Librarians Shout ‘n Share Their Show Picks | BookExpo 2018

Shout ‘n Sharers (left to right): Wilda Williams (moderator), Stephanie Anderson, Gregg Winsor, Jennifer Hubert Swan, and Shayera Tangri. Photo by Chris Vaccari

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Library Journal’s popular Librarian Shout ‘n Share panel once again took center stage on the final day of BookExpo 2018, held May 30–June 1 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 of selection, BookOps, New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries; Gregg Winsor, reference librarian, Johnson County Library, Overland Park, KS; Jennifer Hubert Swan, middle school librarian and director of library services, Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School, NYC; and Shayera Tangri, senior librarian, Porter Ranch Branch Library, CA.

As with last year’s session, there was surprisingly very little overlap in the discoveries shared by panelists. Home After Dark, author/illustrator David Small’s long-awaited follow-up to his 2011 National Book Award finalist Stitches, drew nods from Winsor, Swan, and Williams. Other titles attracting multiple attention included The Real Lolita, Sarah Weinman’s investigation of the kidnapping that inspired Vladimir Nabokov’s literary masterpiece; Stephen L. Carter’s Invisible, which recounts the life of the author’s remarkable grandmother, who helped take down 1930s gangster Lucky Luciano; and Sarah McCoy’s Marilla of Green Gables, the much anticipated prequel to Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Canadian classic, Anne of Green Gables.

In 2017, A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window was the Big Book of the show. No such thriller appeared on the horizon this year, but buzz is building for British screenwriter Alex Michaelides’s chilling debut The Silent Patient, which will be released in early 2019 by Macmillan’s new Celadon Books imprint.

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

Stephanie Anderson, BookOps, NYPL & BPL

Murata, Sayaka. Convenience Store Woman (Grove Atlantic, Jun.) F

Farizan, Sara. Here To Stay (Algonquin Young Readers, Sept.) YA Fic

Weinman, Sarah. The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World (Ecco: HarperCollins, Sept.) True Crime/Lit

Gerald, Casey. There Will Be No Miracles Here (Riverhead, Oct.) Memoir

Carter, Stephen L. Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster (Holt, Oct.) Biog

Guillory, Jasmine. The Proposal (Berkley, Sept.) Romance

Invisible Planets, ed. & tr. from Chinese by Ken Liu (Tor, pap. release Aug.) SF/Short Stories

Lal, Ruby. Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan (Norton, Jul.) Hist

Chung, Nicole. All You Can Ever Know (Catapult, Oct.) Memoir

Brodell, Ria. Butch Heroes (MIT, Sept.) LGBTQ Hist


Gregg Winsor, Johnson Cty. Lib., Overland Park, KS

Michaelides, Alex. The Silent Patient (Celadon, Jan. 2019) Psychological Thriller

Pinborough, Sarah. Cross Her Heart (Morrow, Sept.) Psychological Thriller

Ryan, Hank Phillippi. Trust Me. (Forge, Aug.)  Psychological Thriller

Small, David. Home After Dark. (Liveright, Sept.) Graphic Novel/Coming of Age

Hendrix, Grady. We Sold Our Souls (Quirk, Sept.) Horror

Reed, Elliott, A Key to Treehouse Living (Tin House, Sept.) Coming-of-Age Fiction

Dalcher, Christine. Vox. (Berkley, Aug.) Dystopian Fiction

Walker, Karen Thompson. The Dreamers (Random, Jan. 2019) Literary SF

Harvey, Michael. Pulse (HarperCollins, Oct.) Science Thriller

Moshfegh, Otessa. My Year of Rest and Relaxation. (Penguin, Jul.) Literary Fiction

Suri, Tasha. Empire of Sand (Orbit: Hachette, Nov.) Fantasy

Shayera Tangeri, Porter Ranch Branch Lib., CA

Anderson, Pam. How To Cook Without a Book, Completely Updated and Revised: Recipes and Techniques Every Cook Should Know by Heart (Clarkson Potter: Crown, Aug.) Cooking

Dyson, Michael. What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America (St. Martin’s, Jun.) Politics

Felix, Antonia. Elizabeth Warren: Her Fight. Her Work. Her Life (Sourcebooks, Aug.) Biog

Dawson, Delilah S. & Kevin Hearn. Kill the Farm Boy: The Tales of Pell (Del Rey, July) Fantasy

Kimball, Christopher. Milk Street: Tuesday Nights; More Than 200 Simple Weeknight Suppers That Deliver Bold Flavor, Fast (Little, Brown, Oct.) Cooking

Lepore, Jill. These Truths: A History of the United States (Norton, Sept.) Hist

Loren, Roni. The One You Can’t Forget (Sourcebooks Casablanca, Jun.) Romance

McCoy, Sarah. Marilla of Green Gables (Morrow, Oct. ) Coming-of-Age Historical/YA Crossover

Morgan, Sarah. The Christmas Sisters (HQN: Harlequin, Sept.) Holiday Romance 

Novik, Naomi. Spinning Silver (Del Rey: Ballantine, Jul.) Fantasy

Gallagher, Cayla. Unicorn Food: Rainbow Treats and Colorful Creations To Enjoy and Admire (Skyhorse, May) Cooking

Schlueter, Heather. Cooking with Your Instant Pot® Mini: 100 Quick & Easy Recipes for 3-Quart Models (Sterling Epicure, May) Cooking

Yolen, Jane. Finding Baba Yaga: A Short Novel in Verse (, Oct.) Fantasy

Jennifer Hubert Swan, Little Red Sch. House & Elisabeth Irwin High Sch., NYC

Brooks, Molly. Sanity and Tallulah (Disney-Hyperion, Oct.) Middle Grade Graphic Novel

Reed, Elliot. A Key to Treehouse Living (Tin House, Sept.) Coming-of-Age/YA Crossover

Shepard, Megan. Grim Lovelies (HMH Books for Young Readers, Oct.) YA Fantasy

Medina, Meg. Merci Suárez Changes Gears (Candlewick, Sept.) Middle Grade Fiction

Fresh Ink, ed. by Lamar Giles (Crown Bks for Young Readers Aug.) YA anthology

Pessl, Marisha. Neverworld Wake (Delacorte, Jun.) YA Fiction

Sarles, Shawn. Campfire (Jimmy Patterson: Little Brown, Jul.) YA Horror

Colfer, Eoin & Andrew Donkin (text) & Giovanni Rigano (illus.). Illegal (Sourcebooks, Aug.) Middle Grade Graphic Novel

Imani, Blair. Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Writing History (Ten Speed: Crown, Oct.)  Hist

Small, David. Home After Dark (Liveright: Norton, Sept.) Graphic Novel/Coming of Age

Wilda Williams, LJ Reviews

Corera, Dan. Operation Columba—The Secret Pigeon Service: The Untold Story of World War II Resistance in Europe (Morrow, Oct.) Hist

Mohr, Tim. Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall (Algonquin, Sept) Hist

Dalcher, Christine. Vox (Berkley, Aug.) Dystopian Fiction

Hua, Vanessa. River of Stars (Ballantine, Aug.) F

Park, Samuel. The Caregiver (S. & S., Sept.) F

Carter, Stephen L. Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster (Holt, Oct.) Biog

Weinman, Sarah. The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World (Ecco: HarperCollins, Sept.) True Crime/Lit

Lewis, Marjorie Herrera. When the Men Were Gone (Morrow, Oct.) Historical Fic

McCoy, Sarah. Marilla of Green Gables (Morrow, Oct.) Coming-of-Age Historical/YA Crossover

Barbash, Tom. The Dakota Winters. (Ecco: HarperCollins, Dec.) Coming-of-Age Fic

Carey, Edward. Little. (Riverhead, Oct.) Literary Historical Fic

Parry, Ambrose. The Way of All Flesh (Canongate, Oct.) Historical Mys

Mustich, James. 1,000 Books To Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List (Workman, Oct.) Lit

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