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GalleyChat Roundup, Jan. 2022

 

 

The first chat of the new year was blazing, with nearly 250 titles mentioned. Roundups are below. To read the full chat, search Twitter by #ewgc.

EarlyWord GalleyChat, Jan, 2022 — link to spreadsheet of the titles 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. NOTE: If you have any trouble downloading the spreadsheet, please Let us know

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

Our next chat will be held on Thursday, Feb. 3rd, 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.

GalleyChatters’ Favorite March Diversity Titles

Sutanto, Jesse Q.
Four Aunties and a Wedding
PRH/Penguin Berkley
Fiction / Mystery & Detective

Chris @marbooks, “…a great book to start the new year of reading. The situations (and fashions) Meddy & her family find themselves in as they celebrate Meddy’s wedding to Nathan had me laughing out loud. ” — DEC, Nanette Donohue @surferrosa, “…thrilled to hear that there will be two more Meddy Chan books!” — NOV, Jenna Friebel @jenna_friebel, “…such a delightful and fun follow up to DIAL A FOR AUNTIES. Loved being with those characters again in another ridiculous situation”

Abu-Jaber, Diana
Fencing with the King
W. W. Norton
Fiction / Cultural Heritage

Louisa @llws, “A short book that begs you to linger, immersive, with a rich cast of characters.” — Norton Library Mktg @WWNortonLibrary, “Library Journal gave [it] a star: ‘A resonant and pointedly perceptive story about family, Middle East history, and creating new narratives, whether as individuals or nations.'” — OCT, Jennifer Dayton @jenniferdayton, “wonderful. Her books never fail to delight. Family returns to Jordan to reconnect with its past.” — Janet Lockhart @HartGami, “I didn’t want this book to end. The writing is sublime.”

Byeong-mo, Gu
Old Woman with the Knife
HarperCollins/Hanover Square Press
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological

The e-newsletter dedicated to early reviews of mystery titles, First Clue, by former LJ/SLJ editors, Brian Kenny and Henrietta Verma, brought this to the attention of several GalleyChatters. From the review, “This startling work upends every stereotype of old ladies and killers. Known as Hornclaw, our protagonist is only 65 but welcomes the invisibleness of appearing elderly so as to better function as a disease control specialist: a hired killer.…The story, which immerses readers into everyday life in Seoul, is made unforgettable by Gu’s language …For lovers of literary fiction and book clubs that will try something different.”  GalleyChatter Louisa @llwsm calls it “[One of] My 2 top adult reads of the new year …short, potent literary thriller about an aging assassin, …Highly rec for fellow Smiley fans.”

Garrett, Kellye
Like a Sister
Hachette/Mulholland Books
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth

Janet Lockhart @HartGami, “[Protagonist] Lena completely rejects the idea that Desiree’s death was an overdose. She doesn’t care what it looks like, she knew her sister. Or did she? How well we know those closest to us is poignantly explored in the stellar crime novel.” — RedheadFangirl @RedheadFangirl, “Liked the Harlem setting and the insta/reality world sister vs. the student sister.” — DEC, Mara @mrlzbth, “a suspenseful read about a woman investigating the mysterious death of her reality TV star sister. I really liked the character development in this one!” — OCT, Cari Dubiel @caridubiel, “…Go get the galley now! About a young woman reckoning with her famous sister’s death…perfect for those thriller fans who are clamoring for more.”

Shepherd, Peng
Cartographers
HarperCollins/William Morrow
Fiction / Literary

Mara @mrlzbth, “I didn’t want to put down THE CARTOGRAPHERS by Peng Shepherd, the suspenseful story of a precious map with magical qualities and the people who would do anything to get their hands on it. Got to love the New York Public Library’s Map Division at the heart of the plot!” — Kimberly Mcgee @kimsbookstack, “…A secret society, magical maps and murder mystery set partially in the New York Public Library. Indiana Jones meets Brigadoon. Loved this book and tried to read it slow.” — DEC., Beth Mills @BethMills2, “…What an imaginative take in maps and map makers”  — From the Publishers Summary, “Peng (pronounced “Pung”) Shepherd is a diverse author who has lived across the globe and her writing and characters accurately reflect our complex world.”

Wilkes, Ally
All the White Spaces
S&S Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Fiction / Horror

Jenifer May @jennyjump79, “Ally Wilkes’ ALL THE WHITE SPACES has been my late night reading this past week. I feel like I’m right there with Jonathan, the young, inexperienced stowaway, on this haunted 1919 Antarctic expedition. So good and so eerie!” —  NOV, Mara @mrlzbth, “A thrilling tale of polar exploration where something sinister is lurking out there on the ice. Great use of a post-WWI setting where almost everyone is haunted by their pasts.” — SEPT, Ingram Library Services @TheLibraryLife_, “If you’re looking to grow your transgender genre collections, consider ALL THE WHITE SPACES by Ally Wilkes @UnheimlichManvr. Keywords according to the author’s twitter acct: post WW1 setting, Antarctic, ships, ghosts, death, trans.”

Williams, Sheila
Things Past Telling
HarperCollins Amistad
Fiction / Historical / Civil War Era

Kimberly Mcgee @kimsbookstack, “A sweeping saga like ROOTS. Told by a smart over 100 year old woman who doesn’t let anyone take her dignity or name away from her. Civil War historical masterpiece.” — librarylovefest @librarylovefest, “Ok, when I heard THINGS PAST TELLING launched as ‘combining the epic romance and adventure of OUTLANDER, the sweeping drama of ROOTS, and the haunting historical power of BARRACOON.’ Say no more-I’m in!!”

GalleyChat Roundup, Dec., 2021

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

And for those looking back at their favorites of the year, #Libfaves2021 runs through Dec. 17th. It began yesterday, Dec. 8, with library folk posting their top ten favorite 2021 titles, countdown style. Don’t worry if you missed the first day, you can catch up by adding the titles for the days you missed.

EarlyWord GalleyChat, Spreadsheet — link to spreadsheet of the titles 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. NOTE: If you have any trouble downloading the spreadsheet, please Let us know

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

Our next chat will be held on Thursday, January 6th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). Click here for the schedule of upcoming chats.

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

Several February titles (LR votes due Jan 1) have received heartfelt recommendations from GalleyChatters.

   

Slocumb, Brendan, The Violin Conspiracy, (PRH/Anchor, 9780593315415,  February 1, 2022)

DEBUT, Beth Mills, “…great main character, loved the classical music background.” — Jane Jorgenson, “Engrossing and heartbreaking at turns. Hero is a young black man who has to work exponentially harder to get into the world of being a classical violinist, then has his family heirloom (and extremely valuable) violin stolen.” — JenniferSchultz, “…a mystery about a Black violinist who, against all odds, creates an extraordinary violinist career, which is threatened when his priceless violin goes missing. Fascinating & gripping.” —  Mara, “…a compelling mystery, but also a fascinating look at the world of classical music and a moving tribute to the power of music education. I really enjoyed it!”

Chang, Lan Samantha, Family Chao, (W. W. Norton, 9780393868074, Feb. 1, 2022)

Mara, “Loved the character development in this story of three very different brothers thrust into the spotlight after their father’s suspicious death.”  The author is featured Booklist’s Webinar  along with Mary Roach and Glory Edim,

Black, Daniel, Don’t Cry for Me, (HarperCollins/Hanover Square Press, 9781335425737, Feb. 1, 2022)

Louisa, “Love love love DON’T CRY FOR ME! Need to remember to vote [for LibraryReads, due Jan 1] — Leslie DeLooze, “I just started DON’T CRY FOR ME by Daniel Black, and I can’t put it down. Surprising because of the serious nature of the novel. So compelling.”

March titles getting attention (LibraryReads deadline, 2/1/22)

 

Wilkes, Ally All the White Spaces (S&S Atria/Emily Bestler Books, 9781982182700, March 22, 2022)

Mara, “I’ve been raving about All The White Spaces by Ally Wilkes to anyone who will listen this month! A thrilling tale of polar exploration where something sinister is lurking out there on the ice. Great use of a post-WWI setting where almost everyone is haunted by their pasts.”

Sutanto, Jesse Q. Four Aunties and a Wedding (PRH/Penguin Berkley, 9780593440766, March 29, 2022)

Jenna Friebel, “…such a delightful and fun follow up to Dial A For Aunties. Loved being with those characters again in another ridiculous situation.”

A well-loved title originally scheduled for February, has been moved to May, giving more people time to read it before its new LibraryReads deadline, 4/1/22.

LaCour, Nina. Yerba Buena. Macmillan/Flatiron, May 31, 2022)

ADULT DEBUT — Carol Ann Tack, “I read Yerba Buena in two days and wished I hadn’t rushed through this remarkable story of love and family.” — Jenna Friebel, “If I could rave about only one novel right now, it’d be Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour. Her adult debut is like Sally Rooney in terms of character study/ relationships focus, but with the sparse yet poetic prose LaCour is known for from her YA books. And it’s queer”!

 

GalleyChat Roundup, Nov. 2021

 

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

EarlyWord GalleyChat, Nov, 2021 — link to spreadsheet of the titles 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. NOTE: If you have any trouble downloading the spreadsheet, please Let us know

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

Our next chat will be held on Thursday, December 2nd, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). Click here for the schedule of upcoming chats.

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

Speaking of that, one of the GalleyChatters made a special plea for two January debuts,

   

Daughter of the Moon Goddess 
Sue Lynn Tan,  HarperCollins/Harper Voyager
January 11, 2022, 9780063031302

Olga Dies Dreaming
Xochitl Gonzalez, Macmillan/ Flatiron Books
January 4, 2022, 9781250786173

Mara @mrlzbth, “Giving a shoutout to two January titles that I’ve mentioned before but love and would love to see on January’s LibraryReads list: Xochitl Gonzalez’s OLGA DIES DREAMING and Sue Lynn Tan’s DAUGHTER OF THE MOON GODDESS. Read them before December 1st and vote, vote, vote!”

GalleyChat Roundup, Oct. 2021

 

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

EarlyWord GalleyChat, Oct, 2021 — link to spreadsheet of the titles 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. NOTE: If you have any trouble downloading the spreadsheet, please Let us know

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

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

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

GalleyChat Roundup, September, 2021

 

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

EarlyWord GalleyChat, September, 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. NOTE: If you have any trouble downloading the spreadsheet, please Let us know

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

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

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

GalleyChat Roundup, August, 2021

ALERT: The authors of two of the titles that received particularly strong attention during this month’s GalleyChat will be featured in a FaceBook Live conversation, TODAY, Tuesday, 8/10, 2pm ET

Lori Rader-Day,  Death At Greenway

Wanda M. Morris,  All Her Little Secrets 

Register here

 

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

EarlyWord GalleyChat, August, 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. NOTE: If you have any trouble downloading the spreadsheet, please Let us know

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

Our next chat will be held on Thursday, September 2nd, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). Click here for the schedule of upcoming chats.

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

GalleyChat Roundup, July, 2021

 

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

EarlyWord GalleyChat, July, 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 Thursday, August 5th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). Click here for the schedule of upcoming chats.

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

GalleyChat Roundup, June, 2021

 

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

EarlyWord GalleyChat, June, 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 Thursday, July  1st, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). Click here for the schedule of upcoming chats.

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

GalleyChat Roundup, May, 2021

 

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

EarlyWord GalleyChat, May, 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 Thursday, June 3rd, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). Click here for the schedule of upcoming chats.

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

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 about making new discoveries.

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.