Archive for the ‘GalleyChat’ Category

YA/MG April GalleyChat

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

The April YA/MG GalleyChat has ended (read it here).

Join us for the next one, Thursday, May 23rd from 2:30-3:30, ET. #ewgcya

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GalleyChat Roundup, April, 2019

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Librarians discussed over 185 upcoming titles during last week’s GalleyChat. The summaries, below, are useful for collection development and readers advisory:

EWGC, April 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, LibraryReads deadlines, as well as other notes.

Edelweiss catalog — shows covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tues., May 7, 4:00-5:00 ET (virtual cocktails at 3:30). More details here. Set your calendar alarms and bring a friend.

GalleyChat Roundup, March, 2019

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Librarians discussed nearly 200 upcoming titles during last week’s GalleyChat:

— EWGC. March — downloadable spreadsheet, with information on which are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, notes from the tweets and LibraryReads deadlines.

Edelweiss catalog — with covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

Join us for the next GalleyChat, Tues., April  2nd, 4:00-5:00 ET. More details here.

Don’t forget to set a reminder and to bring a friend!

GalleyChat Summary, Feb. 2019

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Last week’s GalleyChat brought news of many upcoming titles that have captured librarians’ interest.

Click below to view the titles discussed:

Feb.-19-EWGC — downloadable spreadsheet, with info. on which are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, notes from the tweets and LibraryReads deadlines.

Edelweiss catalog — with covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

Several diversity titles received particularly strong recommendations as potential LibraryReads nominations (for more, check our list of Upcoming Diversity Titles):

Kim, Angie, Miracle Creek, (Macmillan/Sarah Crichton, 4/16/19; LibraryReads nominations due 3/1/19; DRCs available from Edelweiss & NetGalley)

As we’ve noted before, this title has been getting positive response from librarians on GalleyChat ever since August. Called a “page-turner that addresses a wide range of issues but still manages to be nuanced” and “a courtroom drama in which each chapter reveals something new about the characters and changes my mind about who did it,” it is also a Crime Reads Most Anticipated title, described as, “Angie Kim’s masterpiece of grief, hope, and recrimination, [it[ takes place in the small town of Miracle Creek, wherein an oxygen tank said to cure everything from autism to male infertility goes from a refuge to an inferno after an arsonist seals the fate of those seeking treatment inside. A complex novel of parenting, prejudice, and putting blame where blame’s due, this one is not to be missed.” The author was on the LibraryReads Debut Author panel at MidWinter.

Kwok, Jean, Searching for Sylvie Lee, (HarperCollins/Morrow. 6/4/19; LibraryReads nominations due 5/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss & NetGalley)

By the author of the GalleyChat favorites, Girl in Translation and Mambo in Chinatown, thus new title is described as a “Family saga, [with family] secrets…completely heartbreaking and moving.” and “about three women, two sisters and their mother, in one Chinese immigrant family. It explores what happens when the eldest daughter disappears, and a series of family secrets emerge.” Check the podcast interview with the author,

Jalaluddin, Uzma, Ayesha At Last, (PRH/Penguin Berkley, 6/4/19; LibraryReads nominations due 5/1/19; DRC available from NetGalley)

At least one GalleyChatter claims this Jane Austen remix “may already be my favorite romance this year …It’s a rare thing for an adaptation to wholly stand on its own, and Jalaluddin pulls it off flawlessly.” It is on BookRiot’s list of 2019 Releases by Muslim Authors, “This is a modern-day Pride and Prejudice  featuring two South Asian Muslim protagonists! Ayesha has had to set aside her dreams of being a poet for the practical job of teaching, which she hates. She doesn’t want the kind of arranged marriage that her cousin Hafsah is juggling proposals for. But when she meets Khalid, a conservative, traditional guy, she’s irritated by how much she is drawn to him. An engagement between Hafsah and Khalid takes both Ayesha and Khalid by surprise and has them wrestling with what exactly they want, and how they feel about each other.”

Hoang, Helen. The Bride Test, (PRH/Penguin Berkley. 5/7/19; LibraryReads nominations due 4/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley)

The new title by the author of the LibraryReads 2018 Favorite of Favorites, The Kiss Quotient  was recently released and is getting enthusiastic response, “Those wondering if The Bride Test will be as good as The Kiss Quotient will be pleased. The feel of it and the sexual dynamic is a little different because the autistic character is male this time, but I loved both hero & heroine” and “Esme is a heroine beyond that of a typical romance novel. Make sure you read the author’s note before you put this book down!”

Whitehead, Colson, The Nickel Boys(PRH/Random House/Doubleday, 7/16/19; LibraryReads nominations due 6/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley)

It’s no surprise that many are curious how this title holds up to the multi-award-winning The Underground Railroad. According to GalleyChatters, it’s a winner, “Growing up in Jim Crow Florida, Elwood valiantly strives to put the ideals of the Civil Rights movement into practice. Powerful and heartbreaking …it doesn’t have the fantastic element of The Underground Railroad but it’s very hard hitting.”

Talusan, Grace, The Body Papers, (S&S/Restless, 4/2/19; LibraryReads nominations due 3/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss)

Considered a memoir with a “bonafide Filipino-American POV…honest and brave.” It’s on Electric Lit’s list of 48 Books By Women and Nonbinary Authors of Color to Read in 2019, “a memoir about abuse, immigration, cancer, and mental health. Celeste Ng says that ‘Grace Talusan writes eloquently about the most unsayable things: the deep gravitational pull of family, the complexity of navigating identity as an immigrant, and the ways we move forward even as we carry our traumas with us.

Dennis-Benn, Nicole, Patsy, (Norton/Liveright. 6/4/19; LibraryReads nominations due 5/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley)

Strong interest, based on the author’s previous title, Here Comes the Sun. In addition to the recently released DRC, Norton Library Mktg, will be doing an ARC giveaway in their newsletter, subscribe here,

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia, Gods of Jade and Shadow, (PRH/Random House/Del Rey, 8/6/19 LibraryReads nominations due 7/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley)

DRC appeared shortly after it was mentioned on GalleyChat. Publisher Summary, “The Mayan God of Death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore, for readers of The Song Of Achilles and Uprooted.”

Join us for the next chat, Tues., March 5th, 4:00-5:00 ET. More details here.

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GalleyChat Roundup, Dec. 2018

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Last week’s GalleyChat brought news of many upcoming titles librarians are loving  Click below to view the titles discussed:

EarlyWord GalleyChat, Dec — downloadable spreadsheet, with info. on which are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, notes from the tweets and LibraryReads deadlines

Edelweiss catalog — with covers and publisher marketing information

News of the appearance of several heavily-stalked DRCs brought swift downloads:


The Sentence Is Death, Anthony Horowitz, HarperCollins/Harper, 6/4/19 — DRC on Edelweiss

Save Me The Plums: My Gourmet Memoir, Ruth Reichl, PRH/ Random House, 4/2/19 — DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley

The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead, PRH/Doubleday. 7/16/19 — DRC on Edelweiss

Looking very far ahead, many were excited by Entertainment Weekly‘s announcement that Erin Morgenstern is publishing her first book in seven years on Nov. 5, The Starless Sea. It followis her debut best seller The Night Circus 

The ever-vigilant GalleyChatter Robin Beerbower spotted a few more DRC announcements since last week:


The Golden Hour, Beatriz Williams, HarperCollins/Morrow, 7/9/19 (cover not yet revealed) — DRC on Edelweiss

Cemetery Road, Greg Iles, HarperCollins/Morrow, 3/5/19 — DRC on Edelweiss

I Owe You One, Sophie Kinsella, PRH/Random House/Dial — DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley

Join us for the next GalleyChat on Tuesday, Jan. 8th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails).

Long Weekend Download Alert!

Monday, November 19th, 2018

As you’re getting ready for the long weekend ahead, don’t forget to load up your digital devices with DRCs.

If you’re looking for suggestions, check out the titles from our most recent GalleyChat:

NOV18 GalleyChat Titles — downloadable spreadsheet, with information on DRCs available through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, due dates for LibraryReads nominations, and most significant comments. To read the full tweets, search Twitter using #ewgc and the title of the book.

Also available in a catalog on Edelweiss — Good for browsing covers, but it does not include some of the information on the spreadsheet (eg comments and LibraryReads deadlines).

The next LibraryReads deadline is Dec. 1, for December and January titles. Please check out the titles on our continuously updated list of Diversity Titles, Upcoming, for LibraryReads Consideration.

October GalleyChat Roundup

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Click below to view the titles discussed during the October GalleyChat:

Oct GalleyChat, titles — downloadable spreadsheet, with info. on DRCs available through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley. We’ve noted the most significant comments. To read the full tweets for each title, search Twitter using #ewgc and the title of the book. We’ve also included a column noting due dates for LibraryReads nominations. Note that the deadlines have recently changed. The next one is Dec. 1st for Dec/Jan titles. Please give special attention to the titles listed as “Diversity.” Also, please take a look at our continually updated list of Diversity Titles, Upcoming, for LibraryReads Consideration

— Edelweiss catalog —  Good for browsing covers, but does not include some of the information on the spreadsheet (eg comments and LibraryReads deadlines).

NOTE: HarperCollins Library Marketing tipped their hat early about two of their favorite summer titles during this chat, The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grimes (more on it from HarperCollins LibraryLoveFest here and from the author here) and The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz. Galleys are not available yet, but you can sign up for print and/or eGalleys here.

Attention: Psychological Suspense Fans

GalleyChat’s psych suspense maven is Robin Beerbower. She alerted us to titles like The Girl On The Train, Woman In The Window long before they developed long holds lists. An early herald of the genre that has now overcrowded, so much so that her list of 2018 titles on GoodReads Listopia is so long that she had break it into two parts, here and here.

So, of course we want to know what’s on her 2019 TBR pile. She says she can’t wait to read the following:

The Night Before, Wendy Walker, Macmillan/St. Martin’s, May 14, 2019; DRC, NetGalley — “Already hearing great things about it. It’s next my TBR psych/suspense pile, followed closely by …”


The Favorite Daughter, Kaira Rouda, Harlequin/Graydon House, May 22, 2019; DRC, NetGalley

The Woman Inside, E. G.Scott, PRH/Penguin Dutton, Jan 22, 2019; DRC Edelweiss, NetGalley

Beautiful Bad, Annie Ward, Harlequin/Park Row, March 18, 2019; DRC Edelweiss, NetGalley


My Lovely Wife, Samantha Downing, PRH/Penguin Berkley, March 26. 2019; DRC, Edelweiss

The Suspect, Fiona Barton, PRH/Penguin Berkley, Jan 22, 2019; DRC Edelweiss, NetGalley

Watching You, Lisa Jewell, S&S/Atria Books, Dec. 25, 2018 (right, this is technically a 2018 title, but it’s SO close, we’ll count it); DRC, Edelweiss,NetGalley

At our request, Robin’s begun a new GoodReads list for 2019 titles.

September GalleyChat Roundup

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Many upcoming titles received first mentions during September’s GalleyChat, bringing us into the spring season. As one chatter notes:

Click below to view the titles discussed during this month’s GalleyChat:

GalleyChat titles Sept 18— downloadable spreadsheet, with info. on DRCs available through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley. Titles marked HOT have received the most enthusiasm, sometimes over the course of many chats. To read the tweets, search Twitter using #ewgc and the title of the book. We’ve also included a column noting due dates for LibraryReads nominations.

— Edelweiss catalog — good for browsing covers.

We’re pleased that the #1 title on the just-released LibraryReads list for October features  a title that GalleyChatters have been enthusiastic about for months, The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory, (PRH/Berkley), described as “An engaging and upbeat multicultural romance.” It’s still available as a DRC from NetGalley through its publication date on Oct. 30.

When choosing titles to nominate for the Nov/Dec list (due 9/20), please give special consideration to those on our list of Upcoming Diversity titles, Below are titles that have been GalleyChat favorites:

My Sister, the Serial Killer, Oyinkan Braithwaite (PRH/Random House/Doubleday; DRC, Edelweiss and NetGalley) — “The sister bond is really tested in this dark tale set in Nigeria. Caught me by surprise in how much I enjoyed it! ” Joe Jones; ” Set in Lagos, Nigeria, it is exactly what the title says but somehow it’s fun …has the same vibe as Girl Who Smiled Beads. Abrupt, matter-of-fact but sinister. Loved the ending.” Andrienne

Newcomer, Keigo Higashino,  (Macmillan/Minotaur; DRC, Edelweiss and NetGalley) — “Told from multiple points of view we slowly weed out the possible suspects in a murder set in a small neighborhood in Japan,” Joe Jones; “loved the way it was structured so the detective solved one small mystery in each chapter, leading him to the solution to the murder. Brilliant!” Vicki Nesting

Empire of Sand, Tasha Suri, (Hachette/Orbit) — “loved the setting and mythology,” Joe Jones; “Great character development and world building in a unique South-Asian flavored setting,” Vicki Nesting; “Fascinating desert world, complex characters, social/cultural/religious persecution due to magical blood plus a romance!” Lucy Lockley; “For fans of CITY OF BRASS, I recommend EMPIRE OF SAND by @tashadrinkstea – fantasy novel based on history of Mughal era in India,” Jane Jorgenson — NOTE: The comparison title, City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty was a LibraryReads pick. The sequel, The Kingdom of Copper will be published in January by Harper Voyager.

Join us for the next GalleyChat on Tues., Oct. 2, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails) and for the next YA/MG GalleyChat, Wed., Sept. 26, 2:30 to 3:30. Details on each here. Bring a friend!

August GalleyChat Roundup

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Click below to view the titles discussed during this month’s GalleyChat:

EarlyWord GalleyChat Titles, Aug, 2018 — downloadable spreadsheet, with info. on DRCs available through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley as well as excerpts from some of the comments.

— Edelweiss catalog

You may want to consider some of these titles for LibraryReads nominations . The next deadline is August 20, for titles published in October. Please give special consideration to our list of Upcoming Diversity titles, The following October titles were mentioned during this month’s chat:

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves, Glory Edim, (PRH/Random House/Ballantine)

Answering the question, “When did you first see yourself in a work of literature?” these essays clearly and movingly explain the crucial role reading can play in everyone’s life. A book that grew out of a book club, it will surely spawn many other book groups and includes useful reading lists for that purpose..

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir. Nicole Chung, (Catapult, Ingram Publisher Services)

“Much Love” piling up on Edelweiss Buzz for this memoir, a debut by a Korean adoptee, with reviews repeatedly using the words “touching” and “moving.”  A GalleyChatter commented, “My book club read Little Fires Everywhere and we had such a great discussion about the adoption plot line in that book. All You Can Ever Know is a great choice for book clubs that had similar discussions.”

Heavy: An American Memoir, Kiese Laymon, (S&S’ Scribner)

GalleyChatters tweeted that it’s a “…thought provoking, personal history, reminiscent of Roxanne Gay – it’s painfully honest” and it “feels like Kiese Laymon is sitting next to you telling his story. Absorbing, powerful memoir.” The author was featured at LibraryReads 2018 ALA Annual Bookalicious Breakfast.

Family Trust: A Novel, Kathy Wang, (HarperCollins/Morrow)

The HarperCollins Buzz session, claiming that this debut set in Silicon Valley, “combines the warmth of The Nest, the humor of Crazy Rich Asians, and the dark optimism of Behold the Dreamers.” caught the interest of GalleyChatters.

Join us for the next GalleyChat on Tues., Sept. 11, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails) and don’t forget YA/MG GalleyChat, Tues., Aug. 21, 2:30 to 3:30. Details on each here. Bring a friend!

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!

Reading Ahead with GalleyChat

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Last week, GalleyChatting librarians tipped their favorite upcoming titles during the #ewgc chat. Scroll through the tweets to sit in on a great RA discussion. Speaking of great RA conversations, GalleyChatter Robin Beerbower has started a blog. Her newest post, “Sandy Covers,” highlights her favorite new Beach Reads, and, for upcoming titles, also gives “while you wait” suggestions.

All 192 of the GalleyChat titles are listed in the following:

 Edelweiss catalog here, includes links to downloadable DRC’s.

GalleyChat Titles, June 2018— Downloadable spreadsheet, for ordering purposes. We didn’t include the tweets this time. If you want to know more about a particular title, search it along with #ewgc on Twitter.

The next LibraryReads voting deadline, for titles to be published in August, is a week from tomorrow, Wednesday, June 20th. Check the GalleyChat list for potential nominations as well as our EarlyWord “Diverse Titles for LibraryReads Consideration,

Join us for the next GalleyChat on Tues., July 10, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails) and don’t forget YA/MG GalleyChat this coming Thurs., June 14th, 2:30 to 3:30. Details on each here. Bring a friend!

Notes from June’s GalleyChat:

— Patterson and Clinton may be getting attention for The President Is Missing, but GalleyChatters say you should keep your eye out for Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery by Andrew Shaffer, coming in July from the well-named publishing house, Quirk Books.

— GalleyChatters are stalking advance readers copies of the recently announced new Liane Moriarty title, Nine Perfect Strangers, to be published in November. No news yet on when ARC’s will be availble, but the following much-stalked titles appeared recently:

Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen, An Anonymous Girl 

Kate Atkinson, Transcription

Louise Penny, Kingdom of the Blind

— Excitement continues for The Silent Patient by screenwriter Alex Michaelides. It’s being compared to a previous GalleyChat favorite, Woman In The Window, and, like that book, this debut is building buzz months ahead of its February pub. date. GalleyChatters are already casting the movie and, given the author’s film industry connections, it would not be surprising if it goes that route. The DRC is on NetGalley.

— Another debut that has been getting GalleyChat attention for months is Vox by Christina Dalcher, coming in August. Gregg Winsor tweeted his Book Expo Shout ‘n’ Share recommendation, “A near-future dystopia where women are limited to speaking just 100 words. The comparisons to THE HANDSMAID’S TALE are very much accurate and – pardon the pun – this will give your book club tons to talk about.”

The book’s author, Christina Dalcher joined the chat to make her own recommendation, saying she “just devoured Elliot Ackerman’s Waiting for Eden, after meeting him at the PRH breakfast. Can’t stop thinking about this one.” That comment was echoed by other Chatters.

— Several August titles from our EarlyWord “Diverse Titles for LibraryReads Consideration,” received GalleyChat recs (LibraryReads voting deadline, June 20).


Before She Sleeps, Bina Shah — Add this to the list of titles being compared to The Handmaid’s Tale, a growing category dubbed by “womb dystopia” by some. GalleyChatter Susan Maguire tweeted. “… just in case anyone has patrons who liked THE HANDMAID’S TALE, there’s BEFORE SHE SLEEPS by Bina Shah that is the feminist dystopia we don’t deserve, but it is also the feminist dystopia we are going to get.” “PW calls it a “haunting dystopian thriller from Pakistani author Shah”

Temper, Nicky Drayden — Jenna Friebel, “Do y’all remember how much I raved about her debut, The Prey of Gods? This one is just as inventive.”

A River of Stars, Vanessa Hua — GalleyChat, “about a Chinese woman who makes her way to California to give her baby U.S. citizenship, blurbed by Celeste Ng” — “Vanessa Hua’s debut is an utterly absorbing novel.” — LJ PrePub Alert, “A columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of the glowingly reviewed small-press debut collection DECEIT AND OTHER POSSIBILITIES, Hua claims multiple awards …”

Hollywood Ending, Kellye Garrett, DRC available on Netgalley — GalleyChat, “Dayna Anderson uses her connections as a former actress to solve a murder in HOLLYWOOD ENDING by @kellyekell. Smart, sassy mystery that keeps you guessing to the end”. — “This series is so fun! A great take on the LA noir tone.” — It’s the second in a mystery series featuring an African/American female detective. The first, Hollywood Homicide just won an Anthony and a Lefty

YA/MG GalleyChat Roundup

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Link here for the titles that librarians buzzed during Wednesday’s YA/MG GalleyChat, #ewgcya.

Join us for the next chat on Thursday, May 16, 2:30 to 3:30 pm. ET (2:00 for virtual cocktails). #ewgcya

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Ahead of the Curve with GalleyChat

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Click below to view all the titles discussed during the Tuesday, May 8 GalleyChat:

— Edelweiss catalog here, includes links to downloadable DRC’s.

GalleyChat titles, May, 2018 — spreadsheet of titles, with comments from the chat

Among the many discoveries, there was particular excitement about a debut not yet listed on Edelweiss,The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. Just two GalleyChatters got their hands on it, but their excitement is infectious. A thriller by a British screenwriter, it is described as featuring “a successful painter who shoots the husband she loves in the head five times – and then never speaks again.” The author credits seemingly disparate influences, “his experience of working at a psychiatric unit, as well as his interest in the Greek legend of Alcestis and Agatha Christie thrillers.” It’s the first release from Macmillan’s new Celadon imprint, headed by Jamie Raab, former publisher of Hachette’s Grand Central and known for her keen eye. She will be speaking at LJ‘s Book Expo Day of Dialog. Galleys will be available there, as well as later in the Macmillan booth. It will also be available on NetGalley beginning May 15th.

Two other heavily promoted debuts getting kudos from GalleyChatters, are Vox by Christina Dalcher, August 21, called “so terrifyingly good that I can’t stop talking about it. In the future women are only allowed to speak 100 words a day! What would you be willing to do to give your daughter a future where she can speak freely?” and The Other Woman, a psychologial thriller by Sandie Jones, publishing on the same day, August 21,

GalleyChat’s own thriller maven, Robin Beerbower predicts that “the summer psych/suspense titles will be Ruth Ware’s Death Of Mrs Westaway (May 29) & Louise Cavendish’s Our House. (August 7). Ware’s book has a fabulous gothic feel & Candlish’s is a taut domestic thriller.”

There was also great curiousity about titles from known quantities, including Liane Moriarty’s as yet untitled novel, set for publication on November 6 and Kate Atkinson’s Transcription coming in September. Unfortunately,  DRC’s are not yet available, but GalleyChatters will be stalking them. On the other hand, Susan Orlean’s The Library Book about the unsolved 1986 fire at LA Public’s central library was just released on NetGalley.

Join us for the next GalleyChat on Tues., June 5, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails) and don’t forget YA/MG GalleyChat, Wed., May 16th, 2:30 to 3:30. Details on each here. Bring a friend!

Towards More Diverse
LibraryReads Lists

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Reminder: Nominations are due for the June LibraryReads list in just a couple of days, by midnight, April 20th.

The just-released May LibraryReads list is remarkably homogenous. All the authors are white women, most of them have already published several books, and the majority of the titles are in the rapidly growing, some would say over-published, category of psychological suspense.

While readers advisors can happily read and recommend any of the titles, as Becky Spratford has often noted in her blog RA for All, they won’t expand readers’ horizons. She pointedly asks, “Why aren’t we all going out of way to look for titles that don’t get recognition?”

To help you do that, we’ve added “Debut” and “Diversity” columns to our spreadsheet of the nearly 200 titles mentioned during last week’s GalleyChat, GalleyChat Titles, April.

Below are are excerpts from the tweets about the June titles by non-white and LGBT authors. If you haven’t read them already, you probably won’t have time to do so before the deadline, but this may serve to remind you of titles beyond the familiar. As Becky says, “If every single one of [you] laid off of voting for the more mainstream titles and instead voted for a more diverse title, many of those mainstream titles would still get in, but maybe a few more marginalized voices would too.”

Native American

Trail of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse, S&S/Saga Press, June 26, 2018, DRC available

GalleyChatter: “Really fun, unique urban fantasy/postapoc blend with Indigenous characters & mythology!”  —– ” a post-apocalyptic urban fantasy with a Navajo cast of characters.”

Author background:
“Rebecca Roanhorse is an Ohkay Owingeh/Black writer of Indigenous futurisms. She lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband, daughter, and pug. Her debut novel Trail of Lightning (Book One of the Sixth World series) is available summer 2018 from Saga Press, and her children’s book Race to the Sun is coming in 2019 from Rick Riordan Presents. Her short story ‘Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience‘  is on the 2017 Nebula Recommended Reading List.

Her nonfiction can be found in Invisible 3: Essays and Poems on Representation in SF/F, Strange Horizons, and the upcoming How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation (Macmillan, 5/15/18).”

There There: A novel, Tommy Orange, PRH/Knopf, June 5, 2018, DRC available

GalleyChatter: “a story of urban indigenous peoples. Got a big push at #pla2018” — Following up on that, PRH Library tweeted that it is a department favorite.

The New Yorker recently published a story that comes from the book, and an interview, in which the author explaind that  he wrote There, There because, “I knew I wanted to write a multigenerational, multivoiced novel about Native people living in Oakland. My wanting to write it largely had to do with there not already being a novel about Native people who live in cities, and very few novels set in Oakland. Native people suffer from poor representation as it is, but having little representation in literature, as well as no (literary) version of our (urban Native) experience, was what made me want to write into that space, that void, and try to honor and express fully all that it entails to be Native and be from Oakland.”


The Kiss QuotientHelen Hoang, PRH/Berkley pbk original, June 5, 2018, DRC not listed

Bustle headlines a story about the book, “The Kiss Quotient Is A Refreshing Own Voices Romance With A Heroine On The Autism Spectrum”

From the publisher:

“Key Selling Points
DEBUT AUTHOR who was discovered during Pitch Wars, an online contest with wide social media reach, where published authors match up with a mentee and work on pitch to catch an agent or editor’s eye; Helen was mentored by Brighton Walsh, a contemporary romance author published by Berkley and St. Martin’s Press

THE HEROINE HAS ASPERGER’S, as does the author, who is willing to discuss her personal experience

MULTICULTURAL CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: hero is half Vietnamese and the author, who is also part Vietnamese, seamlessly introduces cultural elements

AN OWN VOICES NOVEL: romance readers are clamoring for better representation in romances and this book speaks to the #OwnVoices social media movement”


History of Violence: A Novel, Édouard Louis, Translated by Lorin Stein, Macmillan/FSG, June 19, 2018, DRC available

Gallleychatter: “…by the author of End of Eddy. Has a unique voice.”

New Yorker profile of the author,  “Growing Up Poor and Queer in a French Village

From the publisher: “On Christmas Eve 2012, in Paris, the novelist Édouard Louis was raped and almost murdered by a man he had just met. This act of violence left Louis shattered; its aftermath made him a stranger to himself and sent him back to the village, the family, and the past he had sworn to leave behind.”

When Katie Met Cassidy, Camille Perri, PRH/Putnam, June 19, 2018, DRC available by request

Galleychatters were enthusiasitc about the author’s
debut, The Assistants.

Former librarian and library page Perri speaks to librarians at a PRH Open Book session (be sure
to check out her demo of the “Page Freeze” beginning at time stamp 3:24)

Confessions of the Fox: A Novel, Jordy Rosenberg, PRH/ One World, June 26, 2018, DRC available


Author background:

“Jordy Rosenberg is a transgender writer and scholar. He is an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he teaches eighteenth-century literature and queer/trans theory. He has received fellowships and awards from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation, the Ahmanson Foundation/J. Paul Getty Trust, the UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies, the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, and the Clarion Foundation’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. He is the author of a scholarly monograph, Critical Enthusiasm: Capital Accumulation and the Transformation of Religious Passion. He lives in New York City and Northampton, Massachusetts. Confessions of the Fox is his first novel.”


Ayiti, Roxane Gay, Grove/Atlantic, June 12, 2018, DRC available by request

Originally published in 2011 by the Artistically Declined Press, this new edition from Grove Press, according to the publisher, “includes several new stories,” which may qualify it for the LibraryReads list.



The Lost Vintage: A Novel, Ann Mah, HarperCollins/Morrow, June 19, 2018, DRC available

GalleyChatter comment, “Loved the LOST VINTAGE by Ann Mah- historical fiction with a mystery about a family member no one knew about, WWII & it’s set in a vineyard.”

The author is Chinese American, and a  Francophile. Her memoir, Mastering the Art of French Eating was an Amazon best book of 2013, and winner of the Elle readers prize. She also is publishing Instantly French!: Classic French Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker  in September.

South Asian – American

Half Gods: Stories, Akil Kumarasamy, Macmillan/FSG, June 5, 2018, DRC available


One of the stories in this collection, “New World,” was published last year in Harper’s magazine.

YA/MG GalleyChat Discoveries

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Spotted on a photo of a stack of ARCs posted during the February’s YA/MG GalleyChat, is a new title by the author of the Morris Award finalist, Dear Martin. According to the ARC, Nic Stone’s second book Odd One Out is scheduled for release this fall, but there’s no information about it yet on retail or wholesale sites.

A few days after GalleyChat, the title was featured on a BuzzFeed list titled “Don’t Miss These Fantastic YA Books By Black Authors That Release This Year,” with the annotation, “The New York Times bestselling author of 2017’s Dear Martin pens another YA about three teens struggling through love, heartbreak, and the real deal. It sounds very diverse with both POC and LGBT representation, and we can’t wait to read it when it’s out in October! Pre-order links aren’t yet live for this one, but keep checking back here for future updates!”

In the ARC’s Author’s Note, Stone tells readers that she wrote this book because it is one she needed when she was twelve, before she realized the meaning of her “attractions to other women,” and marying her “dream man.”

Tell us about your latest discoveries (and make some of your own) during the next YA/MG GalleyChat on Monday, March 26th, 3 to 4 pm, ET (2:30 for virtual cocktails). #ewgcya