RA for your Friday 7/19/19


As the mercury creeps closer toward temperatures that compel one to put an icepack behind one's neck, let's remember that there's a whole other way to send a shiver down one's spine - by reading horror. As Becky Spratford notes in LJ's genre spotlight:

"We are in the midst of a horror renaissance. From blockbuster films like Jordan Peele’s Us and Stephen King’s It to TV series like Netflix’s Stranger Things and AMC’s The Walking Dead, dark storytelling has never been more popular... Thankfully, a bounty of top-notch horror books will be published in the coming months, titles that are perfect for general adult collections..."

And then she goes on to share a metric ton of upcoming horror titles. Get those carts ready!

In regular news, the August IndieNext and Library Reads lists are out. Go ahead and print one out for yer corkboard.

Meanwhile, Booklist is putting a spotlight on graphic novels AND book discussion groups - which is a wonderful segue into my announcement that we have five new book club bags to share! Check 'em out - literally. :)

Heavy: An American Memoir, by Kiese Laymon

The Widows of Malabar Hill, by Sujata Massey

The Overstory, by Richard Powers

Spoonbenders, by Daryl Gregory

Gorilla and the Bird, by Zack McDermott

In nonfiction corner, the What's Nonfiction blog takes a last look at upcoming titles in 2019 and Off the Shelf features 8 Nonfiction Reads that Will Make You Smarter.

In awards news, the Arthur C. Clarke award has been announced, the Shirley Jackson awards have been announced, and the Emmy nominations are out! In releated television news, there are a whole lot of reading lists out there for high-profile, often bingeable shows. Why not build one for fans of Stranger Things, Veronica Mars, or better yet, a mix of what your patrons of all ages are watching?

Finally, #FridayReads: I am all about the nonfiction this week - reading The Lady from the Black Lagoon, and listening to Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem. That being said, I'm also eagerly awaiting The Flatshare, which I've wanted to read for the last 15 years.* Happy reading/listening/hydrating!

*It was about 15 years ago that I first watched the classic Billy Wilder film Sunset Boulevard, wherein the main character pitches an idea for a screenplay that is essentially the premise of this novel. I'm delighted I can finally see how it plays out.