Check Your Shelf

Tonga’s Very First Public Library and Exciting News for CHECK YOUR SHELF!

Hello, book lovers!

It’s Liberty Hardy, sitting in these next two weeks while Katie McLain is on vacation. I’m excited to do this, because I am a library brat. My mother was a librarian for most of my childhood, and I spent thousands of hours in our hometown library, reading books while she worked. And then when I got older, also working the desk, shelving, emptying the returns box, straightening the card catalog, and putting plastic jackets on the books, because my mother had no fear of child labor laws. (It was still a good part of it, too, though.)

I always thought I would grow up to be a librarian, but I also thought I would grow up to marry George Michael. Hey, sometimes these things just don’t work out. But I am happy to be working in the book industry and I am happy to be sharing news with you today!

And remember, Katie says: “Starting September 17th, you’ll be getting TWO doses of Check Your Shelf in your inboxes each week on Tuesdays and Fridays! Tuesdays will focus on collection development and book lists, while Fridays will be more about news-y items. Thank you to all you readers who have made this newsletter such a success!!”

P.S. More fun news: be sure to enter Book Riot’s giveaway of the year’s 10 best mystery/thrillers so far!

Libraries & Librarians

News Updates

Cool Library Updates

Worth Reading

Book Adaptations in the News

  • Emily St John Mandel’s upcoming novel, The Glass Hotel, is being adapted for television, with Mandel herself writing the pilot.
  • Hulu is already developing the Handmaid’s Tale sequel based on The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, which comes out next week.
  • Rooney Mara has joined Guillermo Del Toro’s Nightmare Alley adaptation.
  • Kate Mulgrew has joined the cast of Mr. Mercedes.
  • Will Poulter has been cast in the lead of the Lord of the Rings series.
  • Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle is being adapted for television.
  • Daniel Henney will play al’Lan Mandragoran in the Wheel of Time series.
  • Bruce Holsinger’s new novel The Gifted School will be adapted for television.

Collection Development Corner

New & Upcoming Titles

Books & Authors in the News

Award News

Pop Cultured

  • The trailer for Just Mercy with Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan has arrived.
  • Here’s the trailer for the third season of Anne with an E on Netflix.
  • Here’s Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson in the new trailer for Dickinson, debuting this fall on Apple TV+.
  • Here’s Meryl Streep in the trailer for The Laundromat, based on Jake Bernstein’s non-fiction book Secrecy World.
  • And here’s the trailer for The King with Timothée Chalamet and Robert Pattinson, inspired by Shakespeare’s Henry work.
  • Here’s the first official trailer for Edward Norton’s adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn.

All Things Comics


Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists



Bookish Curiosities & Miscellaneous

Level Up (Library Reads)

Do you take part in LibraryReads, the monthly list of best books selected by librarians only? We’ve made it easy for you to find eligible diverse titles to nominate. Kelly Jensen created a database of upcoming diverse books that anyone can edit, and Nora Rawlins of Early Word is doing the same, as well as including information about series, vendors, and publisher buzz.

Thanks for joining me today! I’ll see you next week.

–Liberty, @franzencomesalive on Instagram