Sally Bedell Smith's Prince Charles.
Nonfiction collection development webinar: it's like you can be there!

Citizen Reading: 15 May 2017.

A weekly selection of reading and book news, sometimes with completely inappropriate commentary.

A bit shorter post than usual this week; sorry about that. Internet outages and Mother's Day and other unforeseen issues, oh my!

What's the hot new category for kids? Religious books, evidently.

Top audiobook titles for summer and fall.

People who read books are nicer, study finds. Is just the same study that everyone keeps reporting on, or are these all new studies? It seems like I see this headline every week.

"Dear book club: It's you, not me."

"Young adult fiction uses myths to keep storytelling alive."

Tor to start publishing "experimental stuff."

The rights to Peanuts cartoons and Strawberry Shortcake just sold...for $345 million dollars.

Historian Hugh Thomas has died, at age 85.

Mary Gaitskill: "as we get older, we become more ourselves." I have been saying that for years! With fear, because frankly, I'm already more than I can handle.

Author and chef Vivian Howard on how to make a sandwich.

Kidnapping survivor Michelle Knight writing second book.

J.K. Rowling: STILL good for sales surges. Honestly, that's incredible.

James Patterson: never-ending juggernaut (and now he's got his son in on the action too). He's everywhere! Also he's writing a book with Bill Clinton.

Now Curtis Sittenfeld is going to imagine Hillary Clinton's life without Bill.

Andy Weir (author of The Martian) has a new book coming out.

How can you learn tech skills in a fun and interesting way?

Happy: TV adaptation (based on a comic by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson).


An excerpt from the new book Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and what the Internet Can Tell Us about Who We Really Are

I was listening to NPR the other night when they talked about this book Generation Wealth. I think I'm going to have to look at that. (And: new nonfiction on inequality that I'd like to read.)

Sigh. The story that won't go away: Milo Yiannopoulos to self-publish, and sue Simon & Schuster for dumping him. Whatever else happens I'm sure Milo will end up just fine, money- and career-wise. It always seems to, for his loud and unpleasant type, doesn't it?

New York Times: Examining the lives of three generations of African-American residents in a Harlem home; on the "rise of Asian powers"; hey! here's the NYT take on the new Prince Charles biography I just read; a new biography of Barack Obama.


LibraryReads: June 2017.

IndieBound: Bestselling books the week of May 11.

NPR: Four romances to kick off your summer.

Stellar speculative fiction.

Top ten books on storytelling.

Flavorwire's Summer TV Preview.


Book Trailer Thursday featured Cinnamon, by Neil Gaiman.

American Gods has been renewed for a second season.