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@ORBITBOOKS NEWS: Fonda Lee’s JADE CITY wins the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel! #fantasy #books #awardwinner

HACHETTE BOOK GROUP HAS BIG NEWS!

Fonda Lee’s JADE CITY wins the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel!

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(Orbit TP, OSD: 6/6/18, 9780316440882)

Fonda gave a wonderful acceptance speech at the World Fantasy Convention, held November 1-4.

(Read an excerpt, here)

This is the second year in a row that Orbit has won the World Fantasy Award (following The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North in 2017). It is also the first time that a single publisher has won all three of the major international SF/F awards in the same year (following N. K. Jemisin’s wins for the Hugo and Nebula awards)

Congratulations to Hachette Book Group, Fonda Lee & Orbit Books!!!

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In this epic saga of magic and kungfu, four siblings battle rival clans for honor and power in an Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis.

* Nebula Award for Best Novel, nominee

* Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel, finalist

* World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, WINNER

Jade is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. It has been mined, traded, stolen, and killed for — and for centuries, honorable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their magical abilities and defend the island from foreign invasion.

Now, the war is over and a new generation of Kauls vies for control of Kekon’s bustling capital city. They care about nothing but protecting their own, cornering the jade market, and defending the districts under their protection. Ancient tradition has little place in this rapidly changing nation.

When a powerful new drug emerges that lets anyone — even foreigners — wield jade, the simmering tension between the Kauls and the rival Ayt family erupts into open violence. The outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones — from their grandest patriarch to the lowliest motorcycle runner on the streets — and of Kekon itself.

Jade City is the first novel in an epic trilogy about family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of blood and jade.

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2015 Carnegie Medal & Kate Greenaway Medal | SHORT LIST


The following Manda client publisher titles are now on the short lists for the 2015 Carnegie medal and Kate Greenaway (illustration) medal: 

Carnegie Medal

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Tinder by Sally Gardner (Orion, 9781780621494, HC, $15.99, available)

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Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge (Abrams, 9781419714801, HC, $19.95, May 2015)

Kate Greenaway Medal

Tinder

Tinder by Sally Gardner (Orion, 9781780621494, HC, $15.99, available)

The 2014 Governor General’s Award Winners

It's old news, we know, but we're still thrilled that LITERARY PRESS GROUP has won the 2014 Governor General’s Awards for Poetry and Drama!  Congratulations to Arleen Paré, author of Lake of Two Mountains(Poetry) and Jordan Tannahill, author Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays(Drama). From BRICK BOOKS:

Lake of Two Mountains (ISBN 9781926829876), Arleen Paré’s second poetry collection, is a portrait of a lake, of a relationship to a lake, of a network of relationships around a lake. It maps, probes and applauds the riparian region of central Canadian geography that lies between the Ottawa and the St. Lawrence Rivers. The poems portray this territory, its contested human presences and natural history: the 1990 Oka Crisis, Pleistocene shifts and dislocations, the feather-shaped Ile Cadieux, a Trappist monastery on the lake’s northern shore. As we are drawn into experience of the lake and its environs, we also enter an intricate interleaving of landscape and memory, a reflection on how a place comes to inhabit us even as we inhabit it.

flint-dark far-off sky on the move across the lake slant sheets closing in sky collapsing from its bowl shoreline waiting taut stones dark as plums

~from “Distance Closing In”

Praise for Lake of Two Mountains:

“When has a body of water said so much, been looked at so many ways, spoken in so many voices? Arleen Paré’s “lake” is an astonishing creation, alive and changeable, as multifaceted as light on water. “Lake of Two Mountains” is a literal place, yes, but it is also a place with spiritual, personal, religious and political dimensions. A kind of all-seeing deity, it observes human life and measures the passing of time. I am in awe of this lake, its reach and complexities rooted in the specifics of flora and fauna. I am also in awe of Paré’s marvelous and deeply authentic poems. —Patricia Young

“Arleen Paré’s poems are monastic prayers of forgiveness, intense simplicities that praise all we have lost, all we have left. She is a gift the world has given us. Read her and then in deep quiet read her again.” —Patrick Lane

From PLAYWRIGHTS CANADA PRESS:

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Three of Jordan Tannahill’s fresh and riveting works are featured in this collection, including Get Yourself Home Skyler James, Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes, and rihannaboi95.

Based on a true story, Get Yourself Home Skyler James follows the harrowing journey of a young lesbian who defects from the army when she is outed by fellow soldiers. Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes chronicles the last hour of Peter Fechter’s life, a teenager in East Berlin shot while attempting to cross the Berlin Wall in 1962 with his companion. Finally, the award-winning  rihannaboi95 centres around a Toronto teen whose world comes crashing in when YouTube videos of him dancing to songs by his favourite pop heroine go viral. Together these solo plays explore the lives of three queer youth and their resilience in the face of violence and intolerance.

“…one of Canada’s most promising young independent theatre artists.”—Alison Broverman,Toronto Star

Check out a performance of rihannaboi95 on YouTube. Owais Lightwala is Sunny in this viral play, produced by Suburban Beast.

The Governor General's Shortlists

Welcome to fall readers! We've been mildly debating about how much rain is normal in October (so far, it seems...normal), how long we can delay pulling out our winter gear (we're naively hoping for November) and if drinking Pumpkin Spiced Lattes is actually basic. That being said, we're not too worried since we've also been busy basking in the glow of our recent award nominations (see what we did there) and congratulating each other by buying pumpkin spiced everything. Sterling Publishing's "The Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookbook" has been particularly helpful for new recipe tips. Congratulations to the following authors, publishers and overall amazing individuals that were nominated for the Governor General's Shortlists this past week:

In the CHILDREN'S LITERATURE (ILLUSTRATION) category:

Once Upon a Memory illustrated by Renata Liwska, text by Nina Laden and (ISBN 9780316208161 / $19.00 / Hardcover - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers//HBG)

Night Vision

In the POETRY category:

Night Vision by Christopher Levenson (ISBN 9781927443583 / $18.00 / Paperback - Quattro Books//LitDistCo)

Lake of Two Mountains by Arleen Paré (ISBN 9781926829876 / $20.00 / Paperback - Brick Books//LitDistCo)

 

Light Light By Julie Joosten (ISBN 9781927040836 / $18.00 / Paperback - BookThug//LitDistCo)

And in the ENGLISH LANGUAGE DRAMA category:

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Secret Mask by Rick Chafe (ISBN 9781770911901 / $16.95 / Paperback - Playwrights Canada Press//UTP)

 

That Elusive Spark by Janet Munsil (ISBN 9781770912045 / $16.95 / Paperback - Playwrights Canada Press//UTP)

Age of Minority by Jordan Tannahill (ISBN 9781770911949 / $19.95 / Paperback - Playwrights Canada Press//UTP)

AWARD NEWS: Joshua Ferris Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize 2014

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"To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is beautifully written. It's also funny, thought-provoking, and touching. One hesitates to call it the Catch-22 of dentistry, but it's sort of in that ballpark. Some books simply carry you along on the strength and energy of the author's invention and unique view of the world. This is one of those books." (Stephen King)

The full list of nominees can be found here and the winner will be announced on October 14th.

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A big, brilliant, profoundly observed novel about the mysteries of modern life by National Book Award Finalist Joshua Ferris, one of the most exciting voices of his generation Paul O'Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it. He's a Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God.

Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name. What begins as an outrageous violation of his privacy soon becomes something more soul-frightening: the possibility that the online "Paul" might be a better version of the real thing. As Paul's quest to learn why his identity has been stolen deepens, he is forced to confront his troubled past and his uncertain future in a life disturbingly split between the real and the virtual.

At once laugh-out-loud funny about the absurdities of the modern world, and indelibly profound about the eternal questions of the meaning of life, love and truth, TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR is a deeply moving and constantly surprising tour de force.

Read more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com

The Sunburst Award Society 2014 Shortlist

The Sunburst Award Society recently announced their 2014 shortlist nominees, and we're pleased to announce that a few of our exceptionally talented authors have been recognized! The short-listed works in the ADULT category are:

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Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson Grand Central Publishing/HBG 9781455528400 $17.00 TP

"Acclaimed novelist Nalo Hopkinson is well-known for her unique postmodern mythos, often drawing on Caribbean folklore, and placing complex characters smack in the center of worlds whose magic isn't always kind and in which decisions are rarely easy. Her newest novel, Sister Mine, has a lighter edge than some of her previous work; it's an engaging, messy fable about the interconnectedness of even the little things in our lives...This is a book about family, and Sister Mine remains a suitably imperfect and vibrant story of family in all its unfathomable wonders and annoyances, and the power it holds over us - or gives us."--NPR

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This Strange Way of Dying by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Exile Editions/IPG 9781550963540 $18.95 TP

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This Strange Way of Dying

mixes Mexican folklore with urban life and throws in a dash of pulp flavour."

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The Vancouver Province

The short-listed works in the YOUNG ADULT category are:

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The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint Little Brown Books for Young Readers 9780316053570 $19.99 HC

"Set in a magical forest populated by Bear People, an Apple Tree Man, and the Father of Cats, the story’s lyrical, folkloric style is well suited to a tale of magic and mystery. Vess’ line-and-watercolor illustrations (not seen in final form) appear throughout; they help to break up the text for younger readers and give form to de Lint’s unusual characters. Give this to fans of Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black’s Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World around You (2005)."--BOOKLIST

Additionally, the jury has chosen to include a list of HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

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Beyond the Rift by Peter Watts Tachyon Publications/Legato/Raincoast 9781616961251 $18.50 TP

"From the award-winning author of the Rifters trilogy (Starfish; Maelstrom; Behemoth) comes a collection that demonstrates Watts's skill with short fiction."--Library Journal

The awards will be presented in the fall of 2014.

The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is an annual award celebrating the best in Canadian fantastic literature published during the previous calendar year.

For additional information about the Sunburst Award, the nominees and jurors, as well as previous awards, eligibility and the selection process, please visit the website at www.sunburstaward.org.

Nebula Award Winners

Apparently, we cannot go a few days without announcing another AWARD winner. We're starting to burst with joy for all the nominees and publishers. Hachette Book Group authors were recognized at the Nebula Awards a couple of weeks ago, winning Best Novel (Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie), and Best Young Adult Book (Sister Mine by Canadian Nalo Hopkinson).  Congrats to all the winners!

Best Novel: Ancillary Justice By Ann Leckie 9780316246620 $17.00. Paperback

Book Description: From Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke Award nominated debut author, Ann Leckie, comes Ancillary Justice, a stunning space opera that asks what it means to be human in a universe guided by artificial intelligence. On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren--a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body. And only one purpose--to revenge herself on Anaander Mianaai, many-bodied, near-immortal Lord of the Radch.

"By turns thrilling, moving and awe-inspiring." (The Guardian)

Read more at hachettebookgroup.com

 


Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book: Sister Mine By Nalo Hopkinson 9781455528400 $17.00. Paperback

Book Description: We'd had to be cut free of our mother's womb. She'd never have been able to push the two-headed sport that was me and Abby out the usual way. Abby and I were fused, you see. Conjoined twins. Abby's head, torso, and left arm protruded from my chest. But here's the real kicker; Abby had the magic, I didn't. Far as the Family was concerned, Abby was one of them, though cursed, as I was, with the tragic flaw of mortality.

Now adults, Makeda and Abby still share their childhood home. The surgery to separate the two girls gave Abby a permanent limp, but left Makeda with what feels like an even worse deformity: no mojo. The daughters of a celestial demigod and a human woman, Makeda and Abby were raised by their magical father, the god of growing things--a highly unusual childhood that made them extremely close. Ever since Abby's magical talent began to develop, though, in the form of an unearthly singing voice, the sisters have become increasingly distant.

Today, Makeda has decided it's high time to move out and make her own life among the other nonmagical, claypicken humans--after all, she's one of them. In Cheerful Rest, a run-down warehouse space, Makeda finds exactly what she's been looking for: an opportunity to live apart from Abby and begin building her own independent life. There's even a resident band, led by the charismatic (and attractive) building superintendent.

But when her father goes missing, Makeda will have to discover her own talent--and reconcile with Abby--if she's to have a hope of saving him . ..

"While the fantastical is ever-present, it's the personal and familial that make Sister Mine engaging and captivating. Self-doubt, interpersonal conflict and the struggle for acceptance are just as powerful as the novel's magical objects. Hopkinson's deeply saturated, poetic language is perfect to relate this story, which is deeply felt." (Globe and Mail)

Read more at hachettebookgroup.com!

2014 Atlantic Book Awards Winners Announced

On May 23rd, the Atlantic Book Award winners were announced in Charlottetown, PEI. The awards were hosted by CBC Radio’s Matt Rainni.  Congratulations to all the winners!

Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction) presented by Boyne Clarke Fallsy Downsies by Stephanie Domet Invisible Publishing (Distributed by LitDistCo) 9781926743417 $19.95

Margaret and John Savage First Book Award Sponsored by Collins Barrow, Weed Man and the Savage Family Turn Us Again by Charlotte R. Mendel Roseway Publishing (Distributed by Brunswick Books)9781552665701 $20.95

PAUL JOINS THE SCOUTS wins Doug Wright Award

Last weekend The Doug Wright awards, which recognizes the best in Canadian comics and graphic novels, celebrated it's 10th anniversary as part of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. We're pleased to announce author Michel Rabagliati won an award for PAUL JOINS THE SCOUTS (9781894994699). Congratulations Michael and to all the nominees!

Paul Joins the ScoutsPRAISE:

"Rabagliati’s work short-circuits all expectations, using a familiar style to confront difficult subjects with candour and bracing innocence.” — Globe and Mail

“His European-style cartooning is clean and deceptively loose, but it remains deeply expressive without one line wasted. Paul’s coming-of-age story, along with the lovingly rendered scout-camp scenes, are sure to have wide appeal among adults and teen readers.” — Booklist

“The Paul series is destined for a larger audience beyond the graphic novel world.” — North Adams Transcript

For more on PAUL JOINS THE SCOUTS visit: http://www.conundrumpress.com/bdang/paul-joins-the-scouts/

 

KETCHUP CLOUDS wins Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Novel

On May 1st, KETCHUP CLOUDS by Annabel Pitcher won the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Novel! The awards were presented at the Mystery Writers of America's 68th Gala Banquet at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, NYC. Ketchup Clouds

PRAISE for KETCHUP CLOUDS: Winner of the 2013 Waterstones Children's Book Prize A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick Winner of the 2014 Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Young Adult Fiction

* "It's not just suspense that drives this epistolary page-turner, but Zoe's authentic emotional responses and unyielding wit...[Ketchup Clouds] shows just how easy it is to make mistakes and how hard love can be." span ( Kirkus Reviews (starred review) ).

* "By turns heartbreaking and hilarious... Zoe's voice is witty and introspective as she explores issues relating to family, grief, and love." (Booklist (starred review)).

* "Zoe's introspective and surprisingly humorous voice will strike a chord with readers as they dwell on the space between guilt and innocence." (Publishers Weekly (starred review)).

"Zoe's original mind, turns of phrase, and sprightly narrative style give her story quick, light momentum and moments of lyricism...Sharp, articulate perceptions and a measure of suspense-as well as a lively thread of wit and humor-make this a very engaging read." (The Horn Book).

Read more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/annabel-pitcher/ketchup-clouds/9780316246767/#sthash.lJU8cG8e.dpuf

John Brooke Shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award

Congratulations to Signature Editions author John Brooke, who has been shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel for "Walls of a Mind." Walls of the Mine

Walls of a Mind By John Brooke 9781927426296 $18.95. Paperback Pub Date: 10/1/2013 ORDERS: University of Toronto Press Distribution

 

From the Back Cover

In the fifth installment of the Aliette Nouvelle Mysteries, Aliette is now, officially, Chief Inspector Nouvelle. After a difficult breakup with former boss and boyfriend Claude Neon amid the messy resolution of the Unknown Masterpiece affair, the inspector is transferred from an urban beat in Alsace to the Midi. She is given command of a small brigade at St-Brin, a sleepy town in a beautiful valley where wine is the primary industry and source of identity. It a lovely place to work but perhaps too quiet for a city-hardened cop? After six months on the job, a murder finally comes her way. Jol Guatto, scion of an old wine producing family, is shot dead on the beach. It appears to be a politically motivated murder: five weeks before his murder, Guatto stood for the CPNT party in the regional election, opposing the import of cheap Spanish wine into the community. But Guatto proved a political amateur, not only losing the vote, but his campaign manager turned lover, Stephanie McLeod. She soon becomes involved with a shadowy man called Prince, leader of a Euro-wide anarchist network with machinations that span far beyond the cozy hamlet of St-Brin. American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "There is something fearful in coming up against the walls of a mind on every side, and learning to describe their invisible circumference."

For a complete list of nominees, go here: www.crimewriterscanada.com/awards/arthur-ellis-awards/current-contest/shortlists

Old News Can Still Be GREAT News | The Goldfinch Wins the Pulitzer

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It was only last week that Donna Tartt won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for THE GOLDFINCH and, though it may not be socially acceptable, we are still celebrating! The Pulitzer prize rewards "fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000)." Here's the judges description of the novel:

Awarded to "The Goldfinch," by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown), a beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy’s entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction, a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart.

Congratulations to all nominees and winners! For the full list of this year’s winners, click here.

2014 PEN/Hemingway Award

Exciting news! NoViolet Bulawayo is the winner of the 2014 PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction for WE NEED NEW NAMES (9780316230810).

The award was founded in 1976 both to honour the memory Ernest Hemingway, and to recognize distinguished first books of fiction. Read more about the award here: http://www.pen-ne.org/hemingway-foundationpen-award.

We Need New Names

Praise for WE NEED NEW NAMES:

"A deeply felt and fiercely written debut novel ... The voice Ms. Bulawayo has fashioned for [Darling] is utterly distinctive - by turns unsparing and lyrical, unsentimental and poetic, spiky and meditative." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Bulawayo describes all this in brilliant language, alive and confident, often funny, strong in its ability to make Darling's African life immediate ... She demonstrates a striking ability to capture the uneasiness that accompanies a newcomers arrival in America." Uzodinma Iweala, The New York Times Book Review

"Fans of Junot Díaz, who, as fiction editor of Boston Review, published NoViolet Bulawayo's early work, will love her debut novel, We Need New Names ...Bulawayo's use of contemporary culture (the kids play a game in which they hunt for bin Laden and, later, text like their lives depend on it), as well as her fearless defense of the immigrant experience through honoring the cadence of spoken language, sets this book apart-on the top shelf." Kristy Davis, Oprah.com

Past nominations:

Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize Winner of the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature Finalist for the 2013 Guardian First Book Award One of the New York Times Notable Books of the Year for 2013 One of National Public Radio's Great Reads of 2013

HACHETTE BOOK GROUP ANNOUNCEMENT: Baileys Women's Prize Long-list

The Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction, formerly the Orange Prize, announces its long-list, which includes two Little, Brown titles! 

Hannah Kent, BURIAL RITES (9780316243919)

A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.

Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.

Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

 

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Donna Tartt, THE GOLDFINCH (9780316055437)

"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

 The winner will be announced this June. Congratulations!

Edgar Award Nominees from Hachette Book Group

Congratulations to the following Hachette distributed authors on their nominations for the 2014 Edgar Awards. Winners will be announced May 1, 2014.

Best Novel

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Standing in Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin (Orion Books / HUK) 9781409109402; $15.99 Trade Paperback 9781409109419; $10.99 Mass Market Paperback

A series of seemingly random disappearances - stretching back to the millennium. A mother determined to find the truth. A retired cop desperate to get his old life back...It's been some time since Rebus was forced to retire, and he now works as a civilian in a cold-case unit. So when a long-dead case bursts back to life, he can't resist the opportunity to get his feet under the CID desk once more. But Rebus is as stubborn and anarchic as ever, and he quickly finds himself in deep with pretty much everyone, including DI Siobhan Clarke. All Rebus wants to do is uncover the truth. The big question is: can he be the man he once was and still stay on the right side of the law?

Best Fact Crime

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After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

Cullen's murderous career in the world's most trusted profession spanned sixteen years and nine hospitals across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. When, in March of 2006, Charles Cullen was marched from his final sentencing in an Allentown, Pennsylvania, courthouse into a waiting police van, it seemed certain that the chilling secrets of his life, career, and capture would disappear with him. Now, in a riveting piece of investigative journalism nearly ten years in the making, journalist Charles Graeber presents the whole story for the first time. Based on hundreds of pages of previously unseen police records, interviews, wire-tap recordings and videotapes, as well as exclusive jailhouse conversations with Cullen himself and the confidential informant who helped bring him down, THE GOOD NURSE weaves an urgent, terrifying tale of murder, friendship, and betrayal.

Best Fact Crime

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The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and the Medics Behind Nazi Lines by Cate Lineberry (Little, Brown & Company / HBG) 9780316220224; $30.00 Hardcover 9780316220248; $18.00 Trade Paperback (coming June 2014)

The compelling untold story of a group of stranded U.S. Army nurses and medics fighting to escape Nazi-occupied Europe.

When 26 Army nurses and medics-part of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron-boarded a cargo plane for transport in November 1943, they never anticipated the crash landing in Nazi-occupied Albania that would lead to their months-long struggle for survival. A drama that captured the attention of the American public, the group and its flight crew dodged bullets and battled blinding winter storms as they climbed mountains and fought to survive, aided by courageous villagers who risked death at Nazi hands to help them.

A mesmerizing tale of the courage and heroism of ordinary people, THE SECRET RESCUE tells not only a new story of struggle and endurance, but also one of the daring rescue attempts by clandestine American and British organizations amid the tumultuous landscape of the war.

Best Juvenile

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Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (Disney-Hyperion / HBG) 9781423164913; $17.99 Hardcover

A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see-and eradicate-these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.

In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall's legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?

Readers who enjoyed the action, suspense, and humor in Jonathan Stroud's internationally best-selling Bartimaeus books will be delighted to find the same ingredients, combined with deliciously creepy scares, in his thrilling and chilling Lockwood & Co. series.

Best Young Adult

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Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers / HBG) 9780316246767; $20.00 Hardcover

Zoe has an unconventional pen pal--Mr. Stuart Harris, a Texas Death Row inmate and convicted murderer. But then again, Zoe has an unconventional story to tell. A story about how she fell for two boys, betrayed one of them, and killed the other.

Hidden away in her backyard shed in the middle of the night with a jam sandwich in one hand and a pen in the other, Zoe gives a voice to her heart and her fears after months of silence. Mr. Harris may never respond to Zoe's letters, but at least somebody will know her story--somebody who knows what it's like to kill a person you love. Only through her unusual confession can Zoe hope to atone for her mistakes that have torn lives apart, and work to put her own life back together again.

Rising literary star Annabel Pitcher pens a captivating second novel, rich with her distinctive balance between humor and heart. Annabel explores the themes of first love, guilt, and grief, introducing a character with a witty voice and true emotional resonance.

For a complete list of nominees, go here: http://theedgars.com/nominees.html.

Disney Author Greg Pizzoli Wins 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award!

On Friday, January 31st, Publishers Weekly announced that The Watermelon Seed, written and illustrated by Disney Hyperion Books author Greg Pizzoli, has won the coveted and highly respected THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL AWARD! Watermelon SeedThe Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (a.k.a. the Dr. Seuss award) is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.   The winner(s), recognized for their literary and artistic achievements that demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading, receives a bronze medal.  Honor Book authors and illustrators receive certificates, which are presented at the ALA Annual Conference.  The award was established in 2004 and first presented in 2006. For more information, please visit http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/geiselaward/geiselabout.

About the Book

With perfect comic pacing, Greg Pizzoli introduces us to one funny crocodile who has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed. What will he do when his greatest fear is realized? Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink? This crocodile has a wild imagination that kids will love. With bold color and beautiful sense of design, Greg Pizzoli’s picture book debut takes this familiar childhood worry and gives us a true gem in the vein of I Want My Hat Back and Not a Box.

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Ages 3-5
Hardcover
40 pages
Author: Greg Pizzoli
Released on: 2013-05-14
ISBN: 978-1-4231-7101-0

Little, Brown and Mulholland Winners of ALA/RUSA's 2014 Reading List!

Congratulations to authors Kathleen Kent and David Morrell who have each won a ALA/RUSA’s 2014 Reading List award!

THE OUTCASTS by Kathleen Kent (9780316206129) has won in the category of Historical Fiction and MURDER AS A FINE ART by David Morrell (9780316216791) has won in the category of Mystery!

THE THICKET by Joe Lansdale (9780316188456) and THE ABOMINABLE by Dan Simmons (9780316198837) are also included on the Historical Short List!

To see a full list of the nominees please visit - http://www.ala.org.

Established in 2007 by the CODES section of RUSA, The Reading List seeks to highlight outstanding genre fiction that merit special attention by general adult readers and the librarians who work with them.

MY BASMATI BAT MITZVAH Named Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013

Paula J. Freedman's young adult novel MY BASMATI BAT MITZVAH has been named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013:

"The latest spunky heroine of South Asian–Jewish heritage to grace middle-grade fiction, Tara Feinstein, 12, charms readers from the get-go in this strong, funny debut." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Other Praise for My Basmati Bat Mitzvah "Tara’s inquisitiveness, openness, and determination to chart her own path stand out in this warm story of family, faith and the ways people are unique yet intertwined." —Publishers Weekly

"This story will have resonance for many children of many faiths at the cusp of religious adulthood." —Booklist

"As she makes her way through these challenges, she learns a great deal about friendship, family, and heritage. Freedman handles the ethnic and religious diversity of Tara’s family and friends with a light touch, but doesn’t shrink from exploring some of the complexities of a dual heritage." —School Library Journal

About the book During the fall leading up to her bat mitzvah, Tara (Hindi for “star”) Feinstein has a lot more than her Torah portion on her mind. Between Hebrew school and study sessions with the rabbi, there doesn’t seem to be enough time to hang out with her best friend Ben-O—who might also be her boyfriend—and her other best friend, Rebecca, who’s getting a little too cozy with the snotty Sheila Rosenberg. Not to mention working on her robotics project with the class clown Ryan Berger, or figuring out what to do with a priceless heirloom sari that she accidentally ruined. Amid all this drama, Tara considers how to balance her Indian and Jewish identities and what it means to have a bat mitzvah while questioning her faith. With the cross-cultural charm of Bend It Like Beckham, this delightful debut novel is a classic coming-of-age story and young romance with universal appeal.

About the author Paula J. Freedman has another career in digital media, making websites for a well-known children’s publisher, a TV network, and assorted others. She’s pretty much the same person she was in middle school, only nicer and with less acne. She lives with her husband and two parrots in New York City.

Visit Abrams Books at www.abramsbooks.com for more details.

LPG Wins Two Governor General's Literary Awards

We would like to extend congratulations to two of our Literary Press Group publishers who won Governor General's Literary Awards yesterday afternoon.

WINNER - POETRY

North End Love Songs by Katherena Vermette - 9781897289761 - $14.95 / J. Gordon Shillingford/UTP DistributionNorth End

About the Author Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared in several literary magazines and compilations, including the upcoming Manitoapow—Aboriginal Literary History of Manitoba (Highwater Press 2012). Vermette was the 2010-2011 Blogger in Residence for thewriterscollective.org and recently begun graduate work in the prestigious Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia. A member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective of Manitoba since 2004, Vermette lives, works and plays in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

WINNER - TRANSLATION

Major Verbs by Pierre Nepveu; trans. Donald Winkler - 9781550653397 - $18.00 / Vehicule Press/LitDistCo

About the Book Pierre Nepveu is unique among French Quebec poets for having forged a voice at once unadorned, sensuous, and adventurous, and this new collection is a masterwork consisting of three sequences. The first focuses on an immigrant night cleaner glimpsed on a subway; the second, a riff on a group of stones on a table; and the final sequence concerns the poet’s parents and their deaths. The book closes with a long meditative poem written in the American southwest. In the original French, this collection was nominated for a Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 2010.