She's one of the people who pick which books end up on library shelves, and specifically gets to deal with the teen section.
Naturally, Harry Potter comes up – but we also talk about what types of books are trending, the popularity of The Hate U Give, and some teen-oriented series that actually are great for adults too. (There's a more detailed rundown below.)
You can stream our conversation below, or download the .mp3 file directly here.
– Chelsea explains how she stays on top of what books people might want to read, and when she can tell a certain type of book – like vampire fiction – is dying down. (1:30)
– How the book The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is resonating with readers right now, and the popularity of realistic fiction that deals with social issues. (7:38)
– What types of books she's expecting to be popular – and what's getting less popular. (12:48)
– Some great teen book series that are still great if you're an adult. (22:35)
– A whole lot of Harry Potter talk, including how the series changed the book business plus a "Harry Potter Hangover" theory. (31:38)
– And then some events going on at Hennepin County libraries this month (39:10).
Those events include:
- Poetry night at East Lake Library – Tuesday, April 18
- Author Talk with Nora McInerny Purmort at the Eden Prairie library – Wednesday, April 19
- Halcyon Days Book Club at Modist Brewing in Minneapolis – Thursday, April 20
- Poetry and spoken word workshop at Nokomis Library – Saturday, April 22
- How to do mini gardens for your deck or front steps at the Golden Valley library – Saturday, April 22