Monday, October 3rd, 2022

October 2022 Early Reviewers Batch Is Live!

Win free books from the October 2022 batch of Early Reviewer titles! We’ve got 170 books this month, and a grand total of 3,710 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk.

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Request books here!

The deadline to request a copy is Tuesday, October 25th at 6PM EDT.

Eligibility: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, Italy, Germany, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Malta and more. Make sure to check the message on each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

A Fade of LightThe Mediterranean Migraine Diet: A Science-Based Roadmap to Control Symptoms and Transform Brain HealthDust ChildLittle Mr. Prose Poem: Selected Poems of Russell EdsonYour Emergency Contact Has Experienced an EmergencyI Am Still with You: A Reckoning with Silence, Inheritance, and HistoryA Noble Cunning: The Countess and the TowerPrimus, Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les ClaypoolRising From Down UnderA Tinderbox in Three ActsA Shiver in the LeavesEndpapersMan in a CageHeroes of an Unknown WorldCracked: My Life after a Skull FractureStudies into Darkness: The Perils and Promise of Freedom of SpeechMelpomene's GardenThe Blackout Book ClubBeyond Welcome: Centering Immigrants in Our Christian Response to ImmigrationThe Inner Athlete: Train Your Brain, Push Your Limits, Be UnstoppableTake Me HomeWe Knew All AlongWinter's ReckoningArthur Who Wrote SherlockThe Magic MomentMy Name Is Not Ed TugWhen Words Have PowerThe Next WitnessHis Delightful Lady DeliaA Daughter's CourageChessie at BayWhen Fire Splits the SkyJohnny Lycan & The Vegas BerserkerThe Hammerhead ChroniclesThe Train To HellUntrustworthy: The Knowledge Crisis Breaking Our Brains, Polluting Our Politics, and Corrupting Christian CommunityUncommonPursuit: Airborne Adventure and Intrigue in the Lafayette Flying CorpsThe Vandals: Migration to the RhineDestiny of Determination: Faith and FamilyRule Trouble: The Case of the Illegal DragonAfrican Sun RisingThe BlessedA Dragon in the RoughThe Crumbling CityThe Inconvenient Gospel: A Southern Prophet Tackles War, Wealth, Race, and ReligionOn the Level: Poems on Living with Multiple SclerosisA Walk in the DarkNew Arcadia: RevolutionNightmare AlleyBuried Talents: Overcoming Gendered Socialization to Answer God's CallStock Charting Book for Beginners: A Great Source for Learning Charting Analysis for Successful Stock TradesSummary of Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make and Keep FriendsSummary of The Great Reset and The War for The WorldSummary of Glucose Revolution: The Life-Changing Power of Balancing Your Blood SugarMidnight CravingSong of VirgoDiscordSummary of The Betrayal: How Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans Abandoned AmericaThe Stars in Their EyesSummary of Plays Well With OthersTricked in OctoberSummary of Thank You for Your Servitude: Donald Trump's Washington and the Price of SubmissionSummary of Battle for the American Mind: Uprooting a Century of MiseducationThe Dead Man in the GardenBabble!: And How Punctuation Saved ItA Different Kind of Normal: My Real-Life COMPLETELY True Story About Being UniqueLittle EchoNarwhalicorn and JellyOn This AirplaneScaredy Squirrel Visits the DoctorSeekers of the FoxStar: The Bird Who Inspired MozartStrum and Drum: A Merry Little QuestWhen Two Worlds CollideRogue FlightSuper Sleepover!Unstoppable Us, Volume 1: How Humans Took over the WorldBad FormGround ControlDream Job Pilot?: Everyday Life of Helicopter and Airline PilotsTwilight HeistThe Price of AtonementThatchThe Folly: A Moment in TimeMind of AngelsThe Heart of a WolfCan You Spot the Leopard?: An African SafariRayna Larson and the Kingdom of PetuniaAllaigna's Song: ChoraleHow Grim Was My ValleyUnder PressureThe Golden RuleThe Midnight CallDa Vinci on the LamCharacters of HuffinfieldThe Last WarThe Phoenix and the SwordThe Velvet Badge: A New York NoirBeing Clutch: How the Young Athlete Can Create Confidence and Conquer Anxiety Through VisualizationAngled for RevengeThe Keeper: An InvitationNaomi Teitelbaum Ends the WorldFleshed Out: A Body Horror CollectionOf Blood and Silver RunesConversations Across America: A Father and Son, Alzheimer's, and 300 Conversations Along the TransAmerica Bike Trail that Capture the Soul of AmericaRoses and Ashes: Poems About Feminism and Sexism, Love and HateConfronting the Storm: Regenerating Leadership and Hope in the Age of UncertaintyThe PalladiumThe Forgotten Skill: What Can We Benefit from Learning Calligraphy?Santa's Fuzzy Little VisitThe City Grew MonstersThe Menopause Relief Paradox: What Anger, Heat, Weight Gain, Cognitive Decline, and Immune Frailty Really Is, and the 5 Easy Steps Any Woman Can Take to Reset the Mind-Body ConnectionTheresa et al.The Veracity of LiesSelling Yourself: Why There's More To Making Money Online Than You've Been ToldAntuna's StoryThe Rise and Fall of AntocracyAntunites UniteJackie Stories 1: A Boarding School FriendJackie Stories 2-3: A Rival at Work & A Waspish NovelistDeath at the FeteWhat Is GIS and Its Applications?: Everything You Need to Understand About Geographic Informations Systems, So That You Can Benefit From Using OneThe Spellbound AbbeyThe Lost WitchThe Son of FireStolen SummersSlow DogPlenum: The First Book of DeoMinotaur's LairGod of Fire: Greek MythsChanging Rhythms: Poems on Life, Fantasy and ArtThe ConspiracyThe IslandHuman Anatomy and Physiology Coloring Book with Facts and MCQ's (Multiple Choice Questions)Superhero Math - Division: Grades 3-5 with Answer KeyAmerica's Loveless Age: Trumpism, FemPower, The End of PatriarchyLittle Tim and the Magic ApplesThe Poetree: A Life Journaling GuideA Child of SzaboAdira: Journey to FreedomTraptionMushroom Identification Book of the UK: A 4-Step Mushroom Field Guide for Identification, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Mushrooms & Wild Fungi of Britain and EuropeFrigg's Journey to AnasgarThe Chaos AgentsLove and Only WaterTrophyDon't Shake the Mango Tree: Tales of a Scottish MaasaiThe Officer's GambleRaised Bed and Container Gardening: 9 Practical Steps For Turning Your Backyard or Balcony Into Your First Successful Vegetable Garden. Low-Cost and Beginner-FriendlyWatson Falls: A Small Town with a Deadly SecretAdventLucid RevengeWinter PaleOld Wizards HomeDrop Dead Dangerous: The Lethal Attraction of Road Trip Killer, Paul John KnowlesSocial Skills for Kids 3 to 10: How to Help Your Child Develop Nine Social Skills Needed To Be Happy, Confident, and Successful as a Child and Grown-UpHuman Anatomy and Neuroanatomy Coloring Book with Facts & MCQ's (Multiple Choice Questions)Lost PackagesThe Muse of FreedomKnucklebonesGorgon VillaWhat Will SurviveDoctor KnifeBreak Through Burnout: Triumph over Stress and Anxiety, and Win Back Your Life!The Journey of Neil the Great Dixter CatAnger Management for Better Parenting: A Guilt Free Guide to Not Wrecking Your Kids and Peacefully Navigate Tantrums and MeltdownsThe Summer of FestivalsEchoes of EnmityThe Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes: Essays on Victorian England: Volume Four

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

111Publishing Akashic Books Algonquin Books
Amherst College Press Bethany House BHC Press
Black Rose Writing BOA Editions, Ltd. Book Summary Publishing
Brazos Press Bumpity Boulevard Press Cinnabar Moth Publishing LLC
Circling Rivers City Owl Press Crooked Lane Books
Greenleaf Book Group History Through Fiction Hot Tree Publishing
IVP Academic Kakkle Publications Liz Fe Lifestyle
Malarkey Books Mirror World Publishing NeoParadoxa
NewCon Press Niv Publishing OffBeat Publishing
Plough Publishing House PublishNation Pulp Literature Press
Quiet Thunder Publishing Rootstock Publishing Sley House Publishing
Small Beer Press Thinklings Books Tundra Books
University of North Georgia Press Unsolicited Press West Margin Press
Wise Media Group

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Thursday, September 1st, 2022

September 2022 Early Reviewers Batch Is Live!

Win free books from the September 2022 batch of Early Reviewer titles! We’ve got 188 books this month, and a grand total of 3,826 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk.

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Request books here!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, September 26th at 6PM EDT.

Eligibility: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, Italy, Germany, France, Sweden, Portugal, Finland and more. Make sure to check the message on each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

WinterlandThe Rose and the ThistleMy Self, Your SelfNight LunchWin Every Argument: The Art of Debating, Persuading, and Public SpeakingVintage Christmas Tales: A Holiday AnthologyToo Many Pigs and One Big Bad Wolf: A Counting StoryKumo: The Bashful CloudA Long Way from HomeMoonrise Over New JessupGreen Mountain AcademyHow to Teach Your Cat a Trick: In Five Easy StepsThe Nutcracker TreasuryThe Catbird SeatHer Heart's Desire48 StatesVéronique's JourneyGranite KingdomAugustaUphill: A MemoirStone WomanThe Spirit PhoneAdulting 101: How Not to Move Back Home with Your Parents: 135 Life Skills - Money Matters, Cooking, Job Interviewing, Car Basics, Dating, and Everything Else You Should Know Before You're 25Girl/FriendThe Great Escape: A True Story of Forced Labor and Immigrant Dreams in AmericaTrue Crime Storytime Volume 5: 12 Disturbing True Crime Stories to Keep You Up All NightThe Cannibal's Guide to FastingMastery & Mystery in the BibleLeigh Howard and the Ghosts of Simmons Pierce ManorThe Perfect Mrs. ClausButch Operation Overlord: A Tommy Collins AdventureThe Baby's Christmas BlessingThe Premonition at Withers FarmWhere the Blue Sky BeginsFairy ScienceGhostlightHow to Install Corvette Interior Kits: Includes C1, C2, C3Yes, That Happened!: A Collection of Wildly Insane-But-True Stories in Pop Culture, Science, and History That Seniors Will RememberThe Secret Benefits of InvisibilityFixed MoonThe Tooth Fairy Lost Her WayMurder at an ExhibitionJourney to the HeartlandEnd ManMy Mother's Secret: A Novel of the Jewish Autonomous RegionChildren of the FoxNFT Your Art: Maximize Your Profit By Converting Traditional Art Into NFTsScratchedUnder the Starry SkiesA Model of DevotionSugarball: A Novel of Negro League BaseballDead in the AlleyBlack Country Music: Listening for RevolutionsBurn MarksTrouble with Tattle-TailsThe SuperOptimist Guide to Unconventional Living: Alternative Strategies for Navigating the PresentTwelve: A Retelling of The Twelve Dancing PrincessesAdulting 101: How Not to Move Back Home with Your Parents: 135 Life Skills - Money Matters, Cooking, Job Interviewing, Car Basics, Dating, and Everything Else You Should Know Before You're 25The Lost and Found of Green TreeSummary of Next Level: Your Guide to Kicking Ass, Feeling Great, and Crushing Goals through Menopause and BeyondThe Power Yoga Handbook: Discover Yourself, One Breath at a TimeThe Play of LightFalling for the CowgirlWoman on the WallThe Welsh Dragon: A Novel of Henry TudorA Trade In TearsOver 80: Reflections on AgingChicken RunMaybe We'll Make It: A MemoirThe Year of the MonsterThe ExtraRoad To Nirvana: The Sikh WayThe Star in the East: A Winter Tale of Ancient MysteryThe Sun Never SetThe Crimson FathersThe Veiled Threat of MagicDoGoodRBeware the Ides of JusticeThe Harpy’s LullabySuffer!: A Hollywood NovelTricked in OctoberExtreme VettingTumbo in the ShadowsThe Signs We MissedWho Shall DieFound FootageunAfraid: A Faith-Based Workbook to Conquer FearMastery & Mystery in the BibleAny Better Than This: A Summer of Love StoryEphemeral WingsALTCombat to College: Applying the Military Mentality As a Student VeteranChicken Runbecause God loves the waspHarlequin MatlinaLittle Man, Big Mouth, 30 Years: Newspaper and Magazine Columns by an Average Dad in Cargo ShortsMonsieur Lapin Goes To LondonA Colorful BeginningImprintWalks Through Memories of OblivionHarvey's Hutch: A MemoirWinter PaleYou Will Know VengeanceOut of the CageRising From Down UnderHot for Teacher: Shakespeare Made Us Fall in LoveWizard's MasqueradeThe No. 1 Golden Health Secret You Simply Must Know and How To Look 10 Years YoungerThe Way BackNot So Different After All: Welcome to the World of SheepThe Land of Fake BelieveThe SunrisersFarawayerMidnight CravingSong of VirgoDiscordThe Stars in Their EyesCaged FurySouthwest HeatBlood and ThunderInto FaerLandAnthesisSummary of Silva Mind Control Method: The Revolutionary Program by the Founder of the World's Most Famous Mind Control CourseNFT Your Art: Maximize Profit By Converting Traditional Art Into NFTsLost PackagesCost Accounting and Management Essentials You Always Wanted to Know: 5th EditionDiversity in the Workplace Essentials You Always Wanted to Know6 Practice Tests for the GREWinning Strategies for ACT Essay Writing: With 15 Sample PromptsAny JoeFlowers for AlcyonJazz HouseThe Baby’s Christmas BlessingEbola Saves the Planet! and Other Wholesome TalesThe Song and the Swallow: Authenticity and LoveWhile the Music LastsThe Many Perfect Midnights of Meredith HillThe Patterns of Existence II: The Subsequent FateThe Muse of FreedomDusk Upon ElysiumThe Hegemony NetworkLiving Rent Free In My Head: Essays On Pop CultureSubmitting to HimBreak Through Burnout: Triumph Over Stress And Anxiety, And Win Back Your Life!The Seed of CorruptionEnd ManA Path Back to Life: The Art of Micro-RehabA Doctor's Journey Back to HealthA Doctor's Journey Back to HealthRetirement Planning at 40 and Beyond: Simple Guide to Take Control of Your Future, Your Finances, Your Investments and Your Time in Retirement to the Next Level in 30 DaysVelázquez 33The ScionessesConstitution CheckThe Herbal Code: Native American Herbalist Bible 8 in 1: Comprehensive Guide To Heal Naturally & Regain Vitality with Plant Remedies. Growing Medicine for Families (Beginner's Herbology Apothecary)Shallow DeathAfter the Walk: The Amazing Places the Mind GoesWink: Transforming Public Speaking with Clown PresenceOther Lost SoulsBlind Man's Beauty: The True Story of a Boy Born Blind & The Little Girl Who Grew Him UpLife Sucks!!: A Story of Love, Betrayal and HopeMoonsleep and Other StoriesDark RouxSplendide MendaxClear as IceABC's of Herbal Medicine: Natural Remedies for Common Ailments: All You Need to Know about Herbs for Natural Ways of Healing YourselfMy Way 2: La forza della libertàThe Dark Prince of LazeraBeans of AnafiUnshakeable Love: A Couples Guide to Winning Over Betrayal and InfidelitySteadfast PursuitSocial Skills for Kids 3 to 10: How to Help Your Child Develop Nine Social Skills Needed To Be Happy, Confident, and Successful as a Child and Grown-UpThe Harpy’s LullabyThe Gateways of AlkademahTake a Chance on MeThe Fire in a Woman's Belly IIEmpath and Psychic AbilitiesEvery Awful Thing: Flash Fiction and PoemsRakhi: A Promise to ProtectSuperhero Math - Money, Fractions, & Telling the Time: Grades 2-4 with Answer Key: Count MoneySuperhero Math - Addition and Subtraction: Grades K-2 with Answer KeyBusiness Fables Adapted from Aesop for Humans Who Work for a LivingHow to Talk to a Man and Feel Heard: 9 Mistakes Women Need to Avoid: Improve Couples Communication Skills, Reduce Conflict, Repair Your Marriage, and Create a Healthy RelationshipHow to Talk to a Man and Feel Heard: 9 Mistakes Women Need to Avoid: Improve Couples Communication Skills, Reduce Conflict, Repair Your Marriage, and Create a Healthy RelationshipAnger Management for Better Parenting: A Guilt Free Guide to Not Wrecking Your Kids and Peacefully Navigate Tantrums and MeltdownsLucid RevengeFathomless PursuitEchoes of Enmity

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

5 Prince Publishing Algonquin Books Bethany House
BHC Press Black Rose Writing CarTech Books
Cinnabar Moth Publishing LLC City Owl Press david.elrad@gmail.com
Essential Reads FTL Publications Gilded Orange Books
Golden Brick Road Publishing House Greenleaf Book Group Grousable Books
Henry Holt and Company Las Hermanas Publishing History Through Fiction
Lerner Publishing Group NeoParadoxa New Wind Publishing
Niv Publishing Ooligan Press PublishNation
Puffin Books Canada Pulp Literature Press Revell
Rootstock Publishing Sea Vision Publishing The Story Plant
Trebuchet Books Triune Publications True Crime Seven
Tundra Books Tuxtails Publishing, LLC University of North Georgia Press
University of Texas Press Unsolicited Press Vibrant Publishers
West Margin Press Wise Media Group

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Friday, August 12th, 2022

TinyCat’s August Library of the Month: Green Bay Botanical Garden

This month we tip our gardening hats to the Green Bay Botanical Garden (GBBG)—yes, home of the Packers—as TinyCat’s Library of the Month. Linda Gustke, Director of Education & Guest Experience at GBBG, was kind enough to field my questions this month:

Who are you, and what is your mission—your “raison d’être”?

Green Bay Botanical Garden’s mission statement is this: We connect people with plants by providing year-round educational and recreational experiences for everyone in an environment that engages, inspires and refreshes.

Tell us some interesting things about how your library supports the community.

We love to be a resource for our gardening community! Our library has a wide variety of gardening books, as well as some DVD’s, for adults—from starting a garden, to garden design, landscaping, native plants, vegetable gardens, grasses, plant lore, even backyard chickens! We also have a Children’s Library that brings nature to life through stories about all that happens in the Garden—plants, animals, lifecycles, plant stories and more. We host a story time each Tuesday morning with stories from the Children’s Library, and the library is especially utilized by families visiting the Garden during the summertime.

What are some of your favorite items in your collection?

In our adult section, I love the books by Amy Stewart: Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants, The Drunken Botanist. In our kids section, it’s hard to pick a favorite, they’re all so great!

What’s a particular challenge your library experiences?

We continue to run out of space in our building for our staff, and that means the library gets relocated and underutilized. It has such great resources that we would love to make it more widely available, but it’s been difficult to devote the staff time to it to really make it more usable for the community.

Hopefully having an online catalog makes your library’s visibility just a little bit easier! Speaking of TinyCat, what’s your favorite thing about TinyCat, and what’s something you’d love to see implemented or developed?

We love that it has brought our collection online and it makes it easy for guests and members to check out books! I haven’t worked with it as closely yet (our staff member that got it up and running recently left) so I don’t have suggestions for things I’d like to see implemented or developed at this time.

Want to learn more about GBBG?

Visit their website at https://gbbg.org/, follow them on Facebook / Instagram / Twitter, and explore their full TinyCat collection here.


To read up on TinyCat’s previous Libraries of the Month, visit the TinyCat Post archive here.

Want to be considered for TinyCat’s Library of the Month? Send us a Tweet @TinyCat_lib or email Kristi at kristi@librarything.com.

Labels: libraries, Library of the Month, TinyCat

Monday, August 1st, 2022

August 2022 Early Reviewers Batch Is Live!

Win free books from the August 2022 batch of Early Reviewer titles! We’ve got 229 books this month, and a grand total of 4,739 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk.

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Request books here!

The deadline to request a copy is Thursday, August 25th at 6PM EDT.

Eligibility: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, India, Ireland and Germany. Make sure to check the message on each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

Funeral GirlRandomWeird and Horrific StoriesSundownHow to Make Friends with a GhostRomantic and Horrific StoriesEscape to Witch CitySir Simon: Super ScarerFantastic and Horrific StoriesThe Dollhouse: A Ghost StoryFuneral Train: A Dust Bowl MysteryA Suitable Companion for the End of Your LifeHonor's RefugeWomen in EngineeringWomen in BotanyThis Is the SunScientific and Horrific StoriesMysterious and Horrific StoriesMother Brain: How Neuroscience Is Rewriting the Story of ParenthoodThe Further Adventures of Miss PetitfourWomen in MedicineThe Maze CutterIf You Cry Like a FountainThe End of Solitude: Selected Essays on Culture and SocietyMystery of the Lost LynxChildren of SugarcaneThe Weary BluesThe HomecomingThe Greatest Polar Expedition of All Time: The Arctic Mission to the Epicenter of Climate ChangeA Trillion Trees: Restoring Our Forests by Trusting in NatureWatersongBecoming Kin: An Indigenous Call to Unforgetting the Past and Reimagining Our FutureThe Great BearA Death in DurangoTheir Ghoulish Reputation: A Folk Horror AnthologyDream States: Smart Cities and the Pursuit of Utopian UrbanismLittle Tim and the Magic ApplesCaesar's LordDouble O Stephen and the Ghostly RealmThe Stone ChildThe Doctor From Hell: The True Story of Harold Shipman One of Britain’s Most Prolific Serial Killer With an Estimated 218 VictimsAdulting 101: How Not to Move Back Home with Your Parents: 135 Life Skills - Money Matters, Cooking, Job Interviewing, Car Basics, Dating, and Everything Else You Should Know Before You're 25Crybaby: Infertility, Illness, and Other Things That Were Not the End of the WorldShout Out for the Fitzgerald-TroutsShadow ClocksFrom the LighthouseBlack No MoreThe Rogue and the PeasantThe Spirit PhoneMuddy People: A Muslim Coming of AgeCrimes Against Nature: Capitalism and Global HeatingEste es el SolAfrica for Africans; Or, The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus GarveyReady, Set, OhDaddy Will Fix ItIRL: Finding Our Real Selves in a Digital WorldThe Portals of Sparkling FallsInhuman ActsYour Writing Matters: 34 Quick Essays to Get Unstuck and Stay InspiredStripThe CollectorThe OrchardCanciónExtreme VettingA Pale Box on the Distant ShoreLocation Isn't AnythingHead Like a HoleThe Queen of Summer's TwilightThe SuperOptimist Guide to Unconventional Living: Alternative Strategies for Navigating the PresentGlorious FiendsLeadership for the New Female ManagerThe Blacker the Berry: A Novel of Negro LifeThe Big Festival of Lights: Stories and Plays for HanukkahThe Ghosts of Lewis ManorClear the Space... Feel the Rush: Declutter Body, Mind, and Stuff, and the Real You Shines ThroughBurning America: In the Best Interest of the Children?The Baby’s Christmas BlessingBone Saw SerenadeBarnum's AngelWild & FreeBeyond Amazon: A Metaphysical Journey Through Time and Space: How Curtis Trueheart Came to Live in the Village of Duachi, by the Golden SeaRagsThe Demi-Wolf and the HunterBad PressCity of RuinThe Harpy’s LullabyCalypso, Corpses, and CookingA Gem of TruthStriding Rough Ice: Coaching College Hockey and Growing Up in the GameThe Remembering TreePregnancy Guide for Men: How to Be the Best Partner and Father from Conception to Birth and Beyond: Plus 10 Life Hacks for New DadsProphet's DebtRookDestiny's RogueWorthy of LegendTo Win a PrinceThe Veiled Threat of MagicAdulting 101: How Not to Move Back Home with Your Parents: 135 Life Skills - Money Matters, Cooking, Job Interviewing, Car Basics, Dating, and Everything Else You Should Know Before You're 25Stronger Than LongingSo Damn SketchyTwo Guns Across Texas: Historical Tales of the Texas RangersThe Judas Conspiracy: A JFK ThrillerForget Me NotThe Day I DiedThe Ugly StepsisterBurnCleopatra’s Eternal Journal: Three Short Stories Starring Three Overbearing GhostsDeath and the MaidenThe Sins of the FathersIn the Wild LightThe Sun Never SetThe Crimson FathersThe Junkyard DickThe Secrets that Kill UsMaking Mental Might: How to Look Ten Times Smarter Than You AreTap Talk, Tidbits, and Tips for Dilettante Tappers: The World's Only Completely Nonessential Guide to Tap DancingThe Brilliant MirageProving a VillainThe Last Dollar PrincessHow to Grow and Use Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms: A Mushroom Field Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions and Images for Mushroom Identification, Cultivation, Usage and RecipesSummary of Battle for the American Mind: Uprooting a Century of MiseducationNoises from the Other SidePaper ForestsA Flower Girl?Night's Reign(R)EvolutionAnthesisHot SetSummary of Thank You for Your Servitude: Donald Trump's Washington and the Price of SubmissionSloth StoryYour Super Gut Feeling Restored: How to Restore Your Life Energy and Overall Health from The Inside OutSharon, Lois and Bram's One Elephant Went Out to PlayWilla the WispEyes of the WolfThe Baby's Christmas BlessingBetter TogetherVox Astra: When Clouds DieAwakenGateways to the ParanormalThe Guide to Being a Dictator's MistressMushrooms of the Pacific Northwest Foraging Guide: A 5-Step Mushroom Field Guide for Identification, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Pacific Northwest MushroomsThe Gateways of AlkademahThe Many Perfect Midnights of Meredith HillAverage JoeThe Ballad of Rochester JailTales of the Women of Norse LegendLucid BodiesHawaii Aloha: Stories and SongsStop Binge Eating for Good: Your Journey to Recovery and BeyondCalled to the DeepHow to Date a FuryBeyond Abuse: An Empowered Journey of Soul, Science & Self-HelpSuffer!Empath and Psychic AbilitiesFlipping Houses Quickstart Guide: The Simplified Beginner's Guide to Finding and Financing the Right Properties, Strategically Adding Value, and Flipping for a ProfitDeborah's GiftThe Welsh Dragon: A Novel of Henry TudorThe 3-Part Beginner's Guide to Manage PCOS Symptoms: A Modern Guide to Improve Your Hormone Balance and Repair Your Metabolism. Complete With Anti-Inflammatory PCOS Recipes.The Song of Everywhen: Books 1-3GabrielleMy Girly UnicornThe Hand We Are DealtThe Sky Never Came DownNadia's ShoesThe Midwife of DreamsGuía del Embarazo para Hombres: Cómo Ser el Mejor Compañero y Padre, Desde la Concepción hasta el Nacimiento y Más Allá. Incluye 10 Consejos Para Padres RecientesThe Land of Fake BelieveDestiny of Determination: Faith and FamilyMoments In MishmashAfter PlutoniumJilting JoryHomeland Insecurity: The Birth of an Era of Unrest in AmericaAwaiting ArrivalThe City WifeThe Rain City HustlePieces of Past: Hurts...You Are Your Healer: The Ultimate Guide to Heal Your Past, Transform Your Life & Awaken to Your True SelfThe Odd Dad Guide: Wise-Ass Rules for New AdultsCharacters of HuffinfieldWest of the SoundFinding My MojoSea Change in CrimsonKLEENYou Have Everything You Need to Get What You Want: You Have the Power to Change Everything!The Ninth StarIn Search of Beira's HammerSmall Stories: A Perfectly Absurd NovelAgapi & Other Kinds of LoveThe Harpy’s LullabyMirrorheartFather's DayThey Whisper in My BloodSummary of Why I StandThe April Fools!GRE Quantitative Reasoning Supreme: Study Guide with Practice QuestionsFinancial Management Essentials You Always Wanted to Know (5th Edition)Whispers of a Soul: Poems, Prose and ThoughtsStreet People Portfolio: Invisible New York Made VisualThe Last WarThe BroochDistant Flickers: Stories of Identity & LossPregnancy Guide for Men: How to Be the Best Partner and Father from Conception to Birth and Beyond: Plus 10 Life Hacks for New DadsThe Trophy CaseSecrets, Lies and Rhubarb PiesPregnancy Guide for Men: How to Be the Best Partner and Father from Conception to Birth and Beyond: Plus 10 Life Hacks for New DadsGuía del Embarazo para Hombres:Cómo Ser el Mejor Compañero y Padre, Desde la Concepción hasta el Nacimiento y Más Allá. Incluye 10 Consejos Para Padres RecientesIs THAT a Hat?Alive Again Study Guide: Find Healing in ForgivenessSouthern Highlands: Obi of MarsFighting Her TouchPacific Northwest Edible Plant Foraging & Mushroom Field Guide: A Complete Pacific Northwest Foraging Guide with 50+ Wild Plants & Mushrooms, 18+ Recipes & 150+ Instructional Colored ImagesAdira: Journey to FreedomBeyond Amazon: A Metaphysical Journey Through Time and Space: How Curtis Trueheart Came to Live in the Village of Duachi, by the Golden SeaOn the Emancipation of HatredThe Seed of CorruptionTouchpointsThe Shoebox SecretFinding the One: A Practical Guide to Manifesting Your Soul MateFarawayerAny JoeAtrocious ImmoralitiesWoodstock to St. Joseph'sThey Whisper in My BloodTrapped in IranNecropolisPreventing Her Shutdown: Losing My Wife to Alzheimer'sThe Lost and Found of Green TreeNFT Your Art: Maximize Profit By Converting Traditional Art Into NFTsSuperhero Math - Multiplication: For Grades 3-5 with Answer Key

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

Akashic Books Akashic Media Enterprises Bellevue Literary Press
Bethany House BHC Press Black Rose Writing
Broadleaf Books Brown Paper Press Cinnabar Moth Publishing LLC
City Owl Press ClydeBank Media Coach House Books
Crooked Lane Books Czidor Lore, LLC Dark Lake Publishing LLP
eSpec Books Essential Reads Fontreal
Greenleaf Book Group Greystone Books Greywood Bay
Henry Holt and Company Las Hermanas Publishing Hot Tree Publishing
Icon Books Identity Publications Islandport Press
Lerner Publishing Group Link Press NeoParadoxa
New Wind Publishing NewCon Press Ooligan Press
Paul Stream Press Pioneer Publishing PublishNation
Quiet Thunder Publishing Revell Rootstock Publishing
Science, Naturally! Scribe Publications TFIG
Thinking Ink Press True Crime Seven Tundra Books
Underland Press Unsolicited Press Vibrant Publishers
Well-Tailored Books West Margin Press Wise Media Group

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Tuesday, July 19th, 2022

TinyCat’s July Library of the Month: The Maurice Ritz Resource Center

TinyCat’s Library of the Month is a rather timely one: Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s Community Library, the Maurice Ritz Resource Center. I interviewed the Center’s Resource and Training Specialist Anne Brosowsky-Roth who was kind enough to field my questions this month:

Who are you, and what is your mission—your “raison d’être”?

The Maurice Ritz Resource Center is the Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Community Library. It was founded in 1972 with seed money donated by a board member. It is Wisconsin’s only library dedicated to human sexuality and sex education. Housed in the Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Milwaukee headquarters, it provides materials and resources for parents, educators, health care providers, social workers, case managers, youth workers, and others working to improve their capacity when addressing sexuality with their own children, students, patients, clients, and participants. 

The collection includes over 3,000 books, curricula, and audiovisuals. The resource center also houses a non-circulating research collection of historical materials relating to human sexuality dating from the 19th century onward.

Tell us some interesting things about how your library supports the community.

We are the only library in Wisconsin that specializes in human sexuality. We have a variety of unique holdings, including a section dedicated to sex education for people with disabilities. Our library offers resources and support for families who need to have conversations they might never have expected to need to have for their children with unique needs, like supporting kids with sensory differences coping with puberty, or people with cognitive disabilities navigating relationships.

What are some of your favorite items in your collection?

My personal favorite items are historical sex guides and manuals that live in our archival collection. They really open a window to the ways sex, sexuality, and gender have evolved in the United States over the last 100 years or so. One of my favorites was a book written for newlywed young husbands in the late 1800s, which includes “everything” he needs to know about marriage—except for intercourse. (Though it does contain “scientific” evidence about the importance of having separate beds lest couples become too overcome with passion.)

Another is a script for a radio program from the 1950s, which role-modeled ways parents could incorporate instruction about sex using everyday teachable moments. A mother tells her daughter about menstruation as they bake together. A father explains the facts of life when a neighbor’s dog has puppies. And there is this conversational lead in to a conversation about wet dreams…

FATHER: (THE CAREFUL LEAD-IN) You know, Bob, you’re getting to be a pretty big fellow! Yes sir – maybe this is a good idea. Chance for us to have a little talk.

BOB: Why sure, Dad. What’s cookin’?

FATHER: Mind if I smoke in your room?

BOB: (PLEASED AT BEING ASKED) Why, no, Dad. Go ahead!

FATHER: Thanks. Your mother will probably have a fit. She just had the curtains washed. (PUFFS AS HE LIGHTS PIPE…BOB CHUCKLES THROUGH PUFFS) Remember the last time we talked about this old body of ours, Bob?…

Sex, stereotypes, and smoking, all in one tiny piece of dialogue. It doesn’t get much better than that.

What’s a particular challenge your library experiences?

As a library within a larger organization, we have bounced around through different departments over the years. When we began, we were housed within community education, as we supported our staff educators who would provide programming to the public. When our organization experienced budget cuts that eliminated educational programming, we were moved into patient services, to support a program that supported nurse practitioners (NPs) working on their certification. When our state required NPs to get a degree through an accredited university, we were moved into development. It’s been a constant struggle to explain the reasons for continuing to support and value the maintenance of a library.

That seems to be a constant struggle for too many small libraries! 

Switching gears a bit: as a supporter of small libraries, ourselves, can you tell us your favorite thing about TinyCat, and also something you’d love to see implemented/developed?

TinyCat was revolutionary for us. We are very small, in terms of the size of our collection and our budget. One staff person oversees the library, and that is not their primary role. Until a few years ago, everything was done on paper—acquisitions records, materials processing, I even hand-typed cards and book labels. This made access difficult for all but a few dedicated users. Since the library serves staff at 23 different sites, and most of the public that uses our library doesn’t live in our region, there was no way for them to browse or access the collection. 

While we knew an OPAC was always the gold standard, there was no way we could afford access with our tiny budget. TinyCat was a game changer. The low cost combined with an easy-to-use interface for the first time meant that people could access our materials in the same way they might look things up at their local library. Even for people unfamiliar with doing searches, I can just send them a link to search results. It has made acquisitions easier as well. We have a very niche collection—it’s easy to see what other similar collections contain and add that might be of interest to our users.

I would love to see a robust circulation option built in—that could be used to solicit and track patrons.

Great suggestion. While we don’t (yet) have a way for you to message patrons within TinyCat en masse, you can add/import/track your patrons and their circulation data, and we will continue to make improvements to the system as we grow. Thanks for your feedback!

Want to learn more about the Maurice Ritz Resource Center? Explore their full TinyCat collection here.


To read up on TinyCat’s previous Libraries of the Month, visit the TinyCat Post archive here.

Want to be considered for TinyCat’s Library of the Month? Send us a Tweet @TinyCat_lib or email Kristi at kristi@librarything.com.

Labels: libraries, Library of the Month, TinyCat

Tuesday, July 5th, 2022

July 2022 Early Reviewers Batch Is Live!

Win free books from the July 2022 batch of Early Reviewer titles! We’ve got 145 books this month, and a grand total of 3,157 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk.

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Request books here!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, July 25th at 6PM EDT.

Eligibility: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Malta, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Poland and more. Make sure to check the message on each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

The Mad, Mad Murders of Marigold WaySpeak to the WindsWord of HonorBody of EvidenceYou Know Exactly: The Third Collection of All Over CoffeeThe Lost MelodyBook of Extraordinary TragediesClimaturity: A Journey Into the Muddy Climate MiddleThe City Beneath the Hidden StarsAnything but PlainThe Secrets of EmberwildYou Can Shine So Bright!Dead Man’s WoodDEBT: Sink or Swim: Survival of The FastestThe Weirdest Read While You Poo On The Loo: A Collection of Bizarre True Stories About Pop Culture, Science, History, And More To Satisfy Your Curious BrainDragonSinTime Traveling to 1982: Reliving a Very Special YearAre All Lives Equal? Why Cost Benefit Analysis Values Rich Lives More and How Philosophy Can Fix itRenewalThe Portals of Sparkling FallsWhat the Bread Says: Baking with Love, History, and PapanMy Mother's Secret: A Novel of the Jewish Autonomous RegionAll that GlittersThe Forgotten Artist: The Story of Evylena Nunn MillerLove and the Dream Come TrueBy Way of the MoonlightThe Unlocked PathSouth Central NoirBloody PagesOliviaTime ProblemsA Handful of PearlsThe RavensAlien's TemptationAndromeda's GuardianMisery Loves CompanyFire Magic & Ice CreamMiranda WritesLies Lead to DeathTruelove TrailWrinkles in SpacetimeA Matter of TimeBond BittenCoyote CallingRevenge Is Better Than MurderPregnancy Guide for Men: How to Be the Best Partner and Father from Conception To Birth and Beyond—Plus 10 Life Hacks for New DadsThe Enlightenment Project: How I Went from Depressed to Blessed and You Can TooNature, Culture, and the Sacred: A Woman Listens for LeadershipProject Management QuickStart Guide: The Simplified Beginner's Guide to Precise Planning, Strategic Resource Management, and Delivering World Class ResultsUngodly, Unamerican, and Unhinged: The New Radicalized Democratic PartyCast Your Cares: 30-DAY ChallengeSex, Bugs & UFOsBusiness Plan Essentials You Always Wanted to KnowMicroeconomics Essentials You Always Wanted to KnowAlzheimer's Canyon: One Couple's Reflections on Living with DementiaDylan Dover: Into the VortexBreathing Lake SuperiorHow to Draw 100+ Animals: The Birds and the Bees and the Monkeys and the SeasLearn to Write My First Writing Workbook: Pencil Control, Tracing Lines, Curves, Shapes, Letters, Numbers, Words and MoreLet No One SleepStars Are EverywhereThe Natural Laws of ViolenceARTPurloined PoinsettiaBest of British Science Fiction 2021Forever Is Shorter Than It Used to BeBlood AtonementThe Pain Killer: Finding Meaning After MurderEven in the GraveFangscreenHouse BoyThe Long Road to Loving MitchellThe Playful Mind: How to Restore the Happiness We Experienced as ChildrenMumbles of A Soul: Poems, Prose and ThoughtsDagger QuestHut-Yo Cull: The Hunt BeginsMysterious AislesKei & Brie's Amazing Escapade on ABC IslandTasmanian GothicLucid BodiesOut of the Shadows: A Mafia Christian RomanceLeviticusThe Geek Girl Squad: NadiaBecoming a Reiki Master: The Ultimate Guide for Advanced Degree Students and Igniting Your Inner Fire When Training for Reiki Levels I, II, and IIIThe Mer-Girls and the Saved SevenWoodstock to St. Joseph'sHeirs of EriadPieces of Past: Hurts...The Blood CrystalThe Grifter's RazorDanny's Boys: A NovelSmall Stories: A Perfectly Absurd NovelBantar: The Savage Stone Age SurvivorWeeping SoulSummary and Analysis of Plays Well With OthersOne of Our Spaceships is MissingGirls Who Green the World: Thirty-Four Rebel Women Out to Save Our PlanetMy Girly UnicornWest of the SoundThe Stray SpiritThe Villains Who Snapped My Spine: A MemoirSummary and Analysis of The Betrayal: How Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans Abandoned AmericaSummary and Analysis of Why I StandSummary and Analysis of The Glucose Revolution: The Life-Changing Power of Balancing Your Blood SugarSilhouette LostBowwow BedtimeThe Wright Engineers: Inventing the AirplaneGugulu, The Little Bear DaresLeadership For The New Female ManagerLittle Does She KnowThe Murder of the MudlarksAmateur Assassin: A WolfLady Mystery NovellaGod’s Labyrinth of Good and Evil: Encountering the SelfBlood Red DesertSnake FoodOne Little CoinBag Lady: How I Started a Business for a Greener World and Changed the Way America ShopsThe Pennymores and the Curse of the Invisible QuillSuper Mentors: The Ordinary Person's Guide to Asking Extraordinary People for HelpThe Man from AfghanistanSuper Mentors: The Ordinary Person's Guide to Asking Extraordinary People for HelpMidnight Calling: A Memoir of a Drug Smuggler's DaughterMidnight Calling: A Memoir of a Drug Smuggler's DaughterDemon Hunter AcademyThe 3-Part Beginner's Guide to Manage PCOS Symptoms: A Modern Guide to Improve Your Hormone Balance and Repair Your Metabolism: Complete With Anti-Inflammatory PCOS RecipesFall of the DragonsTrapped in Iran: Israelis in the Iranian RevolutionTuko's CaveMensch und Kosmos: Die ,Theory of Everything’ vom lebendigen UniversumStorm and Solace: A Beauty and the Beast RetellingBurning America: In the Best Interest of the Children?Die BergtruppenPerchance to DreamSevered Branchbreaking open: a healing journey back homeA Doctor's Journey Back to HealthA Doctor's Journey Back to HealthPreventing Her Shutdown: Losing My Wife to Alzheimer'sNewbie Werewolf: The First 8 Adventures of Sara FloresThe Ultimate Guide To Daycare: A Parent's RoadmapStreet People: Invisible New York Made VisibleThe Hedge Witch & The Musical Poet: Poems & Flash FictionStarting AgainThreads of Awakening: An American Woman's Journey into Tibet's Sacred Textile ArtThe Hand We Are Dealt

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

Akashic Books Beaufort Books Bellevue Literary Press
Bethany House BHC Press Black Rose Writing
Book Publicity Services BookViewCafe Brick Mantel Books
Butterfly Light Press, LLC Cardinal Rule Press City Owl Press
ClydeBank Media First Steps Publishing Fontreal
Funlighter Hub History Through Fiction Hot Tree Publishing
Islandport Press Kakkle Publications Mike November Media LLC
Mirror World Publishing NeoParadoxa NewCon Press
PublishNation Revell Rootstock Publishing
Sea Vision Publishing TFIG Vibrant Publishers
West Margin Press Wise Media Group WorthyKids

Labels: early reviewers, LTER

Friday, June 24th, 2022

TinyCat’s June Library of the Month: Out On The Shelves Library

It’s Pride Month, which means we’re super proud to feature an independent LGBT2QIA+ library that’s been supporting their Vancouver community since the 1980s! It was my pleasure to interview Out On The Shelves (OOTS) Library Co-Coordinator Rio Picollo, MLIS (they/them) this month:

Who are you, and what is your mission—your “raison d’être”?

Out On The Shelves Library (OOTS) is an independent community library serving the

LGBT2QIA+ community of Vancouver, British Columbia since the early 1980s. We foster a free, accessible, and safe space for LGBT2QIA+ people to discover and share stories and resources centering on LGBT2QIA+ experiences.

Tell us some interesting things about how your library supports the community.

We’re in the midst of a project in collaboration with the University of British Columbia School of Information to improve our subject tags to help patrons discover works featuring identities that aren’t well represented in mainstream library cataloguing. We routinely get requests for things like books by trans women of colour or YA fiction with non-binary characters, and until now we’ve relied heavily on word-of-mouth recommendations between library volunteers or searching through curated book lists for that information. We’re excited to create a more organized, accessible way for our patrons to find the types of materials they’re looking for from within our catalogue.

What a wonderful way to increase visibility for underrepresented identities. Speaking of your collections, what are some of your favorite items?

Our new seed library, Out in the Dirt, which offers free seeds and starters, as well as programming on sustainable urban farming and food sharing within the Vancouver queer community.

What’s a particular challenge your library experiences?

Being located on the far west side of Vancouver, it can be difficult for folks from elsewhere across the Lower Mainland to make the trip to our location. We have plans in the works for a sort of interlibrary loan system partnered with the newly developed Vancouver Black Library located in Chinatown to help increase the reach of both our organizations.

What is your favorite thing about TinyCat, and what’s something you’d love to see implemented/developed?

We love how quick and easy it is to catalogue materials with LibraryThing. It offers such a low barrier to entry for folks new to library cataloguing. In the future, we’d love to be able to store info for duplicate copies under the same bib record.

We hope to add copy management in the future as well! We’ll be sure to announce any changes on that front. Thanks for your feedback.

Want to learn more about OOTS? Visit their website at https://outontheshelveslibrary.com/, follow them on Twitter and Instagram, and explore their full TinyCat collection here.


To read up on TinyCat’s previous Libraries of the Month, visit the TinyCat Post archive here.

Want to be considered for TinyCat’s Library of the Month? Send us a Tweet @TinyCat_lib or email Kristi at kristi@librarything.com.

Labels: libraries, Library of the Month, TinyCat

Thursday, June 23rd, 2022

Join us at ALA Annual / Sneak Peek at Syndetics Unbound Lists

The American Library Association’s 2022 Annual Conference & Exhibition is returning to an in-person event this year for the first time since the pandemic began, and LibraryThing’s founder Tim Spalding (timspalding) will be there!

Tim will be showing off an exciting new “Lists” feature for Syndetics Unbound, LibraryThing and ProQuest’s (awesome) catalog enrichment product for public and academic libraries. Lists allow libraries to make attractive, custom lists in their catalog, and to share them with other libraries. Stop by the ProQuest/Clarivate booth (#2507) to catch up with the Syndetics Unbound product team and learn more.

Stay tuned for the official release of Lists to all Syndetics Unbound libraries!

Labels: ALA, Syndetics Unbound

Monday, June 20th, 2022

An Interview with Delia Owens

LibraryThing is very pleased to sit down this month with wildlife scientist and bestselling author Delia Owens, whose novel, Where the Crawdads Sing, has recently been made into a film that will be released this coming July 15th by SONY Pictures. Although Ms. Owens has previously co-authored a number of memoirs about her years working with wildlife in Africa, Where the Crawdads Sing is her fictional debut. Set in the coastal marsh of North Carolina, the book, which spent 32 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, is an exploration of poverty and familial abandonment, a tribute to the beauty and power of the natural world, and a murder mystery complete with courtroom drama. Now, with the movie due out next month, we asked her a few questions about her book, the movie, and her own reading.

Where the Crawdads Sing evokes a powerful sense of place, and contains many vivid depictions of the natural world. Do you feel that visual imagery is an important part of your storytelling process, and did you have any specific images in mind, before starting to set it down?

I did visualize this story set in this particular environment in the marsh. I did play it out in my mind how it would unfold, and I think it was a good environment. It was lush and yet it was a challenge to survive there, but it was possible. It was very real that you could survive there and so it was the perfect environment for that. I just could see it vividly in my mind because I knew it and I wanted the reader to see it. I wanted the reader to be able to smell the sea, and to see the still waters versus the rough waters in the sea. And I wanted the reader to experience the marsh.

Your story is set in North Carolina marshland. How well do you feel the film captures the landscape of the tale?

In Where the Crawdads Sing the marsh, the environment in which it was shot and where I wrote it, is a character itself. The marsh is a character itself. A very important character in the book and the marsh represents mother nature. Mother nature is very nurturing but she’s also very tough. I was thrilled that when they produced the movie, the marsh feels like a character in the movie as well as in the book. It is always there, the marsh is there, the beautiful scenery is there. And what surprised me when I saw the movie was that all this beauty is there and yet the mystery and the drama is thundering through the background. I don’t know of a better word than pounding or thundering. The storyline is pounding behind this beauty.

This is the first of your books to be adapted as a movie. What has been your favorite part of the process?

First of all, it’s a dream come true for most authors. Not everyone wishes for this, but it is a great honor, and it has been so much fun. I was able to go to the movie set. First of all, they flew me to LA and we sat around talking about the book with these wonderful people and all these women, the director, Reese Witherspoon, the people from Sony. I mean it was just so much fun to do this and work with these women and these women work hard. It’s not the three-martini lunch sort of situation. We stayed for like eight hours around this big board table and worked on the script. They invited me to make comments on the script several times. They sent me drafts of the script and it has been the connection with all the players that has meant a lot to me. It really has. To see these people so dedicated to this project, to be so in love with the story and true to the story. The movie has stayed very true to the story, which means a lot to me.

Tell us about your library—bibliographic and filmographic. What books and movies are in your own personal collection?

All my college textbooks, which I’m sure everyone would find very boring, but I have all of them because they still mean a lot to me. I still refer to them. I love novels, like Toni Morrison’s Beloved, that build up a certain character. I love character driven stories. I love stories that play out in very memorable environments like A Sudden Country by Karen Fisher. As far as movies, I love Babette’s Feast, the story told by Karen Blixen. I don’t like action films; I like films that show characters and places and how they relate.

Labels: author interview, interview

Saturday, June 18th, 2022

Come Join the 2022 Pride Month Treasure Hunt!

It’s June, and that means that our annual Pride Month Treasure Hunt is back!

We’ve scattered a waddle of penguins around the site, and it’s up to you to try and find them all.

  • Decipher the clues and visit the corresponding LibraryThing pages to find a penguin. Each clue points to a specific page right here on LibraryThing. Remember, they are not necessarily work pages!
  • If there’s a penguin on a page, you’ll see a banner at the top of the page.
  • You have just under two weeks to find all the penguins (until 5pm EDT, Thursday June 30th).
  • Come brag about your waddle of penguins (and get hints) on Talk.

Win prizes:

  • Any member who finds at least two penguins will be
    awarded a penguin badge. Badge ().
  • Members who find all 12 penguins will be entered into a drawing for one of five LibraryThing (or TinyCat) coaster sets and stickers. We’ll announce winners at the end of the hunt.

P.S. Thanks to conceptDawg for the penguin illustration, which was inspired by the charming picture book And Tango Makes Three, about two male penguins in the Central Park Zoo who start a family of their own.

ConceptDawg has made all of our treasure hunt graphics in the last couple of years. We like them, and hope you do, too!

Labels: events