All the books you love in the LBYR booth #1803 at ALA Midwinter!
Unshelved comic strip for 1/17/2017

Clearance Sale at ALA Midwinter


The Unshelved booth at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta will have amazing clearance deals on books and T-shirts and other merchandise.

Please stop by booth 2107 or send someone you know to do your post-holiday shopping.

See you there!


Sale! USB Drive with eBooks


Single USB drives containing our first 11 ebooks are on sale right now. Blank drives are $20, and these loaded drives are just $25 (they're normally $35).

Still lots of great gifts in the Unshelved store including what are likely the last Intellectual Freedom Fighter field bags.

If you're going to ALA Midwinter in Atlanta, I'll be there at Booth 2107. We'll be having a fire sale on Unshelved books and merchandise, including hats, conference bags, kids T-shirts and onesies, and more.

Bad Girls of Fashion


This week's sponsor, Annick Press, is know for publishing innovative, cutting-edge titles for children and young adults. Their new release, Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels From Cleopatra to Lady Gaga, showcases women throughout history who have used fashion to challenge perceptions and influence culture. Click through for a look inside this bold new title. I requested a copy from my library based solely on the Table of Contents!

Gene's and Chris's New Library Comic


Please check out the new comic I'm doing with Chris Hallbeck at (We wanted to wait until we had a bit of content up before we told everyone about our new venture, and by the time you read this there should be at least six comics posted.)

Library Comic will have new strips five days a week, Monday through Friday. You can also read all of the comics in our weekly newsletter or via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr.

The new library is pretty big, and so is the number of staff. It's going to take a while to get to know them all, and we think they're going to help us tell different kinds of stories.

Please help us along by telling people about the new strip, and by sending me your real-life tales of library wows and WTFs.

Norse Mythology


“Who else but Neil Gaiman could become an accomplice of the gods, using the sorcery of words to make their stories new? — Maria Tatar, chair, Program in Folklore and Mythology, Harvard University

I'm going to assume that the majority of our readers saw the words "Neil Gaiman" and "Norse Mythology," bypassed the rest of this post, and are already requesting their digital review copies. For those of you who stuck around, W. W. Norton is pleased to present an extraordinary retelling of the great Norse myths by master storyteller Neil Gaiman. If you are a librarian or bookseller you can click through to request a digital review copy now, and please consider nominating this title for LibraryReads!

And don't forget, several of our sponsors will be exhibiting at NCTE later this week. Stop by and pay them a visit if you are in Atlanta!

This classic Unshelved strip

originally appeared on August 14, 2005.

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November 11 Westminster, MD
Carroll County Public Library Staff Day (Gene)


January 13 St. Charles, MO
St. Charles City-County Library District’s Staff Day (Gene)

January 20 - 23 Atlanta, GA
ALA Midwinter Booth 2107 (Gene)

March 28 North Little Rock, AR
Staff Day (Gene)

March 30 - 31 Hershey, PA
Pennsylvania School Librarian's Association (Gene)

May 3 Worcester, MA Massachusetts Library System (Gene)

May 4 Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Library Association conference (Gene)

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