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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 (unfortunately, for those who haven’t signed up already, registration closed this week). 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.”

Librarian Favorites, 2018

The results are in for #libfaves18.

The list is most interesting for its range, around 875 title, a testament to how widely librarians read. Browsing the titles, you are certain to make new discoveries as well as being reminded of favorites or titles you meant to read.

GalleyChat Roundup, Dec. 2018

Last week’s GalleyChat brought news of many upcoming titles librarians are loving  Click below to view the titles discussed:

EarlyWord GalleyChat, Dec — 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 and publisher marketing information

News of the appearance of several heavily-stalked DRCs brought swift downloads:

   

The Sentence Is Death, Anthony Horowitz, HarperCollins/Harper, 6/4/19 — DRC on Edelweiss

Save Me The Plums: My Gourmet Memoir, Ruth Reichl, PRH/ Random House, 4/2/19 — DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley

The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead, PRH/Doubleday. 7/16/19 — DRC on Edelweiss

Looking very far ahead, many were excited by Entertainment Weekly‘s announcement that Erin Morgenstern is publishing her first book in seven years on Nov. 5, The Starless Sea. It followis her debut best seller The Night Circus 

The ever-vigilant GalleyChatter Robin Beerbower spotted a few more DRC announcements since last week:

 

The Golden Hour, Beatriz Williams, HarperCollins/Morrow, 7/9/19 (cover not yet revealed) — DRC on Edelweiss

Cemetery Road, Greg Iles, HarperCollins/Morrow, 3/5/19 — DRC on Edelweiss

I Owe You One, Sophie Kinsella, PRH/Random House/Dial — DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley

Join us for the next GalleyChat on Tuesday, Jan. 8th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails).

YA/MG November GalleyChat, #ewgcya

The November chat has ended. You can read the chat by searching #ewgcya on Twitter.

Join us for the next chat, on Thursday, January 24th from 2:30-3:30 , 2:30 to 3:30 pm ET.

Set your alarms and bring a friend!

Long Weekend Download Alert!

As you’re getting ready for the long weekend ahead, don’t forget to load up your digital devices with DRCs.

If you’re looking for suggestions, check out the titles from our most recent GalleyChat:

NOV18 GalleyChat Titles — downloadable spreadsheet, with information on DRCs available through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, due dates for LibraryReads nominations, and most significant comments. To read the full tweets, search Twitter using #ewgc and the title of the book.

Also available in a catalog on Edelweiss — Good for browsing covers, but it does not include some of the information on the spreadsheet (eg comments and LibraryReads deadlines).

The next LibraryReads deadline is Dec. 1, for December and January titles. Please check out the titles on our continuously updated list of Diversity Titles, Upcoming, for LibraryReads Consideration.

November’s LibraryReads List is the Most Inclusive Ever

The November LibraryReads list is the most inclusive so far, with 6 of the 10 titles on the main list by authors who are African/American, Mexican/American, Asian American or Japanese. The number one title is by a Nigerian author.

Celebrating LibraryReads’ fifth anniversary, the Steering Committee has introduced several changes, including the new Hall of Fame for titles by authors who have appeared on LibraryReads twice before. This opens the main list of ten to more new authors.

Diversifying the list is only part of the job. The second, even more important step is up to you, in getting to know these books so you can recommend them to readers. To add to the LibraryReads annotations, below are the inclusive titles, with notes from GalleyChatters and on recent media attention. Most are still available as DRCs, so you can download and sample them.

The next deadline for LibraryReads is a month away, Dec. 1 (voting deadlines are now the first of the month, making them easier to remember). When considering titles, please check out our list of eligible inclusive titles.

Braithwaite, Oyinkan. My Sister, the Serial Killer, PRH/Doubleday– #1 pick — DRC available on Edelweiss and NetGalley through 11/20/2018.

Popular on GalleyChat,ever since it was first mentioned back in June.— Andrienne. “set in Lagos, Nigeria that is kind of satire and crazy, but I loved the ending.”— Joe Jones. The sister bond is really tested in this dark tale set in Nigeria. Caught me by surprise in how much I enjoyed it!”  It is  on Entertainment Weekly‘s list of 20 Books You Need to Read This Season,  “This slim, scathingly black comedy delves into two sisters’ tenuous dynamic — heightened since one of them is, erm, a serial killer. Such morbidity only sharpens the book’s comic edge, which emerges via Braithwaite’s deadpan prose. She admits, ‘It was fun to write — even though people were dying.’ ” It’s already caught the attnetion of Hollywood. Film rights were acquired, by what Deadline terms the “U.K. production dynamo” Working Title.

Carrasco, Katrina, The Best Bad Things, Macmillan/MCD– DRC available for 60 days after downloading; on Edelweiss and NetGalley

Sept GalleyChat — Joe Jones (who also wrote the LR annotation), “wow was that fun! Alma is such an amazing character in this historical mystery set in the Pacific Northwest.”  Washington Post, “The 10 books to read in November “– “Love crime fiction? Love historical fiction? Have I got a book for you! Meet Alma Rosales, a Mexican American, bisexual, cross-dressing, defrocked Pinkerton detective whose hunt for stolen opium on behalf of her boss and sometimes-lover Delphine Beaumond will keep you on the edge of your seat and maybe even wondering if you’ve lost your mind. Sexy, fun, serious and unputdownable.”

Higashino, Keigo Newcomer, Macmillan/Minotaur Books — DRC available for 60 days after downloading; on Edelweiss and NetGalley

GalleyChat, Vicki Nesting. “I recently read Keigo Higashino’s upcoming mystery NEWCOMER and loved the way it was structured so the detective solved one small mystery in each chapter, leading him to the solution to the murder. Brilliant!” — Joe Jones, “Told from multiple points of view we slowly weed out the possible suspects in a murder set in a small neighborhood in Japan.“ This is the author’s second LR pick — the first was in 2014 for Malice,. Many of the author’s novels have been made into movies and TV series in Japan.

Jemisin, N. K. How Long ’til Black Future Month?, Hachette/Orbit — Unfortunately, this one is not available as a DRC,. Scour your print galley shelves

GalleyChatters gasped at having missed this, the first collection of short stories by one of their favorite fantasy writers. Jemisin is not only the first African/American to have won the Hugo Award for Best Novel, but the first person to win the prize three years in a row. Entertainment Weekly profiling the author, writes that the books in The Broken Earth trilogy are “a prescient allegory of racial and political tensions” and are currently in development as a TNT series.

Kim, Eugenia The Kinship of Secrets, HMH; DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley

LJ Prepub Alert, Sophisticated Reads, “Told through the alternating perspectives of the distanced sisters, and inspired by a true story, The Kinship of Secrets explores the cruelty of war, the power of hope, and what it means to be a sister.” Picks up where the author’s previous title, The Calligrapher’s Daughter ended.

Suri, Tasha, Empire of Sand, Hachette/Orbit; DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley

Popular on GalleyChat — Lucy Lockley. “Fascinating desert world, complex characthers, social/cultural/religious persecution due to magical blood plus a romance!” — Publisher, “a captivating epic fantasy inspired by Mughal-Indian history. If you loved City Of Brass, Uprooted, or The Wrath & The Dawn, Empire Of Sand Is your new must-read.”

 

YA/MG October GalleyChat Titles

A full list of titles from October’s chat is available here  #ewgcya 10/23/18,

Join us for the next YA/MG GalleyChat, on Wednesday, Nov. 28th, 2:30-3:30 ET. Set your alarms and bring a friend!

October GalleyChat Roundup

Click below to view the titles discussed during the October GalleyChat:

Oct GalleyChat, titles — downloadable spreadsheet, with info. on DRCs available through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley. We’ve noted the most significant comments. To read the full tweets for each title, search Twitter using #ewgc and the title of the book. We’ve also included a column noting due dates for LibraryReads nominations. Note that the deadlines have recently changed. The next one is Dec. 1st for Dec/Jan titles. Please give special attention to the titles listed as “Diversity.” Also, please take a look at our continually updated list of Diversity Titles, Upcoming, for LibraryReads Consideration

— Edelweiss catalog —  Good for browsing covers, but does not include some of the information on the spreadsheet (eg comments and LibraryReads deadlines).

NOTE: HarperCollins Library Marketing tipped their hat early about two of their favorite summer titles during this chat, The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grimes (more on it from HarperCollins LibraryLoveFest here and from the author here) and The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz. Galleys are not available yet, but you can sign up for print and/or eGalleys here.

Attention: Psychological Suspense Fans

GalleyChat’s psych suspense maven is Robin Beerbower. She alerted us to titles like The Girl On The Train, Woman In The Window long before they developed long holds lists. An early herald of the genre that has now overcrowded, so much so that her list of 2018 titles on GoodReads Listopia is so long that she had break it into two parts, here and here.

So, of course we want to know what’s on her 2019 TBR pile. She says she can’t wait to read the following:

The Night Before, Wendy Walker, Macmillan/St. Martin’s, May 14, 2019; DRC, NetGalley — “Already hearing great things about it. It’s next my TBR psych/suspense pile, followed closely by …”

   

The Favorite Daughter, Kaira Rouda, Harlequin/Graydon House, May 22, 2019; DRC, NetGalley

The Woman Inside, E. G.Scott, PRH/Penguin Dutton, Jan 22, 2019; DRC Edelweiss, NetGalley

Beautiful Bad, Annie Ward, Harlequin/Park Row, March 18, 2019; DRC Edelweiss, NetGalley

  

My Lovely Wife, Samantha Downing, PRH/Penguin Berkley, March 26. 2019; DRC, Edelweiss

The Suspect, Fiona Barton, PRH/Penguin Berkley, Jan 22, 2019; DRC Edelweiss, NetGalley

Watching You, Lisa Jewell, S&S/Atria Books, Dec. 25, 2018 (right, this is technically a 2018 title, but it’s SO close, we’ll count it); DRC, Edelweiss,NetGalley

At our request, Robin’s begun a new GoodReads list for 2019 titles.

September GalleyChat Roundup

Many upcoming titles received first mentions during September’s GalleyChat, bringing us into the spring season. As one chatter notes:

Click below to view the titles discussed during this month’s GalleyChat:

GalleyChat titles Sept 18— downloadable spreadsheet, with info. on DRCs available through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley. Titles marked HOT have received the most enthusiasm, sometimes over the course of many chats. To read the tweets, search Twitter using #ewgc and the title of the book. We’ve also included a column noting due dates for LibraryReads nominations.

— Edelweiss catalog — good for browsing covers.

We’re pleased that the #1 title on the just-released LibraryReads list for October features  a title that GalleyChatters have been enthusiastic about for months, The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory, (PRH/Berkley), described as “An engaging and upbeat multicultural romance.” It’s still available as a DRC from NetGalley through its publication date on Oct. 30.

When choosing titles to nominate for the Nov/Dec list (due 9/20), please give special consideration to those on our list of Upcoming Diversity titles, Below are titles that have been GalleyChat favorites:

My Sister, the Serial Killer, Oyinkan Braithwaite (PRH/Random House/Doubleday; DRC, Edelweiss and NetGalley) — “The sister bond is really tested in this dark tale set in Nigeria. Caught me by surprise in how much I enjoyed it! ” Joe Jones; ” Set in Lagos, Nigeria, it is exactly what the title says but somehow it’s fun …has the same vibe as Girl Who Smiled Beads. Abrupt, matter-of-fact but sinister. Loved the ending.” Andrienne

Newcomer, Keigo Higashino,  (Macmillan/Minotaur; DRC, Edelweiss and NetGalley) — “Told from multiple points of view we slowly weed out the possible suspects in a murder set in a small neighborhood in Japan,” Joe Jones; “loved the way it was structured so the detective solved one small mystery in each chapter, leading him to the solution to the murder. Brilliant!” Vicki Nesting

Empire of Sand, Tasha Suri, (Hachette/Orbit) — “loved the setting and mythology,” Joe Jones; “Great character development and world building in a unique South-Asian flavored setting,” Vicki Nesting; “Fascinating desert world, complex characters, social/cultural/religious persecution due to magical blood plus a romance!” Lucy Lockley; “For fans of CITY OF BRASS, I recommend EMPIRE OF SAND by @tashadrinkstea – fantasy novel based on history of Mughal era in India,” Jane Jorgenson — NOTE: The comparison title, City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty was a LibraryReads pick. The sequel, The Kingdom of Copper will be published in January by Harper Voyager.

Join us for the next GalleyChat on Tues., Oct. 2, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails) and for the next YA/MG GalleyChat, Wed., Sept. 26, 2:30 to 3:30. Details on each here. Bring a friend!

August GalleyChat Roundup

Click below to view the titles discussed during this month’s GalleyChat:

EarlyWord GalleyChat Titles, Aug, 2018 — downloadable spreadsheet, with info. on DRCs available through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley as well as excerpts from some of the comments.

— Edelweiss catalog

You may want to consider some of these titles for LibraryReads nominations . The next deadline is August 20, for titles published in October. Please give special consideration to our list of Upcoming Diversity titles, The following October titles were mentioned during this month’s chat:

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves, Glory Edim, (PRH/Random House/Ballantine)

Answering the question, “When did you first see yourself in a work of literature?” these essays clearly and movingly explain the crucial role reading can play in everyone’s life. A book that grew out of a book club, it will surely spawn many other book groups and includes useful reading lists for that purpose..

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir. Nicole Chung, (Catapult, Ingram Publisher Services)

“Much Love” piling up on Edelweiss Buzz for this memoir, a debut by a Korean adoptee, with reviews repeatedly using the words “touching” and “moving.”  A GalleyChatter commented, “My book club read Little Fires Everywhere and we had such a great discussion about the adoption plot line in that book. All You Can Ever Know is a great choice for book clubs that had similar discussions.”

Heavy: An American Memoir, Kiese Laymon, (S&S’ Scribner)

GalleyChatters tweeted that it’s a “…thought provoking, personal history, reminiscent of Roxanne Gay – it’s painfully honest” and it “feels like Kiese Laymon is sitting next to you telling his story. Absorbing, powerful memoir.” The author was featured at LibraryReads 2018 ALA Annual Bookalicious Breakfast.

Family Trust: A Novel, Kathy Wang, (HarperCollins/Morrow)

The HarperCollins Buzz session, claiming that this debut set in Silicon Valley, “combines the warmth of The Nest, the humor of Crazy Rich Asians, and the dark optimism of Behold the Dreamers.” caught the interest of GalleyChatters.

Join us for the next GalleyChat on Tues., Sept. 11, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails) and don’t forget YA/MG GalleyChat, Tues., Aug. 21, 2:30 to 3:30. Details on each here. Bring a friend!

WASHINGTON BLACK on
Booker Longlist

The Man Booker longlist, released officially today (after an inadvertant leak yesterday) includes a title that was one of our suggestions for LibraryReads consideration. We hope you read it, liked it as much as we did, and voted for it. If you haven’t read it, you still have time. DRC’s are available on both Edelweiss and NetGalley.

A few of the other titles on the list are still forthcoming here (Booker eligibility is based on UK pub dates, which may be different in the US) and available as DRCs. Below is a downloadable list, with notes on each title,

Man Booker Longlist, 2018

LibraryReads, August and September

The just-released LibraryReads list for August, includes many titles that have been big on our monthly GalleyChast.

Votes for the September list are due soon, by midnight this Friday, July 20th.

As you get ready to vote, check out the September titles from our recent GalleyChats on this downloadable spreadsheet, Sept. titles, GalleChat picks. We’ve included information on which are available as DRCs as well as the most significant comments from the chats

As we note, several of the titles were discussed at the HarperCollins ALA Buzz session in New Orleans. If you missed it, attend virtually here,

Also, please consider the titles on our list of Diversity Titles for LibraryReads Consideration.

July GalleyChat Roundup

Click below to view all the titles discussed during the July GalleyChat:

JULY 18 GALLEYCHAT TITLES — downloadable spreadsheet, with info. on DRCs available through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley

— Edelweiss catalog

Join us for the next GalleyChat on Tues., August 7, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails) and don’t forget YA/MG GalleyChat, this coming Monday, July 17, 2:30 to 3:30. Details on each here. Bring a friend!

Fourth of July, Time to Read Diversely

Thanks to all of you who made Fruit of the Drunken Tree, by Ingrid Rojas Contreras, (PRH/Random House/Doubleday) a LibraryReads pick. This debut about two young Colombian girls, close friends from very different backgrounds, shows how political upheaval dramatically changes lives. The characters of the two girls are so clearly defined that you continue to wonder how thier lives evolved long after finishing the book.

We love when the list brings us such discvoeries. Please do it again. For this Fourth of July holiday, check our recently updated list of upcomg Diversity Titles for LibraryReads Consideration. download the DRC’s for those that interest you (the Notes section gives background on each title), read them and vote for your favorites.

   

From the September list (votes due by July 20) we recommend Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black, (PRH/Knopf), about a young Barbados slave named ironically for the first US president. A sympathetic while man discovers that Wash has talents useful to him in scientific studies and brings him to the Arctic. Ghanian-Canadian author Edugyan, the first Black woman to win Canada’s Scotiabank Giller Prize, describes the Arctic cold so vividly that you may find yourself shivering.

If the heat makes you want to reach for something on the ligher side, try GalleyChat favorite, The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory, (PRH/Berkley; the author was featured in NPR’s recent story, “Beach Reads by Authors of Color.” This is an October title) or Ian Smith’s twisty Harvard-set mystery, The Ancient Nine. (Macmillan/St. Martin’s).

We look forward to your discoveries.