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 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, Magan Szwarek, Head of Reference at the Schaumburg Township District Library, and Naphtali Faris, Early Literacy Coordinator at Mid-Continent Public Library. To follow is what we raved about.

book that matters mostMy Picks:

Leave Me, by Gayle Forman (Algonquin, September)

Born Bright, by C. Nicole Mason (St. Martin’s, August)

The Mothers, by Brit Bennett (Riverhead, August)

The Book That Matters Most, by Ann Hood (Norton, August)

Hungry Heart, by Jennifer Weiner (Atria, October)

Stephen’s Picks:

Another Day in the Death of America, by Gary Younge (Nation Books, October)

Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders (Random House, February)

Glorious HeresiesMaking Work Work, by Shola Richards (Sterling, September)

Strangers in Their Own Land, by Arlie Russell Hochschild (New Press, September)

Mad Enchantment, by Ross King (Bloomsbury, September)

The Glorious Heresies, by Lisa McInerney (Time Duggan, August)

I Contain Multitudes, by Ed Yong (Ecco, August)

The Red Car, by Marcy Dermansky (Liveright, October)

Erin’s Picks 

ButterThe French Chef in America, by Alex Prud’homme (Knopf, October)

Butter, by Elaine Khosrova (Algonquin, November)

All the Missing Girls, by Megan Miranda (Simon and Schuster, June)

A Deadly Affection, by Cuyler Overholt (Sourcebooks, September)

The Marriage Lie, by Kimberly Belle (Mira, January)

Atlas Obscura, by Joshua Foer (Workman, September)

In the Company of Women, by Grace Bonney (Artisan, October)

Shirley JacksonMagan’s picks:

Shirley Jackson, by Ruth Franklin (Liveright, September)

The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday, September)

Here I Am, by Johnathan Safran Foer (FSG, September)

The Other Einstein, by Marie Benedict (Sourcebooks, October)

In Sunlight or In Shadow, edited by Lawrence Block (Pegasus, December)

Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch (Crown, August)

Singing BonesNaphtali’s picks:

The Singing Bones, by Shaun Tan (Scholastic, October)

Snow White, by Matt Phelan (Candlewick, September)

Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix/Scholastic, September)

Andre the Giant, by Brandon Easton and Denis Medri (IDW, June)

Comics Confidential, edited by Leonard S. Marcus (Candlewick, September)

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale (Marvel Press/Disney-Hyperion, February)

Dust Bowl Girls, by Lydia Reeder (Algonquin, January)

Dreamland Burning, by Jennifer Latham (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, February)

Saving Hamlet, by Molly Booth (Disney-Hyperion, November)


About the Author:

Rebecca Vnuk is the Executive Director of LibraryReads. She was formerly the Editor, Reference and Collection Management, for Booklist Publications.

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