Archive for January, 2017

Congressman Lewis Wins Four ALA Youth Media Awards

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

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In a phenomenal piece of timing, the day after Congressman John Lewis gave a rousing speech to marchers in Atlanta, saying in an understatement, “I know something about marching,” he won four major ALA awards for his graphic novel series on that very subject, March, Book 3 (IDW/Top Shelf). It also happens that the awards were announced in Atlanta, very close to where he gave that speech, during ALA’s Midwinter Meeting. The book, the third and final in his graphic novel series, won the the Printz, the Sibert, the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction and the Coretta Scott King Author Awards.

The Caldecott Medal went to Javaka Steptoe’s book about artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Radiant Child (Little, Brown), also winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and the Newbery to the epic fantasy, The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (Workman/Algonquin Young Readers).

Download our spreadsheet of the award-winning titles, with full ordering information, ALA Youth Media Awards, 2017.


Monday, January 23rd, 2017

9780802125873_cb9d6Demand is continuing to build for Emily Fridlund’s debut novel History of Wolves (Atlantic Monthly Press; Recorded Books; OverDrive Sample), with library holds ratios topping 4:1 in a number of systems.

As we reported earlier, it was released to the kind of buzz that generally signals a hit. Since then, the NYT and LA Times have also weighed in.

The reviewer for the NYT Sunday Book Review says that this “novel of ideas …  reads like smart pulp, a page-turner of craft and calibration.”

The L.A. Times writes “the chilly power of History of Wolves packs a wallop that’s hard to shake off … Fridlund … has constructed an elegant, troubling debut, both immersed in the natural world but equally concerned with issues of power, family, faith and the gap between understanding something and being able to act on the knowledge.”

On the other hand, the critic for the daily NYT Jennifer Senior, objects that the novel’s tension is drawn out too long and as a result “Those thunderheads massing on the horizon let loose only a weak drizzle.”

Hitting Screens, Week of January 23, 2017

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Adaptations coming this week include three to the small screen, plus a troubled theatrical opening.

9780765388100_9e2a3Debuting in theaters on January 27th is A Dog’s Purpose, a tearjerker about a dog named Bailey who comes back to life again and again (each time remembering his past).

The book was first published in hardcover in 2010 and spent over a year on the New York Times hardcover and trade paperback best seller lists. Anticipation of the movie has brought the title back to best seller lists. It is currently #1 on the USA Today list, up from #3 last week.

The film stars Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, Josh Gad, Peggy Lipton, and some great dogs. Unfortunately, it recently received unwanted attention due to accusations that one of the dogs was treated cruelly on set. Author Bruce Cameron has defended the production, but threats of boycotts by PETA caused Universal to cancel last week’s scheduled premiere. The general theatrical release is going forward.

Tie-in: A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans, W. Bruce Cameron (Macmillan/Forge; Tantor Audio; OverDrive Sample).

9780143131434_3b882Coming to TV on Wednesday, Jan. 25 is the opener of season two of Syfy’s The Magicians, based on the trilogy by Lev Grossman.

Entertainment Weekly reports the 13-episode run begins with the events depicted at the close of the first season and will include a more detailed look at Fillory: “Fillory is beautiful,” the magazine quotes actress Summer Bishil (who plays Margo) as saying, “It really feels like we’re somewhere magical when we’re in Vancouver because we’re always in some majestic forest and it’s lit like heavens are opening.”

Ttie-in: The Magician King: A Novel (TV Tie-In), Lev Grossman (PRH/Penguin; BOT; OverDrive Sample).

9781682559727_40effNew on TV is the debut of the live-action adaptation of the Archie comics, Riverdale.

Den of Geek! says of the CW show, it is “not a sitcom” as readers of the comic might expect, “but a one-hour drama inspired by Twin Peaks.” Praising its casting and its production team, (it is written by Archie comics’ Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and is executive produced by Greg Berlanti who also produced Arrow and Flash) the site says the show has its “finger on the pop culture pulse.”

In their rave review of the first four episodes, Den of Geek! also calls it “highly addictive” and writes “Yes, this is a show that mixes sex and murder and noir with Archie, but it does so in a way that is self-aware and instantly ready to shatter expectations … And you know what? It is magnificent.”

The show is set to premiere on Thursday, Jan. 26. A tie-in comes out at the end of the month: Road to Riverdale, Mark Waid, Chip Zdarsky, Adam Hughes, Marguerite Bennett (PRH/Random House; OverDrive Sample).

9781250028662_db2e9Also new, and streaming on Amazon, is Z: The Beginning of Everything, a mix of costume drama and bio-pic detailing the life of Zelda Fitzgerald (played by Christina Ricci) and her legendary marriage to F. Scott Fitzgerald.

New York Magazine suggests, “Think of the Fitzgerald scenes from Midnight in Paris, but 50 percent grittier … and filmed in America.”

It is based on on Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler (Macmillan/ St. Martin’s Griffin; OverDrive Sample). The trade paperback bears a sticker tying it to the series. It starts streaming on January 27.

Monday, January 23rd, 2017


St. Martin’s First
Spring/Summer 2017 E-Sampler


New Year, new talent! Download debut novel excerpts from the complimentary St. Martin’s First Spring / Summer 2017 Sampler today.

Now available for download on Edelweiss and as a Read it Now! title on NetGalley. And if you love something, SHOUT about it!

Announcing the ALA Youth Media Awards, 2017

Monday, January 23rd, 2017


Medalists below, as they are announced.

UPDATE: Download our spreadsheet of the award-winning titles, with full ordering information, ALA Youth Media Awards, 2017

Link to the press release for the full list of Medalists and Honorees

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award: Radiant Child, Javaka Steptoe, (Little, Brown)

Coretta Scott King Author Award: March: Book 3, John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, (IDW/Top Shelf)

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award: The Sun Is Also a Star, Nicole Yoon, (PRH/Delacorte)

Margaret Edwards Award: Sarah Dessen

Odyssey Award: Anna and the Swallow Man, narrated by Allan Corduner, (PRH/Listening Library)

Morris Award: The Serpent King, Jeff Zentner, (PRH/Crown Books for Young Readers)

Excellence In Non-Fiction For YouthMarch: Book 3, John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, (IDW/Top Shelf)

Michael L. Printz AwardMarch: Book 3, John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, (IDW/Top Shelf)

Pura Belpre (Illustrator) Award: Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, illus. by Raul Gonzalez, written by Cathy Camper (Chronicle Books)

Pura Belpré (Author) Award: Juana & Lucas, written and illustrated by Juana Medina, (Candlewick)

Arbuthnot Lecture: Naomi Shihab Nye

Batcheldor AwardCry Heart But Never Break, written by Glenn Ringtved, illus. by Charlotte Pardi, Translated from the Danish by Robert Moulthrop, (Enchanted Lion)

Sibert AwardMarch: Book 3, John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, (IDW/Top Shelf)

Carnegie Medal: Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music, produced by Ryan Swear

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award: Nikki Grimes

Geisel AwardWe Are Growing: A Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book, written and illustrated by Laurie Keller, (Disney/Hyperion)

Caldecott MedalRadiant Child, Javaka Steptoe, (Little, Brown)

Newbery Medal: The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Kelly Barnhill, (Workman/Algonquin Young Readers)

Titles to Know and Recommend, Week of January 23, 2017

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Among the peer picks coming next week is the number one LibraryReads title for January, considered this season’s heir to the “Girl” mantle and showing strong holds, The Girl Before, JP Delaney (see below).

The titles highlighted in this column, and several other notable titles arriving next week, are listed with ordering information and alternate formats, on our downloadable spreadsheet, EarlyWord New Title Radar, Week of Jan, 23, 2017

Media Attention

9780735213920_8d98fReality Is Not What It Seems (PRH/Riverhead Books; BOT/Penguin Audio; OverDive Sample)

Follows Italian theoretical physicist’s Carlo Rovelli’s surprise best seller, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. A profile in this week’s New York magazine says this one is a “more expansive book on physics from the ancient Greeks to contemporary quantum mechanics … with its warm, enthusiastic language and tone, the book is also deeply humanistic in approach.” He is scheduled to appear today on NPR’s Science Friday.

9781416540274_e2dbd-2Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation, Alan Burdock, (Simon & Schuster; S&S Audio; OverDrive Audio Sample)

Continuing the science theme, this book on the science of time has been excerpted in the New Yorker. The author is set for an interview on NPR’s All Things Considered tonight. 

9781501172441_97d9fThe Fourth Way: The Conservative Playbook for a Lasting GOP Majority, Hugh Hewitt,  (Simon & Schuster; OverDive Sample)

The conservative talk show host, whose book was just reviewed in the Washington Post, under the headline, “A conservative’s plan for Trump to win, win, win — or at least avoid impeachment,” is scheduled for several talk shows: 

• NBC Meet the Press, Jan. 22
• MSNBC Morning Joe, and Steve Kornacki, Jan. 23
• Fox-TV Hannity, Jan. 23
• CBS Face the Nation, Jan. 29

Peer Picks

Two LibraryReads titles come out this week, including the #1 pick for January:

9780425285046_76b2eLibraryReads-FavoriteThe Girl Before, JP Delaney (PRH/Ballantine; RH Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample)

“A page turner that is sure to be a hit. Each chapter alternates between two time periods. Back “then,” there is Emma, looking for the perfect flat. Her agent suggests One Folgate Street, built by architect Edward Monkford. In present day, Jane, a single thirty-something also ends up on Folgate Street. Both women learn the sinister history of the property and readers won’t know who to trust as Delaney’s debut clutches you by the throat and won’t let you go.” — Kara Kohn, Plainfield Public Library District, Plainfield, IL

Additional Buzz: Holds are strong for this one. The Washington Post included it in a piece entitled “What Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train have wrought,” writing “Already optioned for a film by Ron Howard, [it] is deservedly the anointed “top girl” of this season’s suspense novels.” InStyle picks it as one of “The 8 Books We’re Most Excited for in 2017” and Bustle includes it on their list of “17 Of The Most Anticipated Thriller Novels Of 2017.” It also impressed our GalleyChatters and is an Indie Next selection for February.

9781101905609_21916The Fifth Petal, Brunonia Barry (PRH/Crown; RH Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample)

“Barry takes her readers back to Salem with a mesmerizing tale filled with familiar characters from her previous works and new ones as well. Towner Whitney and John Rafferty come to the aid of Callie Cahill as they attempt to piece together the circumstances surrounding the brutal murder of her mother while trying to keep herself from becoming a victim as well. This is a beautifully written story, full of twists and turns. Fans of The Lace Reader will love The Fifth Petal, though the book stands on its own and can be recommended to all readers.” — Marianne Colton, Lockport Public Library, Lockport, NY

Additional Buzz: It is an Indie Next selection for February.

Two more Indie Next titles debut this week:

9781250095664_54e2aRise: How a House Built a Family: How a House Built a Family, Cara Brookins (Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press; Macmillan Audio; OverDrive Sample)

“It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book with such a strong female character—and it’s not fiction! Cara Brookins has survived three bad marriages. After the abusive third marriage dissolves, Brookins resolves not to be scared anymore and decides with steadfast determination to take charge of her family. She takes her kids on a road trip to a cabin in the Ozarks, where they begin to dream about having a new house that represents their new life. Though it’s hard for them not to be scared at every turn, their recovery and growth parallels the structure of their home. As they build, they tear down emotional walls. I kept looking at the photo of that amazing house on the back of the book with wonder that she was able to do this on her own. What an amazingly strong woman! I loved this book.” —Marya Johnston, Out West Books, Grand Junction, CO

Additional Buzz: CNN, and a large number of local stations, have featured stories on the house-building project. The Huffington Post ran a story, pointing out Brookins learned to build by watching YouTube videos. So did USA Today. The story is featured in CountryLiving and Refinery29.

9780062450326_6d6b9Perfect Little World, Kevin Wilson (HC/Ecco; HarperLuxe; HarperAudio; OverDrive Sample)

“Izzy Poole is 18, pregnant with her erratic art teacher’s baby, and without any family or money to help her raise her child. Dr. Preston Grind is tragically widowered and estranged from his parents, who raised him using unconventional and unhealthy methods in the name of science. Dr. Grind invites Izzy and nine other couples also expecting their first child to join the Infinite Family Project, an experiment in communal parenting and an attempt to rebuild Dr. Grind’s broken family. This is a fascinating and touching exploration of what makes or breaks a family.” —Marisa Langlois, Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga Springs, NY

Additional Buzz: It is on The Millions Most Anticipated List and GQ includes it on their “These Are the Books You Should Read in January” list, writing it is “persistently compassionate” and “Wilson’s crisp language and smart plotting make Perfect Little World immensely likable and absolutely enjoyable.”


There are no tie-ins this week. For our full list of upcoming adaptations, download our Books to Movies and TV and link to our listing of tie-ins.

Adaptations at Sundance

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

The Sundance Film Festival highlighting independent films, begins today. Among them are a number of adaptations. LitHub provides a complete rundown but keep an eye out for four in particular, each based on a well-known title:

9780062656322_25b35Before I Fall, based on Lauren Oliver’s 2010 bestselling and critically praised YA novel about a teen who relives the last day of her life over and over again, is already scheduled to open in theaters on March 3, starring Zoey Deutch.

A tie-in was released yesterday: Before I Fall Movie Tie-in Edition, Lauren Oliver (HarperCollins; HarperAudio; OverDrive Sample).

The Sundance trailer was also released today and featured on Entertainment Weekly:’s web site.

9781565126770_43901The film adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s Mudbound (Workman/Algonquin; OverDrive Sample) also premieres at Sundance. Variety says it is one of the “must sees” of the festival and predicts it will be picked up for distribution:

“The adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s novel focuses on a black and white family living and working together in the segregated South. Some agents and studio executives believe it will launch writer-director Dee Rees (Bessie) onto the A-list and could score her a trip to the Oscars.”

9780316219365Variety also includes Yellow Birds in their listing of top picks, saying:

“The boatload of rising actors headlining this film has caught studios’ attention — Sheridan is on the cusp of big screen stardom in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One and Ehrenreich was just tapped to play a young Han Solo in the
next Star Wars spinoff. Plus it’s got
serious literary pedigree.”

Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, Alden Ehrenreich, Jason Patric, Toni Collette, and Jennifer Aniston star. The book it is based on, The Yellow Birds (Hachette/Little, Brown; OverDrive Sample) by Kevin Powers was a finalist for the National Book Award and a best seller. It won a PEN Award.

mv5botc2njc3mzi4ml5bml5banbnxkftztgwmtyzmtgxmti-_v1_sy1000_cr006701000_al_9781770462441_bf229Daniel Clowes’s 2010 graphic novel Wilson  has been adapted as a film starring Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, and Judy Greer. It is set for distribution. to arrive in theaters on March 24.

The Independent says it is a film to “watch out for,” writing “director Craig Johnson display[s] a knack for finding humor and warmth in the darkest of places.”

A new trade paperback edition arrives on Feb. 7, 2017, published by Drawn and Quarterly. A trailer has been released.

Finalist For The 2017 PEN Awards

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

PEN America has announced their finalists for a wide range of awards.

9780812989786_0df0aFor the first time in its history (due to a new award category), a single book is a finalist for two PEN awards, Teju Cole’s Known and Strange Things (PRH/Random House; Recorded Books/Griot Audio; OverDrive Sample). It is a finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, a new prize in 2017, and also a finalist in the Essay category.

The PEN/Jean Stein Book Award recognizes a “book of extraordinary originality and lasting influence judged by an anonymous panel without submissions.”

The other finalists are:

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Finalists for other PEN awards that have also been getting year-end best books attention include

Edgar Nominees Announced

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Today is the 208th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth, excellent timing for the announcement of the 2017 Edgar Nominees.

9781455561780_72e84The buzziest title among the five nominees for Best Novel is Noah Hawley’s Before the Fall (Hachette/Grand Central; OverDrive Sample).

It debuted at #2 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction list and racked up impressive holds queues when first released. Written by the creator of the Fargo TV series on FX, it earned multiple starred reviews in advance of publication and made a number of end-of-year best lists.

Somewhat more under the radar,9780399169496_dec56 Jane Steele, by Lyndsay Faye (PRH/G.P. Putnam’s Sons; BOT; OverDrive Sample), also a Best Novel nominee, caught the attention of library staff, as a LibraryReads choice in March and a #libfaves2016 title. One librarian summed it up well:

JANE STEELE by Lyndsay Faye – excellent re-imagining of Jane Eyre if Jane killed off all the people who deserved it. — Jane Jorgenson@madpoptart

9781101903735_a6beaThe Best First Novel category includes Dodgers by Bill Beverly (PRH/Crown; BOT; OverDrive Sample), which made both Amazon and Booklist‘s end-of-year selections and was among the Carnegie Medal’s longlist titles. It was an Indie Next choice and a B&N Discover pick as well. The Bookreporter writes “Those who enjoy reading George Pelecanos and Cormac McCarthy, or viewing Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, will find much to love here.”

9780316267724_1a04aAnother first novel nominee that received strong critical attention this year, IQ by Joe Ide (Hachette/Mulholland Books; Hachette Audio; OverDrive Sample), was on The New York Times best of the year list. Entertainment Weekly called it a “crackling page-turner” in their Fall Book Preview.

9781594205781_2dcf5Kate Summerscale, as the NYT notes, has found a “nifty literary specialty: resurrecting and reanimating, in detail as much forensic as it is novelistic, notorious true-life tales of the Victorian era.” Her latest, The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer (PRH/Penguin; OverDrive Sample) is a contender in the Best Fact Crime category. The Atlantic wrote that Summerscale “expertly probes the deep anxieties of a modernizing era. Even better, she brings rare biographical tenacity and sympathy to bear.”

9780871403131_8fe66The critically praised biography of the author of “The Lottery” is among the Best Critical/Biographical nominees. Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin (Norton/Liveright; Blackstone Audio; OverDrive Sample) is on multiple year-end best lists, including those by Booklist, Kirkus, NYTBR, Publishers Weekly, and The Washington Post.

The award winners will be named on April 27 in a ceremony to be held in NYC, a city that claims him as their own, as the NYT points out today (Boston, Richmond, and Baltimore will beg to differ). The dress code? The Mystery Writers of America says “Dress to Kill – Black Tie Preferred.”

The full list of nominees is now online.

Live Chat with Julie Bowe, Author of

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Read our chat with Julie, below.

Join us for our next live chat on Feb. 22 with Ruth Behar, author of Lucky Broken Girl, to be published by Penguin Young Readers/ Nancy Paulsen Books on April 11.

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George Saunders on Audio

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

9780812995343_73f0aThe literary world is eagerly awaiting the debut novel from George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo (PRH/RH; RH Audio/BOT; Feb. 14).

Audiobook fans should start the countdown as well.

Time magazine reports it will be an event, an audiobook with 166 narrators, each reading a single character. So many readers will contribute, in fact, that Time says Penguin Random House Audio is applying for a Guinness World Record.

The cast for the production looks like a Hollywood red carpet. Nick Offerman, Lena Dunham, Ben Stiller, Susan Sarandon, and Don Cheadle all have parts. So do Jeffrey Tambor, Bradley Whitford, and Megan Mullally.

Authors David Sedaris, Mary Karr, and Miranda July narrate, as does Saunders himself. Award-winning professional narrators Kirby Heyborne and Cassandra Campbell participate as well.

Saunders tells Time, “This was a really gratifying artistic venture … I love the way that the variety of contemporary American voices mimics and underscores the feeling I tried to evoke in the book: a sort of American chorale.”

Readers and listeners might want to keep the concept of a chorale in mind. Early reviews point out the complexity of the reading. As Booklist puts it the “surreal action … resembles a play, or a prose variation on Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology (1915), as [the multiple characters] tell their stories.”

A clip of the recording gives a taste of the mix of voices:

Goosebumps 2: Closer To Screen

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

mv5bmja1otuzntq5ml5bml5banbnxkftztgwodq4ndkxnje-_v1_sy1000_cr006401000_al_The sequel to the 2015 Goosebumps movie, based on the bestselling book series by R.L. Stine, now has a premiere date: January 26, 2018.

According to ComingSoon, fans should expect a smooth transition to the second film as most of the major players are returning including director Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens) and screenwriter Darren Lemke (Turbo). Although star Jack Black is expected to return as star, he hasn’t yet signed on.

The first film did well enough in theaters to justify a sequel, and did even better on home video. Sony wasn’t waiting for box office confirmation, however, having planned a series from the start, as sites such as Movieweb and Screen Rant report, with pre-production underway even before the first film opened nationwide.

9780545828864_b850eWe posted a story on the possible bump for the books with the first film, pointing out tie-in editions and the reissue of Classic Goosebumps (with the line “Now a Major Motion Picture” on the covers).

9780545825498_f31ecAlso look out for Goosebumps: Most Wanted, another series reissuing the most “notorious, creepiest, ghouliest Goosebumps characters.” The most recent is Lizard of Oz (Goosebumps: Most Wanted #10) by R.L. Stine (Scholastic, Sept. 2016; OverDrive Sample).

Expect the same attention to tie-ins and re-releases once the second film gets further along.

As a reminder, here is the trailer from the first film:

Brandon Sanderson To Big Screen, Times Two

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

9780385743563_594189780385743587_33252One of the biggest names in Fantasy is going to the movies.

Brandon Sanderson’s YA series, The Reckoners, has just been bought by 20th Century Fox in what Deadline Hollywood calls “a hotly contested” deal. Both Steelheart and Firefight, the first two books in the series, will be adapted.

Deadline describes the series:

“a burst in the sky gave ordinary people extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics, but with incredible gifts came the desire to rule. In what was once Chicago, an … Epic named Steelheart installed himself as emperor. Nobody fights back but the Reckoners, a shadowy group of ordinary humans who spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.”

9780385743600_ffd5eSteelheart came out in 2013 (PRH/Delacorte Press; RH Audio; Brilliance Audio; OverDrive Sample)

Firefight followed in 2015 (PRH/Delacorte Press; Brilliance Audio; OverDrive Sample)

Calamity, the final book in the trilogy, came out in 2016 (PRH/Delacorte Press; Brilliance Audio; OverDrive Sample). The trade paperback of Calamity hits shelves on 2/28/17 (PRH/Ember).

wp_20150517_109-1Also in the works, from MGM, is Sanderson’s Snapshot, a SF detective thriller novella about a society, says Deadline, that:

“can create a snapshot of a specific day in time. The experiences people have, the paths they follow — all of them are real again for one day in the snapshot. All for the purposes of investigation by the court. The cop uses it as a way to find where a criminal dumped a weapon or what really happened in a domestic dispute. It’s drudgery, until the day the cop investigates the memory of a call that was never logged, and he makes a horrifying discovery.”

According to Sanderson’s website, the print book comes out in February in an expensive leather-bound edition, but also as a simultaneous ebook and, later in 2017, in a regular hardcover edition.

MidWinter Galley Guide Available

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Even if you’re not going to ALA Midwinter in Atlanta, LJ‘s “Galley Guide,” available now, is useful as a preview of upcoming titles.

If you are headed to Atlanta, use it to plot out which galleys you want to try to grab (exhibits open Friday evening). If you’re not, use it to search Edelweiss or NetGally for digital ARC’s.

Sign up for your free digital copy here.

Setting the Agenda

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

9781630060879_ae04aTimed to the inauguration, Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan to Save America by David Horowitz (Humanix Books; Dreamscape Media; OverDrive Sample), published today, is has been rising on Amazon’s sales rankings, quickly moving from outside the top 100 to its current position at #66.

Author Horowitz is the founder of the conservative Freedom Center. His book is being promoted on the Breitbart site where he is a contributor. Today, he tweeted that he is set to appear on several radio shows and on Fox News Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Horowitz’s name came up during recent confirmation hearings for Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Sessions was questioned about accepting an award from Horowitz’s foundation.

Despite the book’s subtitle, this is not Trump’s plan, which he outlined in a speech in November and on his Web site, but Horowitz’s views on what the plan should be. Fellow conservative pundits are backing the book. Rush Limbaugh calls it “a road map for a winning agenda that conservatives will embrace.” Ann Coulter recommends it as a “brilliant battle plan.”

There were no pre-pub reviews and orders are low across the country.