Welcome to Check Your Shelf. I’m starting to get into the groove of using the Instant Pot we got for Christmas, which also means I’m adding a TON of new recipes to try. But at what point do you end up with too many recipes? Hypothetically speaking? My husband is going to be out of town for a couple evenings this week, and honestly, my first thought was “Ooooh, I can try some new recipes that I know he won’t like!” (Instant Pot chili, here I come!)
But now, on to books.
Collection Development Corner
We Need Diverse Books launches a virtual community for mid-level diverse publishing professionals.
New & Upcoming Titles
Colson Whitehead announces his next book, Crook Manifesto, set to publish Summer 2023.
Pantheon picks up rights to Laila Lalami’s sixth novel, The Dream Hotel.
Here’s a cover reveal for an upcoming collection of brand new Jane Marple stories.
We’re getting a cookbook inspired by The Princess Bride, coming out in December.
23 new and upcoming novels with disabled main characters.
What Your Patrons Are Hearing About
Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle For Truth – Elizabeth Williamson (NPR, Slate, Washington Post)
On the Riot
You CAN handle the truth: exciting nonfiction books being published in 2022.
New psychological horror to read right now.
The birth and evolution of gaslamp fantasy.
A primer on “women’s fiction.”
What is “quiet” YA?
The value of mental health memoirs from the sidelines.
How this reader conquered their fear of poetry.
All Things Comics
Kevin Smith is launching a comic imprint with Dark Horse.
Here’s a trailer for HBO’s upcoming limited series, DMZ, based on the graphic novel.
Umbrella Academy Season 3 will premiere on Netflix in June.
On the Riot
8 comics and graphic novels with fantastic fat representation.
A review of Filthy Figments, an erotic comics website.
Duvall Hecht, the founder of Books on Tape, has died at 91.
Don’t forget you can get three free audiobooks at Audiobooks.com with a free trial!
On the Riot
One Rioter’s picks their favorites from the crop of 2022 Audie Award winners.
Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists
8 empowering books for girls to inspire the young women in your life.
15 YA books you need to read if Schitt’s Creek is your comfort show.
14 inspiring YA novels starring women and girls in STEM.
Books with an Eastern European perspective.
19 books for Women’s History Month.
10 essential authors to celebrate during Women’s History Month.
9 books that illuminate current events.
13 classic works of isolation horror.
On the Riot
8 inspiring middle grade books about activism.
15 delicious cookbooks for teens.
15 books about lesser-known women who made history.
9 of the best Jewish fantasy books.
15 of the best angsty romances.
10 sports romances to bring out your competitive side.
20 must-read genre-bending scifi books.
Horror novels where the supernatural takes a back seat.
10 books for beginning and advanced crocheting.
Books to read if you love Euphoria.
10 of the best satirical novels about race, gender, and society.
Level Up (Library Reads)
Do you take part in Library Reads, 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 has a guide to discovering upcoming diverse books, and Nora Rawlins of Early Word has created a database of upcoming diverse titles to nominate, as well as including information about series, vendors, and publisher buzz.
Blaine sent me these photos while I was at work, and all I could think was “WHY IS DINI ALWAYS AT HIS CUTEST WHEN I’M NOT AT HOME???” This is very vexing for me. If you look really closely, you’ll see that Dini has his tongue sticking out in the second photo too. I have no idea what was going on inside that little doodle brain of his.
All right, friends, I’ll catch you on Friday. Be nice to yourselves.
—Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter.