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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.


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!


Lizzie Skurnick!

Some exciting news for tomorrow’s chat!


We have a special guest star, Lizzie Skurnick! Of Lizzie Skurnick Books, an imprint of Ig Publishing!

Lizzie Skurnick is the editor-in-chief of Lizzie Skurnick Books, which reissues the great classics of YA, from the 1930s through the 1980s. A columnist for The New York Times Magazine and a regular reviewer for NPR, she’s the author of Shelf Discovery, a memoir of teen reading.

The topic?


(Yes, this is the fourth, not the third Thursday in August — but hey, vacation and holidays meant we had to change it. Sorry for any inconvenience!)

Remember, tomorrow night, 8 PM EST

See you then!

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!

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.

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.