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GalleyChat Roundup, Oct. 2019

Spring 2020 titles dominated last week’s GalleyChat, with a few peeks at summer titles and one coming this fall, Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi. Her first novel since her successful debut 16 years ago, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, it is scheduled for September (not yet listed on wholesaler sites).

Summaries of the chat, below, for collection development, readers advisory, and LibraryReads consideration:

EarlyWord GalleyChat, October, 2019 — downloadable spreadsheet, useful for creating ordering carts, includes comments from GalleyChatters, information on which titles are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, and LibraryReads deadlines.

Edelweiss Catalog — includes covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tues., Nov. 5th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). More details and a schedule of upcoming chats here.

Set your calendar alarms and bring a friend.

Presentations Influencing GalleyChatters

Several mentioned the following:

HarperCollins FaceBook Live — available to view now. Another live buzz session is scheduled for Friday, Oct 11.

Booklist Webinar, Brilliant Book Club Picks — now available in an archived version.

LibraryReads Reminder, December List

GalleyChatters continued the buzz for the BEA Buzz Title, Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, (PRH/Penguin). See our annotation in last month’s roundup.

If you plan to vote for it for LibraryReads, be sure to do so by Nov. 1. The pub date has been moved from Jan. 7th to Dec. 31st, changing its eligibility to the December list.

Also, when voting for LibraryReads, please consider our list of upcoming Diversity Titles.

Hot January Titles (LibraryReads nominations due 12/1/19)

Russell, Kate Elizabeth, My Dark Vanessa, (HarperCollins/Morrow, 1/28, LibraryReads nominations due 12/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley)

Described as the “mesmerizing” story of 15-year-old Vanessa’s relationship with her manipulative 42-year-old teacher. As an adult, she is asked to support accusations that her former teacher is an abuser, forcing her to look again at the relationship that she always characterized as a love story. GalleyChatters say it’s kept them thinking for months and they are looking forward to public reaction. It’s been starred by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, (Booklist has not reviewed it to date).

Napolitano, Ann, Dear Edward, (PRH/Dial, 1/14, LibraryReads nominations due 12/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley)

When Dial editor Julie Barer signed up this book, she told PW that its “story of the passengers aboard an airplane hurtling toward a tragic crash, and the coming-of-age of the flight’s sole survivor, 12-year-old Edward Adler” would be “the next literary fiction blockbuster.” GalleyChatter Jennifer Dayton began championing it back in June and many others are now on board, calling it, “gorgeously written, emotionally searing.”

Cummins, Jeanine, American Dirt, (Macmillan/Flatiron, 1/21, LibraryReads nominations due 12/1/19; DRC available from NetGalley)

One of the titles that received early buzz at Book Expo, we highlighted it last month with the following annotation:

Called “thrilling, timely, and heartbreaking” expected to be “one of the biggest titles of 2020. It starts with a gunshot and doesn’t let you go” and “an important, compassionate, amazing story of one woman’s struggle to get from Mexico to the US.” Take a look at the opinion piece Cummins published in the NYT last year. Entertainment Weekly previewed it in May as “One of 2020’s most anticipated titles, Jeanine Cummins’ sweeping novel is set to arrive with big expectations: It’s already generated raves from the likes of Don Winslow (‘a GRAPES OF WRATH for our times’) and Stephen King (‘an extraordinary piece of work’). And back in 2018, it sparked a nine-house, seven-figure auction, ultimately won by Flatiron Books. This level of hype, in other words, is pretty rare.” Further proof, a movie is in the works.

GalleyChat, Tues., Oct. 1, 2019

This edition of GalleyChat has now ended.

Watch for our summary, to be posted by end of day Tuesday, Oct. 8th.

You can also read the chat here.

Join us for the next chat on Tues, Nov. 5th,  4 to 5 pm, ET (3:30 for “pre-Chat” virtual cocktails). More details, here

YA/MG GalleyChat, Tuesday, Sept. 24th


Join us for the next YA/MG GalleyChat, on Tuesday, Sept. 24th, from 2:30-3:30, ET. #ewgcya
Set your alarms and bring a friend!

Sept. GalleyChat Roundup — #ewgc

Librarians set a GalleyChat record last week, discussing over 250 upcoming titles in the hour-long chat..

Summaries, below, for collection development, readers advisory, and LibraryReads consideration:

EarlyWord GalleyChat, September, 2019 —   downloadable spreadsheet, useful for creating ordering carts, includes comments from GalleyChatters, information on which titles are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, and LibraryReads deadlines.

Edelweiss Catalog — shows covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tues., Oct. 1, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). More details and a schedule for the upcoming year here.

Set your calendar alarms and bring a friend.

A few trends emerged last week:

— Several GalleyChatters brought up titles that got their attention during the Booklist Webinar—Romantic Reads (click link for archived version).

— Christmas comes in Sept/Oct this year, with holiday-themed titles. Below are just a few of the covers (find all of them by searching the spreadsheet under “Christmas.”)

— Ingram’s Collection Development librarians, who have a broad view of what’s about to be published, noted that several books on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are on the horizon:

— Among the many diversity titles, the following are receiving particularly strong attention. For more diversity titles, check our ongoing list of Diversity Titles for LibraryReads Consideration 

Cummins, Jeanine, American Dirt, (Macmillan/Flatiron; LibraryReads nominations due 12/1/19; DRC available from NetGalley)

Called “thrilling, timely, and heartbreaking” expected to be “one of the biggest titles of 2020. It starts with a gunshot and doesn’t let you go”  and “an important, compassionate, amazing story of one woman’s struggle to get from Mexico to the US.” Take a look at the opinion piece Cummins published in the NYT last year. Entertainment Weekly previewed it in May as “One of 2020’s most anticipated titles, Jeanine Cummins’ sweeping novel is set to arrive with big expectations: It’s already generated raves from the likes of Don Winslow (‘a GRAPES OF WRATH for our times’) and Stephen King (‘an extraordinary piece of work’). And back in 2018, it sparked a nine-house, seven-figure auction, ultimately won by Flatiron Books. This level of hype, in other words, is pretty rare.”  Further proof, a movie is in the works,

Reid, Kiley, Such A Fun Age (PRH/Penguin, 12/31/19; LibraryReads nominations due 11/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss & NetGalley)

Called “A fascinating debut about privilege, class and race and how uncomfortable & sticky it can be to try and ‘do the right thing,'” about “a young black babysitter (who) gets caught up in a moment when she’s stopped by a security guard at a grocery store while taking care of her white charge. Electrifying and layered, timely and discussible. Great for book clubs.” It was a BEA 2019 Buzz Title

Tsao, Tiffany, The Majesties(S&S/Atria, 1/21/20; LibraryReads nominations due 12/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss & NetGalley)

Described as  “like CRAZY RICH ASIANS but sinister.”

August GalleyChat Roundup

Librarians discussed over 200 upcoming titles during last week’s GalleyChat. Summaries, below, for collection development, readers advisory, and LibraryReads consideration:

EarlyWord-GalleyChat-August-2019 —  downloadable spreadsheet, useful for creating ordering carts, includes comments from GalleyChatters, information on which titles are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, and LibraryReads deadlines.

Edelweiss Catalog — shows covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tues., Sept. 10th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). More details and a schedule for the upcoming year here.

Set your calendar alarms and bring a friend.

July GalleyChat Roundup

Librarians discussed 175 upcoming titles during last week’s GalleyChat. Summaries, below, for collection development, readers advisory, and for spotting titles to nominate for LibraryReads:

July 2019 GalleyChat Summary —  downloadable spreadsheet, useful for creating ordering carts, includes comments from GalleyChatters, information on which titles are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley (for you Galley Stalkers out there, with this list, we have begun to note recently posted DRCs for heavily anticipated titles),  and LibraryReads deadlines.

Edelweiss Catalog — shows covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tues., August 6th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). More details here.

Set your calendar alarms and bring a friend.

YA/MG GalleyChat, Thursday, June 27th

The June YA/MG GalleyChat has ended (click for a. full list of the titles mentioned. To read comments on each title, search #ewgcya on and the title or author of the book).

The next chat will be August 2th, 2:30 to 3:30 ET.

GalleyChat, Tues., June 11th

The June session of GalleyChat has ended.

Librarians discussed a record number of 230 upcoming titles during last week’s GalleyChat. Summaries, below, for collection development, readers advisory, and for spotting titles to nominate for LibraryReads:

June 19 EWGC Summary — downloadable spreadsheet, useful for creating ordering carts, includes comments from GalleyChatters, information on which titles are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, LibraryReads deadlines.

Edelweiss Catalog— shows covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

The next GalleyChat will be held on Tuesday, July 9th. Set your alarms and bring a friend!

GalleyChat Roundup, May, 2019

Librarians discussed nearly 200 upcoming titles during last week’s GalleyChat. Summaries, below, for collection development, readers advisory, and for spotting titles to nominate for LibraryReads:

May GalleyChat Summary — downloadable spreadsheet, useful for creating ordering carts, includes comments from GalleyChatters, information on which titles are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, LibraryReads deadlines.

Edelweiss Catalog — shows covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tues., June 11th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). More details here.

Set your calendar alarms and bring a friend.

GalleyChatters were beating the drum the the debut novel, The Dearly Beloved by Cara Walls, (S&S, 8/13/19; DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley).

Since the chat,Publishers Weekly reported on the growing inhouse excitement.

 

Several heavily stalked DRC’s have been posted since the last chat:

   

Morgenstern, Erin, The Starless Sea, (PRH/Doubleday, 11/ 5/19; DRC on Edelweiss)

Slaughter, Karin, The Last Widow:, (HarperCollins/Morrow, 7/31/19; DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley)

Doiron, Paul, Almost Midnight: (Macmillan/Minotaur; 7/2/19; DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley)

Hilderbrand, Elin, Summer of ’69, (Hachette, 6/18/19; DRC on NetGalley)

 

YA/MG April GalleyChat


The April YA/MG GalleyChat has ended (read it here).

Join us for the next one, Thursday, May 23rd from 2:30-3:30, ET. #ewgcya

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GalleyChat Roundup, April, 2019

Librarians discussed over 185 upcoming titles during last week’s GalleyChat. The summaries, below, are useful for collection development and readers advisory:

EWGC, April 2019— downloadable spreadsheet, useful for creating ordering carts, includes comments from GalleyChatters, information on which titles are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, LibraryReads deadlines, as well as other notes.

Edelweiss catalog — shows covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tues., May 7, 4:00-5:00 ET (virtual cocktails at 3:30). More details here. Set your calendar alarms and bring a friend.

GalleyChat Roundup, March, 2019

Librarians discussed nearly 200 upcoming titles during last week’s GalleyChat:

— EWGC. March — downloadable spreadsheet, with information on which are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, notes from the tweets and LibraryReads deadlines.

Edelweiss catalog — with covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

Join us for the next GalleyChat, Tues., April  2nd, 4:00-5:00 ET. More details here.

Don’t forget to set a reminder and to bring a friend!

GalleyChat Summary, Feb. 2019

Last week’s GalleyChat brought news of many upcoming titles that have captured librarians’ interest.

Click below to view the titles discussed:

Feb.-19-EWGC — downloadable spreadsheet, with info. on which are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, notes from the tweets and LibraryReads deadlines.

Edelweiss catalog — with covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

Several diversity titles received particularly strong recommendations as potential LibraryReads nominations (for more, check our list of Upcoming Diversity Titles):

Kim, Angie, Miracle Creek, (Macmillan/Sarah Crichton, 4/16/19; LibraryReads nominations due 3/1/19; DRCs available from Edelweiss & NetGalley)

As we’ve noted before, this title has been getting positive response from librarians on GalleyChat ever since August. Called a “page-turner that addresses a wide range of issues but still manages to be nuanced” and “a courtroom drama in which each chapter reveals something new about the characters and changes my mind about who did it,” it is also a Crime Reads Most Anticipated title, described as, “Angie Kim’s masterpiece of grief, hope, and recrimination, [it[ takes place in the small town of Miracle Creek, wherein an oxygen tank said to cure everything from autism to male infertility goes from a refuge to an inferno after an arsonist seals the fate of those seeking treatment inside. A complex novel of parenting, prejudice, and putting blame where blame’s due, this one is not to be missed.” The author was on the LibraryReads Debut Author panel at MidWinter.

Kwok, Jean, Searching for Sylvie Lee, (HarperCollins/Morrow. 6/4/19; LibraryReads nominations due 5/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss & NetGalley)

By the author of the GalleyChat favorites, Girl in Translation and Mambo in Chinatown, thus new title is described as a “Family saga, [with family] secrets…completely heartbreaking and moving.” and “about three women, two sisters and their mother, in one Chinese immigrant family. It explores what happens when the eldest daughter disappears, and a series of family secrets emerge.” Check the podcast interview with the author,

Jalaluddin, Uzma, Ayesha At Last, (PRH/Penguin Berkley, 6/4/19; LibraryReads nominations due 5/1/19; DRC available from NetGalley)

At least one GalleyChatter claims this Jane Austen remix “may already be my favorite romance this year …It’s a rare thing for an adaptation to wholly stand on its own, and Jalaluddin pulls it off flawlessly.” It is on BookRiot’s list of 2019 Releases by Muslim Authors, “This is a modern-day Pride and Prejudice  featuring two South Asian Muslim protagonists! Ayesha has had to set aside her dreams of being a poet for the practical job of teaching, which she hates. She doesn’t want the kind of arranged marriage that her cousin Hafsah is juggling proposals for. But when she meets Khalid, a conservative, traditional guy, she’s irritated by how much she is drawn to him. An engagement between Hafsah and Khalid takes both Ayesha and Khalid by surprise and has them wrestling with what exactly they want, and how they feel about each other.”

Hoang, Helen. The Bride Test, (PRH/Penguin Berkley. 5/7/19; LibraryReads nominations due 4/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley)

The new title by the author of the LibraryReads 2018 Favorite of Favorites, The Kiss Quotient  was recently released and is getting enthusiastic response, “Those wondering if The Bride Test will be as good as The Kiss Quotient will be pleased. The feel of it and the sexual dynamic is a little different because the autistic character is male this time, but I loved both hero & heroine” and “Esme is a heroine beyond that of a typical romance novel. Make sure you read the author’s note before you put this book down!”

Whitehead, Colson, The Nickel Boys(PRH/Random House/Doubleday, 7/16/19; LibraryReads nominations due 6/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley)

It’s no surprise that many are curious how this title holds up to the multi-award-winning The Underground Railroad. According to GalleyChatters, it’s a winner, “Growing up in Jim Crow Florida, Elwood valiantly strives to put the ideals of the Civil Rights movement into practice. Powerful and heartbreaking …it doesn’t have the fantastic element of The Underground Railroad but it’s very hard hitting.”

Talusan, Grace, The Body Papers, (S&S/Restless, 4/2/19; LibraryReads nominations due 3/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss)

Considered a memoir with a “bonafide Filipino-American POV…honest and brave.” It’s on Electric Lit’s list of 48 Books By Women and Nonbinary Authors of Color to Read in 2019, “a memoir about abuse, immigration, cancer, and mental health. Celeste Ng says that ‘Grace Talusan writes eloquently about the most unsayable things: the deep gravitational pull of family, the complexity of navigating identity as an immigrant, and the ways we move forward even as we carry our traumas with us.

Dennis-Benn, Nicole, Patsy, (Norton/Liveright. 6/4/19; LibraryReads nominations due 5/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley)

Strong interest, based on the author’s previous title, Here Comes the Sun. In addition to the recently released DRC, Norton Library Mktg, will be doing an ARC giveaway in their newsletter, subscribe here,

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia, Gods of Jade and Shadow, (PRH/Random House/Del Rey, 8/6/19 LibraryReads nominations due 7/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley)

DRC appeared shortly after it was mentioned on GalleyChat. Publisher Summary, “The Mayan God of Death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore, for readers of The Song Of Achilles and Uprooted.”

Join us for the next chat, Tues., March 5th, 4:00-5:00 ET. More details here.

Don’t forget to set a reminder and to bring a friend!

GalleyChat as Ordering Tool

We’ve long touted GalleyChat as a great way for librarians to prioritize their TBR lists. During last week’s chat, we learned that it’s also useful for anticipating public demand. As one librarian put it, “Honestly, just buy everything recommended here. These people read!” Another added, ” …librarians who don’t have time for a lot of acquisitions work could just go straight down the #ewgc list & not go wrong.”

Keep that in mind as you review the summaries of the titles discussed duing last week’s chat, in two versions:

EarlyWord GalleyChat, Jan. 2019— downloadable spreadsheet, with info. on which are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, notes from the tweets and LibraryReads deadlines

Edelweiss catalog — Same titles as above, but with covers and full publisher marketing information

Check your holds on the following soon to be released titles, one a debut and the other a second novel, a potential breakout. Heed comparisons to The Woman in the Window (which, by the way, was also touted early on GalleyChat),

 

Michaelides, Alex, The Silent Patient, (Macmillan/Celadon Books; 2/5/19), DRC Edelweiss, NetGalley

A debut that has had GalleyChatters buzzing for months, comparing it to The Woman In The Window. The author was just featured as a “hot-tipped” authors for 2019 by Ithe UK’s Observer. UPDATE: More librarians have chimed in. The Silent Patient is the favorite title on the LibraryReads list for February.

Ward, Annie, Beautiful Bad, (Harlequin/Park Row, 3/18/19) DRC Edelweiss, NetGalley

Holds are  “going crazy” in some areas for this title, also with The Woman In The Window comparisons.
You may not be familiar with the author, whose first book, The Making of June, appeared 17 years ago. As Publishers Weekly notes in its inspiring story about how the second novel cam to be, the first “fared as many debut novels do: good reviews, few sales.” On the other hand, the new book sparked a heated bidding war, which then continued to Hollywood. Film rights were acquired in Sept, The author will be featured at ALA in Seattle, United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, Sunday, January 27, 2–4 p.m.

Join us for the next GalleyChat on Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). Details here.

Diversity on Most Anticipated
Book Lists

Now that we’re firmly into the new year, Janus has turned his head from favorite books of 2018 to the most anticipated of 2019, featuring over 150 titles by authors of color and/or LBGTQ+ authors, allowing us to update our spreadsheet of Diversity Titles for LibraryReads Consideration with new discoveries and quotes from the lists (thanks to Neal Wyatt for her comprehensive tracking of the lists in her column, LJ‘s BookPulse. All are now linked on our blogroll)..

Many of the authors are well-known, having won awards for their previous books, but several debuts receive multiple shoutouts:

Kim, Angie, Miracle Creek, (Macmillan/Sarah Crichton Books, 4/16/19; DRC available from Edelweiss & NetGalley)

This debut, previously titled Miracle Submarine, has been getting positive response from librarians on GalleyChat ever since August (“…it’s so great.A courtroom drama where each chapter reveals something new about the characters and changes my mind about who did it!”). The author is set to appear at ALA MidWinter on the LibraryReads Debut Author panel (UPDATE: The debut panel does not require registration, as we reported earlier). Crime Reads Most Anticipated describes the novel as, “Angie Kim’s masterpiece of grief, hope, and recrimination takes place in the small town of Miracle Creek, wherein an oxygen tank said to cure everything from autism to male infertility goes from a refuge to an inferno after an arsonist seals the fate of those seeking treatment inside. A complex novel of parenting, prejudice, and putting blame where blame’s due, this one is not to be missed.”

Serpell, Namwali, The Old Drift, (PRH/Random House/Hogarth 3/26/19; DRC available from NetGalley)

On several Most Anticipated lists, including Bustle, “This epic debut novel from Zambian author Namwali Serpell tells the story of a three families over three generations. It begins in 1904, a few miles from Victoria Falls, in a small colonial settlement called The Old Drift. But one mistake sets off a major rift between a black family, a brown family, and a white family that ripples across the next century.” The author will appear, along iwth Angie Kim (above) at ALA MidWinter on the LibraryReads Debut Author panel (unfortunately, for those who haven’t signed up already, registration closed this week).

Washington, Bryan, Lot, (PRH/Penguin Riverhead Books, 3/19/19; DRC available from Edelweiss, NetGalley)

Entertainment Weekly Most Anticipated, “This eagerly awaited short-story collection, excerpted in The New Yorker to much fanfare, depicts its author’s hometown of Houston with empathy, tragedy, and exceptional specificity.”  HuffPost, “Washington’s debut collection, set in his hometown of Houston, has been preceded by a cacophony of buzz. The stories revolve around a boy coming to grips with his own identity — and sexuality — but they depict his whole world, his complicated family, the neighborhoods they live in and what makes these communities hold together or break apart

Benz, Chanelle,The Gone Dead, (HarperCollins/Ecco, 6/25/19; DRC available from Edelweiss)

Appearances on several Most Anticipated lists caught GalleyChatter’s eyes. Crime Reads says, “Chanelle Benz’s 2017 story collection, The Man
Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead,
was one of fiction’s most arresting and promising in some time, and now Benz is back with her first, eagerly awaited novel, The Gone Dead. The story centers on Billie James, a woman who returns to the family homestead in Mississippi after a long absence to find a troubling legacy, namely the whispers about her father’s death, and how she disappeared the same day. The Gone Dead promises all the moral and social complexity of Benz’s shorter works, thick with atmospherics and a deep, shuddering sense of humanity.” The LA Times includes Benz in their list of “11 Authors To Watch In 2019.”

 

Vuong, Ocean, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, (PRH/Penguin Press, 6/4; DRC available from Edelweiss, NetGalley)

On several Most Anticipated lists, including Entertainment Weekly‘s,  “The poet stirred up enormous interest for his debut novel, a lyrical tracing of refugee life that confronts themes of masculinity and sexuality. Will it live up to the hype?”

Ramos, Joanne, The Farm (PRH/Random House, 5/7/19; DRC available from Edelweiss, NetGalley)

On several Most Anticipated lists, including Oprah.com, “Equal parts feminist dystopia and immigrant story, Ramos’s debut novel couldn’t be more relevant or timely.”