Getting Ready for ALA Annual, Jun. 18, 2019 | Book Pulse

A group of guides for ALA Annual. Taffy Brodesser-Akner wins the buzz cycle today. More booklists arrive, for audiobooks and true crime. Summer books get all kinds of attention.

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Getting Ready for ALA Annual

Heading to DC? Here are links to the collection development and RA activities of conference (and here and here. Here is a link to the full guide). LJ has a galley guide on what to grab. It is of great use to anyone not going to conference as well and is free for the downloading. Shelf Awareness provides the Lonely Planet guide to the city. Eater offers a list of the best places to eat around the convention center.


The NYT reviews Big Sky by Kate Atkinson (Little, Brown: Hachette): “Atkinson tells a great story, toys with expectations, deceives by omission, blows smoke and also writes like she’s your favorite friend. Thank goodness the long Jackson Brodie hiatus is over.” Also, A Sand Book by Ariana Reines (Tin House: W.W. Norton): "her impulse: to make her way into the chaos, document what she sees and feels, and make the most of things with them.” An Innocent Bystander: The Killing of Leon Klinghoffer by Julie Salamon (Little, Brown: Hachette): “her book’s greatest contribution is the way that it humanizes the political ordeal.” The paper also considers comics.

USA Today reviews Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Random House), giving it 3.5 stars and calling it "assured and spiky.” The Guardian has an interview and in Vulture  Brodesser-Akner talks with Tom Perrotta.

The Washington Post reviews Conviction by Denise Mina (Mulholland Books: Hachette; LJ starred review): “spectacular … spellbinding.” The paper also runs its audiobook column.

NPR also reviews Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Random House): “a maddening, unsettling masterpiece.”

Briefly Noted

Paste picks “The 19 Best Audiobooks of 2019 (So Far).”

Book Riot gathers “20 Horror Books by Authors of Color.”

CrimeReads selects “June’s Best True Crime Books.”

LitHub finds a list of “perfect summer book.”

The Guardian compiles “More than a coming-out story: 10 books to read during Pride month.”

The Washington Post offers “Ten books that explain the complicated nostalgia of being a child of diaspora.”

Jennifer Weiner takes on the subject of beach reads for Entertainment Weekly.

Nicholas Sparks apologizes for his remarks but still denies the allegations he has behaved in discriminatory ways. Entertainment Weekly covers the story as does the NYT and The Guardian.

The Guardian reports that Penguin is now launching an independent review of Pedro Baños’s How They Rule the World in light of antisemitism charges.

The Hunger Games book news gets covered by Entertainment Weekly, the NYT, and The Guardian (which writes a movie might be in the works too).

The Washington Post digs into Little Fires Everywhere as it heads to the screen.

Bitch Media features Dani McClain, We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood (Bold Type Books: Hachette).

Bustle writes about “Young Adult Books About Queen Girls.”

The Guardian interviews Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi, Taking Up Space: The Black Girl’s Manifesto for Change (Merky Books).

Bustle interviews Tan France, Naturally Tan: A Memoir (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan). The site also interviews Kate Mosse, The Burning Chambers (Minotaur: Macmillan) as well as Juno Dawson ( booklist here).

Shelf Awareness reports on the summer reading plans of Americans as researched by B&N.

The NYT reports on a thriving library in the middle of one of Pakistan’s gun markets.

Gloria Vanderbilt has died. USA Today has an obituary. She was an author and lived a very bookish life as The NYT writes. Food writer Molly O’Neill has died. Historian Alan Brinkley has died. Charles Reich has died. The NYT has obituaries.

SF translator Yoshio Kobayashi has died. Locus has an obituary.

The tree that might have inspired The Lorax has fallen. Time reports.

Authors on Air

The MTV Movie & TV Awards are out. Many winners and nominees are book-based. The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

USA Today writes about the Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am documentary.

Leila Slimani’s The Perfect Nanny is headed to the screen. Amityville 1974 is getting the greenlight for the movies. Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins has sold rights for US distribution. NBC sets premiere dates for Batwoman, Supergirl, The Flash, and Nancy Drew. Deadline Hollywood reports.

NPR interviews Louise Aronson, Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life (Bloomsbury: Macmillan).

New poster images are out for the Downton Abbey movie. Town & Country takes a look.

The Boys gets a trailer.

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Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at

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