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Sunscreen: check. Sunglasses: check. Beach reads: check! We’re swapping cicadas for sunny California during ALA’s Annual Conference in San Diego! Join us as we take “summer reading” to a whole new level with tons of book action in our booth (#635), including free copies of our May 15 and June issue of Booklist, the June issue of Booklist Reader (featuring content from our partners at LibraryReads and PBS Books), and our 2024 Guide to Graphic Novels in Libraries! Plus, we’ll have buttons, giveaways, author signings, a reader recommendation wheel (#freereadingrecs) and more! See the full schedule here and keep an eye on our Twitter channel for the latest happenings!

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Bits and Pieces: My Mother, My Brother, and Me
by Whoopi Goldberg, Read by the author

Self-narrated memoirs by celebrities are always in high demand, but it’s a rare one that delivers what Goldberg’s does here in letting the listeners feel that they are a part of the celebrity’s life, a dinner guest being regaled with tales both relatable and unique to her own experience.

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Now Hear This: Whoopi Goldberg
by Heather Booth

John Grisham is one of America’s most widely read authors; his newest book in the Camino Island series, Camino Ghosts, is narrated by one of our most widely recognizable contemporary voices, Whoopi Goldberg. Goldberg talked with Booklist about Grisham’s book, audiobooks, and her take on the Freedom to Read.

The Booklist Carnegie Interview: Roxanna Asgarian
by Aryssa Damron

​Aryssa Damron, a librarian in Washington, DC, and the chair of the 2024 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence selection committee, had some questions for Roxanna Asgarian, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction for We Were Once a Family: A Story of Love, Death, and Child Removal in America. Here is their conversation.

Talking With: Mara Rockliff and Melissa Sweet
by Sarah Hunter

There have been a number of picture book biographies about Pop artist and art teacher Sister Corita Kent in the past several years, but Mara Rockliff and Melissa Sweet’s Signs of Hope stands out from the crowd thanks to its surprising narrator—a group of her students—and Sweet’s distinctive collage artwork. I caught up with Rockliff and Sweet to learn more about the Pop Art Nun and why she’s such a good subject for a picture-book biography.r

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The Booklist Printz Interview: A. S. King
by Sarah Hunter

This isn’t the first time A. S. King has been awarded the Printz medal; four years ago, we interviewed her about her Printz-winning novel, Dig. But for the acclaimed author, who’s made a mark with her surreal brand of fiction that raises powerful questions about identity, emotional vulnerability, and the importance of genuine human connection, The Collectors is a wholly new kind of project, an anthology of original stories by an impressive roster of authors, all of whom were encouraged to embrace weirdness.

The Booklist Carnegie Interview: Amanda Peters
by Aryssa Damron

​Aryssa Damron, a librarian in Washington, DC, and the chair of the 2024 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Selection Committee, had some questions for this year’s winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, Amanda Peters. Here’s their conversation.

photo of Joanna Lowell10 Questions for Joanna Lowell
By John Charles

Joanna Lowell lives among the fig trees in North Carolina, where she teaches in the English department at Wake Forest University. When she’s not writing historical romance, she writes collections and novels as Joanna Ruocco.

shelf care logoShelf Care Episode 35: After the Diversity Audit, and Farewell, Maggie (sad emoji)
By Susan Maguire

On this episode of Shelf Care: The Podcast, host Susan Maguire sat down with Johanna Boyle and Marie Mulder from the Kent District Library in Michigan about the necessary work of the diversity audit, and what to do once the audit is done (hint: it involves spreadsheets).

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