Author Archive: sophiebee

Transcript: Back to School & Transitions

On 9/12/13, we met to discuss reader’s advisory during times of transition, especially during the super-busy back-to-school season.

It’s not even November yet, but I tell you what: this chat feels like it took place several years ago. This Fall has been crazy-busy!


Transcript: Baby Got Backlist w/Special Guest Lizzie Skurnick

I discovered a bunch of transcripts that I published on Storify but hadn’t yet managed to post here. Sorry about that, friends.

I’ll roll them out one by one for searching/finding ease.

First up, a Storify of our lively & informative chat with Lizzie Skurnick, author of Shelf Discovery and publisher of Lizzie Skurnick Books. Since Lizzie’s bread & butter is bringing lost classics of middle grade & YA back into print, we chose backlist as our topic of discussion, launching the immortal hashtag #babygotbacklist on an unsuspecting world.

Introducing Special Guest Teri Lesesne

We are beyond thrilled to announce that the Goddess of YA Literature herself, Teri Lesesne (aka Professor Nana), will be our very special guest on Thursday, September 19, 2013.

Our topic will be the Common Core and how it’s affecting reader’s advisory in the classroom, school and public libraries. 

Teri is a former middle school English/Language Arts teacher and now a professor of library science at Sam Houston State University (where she’s been teaching for 20+ years).  Dr. Lesesne has served on Printz, NF, Quick Picks, Morris, and Odyssey committees for YALSA and is the Executive Director for ALAN, the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English. In her spare time, she reads, talks about books and reading, and then reads some more.

Teri documents her reading, teaching & reflections at her popular Livejournal and on Twitter. I highly recommend checking out her slideshares, as well, for her ongoing best-of-the-year slide decks and presentations on reader’s advisory and reading ladders.

Please join us from 8-9 PM ET on Thursday! If you have questions you’d particularly like Teri to address, please let us know in the comments!


Chat Transcript: Beach Reads

On July 25, 2013, we gathered for an hour to discuss Beach Reads — what are they? How do they differ from Vacation Reads? How do we find out what our patrons’ favorite beachy authors & themes are?

The Beach Reads chat Storify is available here.

Tonight, we’ll be joined by gory mystery/thriller aficionado & Macmillan Adult Library Marketing Director Talia Sherer to discuss Genre True Loves! Join us!

Genre True Loves, With Special Guest Talia Sherer!

Talia Sherer

We are so excited to share with you all that our friend Talia Sherer, Director of Library Marketing at for Macmillan’s adult imprints, will be our Very Special Guest this week on ReadAdv. We’re back to our usual schedule of meeting at 8PM Eastern on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month, and our topic this week will be Genre True Loves: what’s yours? How did you discover it? How do you help readers discover their genre true loves at your library & in your librarianing-about-town?

Talia has graciously agreed to answer some of your questions, so please send them to us via Twitter: @sophiebiblio @lizb @catagator, or post them in the comments below. We’ll use as many as we can!

Get to know our lovely Special Guest, Talia:

Director of Library Marketing Talia Sherer coordinates the library marketing activities of Macmillan’s adult publishers, which include St. Martin’s Press, Henry Holt, Tor/Forge, Minotaur, Picador, and Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Talia was chair of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) Trade Libraries committee for four years and was proud to be named a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker!

“Sure, if you read Talia’s gory favorites, you’ll find the occasional spleen enjoying the open air rather than resting quietly wherever it belongs inside our bodies, but beyond that, you’ll also find a bunch of richly satisfying stories peopled by multidimensional characters who will make you think as much as they make you retch.” —Booklist (5/10/2011)

And when authors let her down, they know it,

“I’d like to apologize to Talia Sherer, Macmillan’s Library Marketing Manager. I know this book isn’t gory enough for you, Talia. I promise to make up for it next time.” —Chelsea Cain, in THE NIGHT SEASON (see Acknowledgments)

See you there!

Chat Transcript: Reader’s Advisory 101

Last week’s ReadAdv was another super-lively discussion! We talked discussed Reader’s Advisory 101 — how we developed our skills, the resources we love, the mentors we admire, the mistakes we’ve made and the genres we know we rock at matching with readers.

The chat transcript is right here. Happy reading!

We’ll be back on Thursday, July 25th with a discussion of Beach Reads for every age & every genre. Be there!

Archive for New Adult: What Is It & Is It Really Happening

Thanks to everyone (all 150 or so of you!) who attended today’s session at ALA on New Adult fiction. Liz, Kelly & I loved putting this presentation together & having this fascinating discussion with you.

Follow-up resources are as follows:

Keep the conversation going — here in comments or on Twitter! We’d love to hear about new titles, trends you see emerging, and more.

You can find us on Twitter as follows:

Sophie Brookover: @sophiebiblio / @librarylinknj

Liz Burns: @lizb

Kelly Jensen: @catagator

ReadAdv: June 20, 2013 — Summer Reading Extravaganza!

If you missed the June 20th session of #readadv, no worries! We’ve got your chat transcript right here.

We are adjusting the July schedule a little bit to accommodate the July 4th holiday weekend — instead of holding #readadv on July 4, we’re moving it to Thursday, July 11.

Kelly, Liz & I are all in Chicago for ALA Annual (if you see us, say hello!) so we’ll be planning the next session while we’re here, yay!

ReadAdv: The Year in Books So Far, 2013 Edition

Did you miss the May 2 ReadAdv? The chat transcript is ready for your reading & advising pleasure!

We discussed the year in books so far — our favorites, our not-so-favorites, titles that exceeded (or failed to meet) our expectations, and what we’re looking forward to in the back half of 2013.

ReadAdv: A Very Meta Conversation

Let’s try this again, shall we?

Miss last week’s ReadAdv? Catch up with the chat transcript. Topic: the next steps for The Reader’s Advisory Chat That Could — what’s working, what we could do better, what we plan to do. Thanks to all who participated! You’ve given us excellent food for thought & action — we really appreciate your thoughtful, smart suggestions.