RA for your Friday

I want to kick today off by expanding a little on a reminder that was sent out earlier this week (hat tip to CRO!) and encourage everyone to order upcoming titles as early as possible to try to have them on the shelves on their pub dates. Book Riot has an article explaining what’s behind the delays, and Teen Librarian Toolbox advises libraries to keep all staff informed about this issue:

“One thing I would recommend is that if you are finding that your books purchased before publication date aren’t coming in by publication date due to this issue, let all staff know about the supply chain issues affecting publishing…. A quick message to let all library staff know about how supply chain issues are impacting the book publishing business may just help a coworker answer the complaints of a patron who doesn’t understand why you don’t have the book they want on the shelf in a timely manner.”

So, if your staff don’t already receive my RA emails, please let them know about this issue so that they have the information they need to field patron questions. And then have them sign up for my emails. We have fun here.

Moving right along to our regularly scheduled fall content!

The RA for All blog is here with tips on how to prepare for the busy fall release season. (Spoiler: Know yer backlist. Love yer backlist.)

We’ve got fall lists from Oprah and CrimeReads as well as October lists from LibraryReads and IndieNext.

Speaking of October, for those of you planning spooky, creepy, or otherwise eerie displays, check out these reading lists about witches, vampires, and haunted houses.

In awards news, we’ve got the National Book Award longlists and the Booker shortlist.

Looking for readalikes? Bustle has 20 Books to Read if You Love Sally Rooney and Paste has Five Mystery Novels if You Love Only Murders in the Building.

Finally, #FridayReads: I’ve gone off the rails with placing holds these days, so my nightstand is a bit wobbly with all the reads that have come in. That being said, I can guarantee I’ll start The Dark Angel, by Elly Griffiths, because a series run cannot be denied. In my earbuds is Be My Ghost, by Carol J. Perry, and this may be the weekend I break down and do the free Hulu trial for the aforementioned Murders. Happy reading/listening/viewing!

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