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, Director 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

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

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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