Category Archives: Schedule

Introducing Special Guest Anne Ursu

We are thrilled to share that queen of middle grade Anne Ursu will be joining us as a special guest for our chat on Thursday, March 6 at 8 pm Eastern time.

Our topic will be Middle Grade. What are “middle grade” books? What’s out there in middle grade? Who is reading middle grade? What should we know to be great reader advisors of middle grade books, especially if it’s an area we’re not familiar with? 


Anne Ursu is the author of the middle grade fantasies Breadcrumbs, The Real Boy, as well as the Cronus Chronicles trilogy. Breadcrumbs was listed as one of the best books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly,, School Library Journal, and BCCB, and The Real Boy was on the long list for the National Book Award. Anne teaches at Hamline University’s low residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and is the recipient of the 2013-14 McKnight Fellowship in Children’s Literature. She lives in Minneapolis with her son, many cats, and lots of books.

Please join us on March 6 for this chat, and if there are questions you’d like Anne to address, let us know in the comments or with our Twitter hashtag, #readadv.


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!


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!

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!

Schedule Update: Skipping April 4

Hi, friends. Due to vacation, workload, & travel plans, we are going to skip our regularly scheduled April 4 session of ReadAdv.

We will see you at 8 PM EDT on Thursday, April 18, with a hot-hot-hawt topic: Automated RA.

We don’t mean the kind of mediated RA you participate in when you seek out & sift through recommendations from your friends on GoodReads or post a “recommend books for my beach vacation!” thread on Facebook.

We’re talking about automated algorithmic services online. We figure you have some thoughts & feelings about them, and we’d love to hear all about it!

Join us! Use the TweetChat Room or just follow #ReadAdv on Twitter.