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Booklist's bookish library podcast

Welcome to Booklist’s Shelf Care, where we bring all things readers’ advisory, collection development, and reference right to your earbuds. Hosted by Susan Maguire, Senior Editor, Collection Management and Library Outreach, each episode of Shelf Care will introduce you to rock star librarians, hot topics in publishing, and books you need to know from colleagues at Booklist.

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In this episode of Shelf Care: The Podcast, Booklist’s editors look back on the year in reading and talk about some of their fave titles from the Editors’ Choice list, which is the main feature of our January issue. Here’s what everyone talked about:

Donna Seaman, Editor, Adult Books

Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South, by Winfred Rembert and Erin I. Kelly

The Sentence, by Louise Erdrich

The Book of Form and Emptiness, by Ruth Ozeki

Martita, I Remember You, by Sandra Cisneros, translated by Liliana Valenzuela

Below the Edge of Darkness: A Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea, by Edith Widder

Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard


Sarah Hunter, Editor, Books for Youth and Graphic Novels

Himawari House, written by Harmony Becker, art by the author

Bubbles…Up, by Jacqueline Davies, illustrated by Sonia Sánchez

This Poison Heart, by Kalynn Bayron

When We Were Infinite, by Kelly Loy Gilbert


Heather Booth, Audio Editor

Finnegan’s Wake, by James Joyce, read by Barry McGovern and Marcella Riordan

Island Queen, by Vanessa Riley, read by Adjoa Andoh

My Heart is a Chainsaw, by Stephen Graham Jones, read by Cara Gee

Miracle and Wonder: Conversations with Paul Simon, by Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam, read by Malcolm Gladwell and others

A Master of Djinn, by P. Djèlí Clark, read by Suehyla El-Attar

The Ex-Talk, by Rachel Lynn Solomon, read by Emily Ellet

The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne, by Johnathan Stroud, read by Sophie Aldred

Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, read by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Kaleidoscope, by Brian Selznick, read by Gwendoline Christie


Maggie Reagan, Senior Editor, Books for Youth

Cool for the Summer, by Dahlia Adler

Instructions for Dancing, by Nicola Yoon

Little Thieves, by Margaret Owen


Susan Maguire, Senior Editor, Collection Management and Library Outreach

A Thorn in the Saddle, by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Blind Tiger, by Sandra Brown

Light from Uncommon Stars, by Ryka Aoki


Julia Smith, Senior Editor, Books for Youth

The List of Unspeakable Fears, by J. Kasper Kramer

Salt Magic, written by Hope Larson, illustrated by Rebecca Mock

The Secret of the Magic Pearl, by Elisa Sabatinelli, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno, translated by Christopher Turner


Annie Bostrom, Associate Editor, Adult Books

And Now I Spill the Family Secrets, written by Margaret Kimball, art by the author

Matrix, by Lauren Groff

Browse Previous Episodes:

Episode #17: No Library is a TARDIS: Or, Why and How to Weed

Episode #16: Don’t Think of an Elephant! (RA for non-RA Staff)

Episode #15: Graphic Novels for Every Reader

Episode #14: Circ Stats, Bridgerton, and Other Library Business

Episode #13: Summer Scares 2021

Episode #12: Editors' Choice 2020

Episode #11: Games!

Episode #10: Pandemic-Induced Programming Pivot

Episode #9: Comics and Book Groups and Libraries, Oh My!

Episode #8: Shelf Isolation

Episode #7: Size (and Format) Matters

Episode #6: Editors’ Choices

Episode #5: Cookbooks and the Apocalypse

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

Episode #3.5: Rebecca 'n' Rave

Episode #3: Graphic, Two Ways

Episode #2: To Beach Their Own 

Episode #1: It's a Podcast!


The Shelf Care Interview

Welcome to Booklist’s conversation series, where our editors talk with book people. Below is a list of our recent conversations:

Interview #31: Karla Valenti, author of Lotería; and Emma Otheguy, author of Sofia Acosta Makes a Scene, from Random House Children’s Books

Interview #30: Sara Pennypacker, author of Pax: Journey Home, from HarperCollins Children's Books

Interview #29: Jeffrey Archer, creator of Over My Dead Body, from HarperCollins

Interview #28: Nidhi Chanani, creator of Jukebox, from Macmillan

Interview #27: Barry McGovern, Marcella Riordan, and Roger Marsh, the team behind Finnegans Wake, from Naxos Audiobooks

Interview #26: Olivia Matthews and Janina Edwards, the team behind Murder By Page One, from Dreamscape Audio

Interview #25: Raúl the Third, author of Tag Team and Training Day, from HMH

Interview #24: J. William Lewis, author of The Essence of Nathan Biddle, from Greenleaf Book Group Press

Interview #23: Ally Carter, author of Winterborne Home for Mayhem and Mystery, from HMH

Interview #22: Traci Sorell, author of Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer, from Lerner

Interview #21: John Gallagher, creator of Max Meow: Cat Crusader, from Random House Children's Books

Interview #20: Alex Sanchez, author of The Greatest Superpower, from Capstone

Interview #19: Duchess Harris, author of Being LGBTQ in America: LGBTQ Social Movements in America, from Gale's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice student eBook collection

Interview #18: Aliza Layne, creator of Beetle and the Hollowbones, from Simon & Schuster; and Gabby Rivera, author of Juliet Takes a Breath, from BOOM! Studios

Interview #17: Talia Sherer, Amanda Rountree, Emily Day, and Samantha Slavin, from Macmillan Library Marketing

Interview #16: Kim Johnson, author of This Is My America, from Random House Children’s Books; and Alex Aster, author of Curse of the Night Witch, from Sourcebooks

Interview #15: Mike Curato, creator of Flamer; John Patrick Green, creator of the InvestiGators series; and Natalie Riess and Sara Goetter, creators of Dungeon Critters, all from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Interview #14: Nancy Pearl, author of The Writer’s Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives, from HarperOne

Interview #13: V. T. Bidania, author of the Astrid and Apollo series, from Capstone

Interview #12: Margaret Owen, author of The Faithless Hawk, from Henry Holt & Co.

Interview #11: Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, creators of When Stars Are Scattered, from Dial, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers

Interview #10: Tracey Hecht, author of The Weeping Wombat, from Fabled Films Press

Interview #9: Sabaa Tahir, Nicole Andelfinger, and Sonia Liao, creators of A Thief among the Trees, from BOOM! Studios

Interview #8: Susan Muaddi Darraj, author of the Farah Rocks series, and Siman Nuurali, author of the Sadiq series, both from Capstone

Interview #7: Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds, authors of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, from Little, Brown

Interview #6: Irene Latham and Charles Waters, authors of Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z, from Lerner/Carolrhoda

Interview #5: Chris Ferrie, author of The Everyday Science Academy series, from Sourcebooks

Interview #4: Irene Hannon, author of Starfish Pier, from Revell

Interview #3: Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of Two Steps Forward, from Revell

Interview #2: Lynette Eason, author of Collateral Damage, from Revell

Interview #1: Irene Hannon, author of Dark Ambitions, from Revell