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Episode #3: Graphic 2 Ways

Seems like you can’t swing a weeded book these days without hitting a true crime podcast. But having a large swathe of our communities so engaged with a narrative—that’s good news for libraries, because we traffic in helping folks find their next obsession. But it ain’t all true crime; this episode also touches on another kind of graphic storytelling—the graphic novel, and why they’re so important to libraries. Truly, this episode contains multitudes. You can find the full show notes, with links to Booklist reviews where available, at www.booklistonline.com/shelf-care.Here’s what we talked about:Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup. By John Carreyrou. A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America. By Christian T. Miller and Ken Armstrong. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer. By Michelle McNamara. The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir. By Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich. My Friend Dahmer. Written and illustrated by Derf Backderf. American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century. By Maureen Callahan. Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession. By Rachel Monroe. Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To-Guide. By Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer. By Michelle McNamara. Read by Gabra Zackman. The Cheerleaders. By Kara Thomas. Read by Phoebe Strole. Dannemora: Two Escaped Killers, Three Weeks of Terror, and the Largest Manhunt Ever in New York State. By Charles A. Gardner. Read by Jonathan Yen. Dark Sacred Night. By Michael Connelly. Read by Titus Welliver. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century. By Kirk Wallace Johnson, Read by MacLeod Andrews. Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything. By Nancy Martin. Read by Suzie Althens.A Tale of Two Murders: Guilt, Innocence, and the Execution of Edith Thompson. By Laura Thompson. Read by Jilly Bond. Sadie. By Courtney Summers. Read by Dan Bittner.The Killer Across the Table. By John E. Douglas. Read by Jonathan Groff. Along Came a Spider. By James Patterson. Read by Taye Diggs. This Was Our Pact. Written and illustrated by Ryan Andrews. ALA Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table

45mins

18 Jun 2019

Rank #1

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Shelf Care Interview: Irene Hannon on Starfish Pier

Welcome to the Shelf Care Interview, an occasional conversation series where Booklist talks to book people.This Shelf Care Interview is sponsored by Revell.In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Susan Maguire talks to romance author Irene Hannon (whose name you may recognize from our November Shelf Care Interview), a best-selling, Rita Award-winning author who has written more than 50 romantic suspense and contemporary romance women's fiction novels. Her books have appeared on multiple bestseller lists and three and a half million copies of her books have been sold worldwide and translated into multiple languages. Starfish Pier, a Hope Harbor novel comes out in March from Revell.

15mins

3 Feb 2020

Rank #2

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Episode #2: To Beach Their Own

Let’s get serious about leisure reading, y’all. Beach reads: What are they. What are patrons looking for. Is a blue cover required. These are the questions addressed in this episode. Host Susan Maguire talks to Andie Paloutzian from the New Orleans Public Library (LA) about great summer books for a wide variety of readers, and how to promote them. Then she talks to Booklist’s Adult Books Editor Donna Seaman about how she relaxes with a good book (she doesn’t), and something she’s recently read and enjoyed.Here’s what we talked about:The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup (Sept. 2019) The Lost Man by Jane Harper The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan The Bus on Thursday by Shirley Barrett If Cats Disappeared from The World by Genki Kawamura The Lido by Libby Page The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal The Accidental Further Adventures of the 100-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson How to Fall In Love with a Man Who Lives in a Bush by Emmy Abrahamson -and-Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

50mins

8 May 2019

Rank #3

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Episode #6: Editors' Choices

The Booklist editors gathered around the fire (JK, we gathered in the sound-proof-ish room in the basement of the ALA office) to dig a little deeper into how the Editors’ Choice lists come together, to call out a few faves, and to talk about what’s coming in 2020.For the shownotes, visit www.booklistonline.com/shelf-care.

48mins

30 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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Shelf Care Interview: Lynette Eason on Collateral Damage

Welcome to the Shelf Care Interview, an occasional conversation series where Booklist talks to book people.This Shelf Care Interview is sponsored by Revell.In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Susan Maguire talks to Lynette Eason, the award-winning author of over fifty books including the Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, and Blue Justice series. Her books have appeared on multiple bestseller lists, and the movie, Her Stolen Past, based on Lynette’s novel, premiered in February 2018 on Lifetime.The first book in the Danger Never Sleeps series, Collateral Damage, comes out in January (on January 7th) from Revell.

11mins

16 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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Shelf Care Interview: Suzanne Woods Fisher on Two Steps Forward

Welcome to the Shelf Care Interview, an occasional conversation series where Booklist talks to book people.This Shelf Care Interview is sponsored by Revell.In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Susan Maguire talks to Suzanne Woods Fisher, award-winning, bestselling author of more than 30 books, including, On the Summer Tide, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, the Bishop's Family, the Deacon's Family, and the Inn at Eagle Hill series among many other novels. She's also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs. The third book in the Deacon's Family Series, Two Steps Forward, comes out on February 4th, 2020, from Revell.

15mins

21 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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Episode 3.5: Rebecca 'n' Rave

Knowing all about good books before they come out is just one of many rabbits librarians keep in their magic hat. (Another tool: strained metaphors!) In this Very Special Bonus Episode of Shelf Care: The Podcast, we peel back the curtain on one of the ways librarians get advanced buzz on good books: The Booklist Read n Rave.We are joined by Rebecca Vnuk, Executive Director of Library Reads, who put together Booklist’s first Read n Rave lo those many years ago. She and host Susan Maguire talk about how Read n Rave started and what makes a good Read n Rave pick. Most importantly, they rave about some upcoming titles that they’re real psyched about. The Books About Which Were Raved:Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems by Randall Munroe Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America by Nefertiti Austin The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan Full show notes and more info can be found on www.booklistonline.com/shelf-care

19mins

29 Jul 2019

Rank #7

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Episode #5: Cookbooks and the Apocalypse

For the shownotes, visit www.booklistonline.com/shelf-care

46mins

28 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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Shelf Care Interview: Chris Ferrie on the Everyday Science Academy series

Welcome to the Shelf Care Interview, an occasional conversation series where Booklist talks to book people.This Shelf Care Interview is sponsored by Sourcebooks.In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Julia Smith talks to Chris Ferrie, award-winning physicist and popular author of science books for children about his new series, the Everyday Science Academy.The first four Everyday Science Academy Books (Let's Fly a Plane!, Let's Ride a Wave!, Let's Get Moving!, and Let's Make a Rainbow!) come out in June from Sourcebooks.

11mins

18 Feb 2020

Rank #9

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Episode #4: Body Horror, Bruce Springsteen, and Vampire Feelings

In this episode of Booklist’s Shelf Care: The Podcast, we get a little otherworldly, to coincide with our August Spotlight on SF/Fantasy & Horror, and also because it’s never not a good time to talk about helping genre-reading patrons. First, Susan talks to RA maven and horror expert Becky Spratford about nostalgia, body horror, and queer Cthulu retellings, and how horror-reading patrons want to be helped. Then, Audio Editor Heather Booth refutes the idea that writers shouldn’t narrate their own audiobooks with some fantastic self-narrated famous-person memoirs on audio. Finally, Susan corrals Maggie Reagan, Teen Feelings Expert, about being a grown-up who reads teen books, the undying appeal of vampires, and a few forthcoming books she can’t wait to share.Here’s what we talked about:RA for All The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror Ladies of Horror Fiction Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste Caitlín R. Kiernan, queer, non-binary Lovecraftian updater The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle“The Horror at Red Hook” by H. P. LovecraftA People’s Future of the United States, edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams Ellen Datlow, horror anthologist extraordinaire Growing Things and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay Full Throttle by Joe Hill Movies & TV: Netflix’s Bird Box, based on the book by Josh Malerman; Us, directed by Jordan Peele; Neftlix’s Stranger Things; The Walking Dead, based on the graphic novel series by Robert Kirkman The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay Thrillers by Sarah Pinborough, such as Behind Her Eyes The Hunger by Alma Katsu RA for All: Horror Celebrity Memoirs on Audio, Read by the Author:Yes, Please by Amy Poehler Becoming by Michelle Obama A Dream about Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons by Ben Folds No Walls and the Recurring Dream by Ani DiFrancoBorn to Run by Bruce Springsteen Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder by John Waters Teen Feelings Books:The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh Twilight by Stephenie Meyer Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

41mins

26 Aug 2019

Rank #10

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Shelf Care Interview: Irene Hannon on Dark Ambitions

Welcome to the Shelf Care Interview, an occasional conversation series where Booklist talks to book people. This Shelf Care Interview is sponsored by Revell. In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Susan Maguire talks to Irene Hannon, bestselling, RITA award-winning author who has written more than 50 romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and women's fiction novels. Her books have appeared on multiple bestseller lists, and three and a half million copies of her books have been sold worldwide and translated into multiple languages. So, you know, she's kind of a big deal.Dark Ambitions, the final book in the Code of Honor trilogy, was released by Revell in October.

14mins

18 Nov 2019

Rank #11

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Booklist Shelf Care Interview: Sabaa Tahir, Nicole Andelfinger, and Sonia Liao

Welcome to the Shelf Care Interview, an occasional conversation series where Booklist talks to book people.This Shelf Care Interview is sponsored Boom! Studios.In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Ronny Khuri talks to Sabaa Tahir, Nicole Andelfinger, and Sonia Liao. Sabaa Tahir's New York Times bestselling series An Ember in the Ashes dives into the pasts of fan-favorite characters with an all-new prequel graphic novel series. Sabaa Tahir, writer Nicole Andelfinger, and artist Sonia Liao present an early tale of Elias and Helene at Blackcliff, where they’ll have to confront the painful realities of Martial rule in A Thief Among the Trees, available this July from BOOM! Studios. Visit boom-studios.com to learn more.

11mins

4 May 2020

Rank #12

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Shelf Care Episode #8: Shelf-Isolation

Host Susan Maguire talks to her Booklist colleagues about what media is bringing them comfort during COVID-19 self-isolation in an episode that may or may not have been an excuse to talk to her co-workers. (Weeping emoji.) Here’s what we talked about:Books:Blue-Eyed Devil. By Lisa Kleypas.Choo-Choo School. By Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Illustrated by Mike Yamada. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. By JK Rowling. My America. Written and illustrated by Karen Katz. (coming June 2021)Race through the Skies: The Week the World Learned to Fly. By Martin W. Sandler. Space Opera. By Catherynne M. Valente. Where the Crawdads Sing. By Delia Owens. Audiobooks:Circe. By Madeline Miller, read by Perdita Weeks. Gingerbread. By Helen Oyeyemi, read by the author. Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Read by a full cast. Norse Mythology. By Neil Gaiman, read by the author. A Tall History of Sugar. By Curdella Forbes, read by Robin Miles. TV & Movies: Barry. Emma (2020) vs. Emma (1996) vs. Emma (1972). Futurama.Jo Jo Rabbit. Love is Blind. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Star Trek Voyager Valhalla Murders Etc:Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch. Harry Potter exhibits online. Jigsaw Puzzles! (As of this writing, Ravensburger is out of puzzles online (!!!!!)

34mins

27 Apr 2020

Rank #13

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Shelf Care Interview: Susan Muaddi Darraj and Siman Nuurali

Welcome to the Shelf Care Interview, an occasional conversation series where Booklist talks to book people.This Shelf Care Interview is sponsored by Capstone.In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Ronny Khuri talks to Susan Muaddi Darraj and Siman Nuurali.Susan Muaddi Darraj is the award-winning Palestinian American author of more than 10 books including the new Farah Rocks series. She is an associate professor of English at Hartford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland, and she teaches creative writing at Johns Hopkins University and Fairfield University.Siman Nuurali is the author of the Sadiq series, which was named one of Chicago Public Library's 2019 Best of the Best books. She grew up in Kenya but now lives in Minnesota where she works in a children's hospital. Siman and her family are Somali, just like Sadiq and his family.

14mins

7 Apr 2020

Rank #14

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Shelf Care Interview: Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds on Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Welcome to the Shelf Care Interview, an occasional conversation series where Booklist talks to book people.This Shelf Care Interview is sponsored by Little Brown Books for Young Readers.In this episode of the Shelf Care Interview, Maggie Reagan talks to Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds.Ibram X. Kendi, a professor of history and international relations, is one of America's foremost historians and leading anti-racist voices. He is the New York Times' bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist, National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning, and the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University in Washington, D.C.Jason Reynolds is the New York Times bestselling multi-award winning author of many books for children, including the Track series and the Printz, Newbery, and Coretta Scott King Honor book, Long Way Down. Recently he was appointed the new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, Jason's remix for young readers of Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped From the Beginning, comes out in March from Little Brown.

12mins

16 Mar 2020

Rank #15