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.

Passive Readers’ Advisory

Becky Canovan, a reference and instruction librarian at University of Dubuque, is a fan of passive readers’ advisory. I asked if she’d talk a little about the displays she’s done recently and why she likes doing this at her academic library. RA can live in any library! 

Coming into summer I was looking for colorful, relevant, and eye-catching. I usually attempt to pull together sub-collections that tend to be scattered in LC. Travel is one of those topics. I pulled travel guides, fiction, other non-fic, YA and children’s books. A simple prop or two and a variety of configurations help keep this simple space looking fresh.




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.

Longform Picture Books: A List From Twitter

My daughter, age 7, loves picture books, but I find that many of them lack the complex plotting and sophisticated language she’s come to enjoy in the easy readers & middle-grade chapter books we read together.

I asked the good people of Twitter to help me — jog my memory, give me some fresh ideas — of longform picture books.

Herewith, a list, in no particular order. The list is a mix of authors & specific titles (with authors):

  • Canterbury Tales, retold by Marcia Williams
  • Patricia Polacco
  • Hattie & The Wild Waves, by Barbara Cooney
  • The Oxcart Man, by Barbara Cooney
  • The King’s Stilts, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins & Bartholomew and the Oobleck, all by Dr. Seuss
  • Jill Barklem
  • Babar series by de Brunhoff (warning: racism/colonialism)
  • Polo series, by Regis Faller (wordless)
  • Trina Schart Hyman’s many retellings of fairy tales
  • Wizardology/Pirateology/Dragonology/Mythology books
  • Babymouse series by Jennifer L. Holm
  • Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale
  • Mouse Guard, by David Peterson
  • Minpins, by Roald Dahl
  • Melisande, by E. Nesbit
  • A Bad Case of Stripes, by David Shannon
  • The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum, by Kate Bernheimer
  • Archie Comics
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick
  • Wonderstruck, by Brian Selznick
  • Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo
  • Douglas Florian
  • The Pet Project, by Lisa Wheeler
  • Talking Eggs, by Robert San Souci & Jerry Pinkney
  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, John Steptoe
  • Wizard of Oz & Peter Pan (both pop-ups) by Robert Sabuda
  • Beatrix Potter

Many thanks to everyone who responded to my query with such great suggestions!

Do you have other suggestions? Let us know in the comments!

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.

Chat Transcript: Managing the TBR Pile, Parts 1 & 2 — March 21, 2013

Our most recent chat was on March 21, 2013: Managing the TBR Pile (TBR = To Be Read). Did you miss it? Did you forget to favorite a tweet that referred to a great resource? We’ve got you covered with these handy Storify archives:

Managing the TBR Pile, Part 1

Managing the TBR Pile, Part 2