Archive for July, 2018

Booker Longlist

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

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

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

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

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

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

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

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.