SE-RART Meeting in Barnstable Still Planned for Tomorrow

cover of A Morbid Taste for BonesWe’re still planning to hold the Southeastern Mass. Reader’s Advisory Roundtable (SE-RART) meeting tomorrow at the Sturgis Library in Barnstable, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The storm today isn’t so bad in Barnstable, so the library is open, and the walks and parking lot should be clear for us to hold our meeting there tomorrow. Please allow extra time for travel! The library’s address is 3090 Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630. Thank you, Antonia, for hosting the meeting!
If you’re planning to come but forgot to register, please register online so MLS will have accurate numbers:
Also, the blog is ready for you! You can add your second title in the historical mystery subgenre now or after the meeting.
The “Historical Sleuths — Crime Through Time” section (pp. 27-30) from The Mystery Readers’ Advisory: The Librarian’s Clues to Murder and Mayhem, 2nd ed. by John Charles, Candace Clark, and Joanna Morrison and a section from The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction (pp.222-226) are the two main readings for tomorrow.
A third short reading is online at The Readers’ Advisor Online, where they place historical mysteries as a subgenre of the historical fiction genre rather than the mystery genre (something we can discuss) and define the subgenre this way:
In historical mysteries, detectives try to serve justice by solving crimes (without having access to modern forensics tools); they typically present readers with a puzzle or crime to solve, often occur in series, and are set in a wide variety of time periods and locations. They derive much of their appeal from the personal qualities of the main character, and may vary from hard-boiled through traditional to cozy.

The fourth short reading is the article Jack of All Trades Readers’ Advisory: How to Learn a Little About a Lot by Rebecca Vnuk on Public Libraries Online:
We plan to discuss these four readings as well as the benchmark title and the second titles at tomorrow’s meeting. Hope you can make it, but the weather may keep some folks from getting there. We’ll share the discussion on the blog, and feel free to add comments there whether you are able to make the meeting or not!

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