Author Archive: Rebecca Vnuk

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

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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 […]

Posted in: Book Lists, Libraries
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 […]

Book Group Got You Down? Here’s Help!
By January 15, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Book Group Got You Down? Here’s Help!

The December 15, 2015 issue of Booklist was our Spotlight on Book Discussions issue, and we were fortunate to have Becky Spratford contribute her thoughts in “Support Groups for Book Discussion Leaders.” She candidly expresses the need to address burnout and book group fatigue, while offering solid tips on how to get your book-club-leader mojo […]

Posted in: Book Groups, Libraries
Midwinter Read ‘n Rave Report: Upcoming Middle-Grade and YA Titles
By January 11, 2016 1 Comments Read More →

Midwinter Read ‘n Rave Report: Upcoming Middle-Grade and YA Titles

Booklist and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) debuted a new program at this year’s Annual conference: Read n’ Rave, which was so popular, we brought it to the Midwinter meeting, this time letting youth librarians in on the fun. The program brings together a panel of collection-development librarians who roam the exhibit aisles in […]

Shelf Evaluation: Don’t Judge a Reader by Her Shelves
By December 15, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Shelf Evaluation: Don’t Judge a Reader by Her Shelves

In this new feature, we’re asking Booklisters to give themselves a “shelf evaluation.” The rules are simple: pick any shelf in your home library, take a picture of it as is (no alphabetizing, no dusting), and then . . . explain your shelf! I think librarians fall into one of two camps: those who have […]

Alternate-History Books for Fans of The Man in the High Castle
By December 7, 2015 7 Comments Read More →

Alternate-History Books for Fans of The Man in the High Castle

The alternate-history TV series The Man in the High Castle, loosely based on the 1962 Philip K. Dick novel of the same name, has become Amazon’s most-watched original series. The premise here is that the Axis powers won WWII and the U.S. has been split into the Greater Nazi Reich and the Pacific States. People live in […]

Posted in: Backlist, Book Lists
The Read ‘n Rave Report: 65 Books That Should Be on Your Radar

The Read ‘n Rave Report: 65 Books That Should Be on Your Radar

Booklist and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) debuted a new program at this year’s Annual conference: Read n’ Rave. 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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