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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.

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.

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This episode of Shelf Care: The Podcast is all about Summer Scares. First, host Susan Maguire talks to Summer Scares committee member Konrad Stump and librarian Rebecca Leannah (from the Racine, Wisconsin Public Library) about what kinds of programming they do around Summer Scares, what to tell patrons who think horror is not for them, the Wisconsin version of Tiger King. Then, Susan gets the skinny on the selections for this years’ readers, first from author spokesperson Daniel Kraus and Summer Scares committee member Becky Spratford, then from Booklist’s own Julia Smith. Spooky! And fun.

Summer Scares Reading List 2023

Summer Scares Programming Guide 2023

This Thing Between Us, by Gus Moreno

Rotters, by Daniel Kraus

Ring Shout, by P. Djèlí Clark

Catherine House, by Elizabeth Thomas

The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror, by Daniel M. Lavery

In the Shadow of Blackbirds, by Cat Winters

Squad, by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, illus. by Lisa Sterle

Mooncakes, by Suzanne Walker, illus. by Wendy Xu

Horror Writers Association’s StokerCon 2023 in Pittsburgh

The Living Dead, by George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus

Evil Whispers, by Owl Goingback

Spectrum of Horror: From Shivers to Terror,” by Susan Maguire and Becky Spratford

Whalefall, by Daniel Kraus

Between a Rock and a Hard Place, by Aron Ralston (127 Hours)

The Martian, by Andy Weir

Small Spaces, by Katherine Arden

Living Ghosts and Mischievous Monsters: Chilling American Indian Stories, by Dan SaSuWeh Jones, illus. by Weshoyot Alvitre

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, by Alvin Schwartz, illus. by Stephen Gammell

A Small Zombie Problem, by K. G. Campbell, illus. by the author



Browse Previous Episodes:

Shelf Care #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:

Interview #48: Paul Gilligan, the author and artist of Pluto Rocket: New in Town

Interview #47: Jessixa and Aaron Bagley, the author and artist of Duel

Interview #46: Series author Andrea Beaty and audiobook narrator Bahni Turpin of the Questioneers

Interview #45: Heather Murphy Capps, author of Indigo & Ida

Interivew #44: Tameka Fryer Brown and Nina Crews, authors of Not Done Yet: Shirley Chisholm’s Fight for Change

Interview #43: Saadia Faruqi, author of Marya Khan and the Incredible Henna Party

Interview #42: Svetlana Chmakova, author of Enemies

Interview #41: Daniel Minter, illustrator of Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky

Interview #40: Reimena Yee, author of My Aunt Is a Monster

Interview #39: April Lavalle and Alex Boniello, authors of A Case of the Zaps

Interview #38: Bao Phi, author of You Are Life, from Capstone

Interview #37: Johnnie Christmas, author of Swim Team, from from HarperCollins Children’s Books

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