Archive for December, 2017

Lisa Von Drasek Picks Best Kids Books 2017

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Self-confessed childrens books “big mouth,” Lisa Von Drasek, Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections.at the U. of Minn., and former EW Kids Correspondent, appeared recently on Minnesota Public Radio to discuss the best kids books of 2017. She is joined by St. Paul indie bookseller, Holly Weinkauf from the Red Balloon Bookshop. It’s worth a listen just for the infectious joy in their voices, not to mention the books they’ll make you want to pick up immediately. Lisa notes that they “discussed fifty-five books in less than an hour and didn’t even get to every one that we brought with us.” For the complete list go to No Kidding: The Best Kids’ Books to Give This Holiday Season.

They highlight cookbooks, giving special praise to Pizza, from Phaidon’s Cook in Book series, interactive titles that allow kids to virtually create recipes from scratch.

Lisa is blogging at the Blue Ox Review, the site she recently founded to “review books, give a heads up on upcoming titles that I am excited about, link to interesting news and events, and show off cool stuff from my collection. Of course, there will be an occasional rant.”

On the site, she is doing her annual “Books to give kids you don’t know very well,” (archive here) to help booksellers and librarians navigate the “maddening game” of recommending the exactly perfect gift for kids customers may see only once a year:

Best Books 2017: Read Alouds

Lets Get Started- For twos, threes, and fours

 

Lainey Mays Joins HarperCollins Library Marketing Team

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

During the HarperCollins Library LoveFest FaceBook Live presentation last week, Virginia Stanley and Chris Connelly welcomed Lainey Mays, the team’s new Library Marketing Assistant.

Lainey proves she will fit in well, managing to talk passionately about favorite titles while wearing odd headgear in what appears to be a tiki hut.

She replaces Amanda Rountree, now working in Macmillan’s Special Markets department.

Some of you may be experiencing name déjà vu, remembering another former HC Library Marketing member, Annie Mazes, who is now head of Library Marketing at Workman.

Meet Lainey below, as the entire team talks about favorite recently published and upcoming titles:

If you are going to ALA MidWinter in February, you can meet her in the booth in person, or during the HC Buzz session.

Updated contact information for the team below (also updated on our Publisher Contacts directory, link at right).

HarperCollins Publishers
195 Broadway
New York, NY 10007

Librarians Page: Library Love Fest blog

Book Club Suggestions: Harper Library Book Club

Community Wide Reads: HarperReads

Library Newsletter: Library News

Virginia Stanley
Director of Library Marketing
Tel: 212-207-7592
Virginia.Stanley@harpercollins.com

Lainey Mays
Library Marketing Assistant
(212) 207-6938
lainey.mays@harpercollins.com

Chris Connolly
Library Marketing Associate
(212) 207-7238
christopher.connolly@harpercollins.com

YA/MG GalleyChat, Tues. Dec. 19

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Join us for the next YA/MG GalleyChat on Wed., Jan. 17, 3 to 4 pm, ET (2:30 for virtual cocktails). #ewgcya

List of titles discussed here (use it to discover e-galleys to download).

Below is a Storify version of the chat. If it does not load, or you prefer reading it in story form, link here.

#libfaves17 Is a Wrap!

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Librarians have been celebrating the end of a remarkable publishing year with their own year-end roundup of favorites, tweeting a title a day using the hashtag #libfaves17.

An astounding 750 titles were tweeted, with a total vote count of 1,625, 14.1% higher than #libfaves16. Link the full list here.

Thanks to GalleyChatters Robin Beerbower, Stephanie Chase and Linda Johns who began this project six years ago.

Thanks also to the those who helped with the vote counting,
P.J. Gardiner, Marlise Schiltz, Jane Jorgenson, Joe Jones. Vicki Nesting, Lucy Lockley, Jenna Friebel, Gregg Winsor, Susan Balla and Andrienne Cruz.

And thanks to all the librarians who joined in.

Special thanks to Janet Lockhart for her late night work in compiling the final list. We can now announce the top ten vote-getters, but before we do, we’d like to encourage you to take a look at the Storify transcripts of each day’s tweets. As many have attested over the years, the true fun of libfaves is the sheer range of titles and reading how librarians write about them.

 

You are sure to discover titles you may have missed. Even Robin Beerbower, who seems to have read everything, discovered one of her favorites through the process:

 

 

One of the joys of the list is that it is not limited by age designation or format, so it offers opportunities to discover picture books, graphic novels, and YA titles. In fact, the number one title is the National Book Award longlist title for Young People Literature, The Hate U Give, which received nearly twice as many votes as the number two title, Celeste Ng’s novel for adults, Little Fires Everywhere. Close behind at #3 is Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.

    

1 —  The Hate U Give, Thomas, Angie, (HarperCollins/ Balzer + Bray) —  49 votes

2 — Little Fires Everywhere, Ng, Celeste, (PRH/ Penguin Press) —  28 votes — also the  #1 LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites

3 — Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Honeyman, Gail, (PRH/ Pamela Dorman Books) —  26 votes — also a LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites

The other titles in the top ten are:

   

   

  

4 — The Dry, Harper, Jane (Macmillan/Flatiron) — 21 — also a LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites

5 — Magpie Murders , Horowitz, Anthony, (HarperCollins/Harper)  — 19 — also a LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites

6 — Sing, Unburied, Sing, Ward, Jesmyn (S&S/Scribner) — 18

7, 8 & 9 (tied) —

You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, Alexie, Sherman, (Hachette/Little, Brown) — 16

American War, El Akkad, Omar, (PRH/Knopf) — 16

Hunger: A Memoir Of (My) Body, Gay, Roxane, (HarperCollins/Harper) — 16

10 —  (tie)

City Of Brass, Chakraborty, S.A., (HarperCollins/Harper Voyager) — 14

Turtles All The Way Down, Green, John (Penguin Young Readers/Dutton) — 14

This year, for the first time, the fun continues:

James Franco Explores
THE DISASTER ARTIST

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The “Citizen Kane of bad movies” is the inspiration for James Franco’s latest film The Disaster Artist, opening in theaters tomorrow.

Titled The Room (not to be confused with Room, starring Brie Larson), it made only $1,800 in its opening week, but went on to become a cult hit.

Franco’s movie takes its name from a book by one of the actors in the film, Greg Sestero, The Disaster Artist, written with journalist Tom Bissell. It has been released as a movie tie-in.

Franco tells Terry Gross on Fresh Air that his movie could not have been made without the background provided by the book.

Libraries are showing holds on the book, but many more on the film itself. A Blu-Ray version was released in 2013

This faux trailer gives a sense of the movie:

 

GalleyChat, Tues. Dec. 5

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

The December GalleyChat is a wrap. The full list of 127 titles discussed is here.

Join us for the next GalleyChat on Jan. 9, 4 to 5 p.m. ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails, to learn about the galleys fellow librarians are loving.

Libfaves Returns!

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Dozens of best books lists have appeared (see our links at right), including LibraryReads Favorites of Favorites, just released today.

But you can still get your own favorites recognized, via #libfaves17. The rules are simple — tweet your ten favorite titles of the year, one per day, beginning on Monday. We’ll round up all the titles after tweeting wraps on Dec. 14.