Librarians Shout ‘n Share Their Literary Finds | BookExpo 2017

CENTER STAGE AT BOOKEXPO (l. to r. ): Moderator Wilda Williams, and Shout ‘n Sharers Charlene Rue, Stephanie Chase, Stephanie Anderson, and Todd Krueger.
Photo courtesy of Barbara Genco

Cosponsored by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and LJ, the ninth annual edition of the ever-popular Librarian Shout ‘n Share panel literally took center stage on the final day of BookExpo 2017, held May 31–June 2 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Occupying the Downtown Stage, one of three main venues for special book and author events, the discussion was moderated by LJ Fiction Editor Wilda Williams and featured a mix of first-time and veteran librarian shouters: Stephanie Anderson, assistant director for public services, Darien Library, CT; Stephanie Chase, director, Hillsboro Public Library, OR; Charlene Rue, deputy director of collection management, BookOps, New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries; and Todd Krueger, collection development, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD.

As the panelists shared their discoveries from the exhibit floor, there was surprisingly very little overlap. If there was one big book of the show that all the participants could agree on, it was A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window (Morrow, Jan. 2018), a twisty and thrilling salute to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. The other titles receiving multiple nods included another debut psychological thriller, Liv Constantine’s The Last Mrs. Parrish  (HarperColllins, Oct.); Piu Eatwell’s Black Dahlia, Red Rose (Liveright: Norton, Oct.), an investigation into a notorious, unsolved Los Angeles murder; and Manoush Zomorodi’s Bored and Brilliant: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Spacing Out (St. Martin’s, Sept.), a call for rediscovering the lost art of “doing nothing” in an era of constant digital activity,

Reflective of more individual personal tastes were such discoveries as Jaya Savena and Jess Zimmerman’s Basic Witches: How To Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven (Quirk, Aug.). Recalling how as a teenager she had browsed through her library’s few tattered and old witchcraft books, Darien Library’s Anderson was thrilled to see a fresh and modern take on the ancient art that would appeal to teens. BookOps’s Rue was blown away by debut novelist Kharry Lazare-White’s Passage (Seven Stories, Sept.), a coming-of-age tale about a young African American man in 1993 Harlem and Brooklyn. Hillsborough P.L.’s Chase touted as her young adult/adult crossover Kelly Jones’s Murder, Magic, and What We Wore, a Regency-era fantastical mystery. And Baltimore County’s Krueger had high praise for Mark Helprin’s forthcoming novel, Paris in the Present Tense (Overlook, Oct).

The following lists include all titles presented, in roughly the order mentioned, with bold titles indicating those selected by more than one panelist.

Charlene Rue

Tunnicliffe, Hannah. A French Wedding (Doubleday, Jun.) F

Lazarre-White, Khary. Passage (Seven Stories, Sept.)  F

Adebayo, Ayobami. Stay with Me (Knopf, Aug.)  F

Kukafka, Danya. Girl in Snow (S. & S., Aug.) F

Nugent, Liz. Unraveling Oliver (Scout: S. & S., Aug.) F

Tallent, Gabriel. My Absolute Darling (Riverhead, Aug.) F

Scott, Sophfronia. Unforgivable Love: A Retelling of Dangerous Liaisons (Morrow, Sept.) F

Benjamin, Chloe. The Immortalist (Putnam, Jan. 2018) F

Stephanie Anderson

Jones, Tayari. An American Marriage (Algonquin, Feb. 2018) F

Saxena, Jaya & Jess Zimmerman. Basic Witches: How To Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven (Quirk, Aug.) Self-Help/Rel

Eatwell, Piu. Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America’s Greatest Unsolved Murder (Liveright: Norton, Oct.) crime

MacLean, Sarah. The Day of the Duchess (Avon; Jun. 2017) Romance

Hunter, Megan. The End We Start From (Grove Atlantic; Nov.) Dystopian sf

Blades, Nicole. Have You Met Nora? (Dafina: Kensington, Oct.) Women’s Fiction

Ng, Celeste. Little Fires Everywhere (Penguin Pr., Sept.) F

Schmidt, Sarah. See What I Have Done (Atlantic Monthly, Aug.) F

Feldman, Noah. The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President (Random, Oct.) Biog

Massey, Sujata. The Widows of Malabar Hill (Soho Crime, Jan. 2018) Mys

Finn, A.J. The Woman in the Window (Morrow; Jan. 2018) Thriller

Stephanie Chase

Jones, Kelly. Murder, Magic, and What We Wore (Knopf Bks. for Young Readers, Sept.) YA historical fantasy adult Crossover

Constantine, Liv. The Last Mrs Parrish (Harper, Oct.)  Thriller

Walker, Adrian. The End of the World Running Club (Sourcebooks Landmark, Sept.) Dystopian Fic

Montemarano, Nicholas. The Senator’s Children (Tin House, Nov.) F

Culliton, Emily. The Misfortune of Marion Palm (Knopf, Aug.) F

Young, Kevin. Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News  (Graywolf, Nov.) Soc Sci

McGaha, Jennifer. Flat Broke with Two Goats: A Memoir of Appalachia (Sourcebooks, Jan. 2018)  Memoir

Kang, Lydia & Nate Pedersen. Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways To Cure Everything (Workman, Oct.) Med

Todd Krueger

Helprin, Mark. Paris in the Present Tense (Overlook, Oct.) F

Morrison, Toni. The Origin of Others (Harvard Univ., Sept.) Lit

Six Sisters, Celebrate Every Season with Six Sisters’ Stuff (Shadow Mountain, Sept.) Cookery

Fagan, Brian. Fishing: How the Sea Fed Civilization (Yale Univ., Sept.) Hist

Del Col, Anthony & Werther Dell’Edera. Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie  (Dynamite, Nov.) Graphic Novels

Goldman, Matt. Gone to Dust (Forge, Aug.) Mys

Mundy, Liza. Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II (Hachette, Oct.) Hist

Berns, Gregory. What It’s Like To Be a Dog: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience (Basic, Sept.) SCI

Peery, Janet. The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs (St Martin’s, Sept.) F

Costa, James T. Darwin’s Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory (Norton, Sept.) SCI

Zomorodi, Manous. Bored and Brilliant: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Spacing Out (St. Marint’s, Sept. ) Tech/Psych/Self-Help

Hopper, Laura.  I Never  (Houghton Harcourt Books for Young Readers, Nov.) YA

Ness, Patrick. Release (HarperTeen, Sept.) YA

Wilda Williams

The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed.  (Univ. of Chicago, Sept.) Ref

Alexievich, Svetlana. The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II (Random, Jul.)  Hist

Gary, Romain. The Kites. (New Directions, Oct.)  F

Doughty, Caitlin. From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World To Find the Good Death (Norton, Oct.) Trav

Hendrix, Grady. Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of 70s and 80s Horror Fiction. (Quirk, Sept.) Lit

Toscler, Sarah. Song of the Current (Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Jun.) YA Crossover

Hanson, Hart. The Driver. (Dutton, Aug.) Thriller

Locke, Attica. Bluebird, Bluebird  (Little, Brown, Sept.) Mys

Slee, Tom. What’s Yours Is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy (Or, Nov.) Econ


Wilda Williams About Wilda Williams

Wilda "Willy" Williams ( is LJ's Fiction Editor. She specializes in popular fiction and edits the Mystery, Science Fiction, Christian Fiction, and Word on Street Lit columns.


  1. These are all wonderful stories about strong female characters. Love it!

  2. Jane Bowers says:

    The Woman in The Window looks very interesting! Just purchased it and waiting to read… ;)

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