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Booklist Webinar, Brilliant Book Club Picks — now available in an archived version.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

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