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Friday, August 17, 2018

Patrick Stewart Returning to Star Trek

Written by Jon Williams

In an age of reboots and revivals, it takes a piece of seriously big news to command the attention of the pop culture landscape. That’s exactly what happened recently when first rumors started to swirl and then actual confirmation happened that Patrick Stewart would return to the role of Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series being developed. The series will explore the further adventures and later life of the beloved man who once commanded the bridge of the iconic starship Enterprise.

Although he had already been acting for many years, many people, especially in the United States, had their first exposure to Stewart when Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted in 1987. That show breathed new life into a popular franchise that, nevertheless, had been off television for nearly twenty years. It worked; the show ran for seven seasons and then, like the original series before it, spawned several big-screen adventures, with Stewart continuing to lead the cast from the show. All in all, he ended up portraying Jean-Luc Picard for fifteen years. It’s been sixteen years since the last time, in the 2002 movie Star Trek: Nemesis, and fans are eager to see what has become of the intrepid captain in the meantime—just as Stewart is himself, calling the opportunity to return “…an unexpected but delightful surprise.” Although he was initially skeptical of performing in a sci-fi television show, he eventually came to appreciate the reach the show had and the impact it had on fans’ lives.

Seeming to confirm his initial skepticism, though, for a time the popularity of Star Trek: The Next Generation hindered him from landing other roles, as filmmakers felt that having “Captain Picard” show up in their project would distract the audience. Stewart finally got around this by jumping into a similar part in another sci-fi franchise. In 2000’s X-Men, he portrayed for the first time Professor Charles Xavier, who runs a school to teach youngsters with freakish abilities (called “mutants”) how to control and use them responsibly. As with Star Trek, the role lingered, with Stewart playing Professor Xavier in a total of seven movies, most recently (and for the final time) in 2017’s critically acclaimed Logan.

Despite the typecasting, Stewart’s talent has won out, allowing him to carve out quite a nice and well-rounded acting career for himself. Prior to Star Trek he had roles in such films as Hennessy, his 1975 film debut, Excalibur, and Dune. He showed off his comedic side as King Richard in the 1993 spoof Robin Hood: Men in Tights, just before his Star Trek role jumped to the big screen in Generations. On television, he has brought a number of literary and theatrical classics to life, including I, Claudius, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Hamlet, and Macbeth, to name just a few. And with his deep, distinctive voice, it’s no surprise that he’s also done quite a bit of voice acting. He recently had a memorable role in The Emoji Movie, and has also lent his voice to such favorites as The Prince of Egypt, Chicken Little, and Gnomeo & Juliet. He maintains a recurring role on the long-running animated series American Dad!, and his association with creator Seth MacFarlane led to him serving as the narrator for both Ted and Ted 2. He also narrated the Tim Burton classic The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Patrick Stewart is an actor whose performances are always incredible, and the news that he’s returning to Star Trek is sure to put his work in the spotlight as never before. Make sure you have The Next Generation shows and movies on your shelves for patrons to discover or relive, and SmartBrowse his name on our website to see a full list of what we have to offer from his impressive career. And for more Star Trek, be sure to pre-order the first season of Discovery, available in November, before the second season premieres in early 2019.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Hot This Week: August 13

The remake of the 1987 comedy Overboard leads three new movies for the week. There are four new albums on the music chart, led by the latest from Kenny Chesney, while Drake remains at #1. The President Is Missing returns to the top of the fiction chart, joined by a new novel from Catherine Coulter, while non-fiction sees additions from Greg Gutfeld and Dinesh D'Souza.

Movies
  1. Overboard (Blu-ray)
  2. Rampage (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Ready Player One (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Super Troopers 2 (Blu-ray)
  5. I Feel Pretty (Blu-ray)
  6. A Quiet Place (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Blockers (Blu-ray)
  8. Truth or Dare (Blu-ray)
  9. Tully (Blu-ray)
  10. Dark Crimes (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Drake, Scorpion
  2. Kenny Chesney, Songs for the Saints
  3. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  4.  XXXTENTACION, ?
  5. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Soundtrack
  6. Halestorm, Vicious
  7. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  8. Daughtry, Cage to Rattle
  9. Cody Jinks, Lifers
  10. Luke Combs, This One's for You
Fiction 

  1. The President Is Missing, James Patterson and Bill Clinton
  2. Paradox, Catherine Coulter
  3. The Outsider, Stephen King
  4. The Other Woman, Daniel Silva
  5. Cottage by the Sea, Debbie Macomber
  6. Star Wars: Thrawn - Alliances, Timothy Zahn
  7. Clock Dance, Anne Tyler
  8. The Perfect Couple, Elin Hilderbrand
  9. All We Ever Wanted, Emily Giffin
  10. Spymaster, Brad Thor
Non-Fiction 
  1. The Russia Hoax, Gregg Jarrett
  2. Liars, Leakers, and Liberals, Jeanine Pirro
  3. Educated, Tara Westover
  4. Indianapolis, Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
  5. Calypso, David Sedaris
  6. The Gutfeld Monologues, Greg Gutfeld
  7. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  8. Death of a Nation, Dinesh D'Souza
  9. How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan
  10. The Soul of America, Jon Meacham

Monday, August 6, 2018

Hot This Week: August 6

The blockbuster hit adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel Ready Player One leads three new entries on this week's movie listing. The soundtrack to the Mamma Mia! sequel is the only newcomer on the music chart, while Drake holds onto the top spot for yet another week. Popular sci-fi author Timothy Zahn's latest contribution to the Star Wars universe wins the week in fiction, while a new exploration of the big political news story debuts in non-fiction.

Movies
  1. Ready Player One (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Rampage (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Super Troopers 2 (Blu-ray)
  4. I Feel Pretty (Blu-ray)
  5. A Quiet Place (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Blockers (Blu-ray)
  7. Truth or Dare (Blu-ray)
  8. Traffik (Blu-ray)
  9. Isle of Dogs (Blu-ray)
  10. Tomb Raider (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Drake, Scorpion
  2. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  3. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Soundtrack
  4. XXXTENTACION, ?
  5. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  6. Taylor Swift, Reputation
  7. Luke Combs, This One's for You
  8. Maroon 5, Red Pill Blues
  9. Imagine Dragons, Evolve
  10. Ed Sheeran, Divide
Fiction
  1. Star Wars: Thrawn - Alliances, Timothy Zahn
  2. The President Is Missing, James Patterson and Bill Clinton
  3. The Other Woman, Daniel Silva
  4. The Outsider, Stephen King
  5. Ghosted, Rosie Walsh
  6. Cottage by the Sea, Debbie Macomber
  7. The Perfect Couple, Elin Hilderbrand
  8. Spymaster, Brad Thor
  9. Clock Dance, Anne Tyler
  10. All We Ever Wanted, Emily Giffin
Non-Fiction 
  1. The Russia Hoax, Gregg Jarrett
  2. Liars, Leakers, and Liberals, Jeanine Pirro
  3. Educated, Tara Westover
  4. Calypso, David Sedaris
  5. Indianapolis, Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
  6. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  7. How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan
  8. The Soul of America, Jon Meacham
  9. The Plot to Destroy Democracy, Malcolm Nance
  10. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Friday, August 3, 2018

R.L. Stine Continues to Frighten

Written  by Jon Williams

The calendar may have just flipped over to August, but as far as we’re concerned, it’s never too early to start thinking about Halloween. You can look forward to plenty of Halloween media ideas from us between now and October, and what better way to kick it off than with a master of the creepy tale, a man whose work has been the basis for countless pleasant shivers in the dead of night? After an early career writing humor aimed at kids, R.L. Stine eventually came to the conclusion that he’d rather frighten them. His first kids’ horror novel, Blind Date, was published in 1986, and the rest is history. According to his website, he’s written well over 300 books in the intervening 32 years, including a number of wildly popular series.

By far his most well-known series is Goosebumps. Begun in 1992 with Welcome to Dead House, the classic series ran through 1997 and comprised a total of 62 books. Goosebumps has taken on a life of its own with a number of spinoff and companion series, some of which continue to this day. One of those is called SlappyWorld, featuring Slappy, a ventriloquist’s dummy come to life with scary stories of his own to tell. Slappy made his first appearance very early on, in 1993’s Night of the Living Dummy, and became a primary antagonist in the 1995 follow-up. From there he took on a life of his own, so to speak, appearing in several HorrorLand books (yet another Goosebumps-adjacent series) before spawning his own series in 2017’s Slappy Birthday to You. There are currently five books in the series, with Escape from Shudder Mansion just releasing late in July, and more to come.

Of course, popular as it was and still is, Goosebumps was not Stine’s first book series. That honor goes to Fear Street, which started in 1989 with The New Girl. Recent titles in this series include Party Games and Don’t Stay Up Late. Also released in late July, You May Now Kill the Bride is the first book in a new Return to Fear Street series. And Fear Street fans can look forward to renewed interest in the series, with Fox recently announcing plans for three theatrical films to be based on stories from the books.

And although Stine has made his name in the world of publishing, he is certainly no stranger to the screen. As his writing career was gaining traction in the early 1990s, he helped create and wrote for the children’s TV series Eureeka’s Castle. Shortly thereafter, Goosebumps was turned into an anthology TV series that ran for four seasons. In 2007, the movie The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It was made, loosely adapted from a book of Stine’s short stories, and that too was spun off into a successful anthology series, winning a number of Daytime Emmys among other awards. And in 2015, Goosebumps became a feature film starring Jack Black as R.L. Stine himself. A sequel, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, is due in theaters in October.

R.L. Stine has been giving young readers the creeps for more than thirty years now, and in so doing, has inspired generations of kids to develop a love of reading that has carried them into adulthood (and adults who grew up reading him as kids should check out Red Rain, his grown-up horror novel written in tribute to longtime fans). As his popularity expands with each new book and movie, continue to share his work with eager young readers and listeners. You can search his name on our website for all his works we carry in audiobook and Playaway, and point your patrons to hoopla, where they can find a wide selection of his books in both audio and eBook.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Hot This Week: July 30

Hot new movies are big this week as July prepares to fade into August, with four new titles on our list, including the top two. Music sees a reshuffling of last week's albums, while, in fiction, Daniel Silva pushes the Clinton-Patterson combo from the peak while a new novel from Debbie Macomber debuts as well. In non-fiction, a new pair of political explorations bookend the list.

Movies
  1. Rampage (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. I Feel Pretty (Blu-ray)
  3. A Quiet Place (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Blockers (Blu-ray)
  5. Truth or Dare (Blu-ray)
  6. Traffik (Blu-ray)
  7. Tomb Raider (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Tyler Perry's Acrimony (Blu-ray)
  9. Escape Plan 2: Hades (Blu-ray)
  10. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Drake, Scorpion
  2. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  3. XXXTENTACION, ?
  4. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  5. Maroon 5, Red Pill Blues
  6. Luke Combs, This One's for You
  7. The Carters, Everything Is Love
  8. Panic! At the Disco, Pray for the Wicked
  9. Taylor Swift, Reputation
  10. Imagine Dragons, Evolve
Fiction
  1. The Other Woman, Daniel Silva
  2. The President Is Missing, James Patterson and Bill Clinton
  3. Cottage by the Sea, Debbie Macomber
  4. The Outsider, Stephen King
  5. The Perfect Couple, Elin Hilderbrand
  6. All We Ever Wanted, Emily Giffin
  7. Spymaster, Brad Thor
  8. Clock Dance, Anne Tyler
  9. The Good Fight, Danielle Steel
  10. When Life Gives You Lululemons, Lauren Weisberger
Non-Fiction 
  1. Liars, Leakers, and Liberals, Jeanine Pirro
  2. Educated, Tara Westover
  3. Calypso, David Sedaris
  4. The Soul of America, Jon Meacham
  5. Indianapolis, Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
  6. How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan
  7. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  8. The Plot to Destroy Democracy, Malcolm Nance
  9. Fascism: A Warning, Madeleine Albright
  10. From Cold War to Hot Peace, Michael McFall

Monday, July 23, 2018

Hot This Week: July 23

A new week of summer brings plenty of new hot titles to the list. The critically acclaimed horror movie A Quiet Place leads three new titles onto the movie list. Drake's Scorpion continues its dominance by taking over our music chart. In fiction, new novels by Danielle Steel and Anne Tyler can't quite overtake the juggernaut that is James Patterson, while two new books make the list in non-fiction.

Movies
  1. A Quiet Place (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Blockers (Blu-ray)
  3. Tomb Raider (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Escape Plan 2: Hades (Blu-ray)
  5. Tyler Perry's Acrimony (Blu-ray)
  6. Pacific Rim Uprising (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Future World (Blu-ray)
  8. Sherlock Gnomes (Blu-ray)
  9. Game Night (Blu-ray)
  10. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Drake, Scorpion
  2. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  3. XXXTENTACION, ?
  4. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  5. The Carters, Everything Is Love
  6. Panic! At the Disco, Pray for the Wicked
  7. Maroon 5, Red Pill Blues
  8. Luke Combs, This One's for You
  9. Taylor Swift, Reputation
  10. Post Malone, Stoney
Fiction
  1. The President Is Missing, James Patterson and Bill Clinton
  2. The Good Fight, Danielle Steel
  3. Clock Dance, Anne Tyler
  4. The Outsider, Stephen King
  5. All We Ever Wanted, Emily Giffin
  6. The Perfect Couple, Elin Hilderbrand
  7. The Summer Wives, Beatriz Williams
  8. Spymaster, Brad Thor
  9. When Life Gives You Lululemons, Lauren Weisberger
  10. There There, Tommy Orange
Non-Fiction 
  1. Calypso, David Sedaris
  2. Educated, Tara Westover
  3. The Soul of America, Jon Meacham
  4. How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan
  5. Indianapolis, Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
  6. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  7. The Plot to Destroy Democracy, Malcolm Nance
  8. Barracoon, Zora Neale Hurston
  9. I'll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara
  10. Trump's America, Newt Gingrich

Friday, July 20, 2018

Comic-Con Heavy on TV

Written by Jon Williams

Comic-Con International kicked off yesterday in San Diego. Beginning in 1970 and initially focused primarily on comic books, SDCC has evolved into a preeminent pop-culture showcase extravaganza that goes far beyond just comics (although they are still a large part of the show) and into the realms of movies and TV. Here is a quick look at some of the television titles, both beloved favorites and soon-to-be breakthroughs, that will be holding panels and releasing news as the convention progresses through Sunday.

A natural outgrowth of comics is into animation, a format that is often associated with children’s entertainment. A number of animated children’s television shows will be at Comic-Con. One of those is Adventure Time, the beloved cartoon whose tenth and final season is all set to wrap up, with just the series finale remaining. Lego’s animation has become quite a force in entertainment, and Lego Ninjago will be represented at Comic-Con as well. Fans will also be able to hear about the upcoming seventh season of Voltron: Legendary Defender, a reboot of the classic Voltron series from the ‘80s. Another reboot comes in the form of DuckTales, the new adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie. And in a bit of surprise news, it was announced yesterday that Star Wars: The Clone Wars will return for one final 12-episode arc to complete the series.

Of course, cartoons aren’t just for kids anymore, and animated entertainment for grown-ups is very much on Comic-Con’s agenda. The Simpsons is the longest-running sitcom in American history, animated or otherwise, and at Comic-Con will be looking ahead to its 30th season. In addition, creator Matt Groening (who also created Futurama) will be presenting his new series, Disenchantment. Similarly long-running Seth MacFarlane staples Family Guy (going into its 17th season) and American Dad (13th season) will be represented, as will Bob’s Burgers (9th season) and Archer (10th season).

Horror television is a genre that has seen quite a bit of growth lately, and that will be reflected in big panels for both The Walking Dead, which will undergo some big changes in its upcoming ninth season, and Fear the Walking Dead, which returns for the second half of its fourth season on August 12. Carrying on the zombie theme is Z Nation, soon to return for its fifth season. From the mind of Stephen King comes the second season of Mr. Mercedes, based on his book trilogy, as well as Castle Rock, a new series not directly from King’s writings but set in and around a town that features prominently in many of his works. Also making the leap from the page to the screen are The Passage, from Justin Cronin’s vampire trilogy, and Nightflyers, based on a novella from Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin.

Then there’s sci-fi and fantasy TV, which has perhaps the largest presence at this year’s convention. The granddaddy of them all is Doctor Who, which will have a huge panel in preparation for its eleventh season and first female Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker. Fans can also look forward to panels on Star Trek: Discovery, the latest series in that massive universe, as well as the Trek-inspired homage from Seth MacFarlane, The Orville. Legion and The Gifted both tie into the X-Men universe, while Preacher is adapted from the Vertigo comics series. A Charmed reboot is coming this fall, and fans of witches can also look forward to A Discovery of Witches, adapted from Deborah Harkness’s novels. Finally, The Magicians, a series based on Lev Grossman’s novels, recently wrapped its third season and will return next year for a fourth.

And there are also plenty of shows that don’t easily fit into any of these categories. Riverdale makes perfect sense for Comic-Con, as it is based on classic Archie Comics characters. Breaking Bad’s panel will celebrate ten years since the show premiered, and the spinoff/prequel, Better Call Saul, will be there as well to focus on the upcoming fourth season. The surreal life-after-death comedy The Good Place will look ahead to its third season, while the historical drama Vikings prepares for its midseason premiere. And the trend of reboot continues with a new iteration of Magnum P.I. coming in September.

That’s a lot of TV—and that’s just a small portion of all the movie, comic, and other pop-culture media properties that will be exhibiting at Comic-Con International in San Diego this year. What are you and your patrons looking forward to hearing about? Let us know, and stay in touch with Midwest Tape for all the latest news as these shows and more make their way onto DVD and Blu-ray.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Hot This Week: July 9

Two new movies make this week's list, while Lara Croft holds strong in the #1 spot for a second week. Five new CDs on the chart are led by a new album from Panic! At the Disco. Emily Giffin's new novel makes its debut at #2 in fiction, while David Sedaris returns to the top in non-fiction.

Movies
  1. Tomb Raider (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Tyler Perry's Acrimony (Blu-ray)
  3. Pacific Rim Uprising (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Escape Plan 2: Hades (Blu-ray)
  5. Death Wish (Blu-ray)
  6. I Can Only Imagine (Blu-ray)
  7. Game Night (Blu-ray)
  8. Sherlock Gnomes (Blu-ray)
  9. Black Panther (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. A Wrinkle in Time (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Panic! At the Disco, Pray for the Wicked
  2. XXXTENTACION, ?
  3. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  4. The Carters, Everything Is Love
  5. Dan + Shay, Dan + Shay
  6. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  7. 5 Seconds of Summer, Youngblood
  8. Nine Inch Nails, Bad Witch
  9. Bebe Rexha, Expectations
  10. Luke Combs, This One's for You
Fiction
  1. The President Is Missing, James Patterson and Bill Clinton
  2. All We Ever Wanted, Emily Giffin
  3. The Outsider, Stephen King
  4. The Perfect Couple, Elin Hilderbrand
  5. Shelter in Place, Nora Roberts
  6. Tom Clancy's Line of Sight, Mike Maden
  7. The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Ruth Ware
  8. There There, Tommy Orange
  9. When Life Gives You Lululemons, Lauren Weisberger
  10. Something in the Water, Catherine Steadman
Non-Fiction 
  1. Calypso, David Sedaris
  2. The Soul of America, Jon Meacham
  3. How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan
  4. Educated, Tara Westover
  5. Trump's America, Newt Gingrich
  6. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  7. Yes We (Still) Can, Dan Pfeiffer
  8. Barracoon, Zora Neale Hurston
  9. The Sun Does Shine, Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin
  10. Lincoln's Last Trial, Dan Abrams and David Fisher

Monday, July 2, 2018

Hot This Week: July 2

We move into July with two big new movies atop the movie list. Appropriately, 5 Seconds of Summer leap to the top of the music chart, while rapper XXXTENTACION's untimely passing spurs a surge for his recent album. Elin Hilderbrand can't quite beat out James Patterson and Bill Clinton for the top fiction spot, but her new novel does nudge Stephen King to #3. And in non-fiction, a pair of political books from opposite ends of the spectrum bookend the week's list.

Have a wonderful holiday week!

Movies
  1. Tomb Raider (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Pacific Rim Uprising (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. I Can Only Imagine (Blu-ray)
  4. Sherlock Gnomes (Blu-ray)
  5. Death Wish (Blu-ray)
  6. Game Night (Blu-ray)
  7. Black Panther (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. A Wrinkle in Time (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. The Strangers: Prey at Night (Blu-ray)
  10. Red Sparrow (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. 5 Seconds of Summer, Youngblood
  2. XXXTENTACION, ?
  3. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  4. Christina Aguilera, Liberation
  5. Jason Aldean, Rearview Town
  6. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  7. Jay Rock, Redemption
  8. Mike Shinoda, Post Traumatic
  9. Luke Combs, This One's for You
  10. Maroon 5, Red Pill Blues
Fiction
  1. The President Is Missing, James Patterson and Bill Clinton
  2. The Perfect Couple, Elin Hilderbrand
  3. The Outsider, Stephen King
  4. Tom Clancy's Line of Sight, Mike Maden
  5. Shelter in Place, Nora Roberts
  6. The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Ruth Ware
  7. When Life Gives You Lululemons, Lauren Weisberger
  8. There There, Tommy Orange
  9. The Fallen, David Baldacci
  10. Something in the Water, Catherine Steadman
Non-Fiction 
  1. Yes We (Still) Can, Dan Pfeiffer
  2. Calypso, David Sedaris
  3. The Soul of America, Jon Meacham
  4. How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan
  5. Trump's America, Newt Gingrich
  6. Educated, Tara Westover
  7. Lincoln's Last Trial, Dan Abrams and David Fisher
  8. The Sun Does Shine, Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin
  9. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  10. Born Trump, Emily Jane Fox

Monday, June 25, 2018

Hot This Week: June 25

Three new movies this week are led by I Can Only Imagine, the story behind MercyMe's hit song. In music, the Dave Matthews Band's first new release in six years tops the week's chart. The President Is Missing and The Outsider hold strong in the top two fiction spots, with Mike Maden's new installation in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Jr. series debuting at #3, while non-fiction sees just some minor reshuffling.

Movies
  1. I Can Only Imagine (Blu-ray)
  2. Death Wish (Blu-ray)
  3. Sherlock Gnomes (Blu-ray)
  4. A Wrinkle in Time (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Game Night (Blu-ray)
  6. The Strangers: Prey at Night (Blu-ray)
  7. Black Panther (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Red Sparrow (Blu-ray | 4K)
  9. The Hurricane Heist (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Annihilation (Blu-ray)
CD
  1. Dave Matthews Band, Come Tomorrow
  2. Dierks Bentley, The Mountain
  3. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  4. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  5. Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes
  6. Sugarland, Bigger
  7. Luke Combs, This One's for You
  8. Maroon 5, Red Pill Blues
  9. Post Malone, Stoney
  10. Dance Gavin Dance, Artificial Selection
Fiction
  1. The President Is Missing, James Patterson and Bill Clinton
  2. The Outsider, Stephen King
  3. Tom Clancy's Line of Sight, Mike Maden
  4. The Pharaoh Key, Dougles Preston and Lincoln Child
  5. Shelter in Place, Nora Roberts
  6. The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Ruth Ware
  7. The Fallen, David Baldacci
  8. The Gray Ghost, Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell
  9. When Life Gives You Lululemons, Lauren Weisberger
  10. There There, Tommy Orange
Non-Fiction 
  1. Calypso, David Sedaris
  2. The Soul of America, Jon Meacham
  3. Trump's America, Newt Gingrich
  4. The Sun Does Shine, Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin
  5. The Restless Wave, John McCain and Mark Salter
  6. How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan
  7. Lincoln's Last Trial, Dan Abrams and David Fisher
  8. Three Days in Moscow, Bret Baier and Catherine Whitney
  9. The World as It Is, Ben Rhodes
  10. A Higher Loyalty, James Comey

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Come See Us at ALA in New Orleans

Written by Jon Williams

The ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition is on the horizon, taking place in New Orleans June 21-26. We’ve made our travel plans, and we’re looking forward to connecting with our many library partners. So come see us! We’ll be at Booth #2852. You can get all the latest information on Midwest Tape, hoopla digital, and Dreamscape Media, including enhancements to our patented SoundSafe™ audiobook cases, our customized processing services, updates to our website, and more!

We’ll have a few special guests making appearances at our booth as well. Stop by and have a book signed!

Andrea Beaty is an acclaimed children’s author with a number of books to her name. Her recent books Ada Twist, Scientist; Rosie Revere, Engineer; and Iggy Peck, Architect are all perfect for STEAM programming, and are available in both audiobook and read-along video format from Dreamscape Media. She’ll be at our booth on Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Shea Fontana has written for the animated children’s TV show Doc McStuffins and the movie Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York, among many others. One other project she’s been involved with is DC Super Hero Girls, and her upcoming outing is the graphic novel Search for Atlantis, featuring the Teen Titans! You’ll find her at our booth on Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Emma Wunsch made her debut in 2016 with the hit young adult novel The Movie Version. Now she’s getting ready to release The Princess and the Absolutely Not a Princess, the first in her Miranda and Maude chapter book series about two unlikely friends! Stop by to meet her at our booth on Saturday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Jonathan Auxier won two prestigious Canadian children’s literary awards for his first novel, The Night Gardner. He has published two books and won more awards since then, and his new book, Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster, will be out this fall. He will be at our booth on Saturday from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Dates and times for these author appearances are subject to change, so be sure to stop by our booth ahead of time to make sure they still hold and find out about all the other fun and informative things we have going on. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Hot This Week: June 18

This is a big week for new titles. The remake of the 1974 action classic Death Wish leads four new titles on the list, which also include the blockbuster adaptation of the beloved sci-fi novel A Wrinkle in Time. The week's biggest addition is in fiction, where bestselling author James Patterson teams up with former president Bill Clinton for a fascinating new novel. Four new non-fiction titles include a look at the current U.S. president as well as an examination of the former career for one of the most revered past presidents. The only exception is in music, where the lone debut is the new album from heavy metal band Ghost, which comes in at #2.

Movies
  1. Death Wish (Blu-ray)
  2. Game Night (Blu-ray)
  3. Black Panther (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Red Sparrow (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. The Hurricane Heist (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. A Wrinkle in Time (Blu-ray | 4K)
  7. Annihilation (Blu-ray)
  8. Gringo (Blu-ray)
  9. The 15:17 to Paris (Blu-ray)
  10. Peter Rabbit (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  2. Ghost, Prequelle
  3. Luke Combs, This One's for You
  4. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  5. Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes
  6. Jason Aldean, Rearview Town
  7. Maroon 5, Red Pill Blues
  8. J. Cole, KOD
  9. BTS, Love Yourself: Tear
  10. Post Malone, Stoney
Fiction
  1. The President Is Missing, James Patterson and Bill Clinton
  2. The Outsider, Stephen King
  3. Shelter in Place, Nora Roberts
  4. The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Ruth Ware
  5. The Fallen, David Baldacci
  6. The Gray Ghost, Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell
  7. When Life Gives You Lululemons, Lauren Weisberger
  8. Us Against You, Fredrik Backman
  9. Turbulence, Stuart Woods
  10. Something in the Water, Catherine Steadman
Non-Fiction 
  1. Calypso, David Sedaris
  2. Trump's America, Newt Gingrich
  3. The Sun Does Shine, Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin
  4. How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan
  5. The Soul of America, Jon Meacham
  6. The World as It Is, Ben Rhodes
  7. The Restless Wave, John McCain and Mark Salter
  8. Lincoln's Last Trial, Dan Abrams and David Fisher
  9. A Higher Loyalty, James Comey
  10. Barracoon, Zora Neale Hurston

Monday, June 11, 2018

Hot This Week: June 11

Three new movies this week are led by the Jennifer Lawrence thriller Red Sparrow, which falls just short of unseating Game Night at the top. Shawn Mendes takes over the #1 spot in music, joined by new releases from CHVRCHES and J Balvin. Stephen King keeps his spot on the fiction list, trailed by four new titles, and a new book of essays from David Sedaris takes over in non-fiction.

Movies
  1. Game Night (Blu-ray)
  2. Red Sparrow (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Black Panther (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Annihilation (Blu-ray)
  5. The 15:17 to Paris (Blu-ray)
  6. 12 Strong (Blu-ray)
  7. Peter Rabbit (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Den of Thieves (Blu-ray)
  9. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. The Greatest Showman (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes
  2. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  3. BTS, Love Yourself: Tear
  4. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  5. J. Cole, KOD
  6. CHVRCHES, Love Is Dead
  7. Post Malone, Stoney
  8. Black Panther: The Album
  9. Migos, Culture II
  10. J Balvin, Vibras
Fiction
  1. The Outsider, Stephen King
  2. Shelter in Place, Nora Roberts
  3. The Gray Ghost, Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell
  4. The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Ruth Ware
  5. To the Moon and Back, Karen Kingsbury
  6. The 17th Suspect, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  7. The Fallen, David Baldacci
  8. By Invitation Only, Dorothea Benton Frank
  9. The Cast, Danielle Steel
  10. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
Non-Fiction 
  1. Calypso, David Sedaris
  2. The Restless Wave, John McCain and Mark Salter
  3. A Higher Loyalty, James Comey
  4. The Soul of America, Jon Meacham
  5. How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan
  6. Barracoon, Zora Neale Hurston
  7. Facts and Fears, James R. Clapper and Trey Brown
  8. I'll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara
  9. Educated, Tara Westover
  10. Three Days in Moscow, Bret Baier and Catherine Whitney