Author Archive: Rebecca Vnuk

Rebecca Vnuk is the editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist. She is also the author of 3 reader’s-advisory nonfiction books: Read On…Women’s Fiction (2009), Women’s Fiction: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (2014), and Women’s Fiction Authors: A Research Guide (2009). Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_RVnuk.

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Annual Conference Read n’ Rave Report, 2017

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 […]

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Actual Epistolary Beach Reads

Actual Epistolary Beach Reads

In the May 23, 2017 “Match Book” column in the New York Times Book Review, a reader named Anetra Smith explains that she’s going on a much-needed beach vacation and would like to bring some epistolary novels because she loved The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger and The Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. She received suggestions for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, […]

Men Breaking the Rules (by Writing Believable Women’s Fiction)

Men Breaking the Rules (by Writing Believable Women’s Fiction)

While I love all of our Spotlights, I have a special place in my heart for the women’s fiction issue (after all, I wrote the book(s) on the topic!). In the very first Women’s Fiction Spotlight that I contributed to, I wrote up “Rebecca’s Rules: Defining Women’s Fiction,” since the term is so vague. (It’s not […]

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The Carnegie Interviews: Matthew Desmond
By December 21, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

The Carnegie Interviews: Matthew Desmond

Please enjoy our series of interviews with each of the finalists for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. For your chance to win a copy of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, follow @bookistreader on Twitter and tweet the link to this interview by 2pm CST tomorrow (December 22, 2016) using […]

The Carnegie Interviews: Patrick Phillips
By December 15, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

The Carnegie Interviews: Patrick Phillips

Please enjoy our series of interviews with each of the finalists for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. For your chance to win a copy of Blood at the Root, follow @bookistreader on Twitter and tweet the link to this interview by midnight CST tonight (December 15, 2016) using the hashtag #Carnegie2017giveaway. We’ll […]

Going Boutique: Have You Customized Your RA Services?

Going Boutique: Have You Customized Your RA Services?

Last week, I had the pleasure of hosting a panel for our RA Conversations series co-sponsored by ARRT and Novelist, “Becoming the Face of RA.” You’ll hear all about it in the September issue of “Corner Shelf,” but something said by Polli Kenn, Book Sherpa at the Lawrence Public Library, has really stuck with me: She […]

Annual Conference Read n’ Rave Report

Annual Conference Read n’ Rave Report

Booklist and the Association of American Publishers convened the third installment of 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 […]

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Ruth Rendell: A Booklist Reader Guide

Ruth Rendell: A Booklist Reader Guide

Fans love prolific authors—more books means more to love, right? But it can be difficult for newcomers to decide where to start, especially with an author who alternates a long-running series with decidedly different stand-alones. But we’re here to help! Find the way to reading happiness with our Booklist Reader Guides.   The Queen of Psychological Suspense […]

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Can’t Break His Stride: An Interview with Brian Freeman

Can’t Break His Stride: An Interview with Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman is an international bestselling author of psychological suspense novels. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages. His debut thriller, Immoral (2005), won the Macavity Award and was a nominee for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry awards for best first novel, and several of the books in his Jonathan Stride series have received starred […]

Don’t Miss “Top 5” at PLA—Your Fast Guide to Authors You Should Know

Don’t Miss “Top 5” at PLA—Your Fast Guide to Authors You Should Know

If you’re just seeing this now and you’re at PLA, I hope you’ll come over to room 102/104/106 at 10:45 a.m. For four Public Library Association conferences in a row now I’ve been joined by a panel of rock-star readers’ advisors for a program we like to call the “Top 5.” This is where we take […]