selection, RA and programming from a group of people who have enviable track records in this area — Robin Nesbitt, Wendy Bartlett, Stephanie Chase and Alene Moroni. Full listing in PLA programs.


Friday, March 14th, 10:45 – 12 noon
Mystery Authors Revealed
Convention Center, Wabash Ballroom 3

Why this belongs on your calendar:  Features he buzzy debut The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh (RH/Spiegel & Grau, coming out this week, as well as favorite mystery authors Sophie Hannah and Jeff Abbott and FREE GALLEYS. Full program listing after the jump. – RSVP HERE (for headcount purposes only; seating is not limited, but don’t be angry if you don’t RSVP and they run out of galleys!).


Friday, March 14, 2:00 to 3:15 pm
Doing Time with Sisters in Crime
Convention Center, Wabash Ballroom 3

Why this belongs on your calendar: For that clever title alone, but also to learn about trends in the hottest genre in libraries. This panel includes RA godmother Joyce Saricks and librarian (and GalleyChatter) Lesa Holstine, who writes the influential Lesa’s Book Critiques blog, as well as several Sisters in Crime authors. Full listing in PLA programs.



Thursday, March 6th, 2014

9781594204999Featured on Morning Edition today is former Marine Phil Klay, whose first book, Redeployment, released on Tuesday (Penguin), is a collection of  ”a dozen vivid stories about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from the perspectives of the people who experienced it.” (listen to the show here).

The book is also featured on the cover of the upcoming NYT Book Review  (not yet online) and was reviewed by Michiko Kakutani in the daily NYT last week. Entertainment Weekly gave it an unequivocal  A. It comes with advance praise from an impressive range of writers, attesting to both the author’s authenticity and literary abilities, from Anthony Swofford (Jarhead) to  Colum McCann, (Let the Great World Spin).


Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

9781594204302Featured on Fresh Air yesterday was Mark Harris on his new a book about filmmakers in WWII, Five Came Back: A Story Of Hollywood And The Second World War, (Penguin Press; Recorded Books).

The author describes the shift in relationships between the film business and the U.S. government, “Hollywood and the federal government held a mutual suspicion of each other. But after Pearl Harbor, the War Department asked Hollywood directors to make short documentaries that could be presented in theaters before the featured films … to show Americans what was at stake, give them a glimpse of what our soldiers were going through and stir up patriotic feelings.”
Book of Hours

Coming today on Fresh Air, Kevin Young shares poems from his new collection, Book of Hours, (Knopf) about the death of his father and the birth of his son.


Friday, February 7th, 2014

The Sixth ExtinctionA new book by Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer for the New Yorker, examines mass extinctions, like that of the dinosaurs caused by asteroids, and particularly the one we are going through now, which is caused by us and may lead to our own demise. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, (Macmillan/Holt; S&S Audio), arrives next week.

The author is scheduled to appear on several shows:

2/10 — CBS This Morning

2/10 or 2/11 — NPR All Things Considered

2/11 — The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 

There will also be print coverage in the NYT Science Section, the NYT Book Review, and New York Magazine.

The book grew out of a two-part series that Kolbert published in the New Yorker in December. Her previous book, Field Notes from a Catastrophe, (Macmillan/Bloomsbury, 2006) was on climate change.

Top 100 O.P. Titles

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Sex MadonnaBook Finder has released a list of the top 100 out-of-print titles.

At #1 is a title that will bring back memories for those who were working in libraries in the early ’90′s — Madonna’s Sex. If you still own copies (WorldCat shows 179 libraries own the original Warner Books edition), you may want to safe guard them so they don’t walk.

The list shows a wide range. At #4 is the Harvard Classics. and at #5, On the Nature and Existence of God, by Richard M. Gale.


Friday, January 24th, 2014

The Sundance Film Festival ends this weekend and many of you may have figured out that the unifying theme of our book display challenge is “Books at Sundance,” the movies based on books that premiered at the festival.

Apparently, our contest was too obscure; nobody came up with the correct answer by Monday’s deadline. Many were partially right, that all the books are the basis for movies, but nobody caught the crucial timely element, that they will all be shown at Sundance. We are awarding some winners, nonetheless, who will receive copies of the coveted print galley of Rainbow Rowell’s forthcoming book, Landline (Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press). If you didn’t win, you can comfort yourself by downloading the egalley.

How are the films doing with critics? Jamie Marks is Dead, based on One for Sorrow received a mixed review from Variety; Life Itself, based on Roger Ebert’s memoir, is called “enthralling” by Entertainment Weekly; Low Down, about a noted jazz pianist, fared well with Variety‘s reviewer, but less so with The Hollywood Reporter‘s; White Bird in a Blizzard is called a “sci-fi sex romp” by The Guardian; garnering the most attention is Philip Seymour Hoffman’s portrayal of a spy in A Most Wanted Man.

U. S. theatrical releases dates have not been announced for any of the films.

Life Itself, Roger Ebert   One for Sorrow   Low Down

 A Most Wanted Man   White Bird in A Blizzard

Titles (links are to WorldCat)

Life Itself, Roger Ebert, Hachette/Grand Central, 2011

One for Sorrow, Christopher Barzak, Bantam Books, 2007

Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales From Childhood, A.J. Albany, Bloomsbury/Tin House, 2003

A Most Wanted Man, John le Carré, S&S/Scribner, 2008

White Bird in a Blizzard, Laura Kasischke, Hyperion, 1999

Today’s Online Chat With Timothy Lane

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Click here to find out more about the book and to sign up for the program.


Ransom Riggs Profiled by the NYT

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Miss Peregrine  Hollow City

Ransom Riggs’ Hollow City, the second in the planned trilogy that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, (both from Quirk Books, dist. by Random House), will be released in two weeks. In anticipation, The New York Times profiles the author.

Click the following for an excerpt from Hollow City.

Tim Burton’s film adaptation of Miss Peregrine is scheduled for release on July 31, 2015 .

The NYT notes that Miss Peregrine was “not conceived or composed with a young-adult audience in mind, but its central premise — about people who are ‘peculiar’ in various ways and must struggle not only to survive, but also to save the clueless rest of humanity from violent evildoers — is certainly adolescent-friendly.”

The decision to publish the book as a YA title proved momentous. As a result, Riggs got to know several YA authors, including Tahereh Mafi, who became his wife. The two, says the NYT, “have become something of a golden couple on the young-adult literary scene, with fans lining up to meet them at events and rushing to post their words on Twitter when either shares details of their life together on Twitter.”

Riggs will appear at ALA Midwinter, as part of the:

AAP/LibraryReads BookTalk Breakfast
Monday, Jan. 27th, 8:30 – 10:00 am
RSVP required, see official invitation here:
ALA Midwinter Booktalk Breakfast 2014 Invitation

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The other member of the “YA golden couple,” Tahereh Mafi, will release the final book in her best selling trilogy on Feb. 4, Ignite Me, (HarperCollins). It follows Shatter Me  (2011) and Unravel Me, (2013).

In addition, two companion novellas, Fracture Me and Destroy Me, originally published as eBooks, release in print today, Dec. 31, under the title Unite Me.

2013 National Book Awards

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

The winners are:

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Young Peoples Literature

Kadohata, Cynthia, The Thing About Luck, Ages 10 to 14, (Atheneum)

Szybist, Mary, Incarnadine, (Graywolf Press)

Packer, George, The Unwinding, (Macmillan/FSG; Macmillan Audio)

McBride, James, The Good Lord Bird, (Penguin/Riverhead; Dreamscape Audio; Thorndike)

Awards ceremony, below.

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Kids New Title Radar; Week of Oct. 6

Friday, October 4th, 2013

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Several big kahunas arrive next week. James Patterson’s Confessions: The Private School Murders (Hachette/LBYR; Hachette Audio; Hachette Large Print), Rick Riordan’s 4th title in his Heroes of Olympus series,  The House of Hades (Hachette/Disney-Hyperion; Hachette Audio; Thorndike Large Print) and the highly anticipated, aggressively promoted, novel by Newbery Honor winner Shannon Hale, Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends, 9780545603683-2(Hachette/LBYR) which ties in to Mattel’s doll franchise, with videos, apps and games, following Mattel’s previous Monster High (with tie-in titles by Lisi Harrison).

To top it all off, the tie-in to Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Scholastic) also arrives. But don’t let all these  big names obscure some other books worthy of attention.

All the titles mentioned here are listed, with alternate formats, on our downloadable spreadsheet, Kids New Title Radar, Week of Oct. 6

Picture Books

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Captain Cat, Inga Moore, (Candlewick)

Moore, who has created lush editions of the classics Wind in the Willows and The Secret Garden, charms with this tale of an island overun with rats and ship filled with cats.

Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea, Lisa Martin, Valerie Martin, (Algonquin YR)

For those looking for more cats at sea tales, this animal adventure story will remind readers of Avi’s Poppy.

Facts For Younger Kids

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National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space, Catherine D. Hughes, David A. Aguilar, (National Geographic Children’s Books)

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean , Catherine D. Hughes, (National Geographic Children’s Books)

I love this First Big Books series. Stunning pictures (click through to the book on space to see some of the spreads) and fact-filled fun.


Maps, Daniel Mizielinski, (Canglewick/Big Picture Press)

A stunning publishing debut for a new publishing house, which introduces itself  this way, “Big Picture Press is a new list of highly illustrated books launching September 2013, publishing as an imprint of … Candlewick Press (US and Canada). We believe that books should be visually intelligent, surprising, and accessible to readers of all ages, abilities, and nationalities.”

Middle Grade

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Will in Scarlet, Matthew Cody, (RH/Knopf BYR; Listening Library)

An old fashioned fast-paced historical adventure from the point of view of the youngest member of the Robin Hood’s band of merry men.

The Grimm Conclusion, Adam Gidwitz, Hugh D’Andrade, (Penguin/Dutton Juvenile)

Adam Gidwitz has taken apart, mashed-up, spun around Grimm’s fairytales in this series that has a Princess Bride narrative tone. Don’t miss number three. All are superb read alouds.

Young Adult

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The Eye of Minds, James Dashner, (RH/Delacorte Press; Listening Library)

A cyber reality page-turning adventure from the the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series as well as the books in the 13th Reality series and The Infinity Ring.

The Midnight Dress, Karen Foxlee, (RH/Knopf; Listening Library)

Kirkus calls this mystery, “smart, intricate storytelling loaded with genuinely teen concerns. Atmospheric, lyric and unexpected.”

Just One Year, Gayle Forman, (Penguin/Dutton Juvenile; Dreamscape Audio)

Published in January, Just One Day told the story of a pair of teenagers spending a day (and night) in Paris, from the point of view of Allyson. Just One Year picks ups where the first book left off, but from the boy’s point of view. Must have for the 9780805092677romance fans.

Emerald Green, Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell, (Macmillan/Holt; Macmillan Young Listeners)

I’ve been waiting for this — the final book in the Ruby Red Trilogy , a this time traveling romance series with a hint of humor.

More Prepub Buzz: NIGHT FILM

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Night FilmAlready receiving media attention ahead of its release next week, Marisha Pessl’s novel, Night Film (Random House/; RH Audio) got a powerful additional push from yesterday’s CBS Sunday Morning.

As a result, the book broke into the Amazon 100 (now at #95 from #701 and rising) and library holds are increasing.