Archive for April, 2014

THE LEFTOVERS First Full-Length Trailer

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

No more teasers, here’s the first full-length trailer for the 10-episode series, based on Tom Perotta’s novel. It  begins on HBO on June 29 (previously announced as 6/15).

The Leftovers (TV tie-in edition)
Tom Perrotta
Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin, June 3, 2014
9781250054227, 1250054222
Trade paperback, $15.99

TFIOS Publicity Goes Into High Gear

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

EW -TFIOSThe cover story for Friday’s issue of  Entertainment Weekly is “The Fault In Our Stars: How the Greatest Romance Story of This Decade Made It To The Screen,’ featuring the stars of the upcoming movie based on the John Green novel, Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.

We probably don’t have to remind you that it debuts in theaters on June 6. We’ve been saying that for so long that it’s hard to believe that it’s now just over a month away.

2014 Edgar Finalists

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

How the Light Gets InTo nobody’s surprise (except the author’s), Louise Penny is a finalist for the Edgar Best Novel Award. for her ninth Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novel, How the Light Gets In (Macmillan/Minotaur; Macmillan Audio; Thorndike Large Print).

The Washington Post gives a rundown of all the other Best Novel finalists here.

The full list of all categories is here.

The winners will be announced tomorrow evening.

Holds Alert: Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

We’re feeling French this morning.

Capital in the 21st CA story in the NYT political blog, “The Upshot” reports the French, unlike Americans, have paid little attention to a new book by Paris School of Economics professor Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, (Harvard/Belknap Press, 3/12/14), a nearly 700-page tome modeled on Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations.

Esquire magazine’s blog declares you must read Piketty’s book, “If you want to understand the world, if you want to comprehend the mechanics of the forces shaping our time, if you want to know the political choices we face,” (if you’re not ready for that commitment, you can, however, get the shorthand version from The Guardian).  Paul Krugman adds his kudos to the chorus of praise in the May 8th issue of the New York Review of Books.

The book debuted on the 4/13 NYT Hardcover list at #16, dropped off for a week and is now back at #15. There even seems to be a halo effect; Adam Smith’s 1776 precursor is now at at #19 on the Nonfiction Extended list, 238 years after its original publication.

Holds on Capital are astounding in several libraries we checked and it appears it is currently out of stock at wholesalers.

Thanks to Liam Hagerty of Westcheter P.L. [NY] for the tip. If your library is experiencing unexpected holds on any titles, please email us.

Check Your Orders: ON THE RUN

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

On the Run“One of the most eagerly awaited urban ethnographies in years” may sound like faint praise, but it warrants the author, sociologist Alice Goffman, a NYT profile today, two weeks in advance of the publication of her book.

On the Run, (University of Chicago Press; May 13), is described by the NYT as, “a closely observed study of the impact of the criminal justice system on everyday life in a low-income African-American neighborhood of Philadelphia, [that] it is attracting interest well beyond academia.” There has even been film and TV interest, because it “contains enough street-level detail to fill a season of The Wire.” The 32-year-old diminutive blonde author is media-worthy herself, for her deep immersion with her subjects, enduring many of the harrowing events they do, including being arrested.

Publishers Weekly wrote about the book last week in an article titled “The Sociology Book Primed To Become a Trade Hit,” noting that the publisher has already gone back to press three times. The Chronicle of Higher Education was out in front, writing about Goffman back in November.

There will be more noise about the book next year. In an unusual move for a university press, Chicago auctioned off the paperback and digital rights, which were won by Macmillan’s Picador. PW reports that they plan to send Goffman on tour when the paperback comes out in 2015.

Keaton Turns the Tables

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Our headline for this story is a bit different from USA Today’s, “Diane Keaton Flirts Like Crazy With Matt Lauer.”

To us, it looks like she knew exactly how to take control of the interview.

It seems to have worked, Keaton’s new memoir, Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, (Random House; RH Audio; RH Large Print) rose to #189 on Amazon’s sales rankings.

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

All The Light We Cannot SeeAn advance review by Janet Maslin in today’s New York Times sent  the novel All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (S&S/Scribner, May 2014; Audio exclusive from MidWest Tape), rising on Amazon to # 167.

The book arrives next week with fanfare from both librarians and booksellers. Booksellers made it the #1 pick for the May IndieNext list and it is also on the  LibraryReads list (If you need further convincing, check  the 16 peer reviews on Edelweiss.).

Maslin calls it “hauntingly beautiful.”  Check your holds; they are heavy in some areas.


Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Black CountBefore he became a household name for the HBO series True Detective, director Cary Fukunaga directed the 2011 version of Jane Eyre.

His upcoming projects are also book adaptations. His next for Sony, reports Deadline, will be a feature film based on 2013 Biography Pulitzer Prize WinnerThe Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count of Monte Cristo  by Tom Reiss (RH/Crown; 2012)

Next month, he begins shooting a film in Ghana based on Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala, (HarperCollins, 2005), with Idris Elba in the lead. A debut novel  about a child soldier in West Africa, it won several awards, including the 2006 New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award.

This leaves in question what is happening with the planned two-film version of Stephen King’s massive novel It for Warner Bros., which was announced over two years ago.

TFIOS, Trailer Two

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Just in case you’ve forgotten that the movie arrives in theaters on June 6, FOX has released a new extended trailer:

In Development: Two New Roald Dahl Movie Adaptations

Monday, April 28th, 2014

The BFG Esio Trot

Steven Spielberg is set to direct a live-action movie based on Roald Dahl’s 1982 picture book, The BFG, (Macmillan/FSG YR), about a girl named Sophie who is captured by  a big friendly giant (presciently, Dahl came up with the shorthand title years before social media). Filming is expected to begin in early 2015, with release planned in 2016.

Meanwhile, BBC One is about to begin shooting  a TV movie adaptation of Dahl’s Esio Trot, starring Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman.

Many of Dahl’s books have been made into films (including The BFG, which was  made into a 1989 animated film). Dahl wrote several adaptations himself, including one for the James Bond movie, You Only Live Twice.

Get Ready: THE Title You Need To Know The Last Week of April

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Readers advisors need to have just one book on the tip of their tongues next week.

Natchez BurningNatchez Burning, Greg Iles, (HarperCollins/Morrow; HarperLuxe; HarperAudio)

A favorite with booksellers, Iles’s first book in 6 years is an IndieNext Pick for May. It’s also catching on with librarians. Wendy Bartlett at Cuyahoga Public Library (Ohio) bet on it with a hefty order and recently alerted the staff  about it:

If James Lee Burke and John Grisham were merged in a transporter accident aboard the Enterprise, the result would be Greg Iles. And the real drama surrounding Natchez Burning, this 700-some-page novel is Iles’ own story.  Iles was severely injured in a car accident several years ago. As a result, book has been delayed and delayed. It is a kind of miracle that Greg survived, and that the book did too. Whether it’s those pent-up years of frustrated storytelling, or just Iles’ natural maturation as a novelist, I can’t tell you, but I can tell you that Natchez Burning is a great page turner with excellently drawn characters. Iles’ fans will welcome back with open arms the series anchor, Penn Cage. Now the mayor of Natchez, a long-buried civil rights era hate crime may or may not have involved Cage’s own family. Old secrets, old hatreds, and old memories are germane to the investigation, and the sense of place is rendered flawlessly. You’ll feel like you lived it.

When customers say, “I just want something good to read,” hand ‘em this one. Oh, and check out He’s a fun writer to follow, and a pretty cool guy to boot.

Looks like the staff  is passing on the recommendation; holds are now nearly as high as the aggressive order.

Browsers may  also be grabbed by this cover blurb from Stephen King, “Natchez Burning is extraordinarily entertaining and fiendishly suspenseful. I defy you to start it and find a way to put it down.”

Ordering information for this and our selection of other titles arriving next week, is available on our downloadable spreadsheet New Title Radar, Week of 4/28/14

Sign Up NOW for Author Events At Book Expo

Friday, April 25th, 2014

The AAP has just announced its roster of events exclusively for librarians, to be held at the upcoming Book Expo America, which runs Wednesday, May 28, through Saturday, May 31.

Below are those that require advance registration. Fellow procrastinators — don’t wait. BEA events are selling out fast (both LJ ‘s Day of Dialog and SLJ‘s are already sold out, before the full line-up of panelists have been announced).

Details on all eight programs are here BEA 2014 — AAP Events for Librarians. Below are those that require registration:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28TH, 6:30 pm.
Eighth Annual BookExpo America Adult Librarians’ Dinner
Co-hosted by AAP and LibraryReads
Yale Club, NYC (52 Vanderbilt Avenue, Grand Ballroom

So We Read On9780143126683_f9440

We are particularly excited about this one because it’s hosted by one of our favorite reviewers, Maureen Corrigan of NPR’s Fresh Air and because it features the author of a book that’s been getting GalleyChat buzz, Joel Dicker, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (Penguin Books, 5/27). Full list of authors here – BEA 2014 Adult Librarian Dinner Invitation.

Register your interest to attend HERE. AAP will confirm if they are able to meet your request.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28TH, 7:00 pm.
Third Annual BookExpo America Children’s Librarians’ Dinner
Co-hosted by AAP and School Library Journal
Princeton Club of New York (15 W. 43rd Street, James Madison Ballroom)

9781423178651_3537f  0803741715_94edb

The panel of seven authors includes John Rocco, author of the 2012 Caldecott Honor Book, Black Out. His forthcoming book is Blizzard (Disney/Hyperion, 10/28) and B.J. Novack, who has recently been moonlighting as an author. He will publish his first book for kids this fall, which will, of course, be non-traditional, The Book with No Pictures(Penguin Young Readers/Dial, 9/30). Full list of authors here — Third Annual BookExpo America Children’s Librarians’ Dinner Invitation.

Please register your interest to attend HERE, AAP will confirm if they are able to meet your request.

THURSDAY, MAY 28TH, 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm.
Annual BEA Librarians Author Lunch
Jacob K. Javits Center, Room 1E12-13

9780670025596_1691b  9781473506350

Features a hot group of authors, including Deborah Harkness, Garth Stein, and Kathy Reichs. Full list   here — BEA 2014 AAP Adult Librarian Lunch Invitation.

Please register your interest to attend HERE,. AAP will confirm if they are able to meet your request.

Media Attention: STRUCK BY GENIUS

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

The lead book review in People magazine this week (the world’s  50 Most Beatutiful People issue, featuring 12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyong’o on the cover) is for an unusual memoir. Jason Padgett a “muscled, Mullet-wearing party boy whose most profound thought involved his favorite teams and new dates.” (the New York Post puts it succinctly in their headline, “From Mullet To Math Genius“).

Today, he works with MIT scientists on fractal applications. What caused this huge change? A traumatic  brain injury that seems to have unlocked mathematical talents. People gives 3.5 of 4 stars to his memoir,  Struck by Genius, (HMH; Brilliance Audio), noting that it readers “contemplate the bizarre gifts that might lie within all of us.”

The author appeared on today’s CBS This Morning.

Chloe Grace Moretz Rides THE 5TH WAVE

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

The 5th Wave   The Infinite Sea

The Infinite Sea, (Penguin; Penguin Audio) the second in Rick Yancey’s YA trilogy, which began with the best selling The 5th Wave arrives in September.

Meanwhile the film adaptation for the first book is gearing up. Chloe Grace Moretz has been announced to star as Cassie, a teenager trying to survive waves of alien invasions, with J Blakeson directing.

THE GIVER, New Trailer

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

One aspect of  Lois Lowry’s book The Giver could be problematic for film adaptation. It takes place in a world that lacks color. As the recently-released teaser of the film indicates, that is handled by incorporating both black and white photography and color (UPDATE: this trailer, released on 4/22, was removed for some reason. The first trailer, an all-color version released in March, is here. The official Web site is here:

In a “featurette,” about the movie, author Lois Lowry comments on the inspiration for the book and appears, appropriately, in black and white.

Directed by Philip Noyce (he also adapted Jeffrey Deaver’s The Bone Collector into a 1998 film), the movie arrives in theaters on Aug. 15. It stars Brenton Thwaites as Jonas, Jeff Bridges as The Giver, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift.

Tie-ins (covers have not yet been revealed):

The Giver Movie Tie-In Edition
Lois Lowry
HMH; July 1, 2014
Hardback, $17.99
9780544430785, 0544430786
Trade paperback, $9.99
9780544340688, 054434068X

Audio tie-in
The Giver Movie Tie-In Edition
Lois Lowry, Ron Rifkin
Listening Library, July 8, 2014
CD-Audio; $29.95
9780553397109, 0553397109