Loan Stars is the readers’ advisory service that allows library staff across Canada to collaboratively select their favourite forthcoming titles. Using CataList, the online catalogue tool available free to libraries, library staff can nominate their favourite adult fiction and non-fiction titles, the most popular of which will be marketed to libraries and library users alike.
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As an author, there is no greater honour than having your book picked by the best readers--librarians. When The Last Neanderthal came out, I found many not so subtle ways to mention it, casually you know, in conversation.
I went back to the library day after day. It was a reassuring routine, and somehow over many months, ‘The Substitute’ appeared on my laptop. When the novel was chosen as a Loan Stars selection, it was incredibly rewarding. Those characters came to life inside a library, and being recognized by librarians across Canada is extra-special.[...] I realized just how integral a library is to a community. It’s a place for everyone, and it fills so many needs. It offered me a welcoming home away from home to write. Every day I spent there, I was grateful for it.
Just before my novel, The Party, was published, it was selected as a Loan Stars top pick. This was the first validation I received that readers were going to respond to my book. And being chosen by librarians — the smartest, savviest, most voracious readers of all — made it an even bigger thrill!
Loan Stars is managed by a group of hard-working members of the public library and publishing communities:
Loan Stars also acknowledges the tremendous effort put forth by staff at BookNet Canada with support from the Canadian Urban Libraries Council.