Annual Conference Read ‘n’ Rave Report 2019

Booklist convened the fifth 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 Emily Calkins, Readers’ Services Program Coordinator at King County Library System; Amy Dittmeier, Adult Services Assistant Librarian at Brookfield Public Library; Craig Clark, formerly of Cuyahoga County Public Library and Cleveland Public Library; and Terry Hong, book reviewer, author, and blogger extraordinaire. To follow are the titles we raved about, linked to their Booklist reviews when available.

Emily Calkins

The Bird Boys, by Lisa Sandlin
Bury the Lede, by Gaby Dunn (Boom! Studios, October)
Motherhood So White, by Nefertiti Austin (Sourcebooks, September)
Nothing to See Here, by Kevin Wilson (Ecco, November)
Sarah Jane, by James Sallis (Soho Crime, October)
The Secrets We Kept, by Lara Prescott (Knopf, September)
Such a Fun Age, by Kiley Reid (Putnam, January 2020)
Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl, by Jeannie Vanasco (Tin House, September)
Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty (Norton, September)

Amy Dittmeier

Aurora Blazing, by Jessie Mihalik (Harper Voyager, October)
The Furies, by Katie Lowe (St. Martin’s, October)
Heaven, My Home, by Attica Locke (Mulholland, September)
Ninth House, by Leigh Bardugo (Flatiron, October)
The Right Swipe, by Alisha Rai
Steel Crow Saga, by Paul Krueger (Del Rey, September)
Twice in a Blue Moon, by Christina Lauren (Gallery, October)
The Wicked + Divine, v.9: Okay, by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Jamie McKelvie (Image Comics, October)

Craig Clark

36 Righteous Men, by Steven Pressfield (Norton, November)
Chilling Effect, by Valerie Valdes (Harper Voyager, September)
Cold Storage, by David Koepp
Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir (Tor, September)
The Giver of Stars, by Jojo Moyes (Pamela Dorman, October)
A Lush and Seething Hell, by John Hornor Jacobs (Harper Voyager, October)
The Missing American, by Kwei Quarty (Soho Crime, January 2020)
Of Vengeance, by J. D. Kurtness and translated by Pablo Strauss (Dundurn, October)
The Starless Sea, by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday, November)
Supernova Era, by Cixin Liu and translated by Joel Martinsen (Tor, October)
Thunderbolt, by Wilfred Santiago (Mad Creek, September)
The Twisted Ones, by T. Kingfisher (Saga, October)
Wonderland, edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane (Titan, September)

Terry Hong

Gun Island, by Amitav Ghosh (Farrar, September)
I Will Never See the World Again: The Memoir of an Imprisoned Writer, by Ahmet Altan and translated by Yasemin Congar (Other Press, October)
Out of Darkness, Shining Light, by Petina Gappa (Scribner, September)
The Shadow King, by Maaza Mengiste (Norton, September)
The Starlet and the Spy, by Ji-Min Lee and translated by Chi-Young Kim (Harper, September)
The Sweetest Fruits, by Monique Truong (Viking, September)
The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You, by Dina Nayeri (Catapult, September)

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