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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 iTunes, Stitcher, 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.

Listen to the Latest Episode: 

On this episode of Booklist’s Shelf Care: The Podcast, host Susan Maguire talks to NoveList’s Halle Eisenman about her turn as chair of the RUSA CODES’ Reading List committee, and what that list can do for you (and your patrons). Then Adult Books Editor Donna Seaman shares millions (OK, not millions) of suggestions for forthcoming books of biography, poetry, fiction, and more.

Here’s what we talked about:

RUSA’s Reading List

RUSA’s Notable Books List

The Guncle, by Steven Rowley

A Man Called Ove, by Frederik Backman

Dial A for Aunties, by Jesse Q. Sutanto

The Reading List, by Sara Nisha Adams

Sorrow and Bliss, by Meg Mason

The Summer Seekers, by Sarah Morgan

A Psalm for the Wild-Built, by Becky Chambers

One Day All This Will Be Yours, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Arsenic and Adobo, by Mia P. Manansala

Last Night at the Telegraph Club, by Malinda Lo

Nora Goes Off Script, by Annabel Monaghan

Black Cake, by Charmaine Wilkerson

The Four Winds, by Kristin Hannah

Diamonds and Deadlines: A Tale of Greed, Deceit, and a Female Tycoon in the Gilded Age, by Betsy Prioleau

Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty, by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe

The Personal Librarian, by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christophr Murray

Yoko Ono: An Artful Life, by Donald Brackett

Antes Que Isla Es Volcán / Before Island Is Volcano, by Raquel Salas Rivera

Smoking the Bible, by Chris Abani

Border Vista, by Anni Liu

Smile: The Story of a Face, by Sarah Ruhl

Love Poems in Quarantine, by Sarah Ruhl

Zoom Rooms, by Mary Jo Salter

We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies, by Tsering Yangzom Lama

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, by Elif Batuman

Either/Or, by Elif Batuman

The Idiot, by Elif Batuman

You Made a Fool of Death with your Beauty, by Akwaeke Emezi

Vigil Harbor, by Julia Glass

 

Browse Previous Episodes:

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:

Interview #36: Dan Abdo & Jason Patterson, author of Barb and the Ghost Blade, from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Interview #35: Sajni Patel, author of My Sister’s Big Fat Indian Wedding, from Amulet Books

Interview #34: Jamar J. Perry, author of Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms, from Bloomsbury Children's Books

Interview #33: Dave Scheidt and Miranda Harmon, creators of Mayor Good Boy, from Random House Children's Books

Interview #32: Chris Barton, author of How to Make a Book (About My Dog), from Lerner Publishing Group

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

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