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YA GalleyChat — #ewyagc

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Our next YA GalleyChat will be held on Tuesday, May 20. Join us, any time between 5 to 6 Eastern (4:30 for virtual cocktails).

GalleyChat Tues, April 1

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

This month’s GalleyChat has ended. Please join us for our next chat, Tuesday, May 6, 4 to 5 p.m. EDT (3:30 for virtual cocktails).

YA GalleyChat, Jan. 21

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

After the jump, below, you’ll find a Storified version of our most recent YA GalleyChat, filled with titles to look for at Midwinter.

Join us for the next YA GalleyChat on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Eastern, (4:30 for virtual cocktails)

Our next adult GalleyChat is on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Eastern, (3:30 for virtual cocktails). More details on how to join each here.


Promote LibraryReads!

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Help your readers discover librarians favorite titles for the month. Incorporate LibraryReads marketing materials in your newsletters, on your Web sites and in print, downloadable here.

Marketing Materials

OnLine Chat with Derek Sherman

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Live On-Line Chat with Anton DiSclafani

Monday, May 13th, 2013

GalleyChat Today, 4 to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Join us for today’s GalleyChat, from 4 to 5 p.m., Eastern (3:30 for virtual cocktails). Hashtag #ewgc [more info on how to join here].

We’ll be chatting about the books librarians are looking forward to for the fall.

Below are a few of the titles that came up during our August chat (all are available on Edelweiss):

The End of Your Life Book Club, Will Schwalbe (RH/Knopf 10/2) — The sure-fire success of the fall. When the author’s mother learns she is dying of cancer, the two of them create their own private book club. Through books, they are able to talk more honestly about what matters the most to each of them.

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, Susannah Cahalan (S&S/Free Press, 11/13)  – Memoir  by a young New York Post reporter who suddenly wakes up strapped down in a hospital.

Killer Librarian Mary Lou Kirwin (S&S/Pocket Books) — This one comes with an irresistible tag line: “When she checks in, someone always checks out..”

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic David Quammen, (W.W. Norton 10/1) — Scary science, sure to be heavily covered in the media this fall.

Live Chat with Scott Hutchins, A WORKING THEORY OF LOVE

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

GalleyChat Today!

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Join us for today’s GalleyChat, from 4 to 5 p.m., Eastern (3:30 for virtual cocktails). Hashtag #ewgc [more info on how to join here].

We’ll be chatting about the books librarians are looking forward to for the fall.

Last month, GalleyChatters were buzzing about dozens of titles (remember, this group saw Gone Girl coming back in March), including:

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan, (Macmillan/FSG, 10/2) —  several GalleyChatters said this is their favorite of the year so far. It was also selected by most of the panelists during BEA’s Librarian  Shout ‘n’ Share panel, with GalleyChat regular Kaite Stover giving it this book talk:

Clay, a recently downsized web & graphic designer takes a job at an obscure San Francisco bookstore run by an otherworldly and old world mannered gentleman, Mr. Penumbra. The bookstore is patronized by an unusual clientele, a secret biblio-society. They “check out” books using bookstore member cards and return the books at their leisure. Clay’s job is to work the graveyard shift, fetching books and recording every minute detail of a customer’s appearance, mood, and conversation in a giant logbook.

In an effort to assist the business end of the bookstore and yank it into the iAge, Clay creates a data visualization program that tracks the bookstore’s customers’ borrowing patterns. Assisted by fellow techno-geeks, Clay is about to discover the purpose of the bookstore and hopefully thwart the cabal trying to destroy the bookstore and Mr. Penumbra.

This hip literary Easter egg hunt will appeal to fans of careful plotting with quirky characters in a page-turning story that asks which is more immortal, print books or ebooks?

The End of Your Life Book Club, Will Schwalbe, (RH/Knopf, 10/2; RH Audio; BOT AudioThorndike Large Print) — Request Digital ARC from Edelweiss – there’s high expectations for this one, which Kaite Stover also booktalked at the BEA Shout ‘n’ Share panel:

It should come as no surprise that this book will be on every book groups’ list this year. An unsentimental portrait of a man’s love for his funny, wise, loving mother as she undergoes chemo treatments and their shared passion for books and reading.

Both mother and son recognize one of the most valuable traits of books, “they help us talk. But they also give us something we all can talk about when we don’t want to talk about ourselves.”

Each chapter is titled after a book that Will’s mother, Mary Anne, has read and loved. While telling the story of his mother’s treatment, the family’s reactions, and his own responses to the reading, Schwalbe deftly works in the most discussable elements

The Cutting Season, Attica Locke, (Harper; 9/18; Dreamscape Audio; HarperLuxe) —  Request Digital ARC from Edelweiss – There was strong enthusiasm for this new mystery, which follows the author’s debut, Black Water RisingIt was also presented at BEA’s Shout ‘n’ Share, by Cuyahoga’s Wendy Bartlett,

The Cutting Season has the best opening line of any book this fall, “It was during the Thompson-Delacriox wedding, Caren’s first day on the job, that a cottonmouth, measuring the length of a Cadillac, fell some twenty feet from a live oak on the front lawn, landing like a coil of rope in the lap of the bride’s future mother-in-law.”

Not enough people know about this author. Her settings remind me of Dave Robicheaux’s Louisiana in the James Lee Burke books. She writes outstanding literary thrillers à la Dennis Lehane [ed note: Lehane also sees it that way; it's the first pick in his new line of books, designated by the burst on the cover] or some Laura Lippman’s standalones. If your customers don’t know Attica Locke, here’s the chance to turn them on to a great new talent. Grab some backlist copies of her debut, Black Water Rising and create a display with The Cutting Season.

YA GalleyChat Today

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Please join us today for the third installment of YA GalleyChat, beginning at 4 p.m. ET (come a half hour early, at 3:30, for a get-to-know-each-other social; virtual, age-appropriate cocktails will be served). How to join here.

The titles that were mentioned during our fist YA GalleyChat are continuing to build steam (see earlier post).

One of the titles buzzed about in March has just been released, and is generating word of mouth. Kill Me Softly, Sarah Cross, (Egmont USA, 4/10; Listening Library) weaves fairy tales into a modern suspense/romance about a girl trying to escape her fate as dictated by Grimm. Readers will enjoy recognizing elements of familiar stories in a new way.

Hollywood has also caught on to the trend of re-imagining fairy tales, with the current Mirror, Mirror, starring Julia Roberts as the evil queen and Lily Collins as Snow White as well as Snow White and the Huntsman, coming June 1, with Kristen Stewart as Snow White and Charlize Theron as the queen.

Who can resist that cover, with the clever echoes of New Moon?

Also, two upcoming titles with buzz:

Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein, Disney/Hyperion, 5/15 — set during WWII, this is about a young woman imprisoned in France by the Nazis, who writes about her friendship with a young female pilot. The strong bond between these female characters captured GalleyChatters.

Between the Lines, Jodi Picoult  and Samantha van Leer, S&S/ Emily Bestler Books, 6/26 — the first teaming of Picoult with her teen age daughter, this novel is about a girl whose fascination with the hero of her favorite book becomes all too real. GalleyChatters say it is destined for cross-over success (Note: Picoult and van Leer will be the featured speakers during ALA’s President’s Program this summer).

Today’s AuthorChat Now Archived

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

The AuthorChat with Jean Zimmerman, author of The Orphanmaster is now archived here.

The Orphanmaster is a historical thriller, set in 17th C Manhattan (then New Amsterdam). It’s rich with historical detail that makes the period come alive, based on Jean’s research (she has written several nonfiction titles, including The Women of the House: How a Colonial She-Merchant Built a Mansion, a Fortune and a Dynasty, Harcourt, 2006).

The Orphanmaster
Jean Zimmerman
Retail Price: $27.95
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Viking Adult – (2012-06-19)
ISBN / EAN: 0670023647 / 9780670023646


YA GalleyChat is Tomorrow

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Please join us for the second installment of YA GalleyChat tomorrow, beginning at 4 p.m. ET (come a half hour early, at 3:30, for a get-to-know-each-other social). Info. on how to join here.

An amazing 64 titles came up last time. Unsurprisingly, there was great excitement for followups to popular series. Librarians report “Kids are salivating for Insurgent (HarperTeen, May)” Veronica Roth’s sequel to her best-sellling Divergent, which hit many best books lists. There is also great anticipation for Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (Penguin/Dial, May), following up Graceling and Fire.

Some upcoming debuts also generated interest:

Seraphina by Rachel Harriman, (RH Young Readers, July); “Just when you thought you were SOOO OVER dragons. Terrific characters, sense of place, can’t wait to book talk.” — Lisa Von Drasek; available as an eGalley on Edelweiss and NetGalley.

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (Random House, June 26): Many came back from ALA Midwinter with ARC’s of this one (many more are likely to have grabbed it at PLA last week). This debut novel envisions what would happen if the earth’s rotation began to slow down. Published for adults, it features an 11-year-old heroine and is expected to have strong cross-over appeal. It sold for big money in both the UK and the US and has been optioned for a movie. It’s available as an egalley from Edelweiss and NetGalley.

Gilt, Katherine Longshore, Viking; May; None of the GalleyChatters had read it yet, but there was curiosity about this debut historical novel, set in the court of Henry VIII, but with a surprisingly modern cover. It’s the first in a planned series.

Join Our Debut Authors Program

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

We’re pleased to announce an opportunity for EarlyWord readers to become part of the launch of titles by major debut authors. Working with the Library Marketing team at Penguin (many of you already know Alan Walker and Dominique Jenkins), we’ve begun “First Flights — The Penguin Debut Author Program.”

I am particularly pleased that the first title in the program is The Orphanmaster by Jean Zimmerman (Penguin/Viking, June 16). A work of historical fiction, it appeals to me on several levels. It’s set in an area I’m familiar with, the island of Manhattan, in a time period many of us don’t know much about, when it was part of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam. It features a remarkably free-spirited female character who is even more remarkable for being based on a real person. The details of daily life at the time are fascinating (foot-long oysters!) and rooted in the author’s deep knowledge of 17th C history.

When you join the program, you will get a copy of the advance readers edition of The Orphanmaster and will be invited to join an online conversation with the author and me on April 11.

You will also become part of the “Penguin First Flights” club and will automatically receive notice of each new title in the program. The second title, The Bellwether Revivals, by Benjamin Wood, is a book of psychological suspense, coming June 28.

We all love being the first to know about a book that later becomes a household name. As part of this program, you will not only be among the first to read each book, you will be among the first to get to know the authors. Find out more and sign up here.

YA GalleyChat Kicks Off Today

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

It’s our newest addition — Young Adult GalleyChat. Join us today, from 4 to 5 pm Eastern (pre-chat warmup begins at 3:30). We’ll be looking ahead to books that look promising for the spring and summer. How-to is here.

We expect that many of you grabbed galleys at MidWinter. Below are a few that EarlyWord Kids correspondent, Lisa Von Drasek snapped with her iPad on the show floor:

Below, LBYR’s Zoe Luderitz shows off I Hunt Killers by Lyga Barra (Hachette/LBYR, April 3). There have been books about what it would be like if your child were a killer (Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk about Kevin). This one looks at it from the other side, what would it be like if your father were a serial killer.

The debut everyone is talking about as a crossover title, The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (Random House, June 26):

And, the “Gotta Get Galley of the Show,” Kristin Cashore’s Bitterblue (Penguin/Dial, May 1):

GalleyChatters at Midwinter

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

GalleyChat regulars sported their new GalleyChat buttons at ALA Midwinter. Below in the Macmillan booth,

Standing, from L to R — Talia Sherer, Macmillan Library Marketing, mugging for the camera; Stephanie Chase, Multnomah PL; Ali Fisher, Macmillan Library Marketing.

Seated, Alene Moroni, King County P.L.

Our next GalleyChat is Tues., Feb. 7 at 4 p.m., Eastern, (social networking begins at 3:30).

We’re also debuting a YA GalleyChat on Feb. 14 at 4 p.m., Eastern, with a get-to-know each other session at 3:30. How-to here.

If you join five or more sessions, you are eligible for your very own button.