Archive for September, 2020

Sept. YA/MG GalleyChat Roundup

Monday, September 28th, 2020

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

Monday, September 14th, 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