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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Full ALA Annual Read N Rave List With Bonus Advice On How To Make This List Work For You RIGHT NOW

Today, as promised here in my longer report on the titles I "Raved" at ALA Annual, is the full post from Booklist on what all 5 of us discussed.

The event was hosted by Rebecca Vnuk, editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist.

I think we did a fantastic job working together to provide a wide range of books for all kinds of readers.

Keep these books on your radar because we all think they will have traction with library patrons. But even better for right this minute, are the previous Read N Rave program lists. Many of those titles are books you already have on the shelf. They are a year or two old, so they could use a push right now. It is easy to use the newest list to create interest in these back list gems which are still awesome reads.

Here's what you do, step by step:

  1. Pull up the 20172016, 2015 Read N Rave lists.
  2. Use the 2017 list to do pre-ordering and/or pass on to those who do order.
  3. Make a display about librarians picks. Print out, the cover for the upcoming books we suggest and put a "coming soon" tag on them. Then in the display (or on a list that you put in the library or online...or all of the above) put books from the previous 2 years lists that you do own.
  4. And....you have a quickly put together but awesome display of backlist gems that also let's people know what new books are coming. The display will be diverse in every way. You will have multiple genres, varied voices, and nonfiction. And all of the titles are library worker approved!
  5.  Not required-- you can make this display interactive by asking patrons to fill out a slip of paper answering the question, "What upcoming books are you most excited about?"
  6. Everyone finds a good read.

I can't wait to hear form some of you who give this a try.

Below is this year's list replicated from Booklist Reader--

Annual Conference Read n’ Rave Report, 2017
Booklist and the Association of American Publishers convened another well-attended Read ‘n’ Rave at this year’s ALA Annual Conference. Modeled after the popular Shout ‘n’ Share panels that take place at the end of Book Expo every year, the program brings together a panel of collection development librarians who roam the exhibit aisles in search of galleys that should be on your radar.
The latest panel included Stephen Sposato, Manager of Content Curation and Reader’s Advisory at the Chicago Public Library, Erin Downey Howerton, Children’s Manager at the Wichita Public Library, Kaite Mediatore Stover, Director of Reader’s Services for the Kansas City (MO) Public Library,  Magan Szwarek, Head of Reference at the Schaumburg Township District Library, and Becky Spratford, a Reader’s Advisory consultant who blogs regularly on all things books and library-land at http://raforall.blogspot.com.
To follow are their choices, linked to their Booklist reviews when possible.

Erin Downey Howerton
Autonomous, by Annalee Newitz
The Belles, by Dhonielle Clayton
The Black Painting, by Neil Olson
Jane, Unlimited, by Kristin Cashore
The Last Mrs. Parrish, by Liv Constantine
Lies She Told, by Cate Holahan
Little & Lion, by Brandy Colbert
The Long Count, by J. M. Gulvin
Plague Land, by Alex Scarrow
Rez Rebel, by Melanie Florence
Spliced, by Jon McGoran

Stephen Sposato
Bluebird, Bluebird, by Attica Locke
Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News, by Kevin Young
The Child Finder, by Rene Denfeld
The Ghosts of Langley: Into the CIA’s Heart of Darkness, by John Prados
A Kind of Freedom, by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
The Ninth Hour, by Alice McDermott
Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything, by Lydia Kang
Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward
We Are All Shipwrecks: A Memoir, by Kelly Hrey Carlisle
The Talented Ribkins, by Ladee Hubbard

Becky Spratford
An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones
The City of Brass, by S. A. Chakrsborty
Creatures of Will & Temper, by Molly Tanzer
In the Valley of the Sun, by Andy Davidson
The Last Ballad, by Wiley Cash
My Absolute Darling, by Gabriel Talent
The New Annotated Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
Paperbacks from Hell, by Grady Hendrix
Strange Weather, by Joe Hill


Kaite Stover
An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones
Bookshops, by Jorge Carrion Biblioasis
Caroline, by Sarah Miller
Class Mom, by Laurie Gelman
Cuz, by Danielle Allen
Dear Fahrenheit 451, by Annie Spence
Futchi Perf, by Kevi Czap
Heating & Cooling, by Beth Ann Fennelly
In the Cage, by Kevin Hardcastle
Island of Point Nemo, by Jean-Marie Blas de Robles
Musnet, by Kickliy
Red Clocks, by Leni Zumas
Santa’s Husband, by Daniel Kibblesmith, illustrated by A.P. Quatch
Sourdough, by Robin Sloan
Tell Me How it Ends, by Valeria Luiselli
The Woman in the Window, by A.J. Finn
The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Marta McDowell

Magan Szwarek
The Burning Girl, by Claire Messud
Eternal Life, by Dara Horn
Forest Dark, by Nicole Krauss
From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, by Caitlin Doughty
Future Home of the Living God, by Louise Erdrich
Nomadland: Surviving American in the Twenty-first Century, by Jessica Bruder
Seven Days of Us, by Francesca Hornak

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