Author Archive: Rebecca Vnuk

Rebecca Vnuk is the editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist. She is also the author of 3 reader’s-advisory nonfiction books: Read On…Women’s Fiction (2009), Women’s Fiction: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (2014), and Women’s Fiction Authors: A Research Guide (2009). Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_RVnuk.

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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 […]

Posted in: Book Lists, Book News
RIP Ruth Rendell, Grande Dame of the Mystery World

RIP Ruth Rendell, Grande Dame of the Mystery World

The mystery world has lost one of the grande dames. The much-lauded Ruth Rendell (winner of numerous mystery awards, including the 1991 Cartier Diamond Dagger for a Lifetime’s Achievement in the Field, not to mention being awarded a CBE in 1996), who had suffered a stroke at the beginning of this year, passed away on May 2, 2015. […]

Web Crush of the Week: Circulating Ideas
By November 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Web Crush of the Week: Circulating Ideas

Podcasts are hot right now (SERIAL, amirite?), and one of the best library-themed podcasts is Steve Thomas’s Circulating Ideas. This podcast features interviews with librarians, talking about the cool, innovative work they are doing to keep the profession relevant for the twenty-first century. On a regular basis, Steve interviews everyday librarians from across the spectrum—academic, public, systems and […]

Posted in: Libraries
Dusty Book: Erasure
By November 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Dusty Book: Erasure

Here’s one that begs another read. In Percival Everett’s Erasure (2001), a black author, sick and tired of no one reading his uber-literary historical novels, (he reaches his breaking point when he discovers his books—including his latest novel, which involves Greek philosophers—on the “African American Studies” shelves at Borders) writes a ridiculous spoof of contemporary street lit called My Pafology. He […]

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Dusty Book: Through a Glass Darkly
By November 7, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Dusty Book: Through a Glass Darkly

Karleen Koen’s Through a Glass Darkly (1986) is one of my go-to historical fiction finds. It has a strong female protagonist, rich historical detail, and both a prequel and a sequel, to boot, for if the patron enjoys it. Set in eighteenth-century England, it’s the tale of headstrong Barbara Alderley, who was born into a rapidly declining noble […]

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Dusty Book: Women’s Fiction for Readers of All Ages
By November 4, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Dusty Book: Women’s Fiction for Readers of All Ages

Laura Moriarty’s The Center of Everything (2008) is a sensitive and moving portrait of a precocious girl and her single mom living just shy of real poverty in 1980s Kansas. Evelyn is a gifted 10-year-old but risks failing school because her home life is chaotic. Her mother, Tina, just can’t catch a lucky break. The […]

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