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 Audio; Thorndike 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 Rising. It 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.