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Books club picks you'll find your way back to time and again.

The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich The Orphan Sky by Ella Leya Pieces of My Mother by Melissa Cistaro

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Four Anchors


You’re ready for something that’s deeper than the Mariana Trench. You need a book that will bring tears to your eyes and encourage conversation that will carry on long into the night.

Three Anchors


Batten down the hatches. This book will make you smile one moment and then pull your heartstrings all the way down to Davy Jones Locker. Get ready for some fun book club talks that also touch on serious social issues.

Two Anchors


Ahoy mateys! This book will put the wind in your sails and lead you on a gently rolling adventure that will leave you and your friends on the edge of your seats.

One Anchor


Hang on to your buoys! This fun, fearless, flirty book will leave you and your friends laughing as you talk about your favorite scenes and characters.


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Harlan Cohen The Naked RoommateHarlan Cohen

The Naked Roommate

Harlan Cohen is a nationally syndicated advice columnist (Help Me, Halan!) and author of the bestselling book, The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College (Sourcebooks) and Campus Life Exposed: Advice from the Inside (Petersons). He is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III, an occasional contributor to the Chicago Tribune, and has written a monthly column for the Classroom Edition of The Wall Street Journal. His expert advice expert has been featuresd in Psychology Today, The New York Times, Seventeen magazine, and Details magazine. When not writing his column, Harlan speaks across the country, consults regarding young adult issues, appears on radio and TV, writes and performs music from his new album, Fortunate Accidents, and expands his award-winning Web sites. He is also the founder of Rejection Awareness Week (R.A.W.) and the president of the International Rejection/Risk-Taking Project.

Harlan lives in Chicago, IL with his wife, daughter, son, and dog.

What does independent really mean? For us, it means a passion for books and a dedication to the belief that books change lives. It means innovative publishing, where every book is personal and every author’s voice has a place. And it means not being afraid to say “I don’t know” and forging a new path when we have to.

We are a group of passionate, energetic and enthusiastic book lovers, and we are committed to helping readers experience each book.

Thank you for being a part of our story.

So much has changed since we started this journey twenty+ years ago in a spare bedroom—the industry, the technology, the world. And at Sourcebooks, things are no different. The conversations we get to have now are different from those we had even just five short years ago. We’ve launched new imprints to great success and built the careers of authors whose voices have a vital place in today’s community.

But what hasn’t changed for us is our passion for books and our dedication to the belief that books change lives. So while our current list may be different than those first few books, you can bet that our mission hasn’t and won’t change one bit. If anything we find ourselves even more committed to that conviction than ever before.

So take a fresh look at Sourcebooks. The Sourcebooks you thought you knew has grown up a bit —we just might surprise you.


Then: A small press with a passion for poetry and one groundbreaking title Now: The home of more than a dozen New York Times bestsellers, including poetry and children’s titles, and scores of national and regional bestsellers
Then: A little indie house based somewhere other than New York Now: The largest woman-owned trade book publisher in North America
Then: The place for innovative mixed-media titles like We Interrupt This Broadcast and And The Crowd Goes Wild Now: Still publishing innovative mixed-media titles – now in thrilling new digital formats - as well as bestselling titles in historical fiction, college guides, study aids, baby names, parenting, romance, business, and children’s books!
Then: The house that Michael Malone built Now: The publishing home of Michael Malone’s newest work and Nikki Giovanni, Georgette Heyer, Alan Cheuse, Frank Deford, Tim Sandlin, Edward Fiske, Gregory Lang, Bill Kurtis, Kristi Yamaguchi, Len Berman, Laura Duksta, Marianne Richmond, Francesca Simon, Marty Stuart, and so many more…
Then: A small team with a spitfire of a publisher Now: An entire building of spitfires—and our publisher hasn’t changed one bit
Then: Fiercely independent, innovative, and groundbreaking Now: Fiercely independent, innovative, groundbreaking, and optimistic

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Annie Berger

Editor, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Sourcebooks Fire


What I'm looking for:

I’m looking for picture books with strong hooks and fun vibrant characters. On the middle-grade side I really enjoy boy narratives with humor, I’m a big fantasy fan, I absolutely love weird, zany, off-the-wall plots, mysteries, I am a sucker for contemporary, heartfelt realistic narratives, and I won’t say no to light horror. I have also always loved school-based friendship stories. On the teen side I also enjoy boy narratives, I am a big fan of thrillers/mysteries, I LOVE magical realism, and respond very well to romance, light fantasy, and gritty realistic stories.

Right now, please don't send me:

Novels in verse, books where the main character is suffering from a terminal illness, and rhyming picture books. I am open to most genres though!

How I got into books:
When I was in college I had a horrible phone interview for a summer job. One of the questions the interviewer asked was what I would do if I had an entire week to myself. I immediately said I would read all the books in my ‘to read’ pile. And the interviewer told me I should go into publishing. I thought that was a bold statement until I started thinking about it. After deciding that was indeed what I should be doing; I attended the Columbia Publishing Course, interned, and finally got an editorial assistant position at Simon & Schuster.

Just a few of the books and authors I’ve acquired and edited in the past five years:
At Your Service, Map to the Stars, and Wanderlost by Jen Malone; Breaking the Ice and Exit Stage Left by Gail Nail; The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt, The Tiara on the Terrace by Kristen Kittscher, the Confidentially Yours series by Jo Whittemore, and the upcoming The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla, One Amazing Elephant by Linda Oatman High, and Roll by Darcy Miller. As well as many Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books!

Some favorite books and authors I didn't publish:
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, Gone series by Michael Grant, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series by Maryrose Wood, Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt, Wither series by Lauren DeStefano, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan; Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, and Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli…to name just a few!

One of the more important things an editor does for an author is...
Editors are the author’s champions in-house. They are the author’s liaison between all the different departments, and they are going to be the one always in the author’s corner.

I love my job because...
Well, I love books! But more than that I love working with an author on shaping their story so that it is the best version it can be. I also so enjoy seeing the transformation from word document to real-life book!

I keep my reading pile...
Everywhere! There’s a stack of books on my nightstand and books I want to read mixed in my shelves. I read most of my submission on my iPad though, and that is pretty organized!

I follow reading, writing, and publishing news at:
PW Daily, Publishers Lunch, Shelf Awareness, Twitter (@EditorALB)

Agents can contact me at:
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We're pleased to share that the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books reviewed Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly and Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp for their January 2018 print issue. 

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books on Shadow Weaver: The theme of friendship is handled deftly here… A gripping finale reveals the truth about the “cure” for magic, and readers will eagerly anticipate learning more in a promised sequel.”

9781492649953Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018

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Fans of Serafina and the Black Cloak and The Night Gardener will devour Shadow Weaver, the first in a dark middle-grade fantasy duology that’s filled with shadows, danger, magic, and has the feel of a new classic.

Emmeline’s gift of controlling shadows has isolated her from the rest of the world, but she’s grown to be content, hidden away in her mansion with Dar, her own shadow, as her only company.

Disaster strikes when a noble family visits their home and offers to take Emmeline away and cure her of magic. Desperate not to lose her shadows, she turns to Dar who proposes a deal: Dar will change the noble’s mind, if Emmeline will help her become flesh as she once was. Emmeline agrees but the next morning the man in charge is in a coma and all that the witness saw was a long shadow with no one nearby to cast it. Scared to face punishment, Emmeline and Dar run away.

With the noble’s guards on her trail, Emmeline's only hope of clearing her name is to escape capture and perform the ritual that will set Dar free. But Emmeline’s not sure she can trust Dar anymore, and it’s hard to keep secrets from someone who can never leave your side.


The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books reveiws Before I Let Go: “With a chilling air of suspense and a dash of supernatural all wrapped up in the dreary and bitter cold of an Alaskan setting, this offers an emotional and twisted mystery. Nijkamp plays with time and format as she beautifully weaves narrative, letters, diary entries and phone calls into a single account. This title is great for readers with a taste for atmospheric mystery and who can appreciate the harrowing chill of an Alaskan winter.”

Before I Let GoBefore I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp 

Sourcebooks Fire

Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018

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From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller This Is Where It Ends comes another unforgettable story of loss, hope, betrayal, and the quest for truth.

 Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return.

Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated—and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town's lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she's a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets—chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter...


Edward B. Fiske

Fiske's Guide to Colleges 2011

Edward B. Fiske served for 17 years as education editor of the New York Times, where he realized that college-bound students and their families needed better information on which to base their educational choices. He is also the author of the Fiske Guide to Getting into the Right College. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Breaking the Code

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