Welcome to Check Your Shelf. I’ve realized over the last week or so that we’ve received a lot of positive comments from our patrons – not just casual “I love the library!” statements, but patrons seeking us out to tell us how much they’ve enjoyed a particular initiative or program. Our fall newsletter has a Banned Books Week theme, and a patron called to tell us how much they appreciated it, and how much the right to read means to them. Another patron came to the desk to tell us that our summer story times at the local farmer’s market were fantastic. I know not every library is in a supportive community, but I hope all of you are on the receiving end of a nice compliment from a parent or a patron this week.
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Collection Development Corner
How some marketing execs use well-placed ellipses to turn critical rants into apparently rave reviews.
Related: book publicity – what works and what doesn’t.
How AI’s carbon emissions are about to become a problem.
New & Upcoming Titles
Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury, is publishing a book about Fox News this fall, called The Fall: The End of Fox News and the Murdoch Dynasty.
Here’s a first look at the upcoming book Amy Winehouse: In Her Own Words.
The best debut crime novels of August.
What Your Patrons Are Hearing About
Join Rebecca & Jeff in the First Edition podcast to consider the 10 finalists for the “It Book” of August and pick a winner.
Why queer adults love (and need) queer YA media.
Plus: “Heartstopper, Red, White & Royal Blue, and Bottoms lead a new surge of LGBTQ content.”
Understanding Elon Musk through romance novel tropes. (I’m not kidding. That’s what the headline says.)
A crime thriller author talks about the big serial killer myth they’d like to debunk.
On the Riot
What is happening with books and AI?
“AI will never be good enough to replace real authors” is the wrong conversation.
Why the hockey BookTok controversy screams toxicity.
The best new weekly releases to TBR.
What does it mean if a character is “morally gray?”
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All Things Comics
Jeff Smith, creator of the Bone series, cancels his book tour following a cardiac event.
10 page-to-screen graphic novels & comics to enjoy.
On the Riot
What we (don’t) talk about when we talk about adult graphic nonfiction books.
Reading pathways for Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon.
Disney’s Frozen podcast marks the company’s first foray into audio-first storytelling.
Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists
Evocative books by Afro-Latine authors to read with your child.
5 SFF books with superpowered characters.
7 books about reckoning with intergenerational trauma.
The top 10 female spies in fiction.
5 fast-paced African urban fantasy books.
Powerful female characters in crime fiction.
A reading list of comeback stories.
5 book recommendations from Harlan Coben.
6 book club reads with themes tied to current events.
On the Riot
12 books to encourage kids to go outside.
Young adult authors who made their adult fiction debuts.
The best quietly sad, contemplative books for when you’re trying to feel something.
11 romance novels featuring romances between celebrities and regular people.
10 terrific transhumanist sci-fi books.
12 of the best opposites attract romance novels.
9 terrifying road trip horror novels
23 must-read military historical fiction novels.
10 fever dream books that will have you checking your temperature.
10 books on healthcare inequity and misogyny in medicine.
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 that includes information about series, vendors, and publisher buzz.
Dini keeps watch on the outside and stands guard over our books.
Well, that’s all I have for today. By the time I check in again, it will be September! *insert shocked emoji here* Have a great week!
—Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter.