March 23, 2018

The Fourth Annual Librarian Shout & Share | BookExpo America 2012

Moderated by Barbara Genco, Library Journal’s Manager of Special Projects, and featuring six librarian/tastemakers—Wendy Bartlett (Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH), Robin Beerbower (Salem Public Library, OR), Douglas Lord (LJ’s “Book for Dudes” columnist), Alene Moroni (King County Public Library, WA), Kaite Mediatore Stover (Kansas City Public Library, MO), and Miriam Tuliao (NYPL)—the fourth annual Librarian Shout ’n Share offered audience members nearly 100 titles to ponder. The titles ranged widely from John Boyne’s affecting World War I tale, The Absolutist, and poet Joy Harjo’s memoir, Crazy Brave, to Chelsea Cain’s Kill You Twice, Kate Morton’s The Secret Keeper, Tatjana Soji’s The Forgetting Tree, and thriller debut author Alex Grecian’s The Yard.

Fun reads like The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook (lots of foodie books here) and legendary deejay Carol Miller’s Up all Night: My Life and Times in Rock Radio (lots of rock music material, too) stood with Paul Vitagliano’s affecting Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay. YA crossover was featured for the first time, with big titles including by Cory Doctorow’s Pirate Cinema and Jasper Fforde, The Last Dragonslayer.

Some titles, like Keigo Higashino’s Salvation of the Saint, Richard Russo’s Elsewhere, and Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store (which Stover called “The Night Circus meets Shadow of the Wind, and they both wave hello to Ready Player One”), were initially picked by more than one panelist, necessitating some horse trading. Then there was Ben H. Winter’s The Last Policeman, whose author, said Moroni, “is cute as a bug, and sometimes that gets you shouted and shared.”

Following is the complete list of titles, in roughly the order presented, with bold titles indicating those picked by more than one panelist.

Barbara Genco

  • John Boyne, The Absolutist (Other Press)
  • Cory Doctorow, Pirate Cinema (Tor Teen)
  • Bee Wilson, Consider the Fork A History of How We Cook and Eat (Basic)
  • Thomas Keller & Sebastien Rouxel, Bouchon Bakery (Artisan)
  • Lawrence Norfolk, John Saturnall’s Feast (Grove)
  • Emily Ansara Baines, The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook (Adams Media)
  • Ross King, Leonardo and the Last Supper (Walker)
  • J.R. Moehringer, Sutton (Hyperion)
  • Whitney Otto, Eight Girls Taking Pictures (Scribner)
  • Alistair Lawrence, Abbey Road: The Best Studio in the World (Bloomsbury USA)

Alene Moroni

Alene Moroni

  • John Perry, The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging, and Postponing, Including an Ingenious Program for Getting Things Done by Putting Them Off (Workman)
  • Sherman Alexie, Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories (Grove)
  • Debbie Macomber, The Inn at Rose Harbor (Ballantine)
  • Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys (Scholastic)
  • Rebecca Coleman, Heaven Should Fall (MIRA: Harlequin)
  • Bill Roorbach, Life Among Giants (Algonquin)
  • Ben H. Winter, The Last Policeman (Quirk)
  • Shelle Sumners, Grace Grows (St. Martin’s Griffin)
  • Jami Attenberg, The Middlesteins (Grand Central)
  • Sean Ferrell, The Man in the Empty Suit (Soho Press)
  • Chase Novak (aka Scott Spencer), Breed (Mulholland: Little, Brown)
  • Peter May, The Blackhouse (SilverOak)
  • Karen Engelmann, The Stockholm Octavo (Ecco: HarperCollins)
  • Michael Kortya, The Prophet (Little, Brown)
  • Max Gladstone, Three Parts Dead (Tor)
  • Vincent Lam, The Headmaster’s Wager (Hogarth: Crown)
  • Hans Weyandt, ed. Read This!: Handpicked Favorites from America’s Bookstores (Coffee House Press)
  • Simon Winchester, Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley’s Curious Collection (Black Dog & Leventhal)
  • Ronald Rice, ed. My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop (Black Dog & Leventhal)
  • Francesco Marciuliano, I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats (Chronicle)
  • Emma King, Knit London: 10 Iconic London Projects (Sterling)
  • Martin Popoff with Ioannis, Fade to Black: Hard Rock Cover Art of the Vinyl Age (Sterling)
  • Barney Hoskyns, Led Zeppelin: The Oral History of the World’s Greatest Rock Band (Wiley)
  • Luke Dempsy, Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Complete and Annotated…All the Bits (Black Dog & Leventhal)
  • Stephanie Laurens and others, A Lady of Expectations and Other Stories (Harlequin)
  • Bertrice Small, The Shadow Queen (World of Hetar) (Harlequin)
  • Kasey Michaels, What an Earl Wants (Harlequin)
  • Candace Camp, Indiscreet (Harlequin)

Douglas Lord

Doug Lord

  • Alex Grecian, The Yard (Putnam)
  • Richard Pierce, Dead Men (Overlook)
  • Doyce Testerman, Hidden Things (HarperVoyager)
  • B.J. Daniels, Justice at Cardwell Ranch (Harlequin)
  • Laurence Gonzales, Surviving Survival: The Art and Science of Resilience (Norton)
  • Aaron Santos, Ballparking: Practical Math for Impractical Sports Questions (Running Press)
  • Randy Bachman, Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap Stories (Pintail: Penguin)
  • Daniel Bukszpan, The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal: Completely Revised and Updated Edition (Sterling)
  • David Abrams, Fobbit (Black Cat: Grove Atlantic)

Kaite Stover

  • Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (Farrar)
  • B.A. Shapiro, The Art Forger (Algonquin)
  • Michael Poore, Up Jumps the Devil (Ecco: HarperCollins)
  • Will Schwalbe, The End of Your Life Book Club (Knopf)
  • Scott Lasser, Say Nice Things About Detroit (Norton)
  • Jenny Fields, The Age of Desire (Pamela Dorman Bks: Viking)

Miriam Tuliao

  • Joe Meno, Office Girl (Akashic)
  • Paul Vitagliano, Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay (Quirk)
  • Joy Harjo, Crazy Brave (Norton)
  • Richard Russo, Elsewhere: A Memoir (Knopf)
  • Colby Buzzell, Lost in America: A Dead End Journey (HarperCollins)

Robin Beerbower

  • Jonathan Evison, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving (Algonquin)
  • Margaret Dilloway, The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns (Putnam)
  • Mark Helprin, In Sunlight and in Shadow (Houghton Harcourt)
  • Chelsea Cain, Kill You Twice (Minotaur: St. Martin’s)
  • Amanda Kyle Williams, Stranger in the Room (Bantam)
  • Linwood Barclay, Trust Your Eyes (NAL)
  • Keigo Higashino, Salvation of the Saint (Minotaur: St. Martin’s)
  • Carol Miller, Up all Night: My Life and Times in Rock Radio (Ecco: HarperCollins)
  • Pete Townshend, Who I Am (Harper: HarperCollins)
  • Philip Norman, Mick Jagger (Ecco: HarperCollins)
  • Bob Spitz, Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child (Knopf)
  • Luisa Weiss, My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes) (Viking)
  • Jenna Webber, White Jacket Required: A Culinary Coming-of-Age Story (Sterling Epicure)
  • Julia Moskin & Kim Severson, CookFight: 2 Cooks, 12 Challenges, 125 Recipes, an Epic Battle for Kitchen Dominance (Ecco: HarperCollins)
  • David Levithan, Every Day (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
  • Thomas J. Craughwell, Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brulee: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America (Quirk)
  • Penny Hancock, Kept in the Dark (Plume: Penguin Group USA)
  • Elizabeth Black, The Drowning House (Nan A. Talese: Doubleday)

Wendy Bartlett

  • Kate Morton, The Secret Keeper (Atria: S. & S.)
  • Jasper Fforde, The Last Dragonslayer (Harcourt Children’s Books)
  • Dianne Warren, Juliet in August (Amy Einhorn: Putnam)
  • ** Amanda Coplin, The Orchardist (Harper: HarperCollins)
  • Attica Locke, The Cutting Season (Harper: HarperCollins)
  • M.L. Steadman, The Light Between Oceans (Scribner)
  • Shelley Shepard Gray, Found (Avon Inspire)
  • Tatjana Soji, The Forgetting Tree (St. Martin’s)
  • Courtney Miller Santo, The Roots of the Olive Tree (Morrow)
  • Stuart Neville, Ratlines (Soho)
  • Jocelynn Drake, Angel’s Ink: The Asylum Tales (HarperVoyager)
  • Francine Mathews, Jack 1939 (Riverhead: Penguin Group USA)
  • William Kuhn, Mrs. Queen Takes the Train (Harper: HarperCollins)
Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.



  1. I would love to see links to the participants blogs, if they have them.