The next Southeastern MA Reader’s Advisory Roundtable (SE-RART) meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Sturgis Library, 3090 Main Street, Barnstable. The snow date is Feb. 10.
We will be continuing with our year-long study of the mystery genre with a discussion of the historical mystery subgenre. Everyone attending should read the benchmark title – A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters — as well as a second title in the Historical Mystery subgenre. Participants should be prepared to talk about both the benchmark title and your second title in terms of Joyce Saricks’ appeal factors: story, characters, tone, style, and pace.
Registered participants will receive an email with the background readings before the meeting. We will read and discuss Historical Sleuths–Crime Through Time (pp. 27-30) from The Mystery Readers’ Advisory: The Librarian’s Clues to Murder and Mayhem by John Charles, Candace Clark, and Joanna Morrison (ALA, 2002) and Expanding Readers’ Horizons with Whole Collection Readers’ Advisory (pp. 223-226) from The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 2nd ed., by Joyce G. Saricks (ALA, 2009), as well as the article Jack of All Trades Readers’ Advisory: How to Learn a Little About a Lot by Rebecca Vnuk on Public Libraries Online.
If you’re looking for ideas for your second title in the new subgenre, we’ve put some here. Just click on the Historical Mystery tab.
This Southeast Reader’s Advisory Roundtable (SE-RART) is open to all library staff members in the southeastern Mass. area. You do not have to be doing reader’s advisory in your current position, as long as you have an interest in it!
Please register for the SE-RART on the Massachusetts Library System website. We plan to meet every other month, October through June — on different days of the week — so feel free to register for any that you can attend. You don’t have to commit to attending all of the meetings to join the group!
All the 2014-5 dates are on the MLS Workshop Registration calendar and here on the blog.
The SE-RART group is still new, so we’re all learning as we go. Thank you to the Sturgis Library folks for offering to host the February meeting!
Don’t forget to register!