Monday, April 20, 2015

Titles to Watch for This Week: April 19 - 25, 2015

Some highly anticipated books are coming out this week: The Bone Tree by Greg Isles, from David Baldacci, Memory Man which kicks off new series, and a HOT topic title from Jon Krakauer: Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town 

Other Adult Fiction customers might find appealing are:

Do Not Disturb by A. R. Torre - psychological suspense that is part Dexter, part 50 Shades; a sequel to The Girl in 6E

Ghost Image by Ellen Crosby - a breezy mystery with just the right amount of thrills and a touch of romance; follows 2013's Multiple Exposure

The Invention of Fire by Bruce Holsinger - historical mystery/suspense for fans of C.J. Sansom and Ariana Franklin; sequel to A Burnable Book (2014)

Positive by David Wellington - an epic scale zombie novel which fans of Justin's Cronin's The Passage may want to get their hands on this one

The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston - a richly detailed paranormal romance with a vivid historical setting from the author of multiple 'witchy' romances

Some Adult NonFiction which may interest readers:

Infamy: the Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II by Richard Reeves - survivor testimony and personal correspondences shed light on this shameful episode in U.S. history 

Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own by Kate Bolick - an entertaining exploration of modern-day bluestockings that book clubs will find offers plenty of food for thought  

The Whole30: the 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig - a step-by-step, scientifically based guide to weight loss from the authors of It Starts With Food

And for those who enjoy Graphic Novels ...

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: the (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua - black and white illustrations follow the hilarious scientific adventures of Victorian dynamic duo: Charles Babbage and Ada, Countess of Lovelace

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Links from the Staff - Week of April 12 - 18, 2015

Haven't done one of these posts for quite some time and thought it might be time to do so again, especially as we have just been celebrating National Library Week! Here are a few links shared by library staff this past week  ...

"High on a hill was a lonely book cart
Yodelahee, yodalahee, yodelahee hoooo
There was a music CD that no one else heard
Yodelahee, etc."

  • I shared a link on April 14th to an article from Publishers Weekly about eBook & online retailer sales with some good charts and interesting statistics: 
    • E-Books Gaines, Online Retailers Slipped in 2014
      • Brian B said it was "Interesting to note that in the second graph, sales via e-commerce declined along with shopfront bookstores. The big winners were book fairs, who doubled their share, and the "other" category."

  • And here's one more link I found this weekend while catching up on some publisher newslettersFrom the lovely folks at Penguin Random House Library Marketing: 


Naomi Novik Shows Her Appreciation for Libraries!

Naomi Novik, author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Temeraire novels, has already captured the hearts of many librarians with her upcoming novel, Uprooted. And, Ms. Novik is just as passionate about libraries and librarians as they are about her books.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

ABA Announces 2015 Indies Choice Award Winners

The American Booksellers Association has announced the winners of the 2015 Indies Choice Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards which are voted on by independent booksellers across the United States.

All of the authors will be honored during BookExpo America on May 28th at the Celebration of Bookselling Author Awards Luncheon.

The Adult Fiction Book of the Year and Nonfiction Book of the Year are:

All the Light We Cannot See: a Novel by Anthony Doerr and Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

The Adult Debut Book of the Year is The Martian by Andy Weir with The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black being chosen as the Young Adult Book of the Year.

The E.B. White Read-Aloud Award winners are:

Middle Readers: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson 

Picture Book: Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett

The full list of winners and honor titles can be found on the ABA website 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

RA Tips from Staff - Check the Back Cover!

Over the last month or so I have been talking with staff and others about ideas for regular posts on the blog. One suggestion which I found particularly appealing was for tips gleaned from the staff on providing readers' advisory service! What a great way to share some RA wealth and let others know how their co-workers work with customers! 

Starting today, April 15th, I will present RA Tips from Staff posts once a month, more if staff inundate me with tip suggestions. :-) Why I picked April 15th to begin this I don't know except that it is TAX Day! The forms have been submitted and everyone deserves to relax with something great to read! 

Ever been working with a customer, offering title suggestions, only to run out of ideas? Here is a readers' advisory tip from SCCCLD's own Sarah H (Technical Operations Dept) which might help:

"If you have exhausted the read-alikes for a popular author, turn to the back of the book. The authors that review their fellow authors may satisfy a reader's need."

Publishers pick those authors to provide quotes on purpose! Often they write in the same genre, on related topics or have a similar writing style. Those quotes can lead to other authors and titles the customer might want to consider, especially if they haven't read any of their books! 

Below are examples from some recently released books:

THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty - a satirical novel about race, politics and popular culture in contemporary America

"The Sellout is brilliant. Amazing. Like demented angels wrote it." - Sarah Silverman [author of The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee]

"I am glad that I read this insane book alone, with no one watching, because I fell apart with envy, hysterics, and flat-out awe. Is there a more fiercely brilliant and scathingly hilarious American novelist than Paul Beatty?" - Ben Marcus [author of The Flame Alphabet]

"Paul Beatty has always been one of smartest, funniest, gutsiest writers in America, but The Sellout sets a new standard. It's a spectacular explosion of comic daring, cultural provocation, brilliant, hilarious prose, and genuine heart." - Sam Lipsyte [author of The Fun Parts: Stories]

PAST CRIMES by Glen Erik Hamilton - an action-packed, suspenseful debut 
introducing Van Shaw, a tough, morally ambiguous former criminal

“A home run off the first pitch - this guy has got what it takes.” — LEE CHILD, New York Times bestselling author of Personal

“A debut novel from a gifted writer with a sure hand. As much fun to read as Lee Child’s Jack Reacher.” — J.A. JANCE, New York Times bestselling author of Remains of Innocence

“Glen Erik Hamilton has crafted a compelling new hero in Van Shaw, an Army Ranger with a dark streak who operates in the spaces between shadow and light. PAST CRIMES is a zipline ride of a thriller, plummeting through the back alleys of Seattle where murder and intrigue reign supreme and the undead past lurks around the next wrong turn. Buckle in and hang on!” — GREGG HURWITZ, New York Times bestselling author of Don't Look Back

If you have a readers advisory tip to share, let me know so it can be featured in a future RA Tips from Staff post!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Titles to Watch for This Week: April 12 - 18, 2015

Two HOT releases this week are Nora Roberts' The Liar and Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline. 

Other new Adult Fiction titles which may appeal to customers are:

Asa: A Marked Men Novel by Jay Crownover - for the romance fan, the final title in the author's 'Marked Men' series

Borderline by Liza Marklund - a new thriller; the inspiration for the Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter TV series available on Netflix

The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy - a postapocalyptic adventure with a nod to Lewis and Clark which begins in the remains of St. Louis

Whispering Shadows by Jan-Philipp Sendker - for those who enjoy international mysteries, a dark mystery which explores Chinese society and life in Hong Kong

Here are a few Adult Nonfiction releases which might be of interest:

Born with Teeth: A Memoir by Kate Mulgrew - a passionate memoir from the TV star known for her roles as 'Captain Kathryn Janeway' in Star Trek: Voyager and 'Red' in Orange is the New Black

KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps by Nikolaus Wachsmann - a comprehensive study of the Nazi camps from their beginning in 1933 to the end of the war in 1945

The Light of the World: a Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander - a widow reflects on her married life after losing her husband who was only 49 years old

Secret Warriors: The Spies, Scientists and Code Breakers of World War I by Taylor Downing - Downing offers a highly readable account of the role of scientific advancement during World War I

And for those who enjoy Young Adult titles, coming out this week are:

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Garda - the pen pal correspondence of two teens offers an eye-opening look at living in different cultures; coming to the catalog soon

All the Rage by Courtney Summers - a GalleyChat pick mentioned in Forthcoming Titles Librarians Like!; coming to the catalog soon

The Truth Commission by Susan Juby - three friends form a commission (purportedly as part of a creative writing assignment) to find the 'truth' at their school

Saturday, April 11, 2015

May 2015 LibraryReads Top Ten Announced!

The May 2015 Top Ten list of titles with the most votes has been released. The full list with annotations can be found at LibraryReads.

But for those who just can't wait ... the winners are:

Uprooted by Naomi Novik 

(SCCCLD staff - I have 2 ARCs for Uprooted! If interested, 'Publish' & 'Confirm' your request using comments link below. Include: 1st name, 1st letter last name / branch code - so I'll know where to send the ARC. There will be a random drawing from ALL requests 
next Tuesday)

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (a YA title which be listed on the catalog shortly)

A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi 

(SCCCLD staff - I have not 1, not 2, but 3 ARCs for The Water Knife! If interested, 'Publish' & 'Confirm' your request using comments link below. Include: 1st name, 1st letter last name / branch code - so I'll know where to send the ARC. There will be a random drawing from ALL requests next Tuesday)

The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

Early Warning by Jane Smiley

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson 

The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths 

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

Friday, April 10, 2015

Forthcoming Titles Librarians Like!

The Publisher-Librarian Connection
On the first Tuesday of each month, Nora Rawlinson of EarlyWord hosts GalleyChat, an hour long chat (in 140 characters or less) with librarians and other interested parties about the Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) they have been reading.

It is a great way to learn about titles coming out later in the year which customers may want to read or reserve. Here are 21 titles mentioned during the April GalleyChat which took place Tuesday afternoon, 4/7/2015:

Armada by Ernest Cline - a new novel from the author of Ready Player One
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler - a librarian, a mysterious book and a curse! Of course this one attracted GalleyChatter attention! :-) 
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain - a new novel from the author of The Paris Wife
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg - a debut novel from the author of not one but two bestselling memoirs

Eeny Meeny by M. J. Arlidge - a crime thriller and the Penguin First Flights Debut Author selection for April
Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave - Wine, love, family, secrets and humor - what more could you ask!
Fair Fight by Anna Freeman - debut historical fiction about women's boxing in 18th Century England!
The Fatal Flame by Lyndsay Faye - suspenseful, historical fiction by the author of The Gods of Gotham

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson & Brent K. Ashabranner - a companion novel to Atkinson's bestselling Life After Life
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul G. Tremblay - dark, funny and terrifying; sounds like a great pick for fans of Horror
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume - an Adult novel from the popular and beloved author of the YA classic Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal - a sensory exploration of the Midwest, foodie culture and a mother-daughter relationship; a debut novel

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins - an epic contemporary fantasy which consider the question of how to remain human if you want to be God?'
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George - an intuitive bookstore owner prescribes book based on the needs of his customers!
Nature of the Beast by Louise Penney - a new Chief Inspector Gamache mystery!

The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley - romantic, historical fiction follows a young adopted woman searching for her past, the first in a new series
Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora - a debut collection of stories taking a look at the flawed lives of myriad people in the same suburban community 

And some titles coming to the catalog (very ) soon ...

All the Rage by Coutrney Summers - a powerful, new Young Adult novel along the lines of Laure Halse Anderson's award-winning Speak
Signal by Patrick Lee - new title from the author of 2014's HOT thriller, Runner

Slade House by David Mitchell - another decades-spanning, mind-bending novel from the author of 2014's The Bone Clocks; GallyChatters were eager for this one 
Where Women Are Kings by Christie Watson - a heartrending story of family love (both good and bad) amid emotional and cultural tension.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Awards 2015 Shortlist Announced!

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction

Did you vote to help select the shortlist for this years Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction? See March 30 post March Madness for Books!  

Did you pick the titles for the shortlist? Find out below:

Fiction Finalists:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 

Nora Webster by Colm Toibin

On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee  

Nonfiction Finalists:

Just Mercy: a Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

The Sixth Extinction: an Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin and Sadat at Camp David by Lawrence Wright

Winners will be announced on Saturday, June 27th during the American Library Association's 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA

Titles to Watch for This Week: April 5 - 11, 2015

New Adult Fiction customers may be asking about this week:

Bittersweet by Susan Wittig Albert - next book in the China Bayles mysteries, with the title character teaming up with an old friend in South Texas to solve a murder and theft dealing with drones and deer-breeding

Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo - a gritty, complex stand-alone thriller from the author of the Harry Hole series, narrated by Olaf, a compassionate 'hit man' in 1970s Oslo

Emma: a Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith - an upbeat love story which follows Emma Woodhouse who decides she, being a new college graduate, is just the person to take control of her friends 'messed-up' lives

The Grace of Kings by Ken Lui - "the first book in this epic series, tells the story of two men who become friends through rebelling against tyranny and then turn against each other in defense of irreconcilable ideals" (NoveList)

Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova - the moving story of Joe, a cop, husband and father of four who learns he has Huntington's Disease; a HOT pick with library staff from this month's ARCs Around the Library

Miracle at Augusta by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge - a heartwarming story of a suddenly famous golf amateur, fearful his own success, takes on a troubled teen with a natural golf swing

Miss Julia Lays Down the Law by Ann B. Ross - Ross adds another amusing title to her homespun, cozy mystery series with Miss Julia trying to solve the murder of a stuck-up new comer

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - a delightful, first person narrative chick lit novel of a British prince who fall in love with an American; an April LibraryReads pick

Some new Adult Nonfiction releases:

Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris - "... laugh-out-loud descriptions of some of the most common and vexing errors in language and usage, drawing on examples from classic literature and pop culture while sharing anecdotes from her work with celebrated writers." (NoveList)

Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West by Bill O'Reilly and David Fisher - an eye-opening, companion  to O'Reilly's PBS documentary which tells the truth about what really happened in the Old West

Billy Martin: Baseball's Flawed Genius by Bill Pennington - the definitive biography of former New York Yankees manager Billy Martin for Baseball fans of all ages

The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower - entertaining, historical anecdotes from the lives of those who serve the First Family with stories from the Kennedy's to the Obama's;


And a new Young Adult title:

Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins - a teen urban Fantasy "for readers who like their paranormal action swirling with humor, pathos, dark arts, and fashion commentary." (Booklist); sequel to 2014's Rebel Belle

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Fool's Day Online

A number of sites are participating in April Fool's Day fun, check out:

ShelfAwareness with a number of fun & foolish 'news' articles's front page with fun oldies but goodies, in multiple categories:

Special Libraries Association which has an Iconic rock band coming together to play at the SLA 2015 Annual Conference

redbox, advertising a 'new' service: Petbox "Does your pet have a movie request?"

What 'foolery' have you come across today?

Monday, March 30, 2015

March Madness for Books!

The following text is from an email sent out by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of the American Library Association. Rather than try to reinvent the wheel, I will let their excellent words do the work ...

Busted bracket? Try playing March Medals Madness instead!

Help spread the word to your audiences (especially those working in adult services, readers’ advisory, collection development and programming) about the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction!

Vote for six titles from the longlist (three fiction, three nonfiction) that you think will be selected for the 2015 shortlist. The player that matches the most titles will win a $50 cash card and a full set of the 2015 shortlist titles. The drawing will remain open until noon on Sunday, April 5, 2015. The shortlist will be announced on April 6. 
Participate here:
Follow the hashtag #ala_carnegie for updates!