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Welcome to Check Your Shelf, where I’ve made the very silly decision to start reading a book that I KNEW was going to be a one-sitting book, and now I don’t have any choice except to finish it before I go to bed. After I finish this newsletter, of course.
So, let’s library, and I’ll get back to reading!
Collection Development Corner
Lincoln Center Poet-in-Residence Mahogany L. Browne is launching the first Woke Baby Book Fair, which will be free and open to the public.
New & Upcoming Titles
Random House just announced a forthcoming memoir from Prince Harry, which will be published in late 2022.
Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen are publishing a book developed from their podcast conversations.
Stacey Abrams is publishing her first children’s book, Stacey’s Extraordinary Words, which will be out in late December.
Viola Davis and Kelly Ripa are each publishing nonfiction books in 2022.
What Your Patrons Are Hearing About
The Cult of We: WeWork, Adam Neumann, and the Great Startup Delusion – Eliot Brown & Maureen Farrell (New York Times, Washington Post)
The space to exist: the other kind of diversity in storytelling.
The many shades of gatekeeping: how the term “emerging author” hurts more than it helps.
Asexual romance readers are finally getting their happily ever afters.
On the Riot
9 gripping new summer thrillers to add to your beach bag.
Weekly new releases to add to your TBR.
An introduction to literary nonfiction.
When a “romantic” read is really about grooming. (TW: grooming, sexual abuse)
All Things Comics
These were the buzziest panels at ComicCon At Home.
Michael B. Jordan is bringing Black Superman Val-Zod to HBO Max. (If anyone’s keeping track, this is separate from Ta-Nehisi Coates’ and JJ Abrams’ plans to bring a Black Superman to the big screen.)
Michaela Cole has joined the cast for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Leslie Grace is going to be the new Barbara Gordon in the upcoming Batgirl movie.
Plans are in the works to turn The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina into new comics.
The greatest seinen manga of the decade, according to Goodreads.
On the Riot
9 new and upcoming comics and graphic memoirs that embody queer joy.
6 manhwa and manga like The Beginning After the End.
Books you never knew had manga adaptations.
Manga erotica: a beginner’s guide to ecchi and hentai.
This Barbie comic is really, really weird.
The Panoramic Project looks at audiobook use in 2020 and context around reading and other entertainment media.
On the Riot
30 of the best Audible books for kids.
Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists
10 new children’s books in translation to read this summer.
12 of the best books for three-year-olds.
16 YA fairy-tale retellings that live up to the hype.
A reading list for Disability Pride Month.
7 novels about scandalous small towns.
For fans of Sherlock Holmes: 15 recommendations for detective book lovers.
6 books for nature lovers.
5 must-read books about the invisible borders between culture and identity.
9 books with plots pulled from real life.
9 books to transport you around the world.
15 Pulitzer Prize book winners and finalists that deserve a spot on your TBR.
11 books recommended by TikTokers.
On the Riot
9 funny chapter book series that will keep kids giggling.
15 books about going off to college.
“It’s gay and it slaps:” TikTok’s favorite LGBTQ books.
9 LGBTQ+ memoirs to read this summer.
8 books about Japanese culture to read before the Olympics.
10 books about cryptids and cryptozoology.
10 recent magical realism novels.
8 unconventional romantic reads like Netflix’s Sexy Beasts.
Level Up (Library Reads)
Do you take part in Library Reads, the monthly list of best books selected by librarians only? We’ve made it easy for you to find eligible diverse titles to nominate. Kelly Jensen created a database of upcoming diverse books that anyone can edit, and Nora Rawlins of Early Word is doing the same, as well as including information about series, vendors, and publisher buzz.
All right, I’m off to continue reading. Have a good week, everyone!