Shelf Awareness for Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Dutton: Summer Fridays by Suzanne Rindell

Tor Books: The Daughters' War (Blacktongue) by Christopher Buehlman

Tommy Nelson: Just in Case You Ever Feel Alone (Just in Case) by Max Lucado, Illustrated by Eve Tharlet

Bramble: The Spellshop by Sarah Beth Durst

Pixel+ink: The Second Favorite Daughters Club 1: Sister Sabotage by Colleen Oakes

Minotaur Books: The Burning (Kate Burkholder #16) by Linda Castillo


Reed Is 'Retiring' BookExpo & BookCon

ReedPop is "retiring" BookExpo, BookCon and Unbound, effective immediately, the company announced today. It said, in part, "With continued uncertainty surrounding in-person events at this time, the team has concluded that the best way forward is to retire the current iteration of events as they explore new ways to meet the community's needs through a fusion of in-person and virtual events that will reach larger audiences than they ever could before. The ReedPop team is actively engaging in conversations with publishers, booksellers, and other partners, and with their feedback and ideas they will together agree how to best rebuild the events in the future."

Event director Jennifer Martin added: "While we missed not seeing old friends and colleagues in person this year, we believe that canceling our in-person BookExpo, BookCon, and UnBound 2020 events was the correct decision to make. BookExpo Online and BookConline brought us together virtually to celebrate our love of books and remind us that there are other, new ways to gather to support the stories and community we hold dear. The pandemic arrived at a time in the life cycle of BookExpo and BookCon where we were already examining the restructure of our events to best meet our community's needs. This has led us to make the difficult decision to retire the events in their current formats, as we take the necessary time to evaluate the best way to move forward and rebuild our events that will better serve the industry and reach more people than we were able to before. We remain committed to serving the book community and look forward to sharing more information in the future."

More in tomorrow morning's issue of Shelf Awareness.

William Morrow & Company: Lula Dean's Little Library of Banned Books by Kirsten Miller

G.L.O.W. - Galley Love of the Week
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We Are Definitely Human
by X. Fang
GLOW: Tundra Books: We Are Definitely Human by X. Fang

When Mr. Li investigates a crash outside his house, he finds three strangers with very big eyes and very blue skin, along with their broken, um, "car...." But Mr. Li doesn't worry because his guests affirm they "are DEFINITELY human." X. Fang's out-of-this-world picture book, We Are Definitely Human, features hilariously deadpan text and charming, though (maybe?) clueless, protagonists. Tundra Books v-p and publisher Tara Walker (a "UFO engineer" since childhood) says she's "always looking for books that surprise me as a reader--that make me laugh and have heart as well. And this book delivers on all fronts!" Fang wisely, gracefully, and humorously reminds readers of the importance of offering help where help is needed. --Lynn Becker

(Tundra Books, $18.99 hardcover, ages 4-8, 9781774882023,
August 6, 2024)


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