RA for your Friday 2/21/20


Did you miss me? I was celebrating Presidents Weekend in the birthplace of American democracy and listening to an irreverent biography of George Washington the whole way home. It's not often my February travel plans actually happen - I'm sure I'm not the only one of us who uses the phrase "weather permitting" well into April - but getting away in February makes this short month seem somehow less endless. Let's look to the future, shall we?

The Public Library Association conference is next week, and even if you're not going, you can still enjoy the Library Journal Galley Guide to get a look at what's coming out in the next few months. (And if you ARE going, good for you! Tell Nashville I say hello.)

The March Indie Next list is out, and we've also got the Library Reads picks, in full color and ready to be printed out for yer corkboard.

In awards news, we've got the LA Times book prize finalists, the Nebula finalists, the Aspen Words Literary Prize finalists!

NoveList is holding a crash course on historical fiction, the latest in their series of webinars taking a deep dive into a particular genre or subgenre. They'll cover:

  • Why readers love historical fiction and how libraries can ramp up their collections
  • How historical fiction developed, including classics, newcomers, and awards to know
  • Subgenres and trends
  • NoveList insider information on genre headings, appeal terms, and more

Sign up today for the March 25 webinar, and if you aren't able to make it - no worries! They'll send you the archived recording.

The 5 Minute Librarian blog is looking ahead to summer with their latest display idea of fairy tale retellings, which is a great fit for the CSLP theme Imagine Your Story.

For all you true crime fans out there, PopSugar has a list of 15 True-Crime Books That Will Make 2020 Your Most Paranoid Year Ever.

Finally, #FridayReads: This week, I've been doing a rare re-read, going back to The Food of a Younger Land: The WPA's Portrait of Food in Pre-World War II America by Mark Kurlansky, and in my earbuds is Here For It: Or How to Save Your Soul in America, Essays, by R. Eric Thomas. Happy reading/listening!