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I’m baaaack! Thanks again to Liberty for acting as honorary librarian in my absence! I had a fabulous vacation in Seattle, where I got to snuggle with gray wolves and get up close with a humpback whale! (And yes, I absolutely visited the Seattle Public Library.)
Let’s get this twice-a-week party started!
Collection Development Corner
- If you’re planning on attending Book Expo 2020, here’s a look at some of the changes they’re making.
New & Upcoming Titles
- Ian McEwan is publishing a Brexit satire, which will publish on September 27th in the UK.
- Amazon’s fall reading picks.
- 13 nonfiction feminist books for September.
- Two fall book lists from Oprah Magazine.
- 18 books from smaller presses to keep an eye on.
- 20 new horror novels for readers who take spooky season seriously.
What Your Patrons Are Hearing About
- She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement – Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey (The Atlantic, Elle, New York Times, NPR, Oprah Magazine, Washington Post)
- Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know – Malcolm Gladwell (Atlantic, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Washington Post)
- The Institute – Stephen King (Guardian, New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post)
- Akin – Emma Donoghue (Entertainment Weekly, New York Times, Washington Post)
- Inside Out: A Memoir – Demi Moore (Harper’s Bazaar, New York Times, USA Today)
- The Education of an Idealist – Samantha Power (Guardian, NPR, New York Times)
- The Testaments – Margaret Atwood (NPR, Time)
- Gideon the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir (NPR, Vox)
- Permanent Record – Edward Snowden (New York Times, NPR)
All Things Comics
- 10 new manga to pick up this year.
- Kid-friendly comics for Halloween.
- Rainbow Rowell recommends 6 YA graphic novels.
- Mexican superheroes in comics.
- Graphic novels & social justice: a primer.
- Audible presses pause on its full captions rollout.
- Penguin Random House announces a star-studded cast to narrate a new series of 50 Penguin Classics audiobooks.
- Audiobooks for those back-to-school commutes.
- Paste: Best audiobooks for September.
Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists
- 37 books for kids & teens in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
- 13 of the best YA horror novels.
- YA novels that tackle mental health issues.
- 10 authors shaking up the space opera.
- 10 books about being queer in a country where it’s illegal.
- Complicated female friendships.
- Books that explore the world of female spies during WWII.
- What to read if you loved The Goldfinch.
- Books about the US labor movement.
- 3 reading pathways for Jodi Picoult.
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 hanging! Part 2 of Check Your Shelf comes out on Friday!
–Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter.