Like our recent deluge of snow, library collections see their own kind of deluge with the new year: the onslaught of 2019 titles. Our librarians have been so caught up in wading through the heaping piles of new titles we missed our previous two months of Sweet Anticipation, a fault we hope readers will forgive us. Just in time for the spring melt (fingers crossed), here are some of the top titles we’re looking forward to in March:
--If you’re looking to turn up the thermometer in terms of action, there is a healthy crop of thrillers appearing in March. James Patterson thrilled readers last summer with The President Is Missing; this time, it is the First Lady who has disappeared, and the appearance of a ransom note and one of the lady’s fingers suggests she’s not taking a weekend to unwind at Camp David. The standalone thriller will hit shelves midmonth. Debut author Samantha Downing’s My Lovely Wife features a couple seeking to spice up their fifteen-year marriage by adding a little murder to the mix. Her publisher is marketing it as Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Greg Iles returns to the Mississippi milieu of his bestselling Natchez Burning trilogy with another hefty but rewarding crime novel, Cemetery Road. A proposed Chinese paper mill promises to revive Bienville, but rumors of murder, corruption and long-held secrets should please Iles’ legions of fans and maybe win him some more too.
--What’s the only thing better than getting your hands on a new book by a favorite author? Seeing your favorite author talk about their newest book in person! The Wisconsin Book Festival welcomes three authors of March’s new releases to Central Library in the coming months. Acclaimed author Mitchell Jackson tackles issues of race, class and disenfranchisement in Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family, his first work of nonfiction. Jackson will share his insights at Central Library March 8. Era of Ignition is activist, director and actor Amber Tamblyn’s first foray into essays. Focusing on her experiences in activism in politics, the #MeToo Movement, and feminism over the past few years, Tamblyn will discuss her book at Central Library March 13. G. Willow Wilson won legions of fans with her novel Alif the Unseen and Ms. Marvel comic book series; her latest, The Bird King, ventures into the world of the Spanish Inquisition in an epic fantasy adventure. Look to join Wilson at Central Library April 9. All WBF events are free and open to the public.
Click on through to the full list of titles. Happy reading!