Women’s Lives & Relationships — SE-RART April 13

cover image of Angry Housewives Eating Bon BonsAt the  next Southeastern MA Reader’s Advisory Roundtable (SE-RART) meeting we will meet for the first of two sessions on Women’s Lives & Relationships (aka Women’s Fiction). (Register here).

The meeting will be Wednesday, April 13, 10 a.m. – 12 noon, at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library, 7 Barstow St, Mattapoisett.

Everyone attending should read the benchmark title —Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik — as well as a second title in the genre of Women’s Fiction, and be ready to talk about the benchmark title and your second title in terms of appeal factors: story, characters,tone, style, and pace.

We will also discuss excerpts from The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 2nd ed. (ALA, 2009) by Joyce G. Saricks, Reading Women: A Book Club for Women’s Fiction (Libraries Unlimited, 2012) by Nanci Milone Hill, and Women’s Fiction: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (Libraries Unlimited, 2013) by Rebecca Vnuk and Nanette Donohue.

In addition, there is one online reading for our discussion:

Vnuk, Rebecca. Rebecca’s Rules: Defining Women’s Fiction. FEATURE. First published March 15, 2013 (Booklist).

Registered participants will be emailed the readings a few weeks prior to the meeting.

Need some ideas for your second title? Check out some “Women’s Fiction” possibilities:

BookList: Top Ten Women’s Fiction on Audio

Bookreporter: Women’s Fiction Author Spotlight

The Southeast Reader’s Advisory Roundtable (SE-RART) is open to all in the southeastern Mass. library community. Please register for the SE-RART on the Massachusetts Library System website. We have been meeting every other month, October through June on Wednesday mornings, but may change up the days of the week again next year, so please register for any that you can attend. You don’t have to commit to attending all of the meetings to join the group, and it’s fine to jump in at the end.

All the 2015-6 dates are on MLS Workshop Registration calendar and on this blog.

The SE-RART group is in its second year, and is a great way for library staff to hone reader’s advisory skills and become more comfortable advising fans of an unfamiliar genre.

Hope to see you on the 13th, and don’t forget to register!


2 responses to “Women’s Lives & Relationships — SE-RART April 13

  1. I was wondering if we could come with a list of favorite women’s fiction titles. There are so many wonderful books out there and we only have time to discuss one each. I know I have titles and authors that others might not know about (I know because there aren’t enough copies in the system for me to do as book discussion.) We might be even able to define them in terms of read-alikes for the 2nd session.

    • Sure! Sounds good! If you want to email the list to me and/or Miki, we could print copies out for the group. Were you thinking of doing a one-or two-sentence annotation for each title, maybe? That would be really helpful!

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