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Booklist's Shelf Care 
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.

Subscribe to Booklist’s Shelf Care on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app. The Shelf Care Interview is also included in the subscription feed. More information on the Shelf Care Interview is located on this page, below the list of previous Shelf Care episodes.

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In keeping with our annual post-Annual tradition, this episode of the Shelf Care podcast sees Susan inviting LibraryReads Executive Director Rebecca Vnuk on to participate in a mini Read ‘n’ Rave, in which they shout and generally make positive noises about some forthcoming books that your patrons will want to know about. Then, Audio Editor Heather Booth talks to audiobook narrator Erin Bennett about what the SAG-AFTRA strike means for them. Finally, Adult Books Senior Editor Annie Bostrom chats with Susan about what she’s reading and loving, including her complicated feelings about the Berenstain Bears.

Here's what we talked about:


Edelweiss & NetGalley

Booklist and LibraryReads Read ‘n’ Rave at ALA Annual, 2023

Hot Springs Drive, by Lindsay Hunter

Lush Lives, by J. Vanessa Lyon

Happiness Falls, by Angie Kim

Hold My Girl, by Charlene Carr

Courting Samira, by Amal Awad

In the Dark I See You, by Mallika Narayanan

Hanna Tate, Beyond Repair, by Laura Piper Lee

Perfect Little Lives, by Amber and Danielle Brown

The Vaster Wilds, by Lauren Groff

Matrix, by Lauren Groff


Browse Previous Episodes:

Episode #28: Summer Scares 2023!

Episode #27: RA Training, the Audies, and Mothman

Episode #26: A Deep Dive into Book Groups

Episode #25: Editors' Choice 2022

Episode #24: Reading Glasses and Other Helpful Insights

Episode #23: Personal Weeding and Personal Reading

Episode #22: Book Banning and Book Suggesting

Episode #21: Spookier Than a Clown in a Cornfield: Summer Scares 2022

Episode #20: Reading the Reading List

Episode #19: Hyperlocal Streaming Music, Audiobook Awards, and Picture Books with Boots

Episode #18: Editors' Choice

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:

Rachel Werner, author of Moving & Grooving to Fillmore’s Beat

Pedro Martín, author of Mexikid

Kate Glasheen, author and artist of Constellations

Sarah Sax, author and artist of Picture Day

Paul Gilligan, the author and artist of Pluto Rocket: New in Town

Jessixa and Aaron Bagley, the author and artist of Duel

Series author Andrea Beaty and audiobook narrator Bahni Turpin of the Questioneers

Heather Murphy Capps, author of Indigo & Ida

Tameka Fryer Brown and Nina Crews, authors of Not Done Yet: Shirley Chisholm’s Fight for Change

Saadia Faruqi, author of Marya Khan and the Incredible Henna Party

Svetlana Chmakova, author of Enemies

Daniel Minter, illustrator of Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky

Reimena Yee, author of My Aunt Is a Monster

April Lavalle and Alex Boniello, authors of A Case of the Zaps

Bao Phi, author of You Are Life, from Capstone

Johnnie Christmas, author of Swim Team, from from HarperCollins Children’s Books

Dan Abdo & Jason Patterson, author of Barb and the Ghost Blade, from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Sajni Patel, author of My Sister’s Big Fat Indian Wedding, from Amulet Books

Jamar J. Perry, author of Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms, from Bloomsbury Children's Books

Dave Scheidt and Miranda Harmon, creators of Mayor Good Boy, from Random House Children's Books

Chris Barton, author of How to Make a Book (About My Dog), from Lerner Publishing Group

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

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

Jeffrey Archer, creator of Over My Dead Body, from HarperCollins

Nidhi Chanani, creator of Jukebox, from Macmillan

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

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

Raúl the Third, author of Tag Team and Training Day, from HMH

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

Ally Carter, author of Winterborne Home for Mayhem and Mystery, from HMH

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

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

Alex Sanchez, author of The Greatest Superpower, from Capstone

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

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

Talia Sherer, Amanda Rountree, Emily Day, and Samantha Slavin, from Macmillan Library Marketing

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

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

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

V. T. Bidania, author of the Astrid and Apollo series, from Capstone

Margaret Owen, author of The Faithless Hawk, from Henry Holt & Co.

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

Tracey Hecht, author of The Weeping Wombat, from Fabled Films Press

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

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

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

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

Chris Ferrie, author of The Everyday Science Academy series, from Sourcebooks

Irene Hannon, author of Starfish Pier, from Revell

Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of Two Steps Forward, from Revell

Lynette Eason, author of Collateral Damage, from Revell

Irene Hannon, author of Dark Ambitions, from Revell