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GalleyChat Roundup, April, 2021

 

Roundups of the titles from the April chat are below. To read the full chat, search Twitter by #ewgc.

EarlyWord GalleyChat, April, 2021 — link to spreadsheet on Google Docs. Includes excerpts from notable tweets, notes on debuts, diversity titles, those mentioned for the first time as well as LibraryReads deadlines and DRC availability.

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

Our next chat will be held on Tuesday, May 4th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). moved from our usual first Thursday of the month to avoid conflict with the LJ Day of Dialog. Click here for the schedule of upcoming chats.

The next LibraryReads deadline is May 1, for books publishing in June. Please give special attention to our list of diversity titles for LibraryReads consideration.

GalleyChat Roundup, March, 2021

 

Roundups of all the titles from the March chat are below. To read the full chat, search Twitter by #ewgc.

EarlyWord GalleyChat, March, 2021 — downloadable spreadsheet, including excerpts from notable tweets, notes on debuts, diversity titles, those mentioned for the first time as well as LibraryReads deadlines and DRC availability. NOTE: If the spreadsheet does not download, try right-clicking on the link and selecting “Open in New Window [or Tab].” If that doesn’t work, please email us.

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

We are NOT joking, our next chat will be held on Thursday, April 1, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). Click here for the schedule of upcoming chats. Please note that we moved the May chat to Tues., May 4, to avoid conflict with the LJ Day of Dialog on Thursday.

The next LibraryReads deadline is April 1, for books publishing in May. Please give special attention to our list of diversity titles for LibraryReads consideration.

Remember to join the LibraryReads Twitter Challenge 2 —

Read (and vote for!) a NON-FICTION title!
May 2021 and beyond pub dates. Share what you’re reading on this post and be sure to place your votes by April 1st!

GalleyChat Roundup, Feb., 2021

 

Roundups of all the titles from February’s chat are below. To read the full chat, search Twitter by #ewgc.

GalleyChat-Feb-2021 — downloadable spreadsheet, including excerpts from notable tweets, notes on debuts, diversity titles, those mentioned for the first time as well as LibraryReads deadlines and DRC availability. NOTE: If the spreadsheet does not download, try right-clicking on the link and selecting “Open in New Window [or Tab].” If that doesn’t work, please email us.

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

Our next chat will be held on Thursday, March 4th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). Click here for the schedule of upcoming chats.

The next LibraryReads deadline is March 1, for books publishing in April. Please give special attention to our list of diversity titles for LibraryReads consideration.

Also, take up the LibraryReads challenge —

GalleyChat Roundup, Jan., 2021

Reminder — Today, Tuesday, 1/12, 2 pm ET, author Willy Vluatin will be interviewed on HarperCollins FaceBook Live session. Sign up here.  His upcoming book, The Night Always Comes received particularly high marks from GalleyChtters (see comments here).

Roundups of all the titles from January’s chat are below. To read the full chat, search Twitter by #ewgc.

GalleyChat, Jan 2021 — downloadable spreadsheet, including excerpts from notable tweets, notes on debuts, diversity titles, those mentioned for the first time as well as LibraryReads deadlines,

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

Our next chat will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). Click here for the schedule of upcoming chats.

The next LibraryReads deadline is Feb. 1, for books publishing in March. Please give special attention to our list of diversity titles for LibraryReads consideration.

Most Recommended Titles of 2020

At this time of year, book coverage turns from the favorites of the previous year to most anticipated of the new year. The Washington Post manages to look both ways, “What to read in 2021 based on what you loved in 2020.”

We’re using this transitional weekend to test our book knowledge against the compiled list of titles from the #libfaves20 Tweetfest. With over 625 titles, it’s quite a challenge. Don’t get discouraged, though. Even GalleyChatter Robin Beerbower, one of the most widely-read people we know, was surprised to find how many were new to her, including two of the top ten titles.

Nanette Donohue Champaign (IL) Public Library put it well, “…it made me happy to see such a diverse top ten. There really is something for every reader on the short list, whether you enjoy realistic fiction or fantasy, horror or romance, it’s reflected there. Library folks really do read widely!”

It’s not about how many titles you know, but what new discoveries you make.

Looking ahead, our next Galley Chat will be held on Thursday, Jan. 7th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). Click here for the schedule of upcoming chats.

GalleyChat Roundup, Dec. 2020

Roundups of the titles from December’s chat are below. To read the full chat, search Twitter by #ewgc.

EarlyWord GalleyChat, DEC 2020 — downloadable spreadsheet, including excerpts from notable tweets, notes on debuts, diversity titles, those mentioned for the first time as well as LibraryReads deadlines,

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

Our next chat will be held on Thursday, Jan. 7th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). Click here for the schedule of upcoming chats.

The next LibraryReads deadline is Jan. 1, for books publishing in February. Please give special attention to our list of diversity titles for LibraryReads consideration.

GalleyChat Roundup, Nov. 2020

Roundups of the titles from November’s chat are below. To read the full chat, search Twitter by #ewgc.

EarlyWord GalleyChat, Nov 2020 — downloadable spreadsheet, including excerpts from notable tweets, debuts, diversity titles, those mentioned for the first time, LibraryReads deadlines and 5 titles that are not on the Edelweiss catalog.

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

Our next chat will be held on Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). Click here for a schedule of upcoming chats.

The next LibraryReads deadline is Dec. 1, for books publishing in January. Please give special attention to the titles on our list of diversity titles for LibraryReads consideration.

GalleyChat Roundup, Oct. 2020

Roundups of the titles from October’s chat are below. To read the full chat, search Twitter by #ewgc.

EarlyWord GalleyChat, Oct. 2020 — downloadable spreadsheet, including excerpts from notable tweets, debuts, diversity titles, those mentioned for the first time, LibraryReads deadlines and 2 titles that are not on the Edelweiss catalog.

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

Note that our next chat will be held on Monday, Nov. 2nd, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). The day has been changed to the first Monday of the month, to avoid conflict with LJ‘s LibraryCon Live. Click here for a full schedule of upcoming chats.

GalleyChat goes to the beach.

Much-discussed for months on GalleyChat, Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam, (HarperCollins/Ecco, 10/6/2020) is now a National Book Awards contender. Gotta love the author’s response:

Alam will talk with librarians this coming Tuesday, Oct 13th during a FB Live session with the HarperCollins Library Marketing team.

The many online author sessions for librarians are clearly influencing TBR piles, particularly Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog author panels. To watch the archived versions, register here.

Coming up, LibraryReads is sponsoring an author event that is the online equivalent of their popular BookExpo author breakfasts:

Chat ‘n Chew with ALMA & LibraryReads

The next LibraryReads deadline is Nov. 1, for books publishing in December. Please give special attention to the titles on our list of diversity titles for LibraryReads consideration. SPECIAL NOTE; sharp-eyed GalleyChatter Vicki Nesting notes that the pub date for a favorite, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict (Sourcebooks) was recently changed from January 12th to December 29th. Vicki urges people to get their votes in, calling it “A real tribute to the queen of mysteries.”

Sept. YA/MG GalleyChat Roundup

Read the full chat here.

A catalog of the titles discussed is here.

Join us for the next chat, Friday, Oct. 23rd, 2:30-3:30 PM ET.

GalleyChat Roundup, September, 2020

Roundups of the titles from September’s chat are below. To read the full chat, search Twitter by #ewgc. For tweets on specific titles, search using #ewgc and the title or author’s name.

GalleyChat Sept 2020 — downloadable spreadsheet, including notes on which titles are getting the most attention, debuts, diversity titles, those that made their first appearance during this chat, and LibraryReads deadlines.

Edelweiss catalog — includes covers, publisher marketing information, and links to Edelweiss DRCs. NOTE: One eagerly anticipated title is not on Edelweiss yet (correction, it’s just been added), Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop.(Macmillan/St. Martins Griffin, 6/1/21; 9781250244499), The author’s previous title, Red, White & Blue was a GalleyChat favorite and both a LibraryReads and Indie Next pick. UPDATE: It’s now available on Edelweiss and NetGalley.

Note that GalleyChats are now being held on the first Thursday of each month. Please join us for the next one on Thursday, Oct. 1st, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). More details and a schedule of upcoming chats here.

Several November releases from our list of diversity titles for LibraryReads consideration received particularly warm attention, Votes for these titles are due by Oct. 1

White Ivy, Susie Yang, (S&S, Nov. 3, DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley)

Enthusiasm has been building for this debut, originally scheduled for release in September, then moved to November. — Kaite Stover, “Give me a con or thief novel any day. WHITE IVY mixes it with an immigrant’s story. Another #bookclubs win.” — Mara, “I picked up Susie Yang’s WHITE IVY after it was longlisted for the Center of Fiction’s First Novel Prize and loved it. An addictive read about a cunning woman determined to marry into a wealthy family whose plans are threatened by the ghosts of her past. ” — Jennifer Dayton, “WHITE IVY had the most twisty, demented heroine since Mathilde in FATES AND FURIES. For those who like their girls with a healthy dose of battery acid.”

Written In The Stars , Alexandria Bellefleur, (HarperCollins/Avon, Nov. 10, DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley)

In what may feel like a throwback in these times
of social distancing, the author was interviewed live from PLA 2020 in Nashville, during the last
in-person national library show pre-pandemic.
It’s been a hit on GalleyChat, as Abby Johnson explains, “I was hooked by [the publisher’s description] ‘Gay Bridget Jones‘ and it’s true. Fake relationship romance between a flighty astrologer and a type A actuary who start fake dating.”

Murder in Old Bombay, Nev March, (Macmillan/Minotaur, Nov 10, DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley).

Says Joe Jones of this debut, “MURDER IN OLD BOMBAY by Nev March is set in 1892 India and features a half-English, half-Indian ex-soldier who loves Sherlock Holmes stories and tries to emulate him to solve a murder mystery. I was surprised at how emotionally invested I got in the characters.”

Further ahead, watch for these authors from the diversity list who will be featured on LJ‘s Virtual Day of Dialog panels, scheduled for September 25th.

 

 Of Women and Salt, Gabriela Garcia, (Macmillan.Flatiron, 4/6/21, DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley) — Literary Fiction 1 panel

Libertie, Kaitlyn Greenidge, (Workman/Algonquin, 3/30/21) — Literary Fiction 1 panel

Black Buck, Mateo Askaripour, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1/12/21) — Literary Fiction 1 panel

My Year Abroad, Chang-rae Lee, (PRH/Riverhead Books, 2/2/21) — Cover to be revealed — Literary Fiction 1

On Fragile Waves, E. Lily Yu, (Workman/Erwhon, 12/8/20) — Literary Fiction 2 panel

How Beautiful We Were, Imbolo Mbue, (PRH/ Random House, 3/9/21, DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley) — Literary Fiction 2 panel — originally scheduled for release in June, this one has already received praise on GalleyChat.

Buses Are a Comin’: Memoir of a Freedom Rider, Charles Person, Richard Rooker (Macmillan/St. Martin’s, 4/27/21, DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley) — Black Nonfiction panel

Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells, Michelle Duster,  (S&S/Atria/One Signal, 1/26/21),  — Black Nonfiction panel

We Could Be Heroes, Mike Chen, (Harlequin/MIRA, 1/26/21, DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley) — SF/Fantasy panel

The Jigsaw Man, Nadine Matheson, (HarperCollins/Hanover Square, 3/16/21, DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley) — Thrillers panel

Honey Girl, Morgan Rogers, (HarperCollins/Park Row,DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley) — Book Club Bests panel

August YA/MG GalleyChat


Read the full chat here.

A catalog of the titles discussed is here.

Join us for the next chat, Thursday, Sept. 24th, 2:30-3:30 PM ET.

GalleyChat Roundup, August, 2020

Of the 200+ titles getting attention during last week’s GalleyChat, the largest number are set for release in October. Generally a strong publishing month, it’s even more so this year, due to the number of titles that were rescheduled from the spring because of the pandemic.

One of the most discussed titles is one that effectively reflects the sense of free-floating anxiety brought on by the pandemic, Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam, (HarperCollins/Ecco, 10/6/2020; LibraryReads deadline, 9/1/10). In an interview with the HarperCollins library marketing team, Alam notes that he too, is unsettled by the “eerie resonance” of the novel with this particular time, especially since he wrote it before the pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests. However, he notes, it’s the task of the artist to “distill what is in the air” and he feels we have been had a sense of “disjointed discomfort …for quite some time.” To achieve that resonance, he used the form of the thriller, to give the book “a sense of momentum, to feel propulsive and frightening so the reader could occupy the place that the characters occupy of not entirely understanding what is happening to them.” GalleyChatters attest that he achieved his goal. Hollywood has also taken notice. Last month, Netflix announced plans for a film adaptation, starring Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts.

Below are roundups of the full August, 2020 chat:

GalleyChat August 2020 — downloadable spreadsheet, including notes on which titles are getting the most attention, debuts, diversity titles, those that made their first appearance during this chat, and LibraryReads deadlines. NOTE: to save time in creating this wrap up, we have not included quotes from GalleyChat tweets. To read the full chat, search Twitter by #ewgc. For tweets on specific titles, search Twitter using #ewgc and the title or author’s name.

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

— Also check our list of Upcoming Diversity Titles for LibraryReads Consideration

Note that GalleyChats are now being held on the first Thursday of each month. Please join us for the next one on Thursday, August 6th, 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.

July YA/MG GalleyChat


Read the full chat here.

A catalog of the titles discussed is here.

Join us for the next chat, Wednesday, Aug. 19.

GalleyChat Roundup, JULY 2020

Recent announcements brought cheers from GalleyChatters during July’s chat:

— Downloadable Audio Review Copies will soon be available from both NetGalley and Edelweiss.

— Virtual Shout-n-Share is coming next week, 7/22 — collection development specialists from across the country talk about their favorite forthcoming books Register here

Below are roundups of the July, 2020 chat:

GalleyChat, July 2020 — downloadable spreadsheet includes notes on which titles are getting the most attention, debuts, diversity titles, and which made their first appearance on this chat, as well LibraryReads deadlines. NOTE: to save time in creating this wrap up, we have not included quotes from GalleyChat tweets. To read the full chat, search Twitter by #ewgc. For tweets on specific titles, search Twitter using #ewgc and the title or author’s name.

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

— Also check our list of Upcoming Diversity Titles for LibraryReads Consideration

Note that future GalleyChats will be held on the first Thurday of each month, to avoid conflicts with Tuesday social media blackouts. Please join us for the next one on Thursday, August 6th, 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.

GalleyChat Roundup, June

This month’s edition of GalleyChat focused on titles by Black authors. For a dowloadable spreadsheet, with quotes from the tweets, click here GalleyChat, June, Black authors (also see our full list of Upcoming Diversity Titles for LibraryReads Consideration).

The HarperCollins library marketing team held an inspiring FaceBook Live session. “Anti-Racism Reads with Librarians K.C. Boyd and Wendy Bartlett and Amistad Editorial Director Tracy Sherrod” last week. UPDATE: click here for a reading list from the session.

The just released July LibraryReads list includes a title that has resonated with GalleyChatters:

Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir, Natasha Trethewey, (HarperCollins/Ecco, 7/28/2020. DRC from Edelweiss and NetGalley)

GalleyChat comments — Anbolyn Potter, “I really loved MEMORIAL DRIVE by Natasha Tretheway. Very beautifully written and powerful. I cried a lot.” — JW Bookworm,”…so painful yet so gorgeously written.” — KC, “I concur! Reminded me  of Trevor Noah’s book BORN A CRIME”  — Janet Lockhart, “I really liked this memoir. Her realization at the end is heartfelt and heartbreaking.…Poets are often my favorite prose writers. ”

Below are roundups of the full June, 2020 chat, in two versions:

EarlyWord-GalleyChat-June-2020 — downloadable spreadsheet includes notes on which titles are getting the most attention, debuts, diversity titles, and which came up for the first time during this chat, as well LibraryReads deadlines. NOTE: to save time in creating this wrap up, we have not included quotes from GalleyChat tweets. To read the full chat, search Twitter by #ewgc. For tweets on specific titles, search Twitter, using #ewgc and title or author’s name.

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

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tuesday, July 7th, 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.