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May YA/MG GalleyChat Roundup

Click here, to read the full chat.

A catalog of the titles discussed is here.

Join us for the next chat, Monday, June 22 at 2:30 ET

GalleyChat Roundup, May 2020

Last week’s GalleyChat seemed as lively as ever, even though many chatters complain of finding it difficult to concentrate on reading these days. Several say they find that romances, particularly rom-coms, offer a particularly welcome relief from constant blaring headlines. In what may be a similar phenomenon, at the end of WWII, the historical romance Forever Amber, became a runaway hit in the US, notes the BBC in a recent story.

On the other hand, the current news brings attention to things we may never have considered before. GalleyChatter Robin Beerbower found herself absorbed by a nonfiction title, The Secret Life of Groceries by Benjamin Lorr, (PRH/Avery, Oct. 2020).

To read all the tweets search Twitter with the hashtag, #ewgc. To focus on a specific title, use the hashtag and the title or author’s name.

Below are roundups of the May, 2020 chat, in two versions:

EarlyWord GalleyChat, May 2020 — downloadable spreadsheet includes comments from GalleyChatters, and LibraryReads deadlines (if you are voting for LibraryReads, also check our list of  Diversity Titles, Upcoming, LibraryReads Consideration). NOTE: to save time in creating this wrap up, we have not included information on which titles are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley.

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

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tuesday, June 2nd, 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.

The Week’s Book Buzzes

Even though 2020 is a year with no Book Expo, no ALA Annual, there are plenty of opportunities to hear from your favorite library marketing reps.

For your weekend viewing, a roundup of this week’s buzzes:

“Mac from Home” (Macmillan Library Marketing)

5/1 — Talia (and her adorable dog, with the equally adorable name Kugel) on The Book Collectors. Separately, Amanda on the “wild ride of mystery, murder, magic, and mayhem,” Tamsyn Muir’s Harrow The Ninth.

Click here for all five “Mac Lib From Home” episodes

“Bite-Size Book Buzz” (Library Marketing reps from various houses)

4/28 — This week’s reps are from Harlequin, Soho, & Workman

Earlier episodes here

“Door to Door” (HarperCollins)

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, LibraryLoveFest talks with authors of upcoming books. On Fridays, they host an Instagram takeover with an author. This week’s guests:

4/30 — Historical Fiction with authors Beatriz Williams and Stephen P. Kiernan

4/28 — LLF Welcomes bestselling authors Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Sarah MacLean

5/1 — Instagram takeover with poet jessica Care moore, author of We Want Our Bodies Back

Earlier episodes here

4/30 — LibraryLoveFest Podcast features Meghan Deans, Senior Marketing Director of Ecco Books, who describes the imprint which is dedicated to finding literary gems and looks at several forthcoming titles. Earlier episodes here.

“Morning Book Buzz” (Penguin Random House)

EPISODE #5, April 29, 2020BOT rep Jennifer Rubins welcomes new faces to this episode including librarian and PRH marketing rep, Miriam Tulaio who reveals that she finds short stories perfect for this short-attention-span time. The group goes on to discus their favorite upcoming Beach Reads, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Normal People Read-alikes and Jen comments on audiobook versions. Click to access a spreadsheet with ISBN information, and the slide deck.

Earlier episodes here.

April YA/MG GalleyChat

Click here, to read the full chat.

A catalog of the titles discussed is here.

Join us for the next chat, Friday, May 22 at 2:30 ET

Latest Pub Date Changes, Diversity and GalleyChat Titles

UPDATE: New changes in pub dates since the 4/20 list, are here New-date-changes-as-of-4/23/20

Since publication schedules are changing rapidly, we checked GalleyChat titles, as well as those on our list of Upcoming Diversity Titles, for those with new LibraryReads voting deadlines.

Among the many changes is ALA MidWinter opening speaker Wes Moore’s upcoming title, Five Days, moved from April to August, extending its eligibility for LibraryReads voting through July 1 (votes already entered will still be counted).

Our list of all the changes we could identify, based on Edelweiss information is here, EarlyWord GC/Diversity-Date-Changes-4.20

More titles for LibraryReads consideration are listed on our roundups of the most recent GalleyChat, available as a downloadable spreadsheet, EarlyWord-GalleyChat-April-2020 and an Edelweiss Catalog. The deadline to vote for June titles, is next Friday. Please give consideration to our list of Upcoming Diversity Titles

GalleyChat Roundup, April 2020

The tenth anniversary session of GalleyChat was celebrated with a record number of attendees last week, discussing a record number of titles.

Circumstances were quite different than ten years ago, with everyone working from home, many sympathizing about how difficult it is to concentrate, and therefore savoring the opportunity to reconnect with reading buddies.

For those in need of encouraging books, Robin Beerbower offered her list of over 50 “Uplit” titles to do the trick. Quick RA test, which Stephen King title did she include?

Our Library Marketing contributors received kudos for their new work-from-home initiatives:

Bite-Size Book Buzz– from Our Homes to Yours” every Tuesday morning at 10 am, ET. featuring several of your favorite library marketers in each episode and hosted by Annie Mazes from Workman. An added bonus, you get a peek into their home offices. No fair, those of you who set up lovely virtual backgrounds. Also check out Annie’s cleverly titled new Instagram videos, “Work(msn) from Home“.

HarperCollins Library Marketing has begun “Door to Door” sessions on Facebook Live every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 pm, ET. Replays of the sessions are available on YouTube, including last week’s with Elizabeth Wetmore, author of the GalleyChat favorite, Valentine. For more HarperCollins resources, check their recent post, “Digital Resources Librarians and Educators Can Access From Home“.

Macmillan Library Marketing, “Mac from Home” — Talia and team’s “new fun-sized buzz series from our homes to yours!”

PRH Library has started Wednesday morning buzzes at 11 am ET, More information and archived episodes are here, Also check their recent post, “Digital Resources For Libraries“.

Golda at @WWNortonLibrary started an Instagram account.

For the full range of resources offered specifically for libraries from a wide range of publishers, check our contact list, Library Marketing — Adult.

Below are roundups of the April, 2020 chat, in two versions:

EarlyWord GalleyChat, April 2020 — 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 (if you are voting for LibraryReads, also check our list of  Diversity Titles, Upcoming, LibraryReads Consideration).

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

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tuesday, May 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.

Publishing Date Shifts, More Time for LibraryReads Nominations

Publishing schedules are being blown apart as publishers continue to grapple with changes brought on by the pandemic. As an indicator, one of the titles recently announced on the April LibraryReads list will now be published in July:

Downing, Samantha, He Started It, (PRH/Berkley, 7/28/2020; DRCs on Edelweiss and NetGalley)

The title will stay on the list, says LibraryReads Executive Director, Rebecca Vnuk. For the May list, LibraryReads is working with publishers and will accodomate date changes reported by April 13.

To get a sense of the scope of changes, we reviewed the LJ Spring Preview: Big Titles, on Edelweiss, for titles scheduled to be released between April 1 and June 30. Of the 676 titles, 106 now show as moving into upcoming seasons. To avoid the fall pile-up some titles have even been put off until the beginning of the new year. Bill Gates’s How to Avoid a Climate Disaster (PRH/Random House Knopf) is one of those, moved from June to February, a grim reminder that once we “get through this” other disasters may be developing.

Libraries on fiscal year budgets will face a juggling act, as many titles have been moved to dates after July 1. Our list of changed dates is here, LJ Spring Preview Pub Date Changes As of 4.2, but this is only a snapshot. Many more titles are likely to be changed in the next week.

Several titles from GalleyChats and our list of Upcoming Diversity Titles have moved forward, giving additional time to vote for them for LibraryReads (don’t worry, if you have already voted for a title that has been moved, that vote still counts). The compiled list is here, GalleyChat.Diversity-Titles

GalleyChat Roundup, March 2020

 

We’re celebrating the tenth anniversary of  GalleyChat first announced at PLA 2010 in Portland. Some of you may remember these buttons:

Many of the people who joined in the first year (the “OG GalleyChatters”) are still with us. Looking back, I’m amused at how nervous I was about the first chat, held in April 2010, afraid that I’d only hear crickets. Instead there were dozens of tweets and the chorus has grown ever since. It has an effect. We hear from publishers that e-galley downloads spike with each chat and that you provide valuable information to help get books into reader;s hands. Thanks to all of you for giving attention to deserving forthcoming books and for teaching us how to make someone want to read a book in just a few characters.

Below are roundups of the March, 2020 chat, in two versions:

EarlyWord GalleyChat, March 2020— 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 (if you are voting for LibraryReads, also check our list of  Diversity Titles, Upcoming, LibraryReads Consideration), plus five titles that were mentioned but are not listed on Edelweiss.

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

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tuesday, April 7th, 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.

GalleyChat Roundup, Feb. 2020

Among the nearly 250 upcoming titles discussed during the February GalleyChat, two are by authors who will be featured at the PLA Audiobook dinner on Februrary 27th.

 

Larson, Erik, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz, (PRH/Crown, 2/25/20)
As of this writing, egalleys are still available for this title, which has been hot on GalleyChat for several months. Hurry up, though, the pub date is just ten days away.

Guillory, Jasmine, Party of Two, (PRH/Berkley paperback original, 6/23/20)
Strong interest, but no e-galleys yet, so if you nab a print copy at PLA, you will be the envy of the group.

Below are roundups of the chat, in two versions:

EarlyWord GalleyChat, FEB, 2020 — 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 (if you are voting for LibraryReads, also check our list of  Diversity Titles, Upcoming, LibraryReads Consideration).

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

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tues., March 3rd, 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.

GalleyChat Roundup, Jan. 2020

As you prepare for the long weekend ahead (or for Midwinter at the end of next week), consider downloading some of the galleys that were discussed during last week’s GalleyChat:

EarlyWord GalleyChat, JAN, 2020 — 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.

Many of the authors discussed will appear at MidWinter, including Elizabeth Wetmore, author of a debut that has been hot with GalleyChatters, Valentine.  These events are free, but tickets are required, so be sure to sign up here.

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tues., Feb. 4th , 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.

GalleyChat Roundup, Dec. 2019

GalleyChatters gazed into their crystal balls to forecast which titles will be hot this coming spring and summer during this month’s chat.

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

EarlyWord GalleyChat, DEC, 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., Jan. 7th, 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.

Heating up for March (LibraryReads Nominations Due Feb. 1)

Russell, Kate Elizabeth, My Dark Vanessa, (HarperCollins/Morrow, 3/10), DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley

Still hot after months of discussion (see the chat roundups from November and October), this title was originally announced as a January release. The move to March has further whetted GalleyChatters’ anticipation, as they look forward to discussing it with readers. Cari Dubiel notes, “this was a tough one to get through, but so intense and absorbing. A story of destructive love, obsession, and power plays between a woman and the much older teacher she falls for in high school.”

Jemisin, N. K. The City We Became, (Hachette/Orbit, 3/24), DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley

The DRC for this heavily-anticipted title became available just before the chat, causing GalleyChatters to immdediately place it on top of teetering TBR piles. The first in a new sereis by the author who made history by winning three consecutive Best Novel Hugo Awards, it’s been starred by all four prepub reviewers.

Wrobel, Stephanie, Darling Rose Gold,  (PRH/Penguin Berkley, 3/17); DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley

With echoes of the sad story of Munchausen by Proxy victim, Gypsy Rose Blanchard, portrayed in the series The Act on Hulu and the HBO documentary “Mommy Dead and Dearest,” GalleyChatters foumd this novel creepy but riveting. Vicki Nesting, notes that it’s “One of two books coming out this spring that seem to be ‘inspired’ by the true story of Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard. The other is Grace Is Gone. by Emily Elgar, (HarperCollins/Harper Paperback original, 1/20/20).

Serle, Rebecca, In Five Years, (S&S/Atria, 3/3/20); DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley

The publisher calls this  “perfect for fans of ME BEFORE YOU and ONE DAY” and several GalleyChatters agree. Andrienne Cruz describes the story, “[main character] Dannie has everything – a promising career and her boyfriend is about to propose, so it was kind of discomfitting to find herself transported 5 years down the road with another man. Is it a dream or an epiphany?”  Tracy Babiasz says she “very much enjoyed this. It’s like just a bit of magical realism so naturally integrated that you forget some things she writes about aren’t possible.”

Swanson, Peter, Eight Perfect Murders (HarperCollins/ Morrow, 3/3/2020); DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley

Cari Dubiel attests that GalleyChat favorite, “Peter Swanson never disappoints me, and I loved EIGHT PERFECT MURDERS. A love letter to the crime fiction genre, a tribute to all those writers who paved the way for us, plus the requisite chills and characters with questionable morals.” It’s compared to books by another GalleyChat favorite, author Anthony Horowitz, who chimed in, “I’m reading it and enjoying it right now.”

Librarians Pick #libfaves19

Thanks to all the library workers who joined this year’s RA extravaganza by voting for their top ten favorite titles of 2019, using the hashtag #libfaves19. We now have the full list of 775 titles, thanks to coordinator Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library (CA), and those who compiled each day’s votes:

#libfaves19 titles

While it’s interesting to see which titles got the most votes, our favorite approach to the list is to read the individual tweets by searching Twitter using the hashtag. Many are models of selling a book in just a few words. Reading just a few will increase your own RA skills and will also expand your reading. As Gregg Winsor, Johnson County Library (KS),  tweeted, “It’s also useful to see what genres AREN’T making your own #libfaves19 lists, and resolve to read those genres in 2020.”

Reading the tweets, you’ll also be struck by how much fun everyone seemed to be having. Corodinator Andrienne Cruz notes you can experience this year around by nominating titles for LibraryReads: https://libraryreads.org/for-library-staff/
and also by joining EarlyWord’s monthly GalleyChats.

GalleyChat Roundup, Nov. 2019

More than 200 upcoming titles were discussed during last week’s GalleyChat,

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

EarlyWord GalleyChat, Nov, 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., Dec. 3rd, 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.

HOT Title Pub Date changed from Jan to March

Russell, Kate Elizabeth, My Dark Vanessa, (HarperCollins/Morrow, 3/10), LibraryReads nominations due 12/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley

Those looking forward to the public’s response to this thought-provoking debut, will have to wait a couple more months. HarperCollins Library Marketing noted that the pub. date has been moved from January to March.

The book, which now has nearly 100 “Much Loves” on Edelweiss, has been heavily discussed on GalleyChat since June.

The comments from this month’s chat capture readers’ responses:

Janet Lockhart, “An unflinching portrayal of a young girl navigating the aftermath of a devastating relationship. Brilliant and unforgettable.”

Robin B, “Intense, disturbing, and compelling. I smell a blockbuster”

RedheadFangirl, “had to read this after the buzz! – really compelling #metoo story but unexpected how she believes this was a love story & not the victim.”

Virginia Stanley, HarperCollins Library Marketing, “I know how you feel! It calls everything into question for the main character. She has to believe it was love. This book just wrung it out of me.”

Susan Balla, “Not sure how I feel about MY DARK VANESSA. Everyone disturbed me. I gave it 5 stars because it is a great book, but I felt like a traitor to my sex at times.”

And Kaite Stover summed up what is evident from the GalleyChat discussion, “Get your bookclubs ready to talk, (alot!} about MY DARK VANESSA @GinnyMcCoo.”

Heating up for February (LibraryReads Nominations Due Jan. 1)

[See the October GalleyChat Roundup for titles releasing in January. There’s still time tonominate them.]

Sosa, Mia, The Worst Best Man, (HarperCollins/Avon Trade pbk, 2/4), LibraryReads nominations due 1/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGall

Sosa has published several romances, featuring strong Afro-Latinx women. This one marks the author’s move up from mass market to trade pbk.  GalleyChatters say they “love her hilarious romances,’ and “enemies-to-lovers” story  line.

Montimore, Margarita, Oona Out Of Order, (Macmillan/Flatiron; 2/25). LibraryReads nominations due 1/1/20; DRC available from NetGalley

Technically a debut (her earlier novel was self-published), this title has an intriguing premise. One New Years Eve, a 19-year-old woman finds herself turning 51 at the stroke of midnight. Every New Years thereafter, she skips to yet another age. GalleyChatters call it, “a quantum leap type story, but Oona hops from young woman in 1982 through her own life, showing up at different ages and having to put life pieces together. Full of love of music and thoughts on aging.”

Fowler, Therese Anne, A Good Neighborhood, (Macmillan/St. Martins, 2/4), LibraryReads nominations due 1/1/20; DRC available from NetGalley

GalleyChatters say “everyone is talking about” this story of “how a tree can tear apart an established neighborhood full of caring residents” and that it” will make you rethink what’s important.”

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.

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.”