Annual Conference Read ‘n’ Rave Report 2018

Booklist convened the fourth 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.

This year’s panel included Ariel Farrar, Adult Collection Librarian at New Orleans Public Library;  Stephen Sposato, Manager of Content Curation and Reader’s Advisory at the Chicago Public Library; Becky Spratford of RA for All; Kaite Stover, Director of Readers’ Services at Kansas City Public Library; and Rebecca Vnuk, Executive Director of LibraryReads. To follow are the titles we raved about. I’ve linked them to their Booklist reviews when available and provided ordering info when they’re not.


Ariel Farrar

The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists, by Naomi Klein (Haymarket, June)

Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises, by Rebeccas Solnit (Haymarket, September)

An Easy Death, by Charlaine Harris (Saga, October)

Queen Solomon, by Tamara Faith Berger (Coach House, September)

November Road, by Lou Berney (William Morrow, October)

The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides (Celadon, February)

Tinderbox, by Robert Fieseler (Liveright, June)

Vita Nostra, by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko (Harper Voyager, November)

What Truth Sounds Like, by Michael Eric Dyson



Stephen Sposato

21 Lessons for the 21st Century, by Yuval Noah Harari (Spiegel & Grau, September)

Can Democracy Work? A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World, by Jim Miller (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, September)

Heart: A History, by Sandeep Jauhar (Farrar Straus and Giroux, September)

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, by Sarah Smarsh (Scribner, September)

Home After Dark, by David Small (Liveright, September)

How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals, by Sy Montgomery (Houghton Mifflin, September)

The Library Book, by Susan Orlean (Simon & Schuster, October)

Operation Columba—The Secret Pigeon Service, by Gordon Corera (William Morrow & Company, October)

Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, by Eric Klinenberg (Crown, September)



Becky Spratford

The Black God’s Drums, by P. Djeli Clark (Tor, August)

The Bone Keeper, by Luca Veste (Sourcebooks, October)

(Don’t) Call me Crazy, edited by Kelly Jensen (Algonquin, October)

Hope Never Dies, by Andrew Shaffer (Quirk, July)

Ordinary People, by Diana Evans (Liveright, September)

The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London, by Christopher Skaife (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October)

Temper, by Nicky Drayden (Harper Voyager, August)

The Water Cure, by Sophie Macintosh (Doubleday, January)



Kaite Stover

Baby Teeth, by Zoje Stage (Macmillan, July)

Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall, by Tim Mohr (Workman, October)

The Con Artist, by Fred Van Lente (Quirk, July)

Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival, by Terry Roberts (Turner Publishing, August)

Hooligan, by Philipp Winkler, Arcade, April 2018

Labyrinth of the Spirits, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (HarperCollins, September)

Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster, by Stephen L. Carter (Henry Holt, October)

Rock and Roll Woman: The 50 Fiercest Female Rockers, by Meredith Ochs (Sterling, October)

The Showrunner, by Kim Moritsugu Dundurn

A Student of History, by Nina Revoyr (Ashkasic, March)

Times Convert, by Deborah Harkness (Penguin Random House, September)

Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror, by W. Scott Poole (Counterpoint, October)

A Well-Behaved Woman, by Therese Anne Fowler (Macmillan, October)



Rebecca Vnuk

The Clockmaker’s Daughter, by Kate Morton (Atria, October)

The Dinner List, by Rebecca Serle (Flatiron, September)

The Dreamers, by Karen Thompson Walker (Random House, January)

Marilla of Green Gables, by Sarah McCoy (William Morrow, October)

Once Upon a River, by Diane Setterfield (Atria, January)

Ordinary People, by Diana Evans (LiveRight, September)

Our House, by Louise Candlish (Berkley, August)

Pieces of Her, by Karin Slaughter

Vox, by Christina Dalcher (Berkley, August)



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