Sept. GalleyChat Roundup — #ewgc

Librarians set a GalleyChat record last week, discussing over 250 upcoming titles in the hour-long chat..

Summaries, below, for collection development, readers advisory, and LibraryReads consideration:

EarlyWord GalleyChat, September, 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, and LibraryReads deadlines.

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

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tues., Oct. 1, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). More details and a schedule for the upcoming year here.

Set your calendar alarms and bring a friend.

A few trends emerged last week:

— Several GalleyChatters brought up titles that got their attention during the Booklist Webinar—Romantic Reads (click link for archived version).

— Christmas comes in Sept/Oct this year, with holiday-themed titles. Below are just a few of the covers (find all of them by searching the spreadsheet under “Christmas.”)

— Ingram’s Collection Development librarians, who have a broad view of what’s about to be published, noted that several books on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are on the horizon:

— Among the many diversity titles, the following are receiving particularly strong attention. For more diversity titles, check our ongoing list of Diversity Titles for LibraryReads Consideration 

Cummins, Jeanine, American Dirt, (Macmillan/Flatiron; LibraryReads nominations due 12/1/19; DRC available from NetGalley)

Called “thrilling, timely, and heartbreaking” expected to be “one of the biggest titles of 2020. It starts with a gunshot and doesn’t let you go”  and “an important, compassionate, amazing story of one woman’s struggle to get from Mexico to the US.” Take a look at the opinion piece Cummins published in the NYT last year. Entertainment Weekly previewed it in May as “One of 2020’s most anticipated titles, Jeanine Cummins’ sweeping novel is set to arrive with big expectations: It’s already generated raves from the likes of Don Winslow (‘a GRAPES OF WRATH for our times’) and Stephen King (‘an extraordinary piece of work’). And back in 2018, it sparked a nine-house, seven-figure auction, ultimately won by Flatiron Books. This level of hype, in other words, is pretty rare.”  Further proof, a movie is in the works,

Reid, Kiley, Such A Fun Age (PRH/Penguin, 12/31/19; LibraryReads nominations due 11/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss & NetGalley)

Called “A fascinating debut about privilege, class and race and how uncomfortable & sticky it can be to try and ‘do the right thing,'” about “a young black babysitter (who) gets caught up in a moment when she’s stopped by a security guard at a grocery store while taking care of her white charge. Electrifying and layered, timely and discussible. Great for book clubs.” It was a BEA 2019 Buzz Title

Tsao, Tiffany, The Majesties(S&S/Atria, 1/21/20; LibraryReads nominations due 12/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss & NetGalley)

Described as  “like CRAZY RICH ASIANS but sinister.”

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