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    After the Diversity Audit and Farewell, Maggie (sad emoji)

    After the Diversity Audit and Farewell, Maggie (sad emoji)

    On this episode of Shelf Care: The Podcast, host Susan Maguire sat down with Johanna Boyle and Marie Mulder from the Kent District Library in Michigan about the necessary work of the diversity audit, and what to do once the audit is done (hint: it involves spreadsheets). Then Audio Editor Heather Booth offers some solid suggestions for promoting your audiobook collection. Finally (oh, finally), Susan and Senior Editor, Books for Youth Maggie Reagan sat down for one last conversation about what Maggie is reading and loving, and what the heck romantasy means.

    Here's what we talked about:

    The Final Strife, by Saara El-Afiri
    Made Glorious, by Lindsay Eagar
    I Loved You In Another Life, by David Arnold
    Compass and Blade, by Rachel Greenlaw
    A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas
    Fourth Wing, by Rebecca Yarros

    • 39 min
    Summer Scares 2024

    Summer Scares 2024

    This episode of Shelf Care: The Podcast is all about Summer Scares! The reading program, a collaboration between Booklist, the Horror Writers Association, United for Libraries, Book Riot, and NoveList, announced their title picks in February. Host Susan Maguire sat down with the folks behind Summer Scares to talk about the books they want you to read this summer, different levels of scariness, and the importance of snacks for patron engagement.

    Here’s what we talked about:

    This Thing between Us, by Gus Moreno
    Such Sharp Teeth, by Rachel Harrison
    Jackal, by Erin E. Adams
    All these Bodies, by Kendare Blake
    Anna Dressed in Blood, by Kendare Blake
    #MurderTrending, by Gretchen McNeil
    Chain Gang All-Stars, by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
    Dead Flip, by Sara Farizan
    Meddling Kids, by Edgar Cantero
    LibraryReads
    What Kind of Mother, by Clay McLeod Chapman
    2024 Summer Scares Programming Guide
    Horror Writers Association
    The Nest, by Kenneth Oppel
    Ophie’s Ghost, by Justina Ireland
    My Aunt is a Monster, by Reimena Yee
    The Labyrinth of Lost and Found, by Jordan Lees (The Whisperwicks #1)
    Don’t miss these webinars, featuring the Summer Scares Authors:
    Summer Scares Adult
    Summer Scares YA
    Summer Scares Middel Grade

    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Shelf Care Interview: Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic

    The Shelf Care Interview: Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic

    Welcome to another installment of the Shelf Care Interview, an occasional podcast series in which Booklist editors get to talk to book people. This Shelf Care Interview is sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group.

    In this episode of Shelf Care Interview, Sarah Hunter talks with Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic, whose new book, TOUCH THE SKY, goes on sale in May.

    Stephanie writes books in the San Francisco Bay Area surrounded by a few kids, a few cats, and one husband. Her work includes THE END OF SOMETHING WONDERFUL, HELLO STAR, and THE LEAGUE OF PICKY EATERS.

    • 9 min
    The Shelf Care Interview: Patricia Kreiser

    The Shelf Care Interview: Patricia Kreiser

    Welcome to another installment of the Shelf Care Interview, an occasional podcast series in which Booklist editors get to talk to book people. This Shelf Care Interview is sponsored by Capstone.

    In this episode of Shelf Care Interview, Sarah Hunter talks with Patricia Kreiser about her debut picture book Always Together, which came out in January.

    Patricia Kreiser is an author and illustrator and proud mom who absolutely loves creating picture stories. Some of her earliest and best childhood memories include endless hours with Breyer horses, drawing (but not on the walls) and reading pretty much anything she could get her hands on. Patricia graduated from Pratt Institute and hopes her stories will one day be someone's favorite childhood memory. She joins us today from her home near Philadelphia.

    • 17 min
    Episode 33: Memoirs, Author Visits, and Books Books Books

    Episode 33: Memoirs, Author Visits, and Books Books Books

    On this episode of Shelf Care: The Podcast, host Susan Maguire talks to Stephanie Sendaula, librarian and memoir enthusiast, about what’s so great about memoirs and what makes a great author visit. Then Audio Editor Heather Booth shares some upcoming awards and lists that those who do collection development and listeners’ advisory will want to know about. Finally, Susan and Annie Bostrom, Senior Editor, Adult Books, chat about what they’re reading and loving.

    Leg: The Story of a Limb and the Boy Who Grew from It, by Greg Marshall
    Nervous: Essays on Heritage and Healing, by Jen Soriano
    Women We Buried, Women We Burned, by Rachel Louise Snyder
    Electric Lit
    A Man of Two Faces: A Memoir, A History, a Memorial, by Viet Thanh Nguyen
    Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City, by Jane Wong
    Illness as Metaphor, by Susan Sontag
    Rainbow Black, by Maggie Thrash
    The Women of NOW: How Feminists Built an Organization that Transformed America, by Katherine Turk
    Silver Nitrate, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
    Odyssey Award Winners
    RUSA Adult Listen List
    Spring Audio Preview (in Corner Shelf)
    Headshot, by Rita Bullwinkel
    Listen for the Lie, by Amy Tintera
    American Daughters, by Piper Huguley

    • 35 min
    Episode 32: Editors' Choice 2023

    Episode 32: Editors' Choice 2023

    It’s December, and that means…Editors’ Choice! Booklist’s full list of our Editors’ Choice titles can be found in our December issue, but on this episode of Shelf Care: The Podcast, the Booklist editors share some standouts from the already stand-out list.

    Here’s what everyone talked about:

    Donna Seaman:
    Brave the Wild River: The Untold Story of Two Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon, by Melissa L. Sevigny (Top of the List, Adult Nonfiction)
    The Apartment, by Ana Menéndez (Top of the List, Adult Fiction)
    What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez, by Claire Jiménez
    The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride
    Absolution, by Alice McDermott
    Unshuttered, by Patricia Smith
    Poverty, by America, by Matthew Desmond

    Sarah Hunter:
    Roaming, by Mariko Tamaki, art by Jillian Tamaki
    Shubeik Lubeik, by Deena Mohamed, art by the author (Top of the List, Adult Graphic Novel)
    Family Style: Memories of an American from Vietnam, by Thien Pham, art by the author
    Bea Wolf, by Zach Weinersmith, art by Boulet (Top of the List, Youth Graphic Novel)
    Invisible Things, written and illustrated by Andy J. Pizza and Sophie Miller
    Jumper: A Day in the Life of a Backyard Jumping Spider, written and illustrated by Jessica Lanan
    Mr. S, written and illustrated by Monica Arnaldo (Top of the List, Picture Book)

    Heather Booth:
    Cutting Teeth, by Chandler Baker, read by January LaVoy (Top of the List, Adult Audio)
    Tom Lake, by Ann Patchett, read by Meryl Streep
    So Many Steves: Afternoons with Steve Martin, by Steve Martin and Adam Gopnik, read by the authors
    Sure I’ll Join Your Cult: A Memoir of Mental Illness and the Quest to Belong Anywhere, by Maria Bamford, read by the author
    What Happened to Rachel Riley?, by Claire Swinarski, read by a full cast (Top of the List, Youth Audio)
    Big Tree, by Brian Selznick, read by Meryl Streep
    The Spirit Bares Its Teeth, by Andrew Joseph White, read by Raphael Corkhill
    Edoardo Ballerini, Voice of Choice

    Julia Smith:
    The Labors of Hercules Beal, by Gary D. Schmidt (Top of the List, Middle Grade)
    Barely Floating, by Lilliam Rivera
    The Otherwoods, by Justine Pucella Winans
    Bianca Torre Is Afraid of Everything, by Justine Pucella Winans (Top of the List, Young Adult)
    The Worlds We Leave Behind, by A. F. Harrold
    The Wild Robot Protects, by Peter Brown

    Annie Bostrom:
    The Vaster Wilds, by Lauren Groff

    Maggie Reagan:
    Champion of Fate, by Kendare Blake
    This Dark Descent, by Kalyn Josephson
    Painted Devils, by Margaret Owen
    The Making of Yolanda la Bruja, by Lorraine Avila
    The Blood Years, by Elena K. Arnold

    Susan Maguire:
    Happiness Falls, by Angie Kim
    Much Ado about Nada, by Uzma Jalaluddin
    Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries, by Heather Fawcett

    Ronny Khuri:
    The Hidden World of Gnomes, written and illustrated by Lauren Soloy

    • 45 min

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