Women’s Lives & Relationships — SE-RART June 8

book coverThe next Southeastern Mass. Reader’s Advisory Roundtable (SE-RART) meeting will be the second of two sessions on Women’s Lives & Relationships (aka Women’s Fiction) and the final meeting of the 2015-2016 year.

The meeting will be Wednesday, June 8, 10 a.m. – 12 noon, at the Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield. (NOTE: GPS devices and apps do not recognize “15 Library Plaza” as a valid address. Use “1837 Ocean Street” in Marshfield, instead.)

Please register for the June 8th meeting here, if you haven’t already.

Everyone attending should read the benchmark title —What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty — as well as a second title in the genre of Women’s Lives & Relationships, 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, so that we can talk about the overlap of the Women’s Lives and Relationships genre with the Suspense genre:

Whitehouse, Lucie. The Rise of the Marriage Thriller January 15, 2014 (The Guardian).

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

Need some ideas for your second title? Check out these lists for possibilities:

Booklist’s Top 10 Women’s Fiction: 2016

Bookreporter: Women’s Fiction Author Spotlight

Hope to see you on the 8th, and don’t forget to register!

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR READER’S ADVISORS: Did you see the announcement from MLS that there is a Reader’s Advisory Summit scheduled for Thursday, June 16, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with visiting RA gurus Joyce Saricks and Becky Spratford? The registration fee of $49 or $54 covers breakfast and lunch for this all-day session of continuing education.

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. If you have a preference, please email Laurie at lacavanaugh@appleblossom.net.

All the 2015-6 dates are on the MLS Workshop Registration calendar and on this blog. The SE-RART group is finishing up its second year; it’s been a fun way for library staff to hone reader’s advisory skills and become more comfortable advising fans of an unfamiliar genre.


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