Readings for Diverse Mysteries

Our next meeting is coming up soon.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 10am-12pm, Attleboro Public Library, 74 North Main Street

Diversity in Mystery

Benchmark Title: The Long Fall by Walter Mosley

Join the Southeastern Massachusetts Reader’s Advisory Round Table (SE-RART) genre study group anytime throughout the 2016-17 year!

The SE-RART is doing a genre study with a twist this year. For 2016-17, we are going to discuss a different genre each meeting with a focus on books by authors whose race/ethnicity, gender/sexual orientation, or range of experience are underrepresented in mainstream reader’s advisory and frequently in library collections, as well. As usual, we will be discussing the appeal of these genres and subgenres with each other, emphasizing appeal factors as laid out by Joyce Saricks, but with a focus on diversity.

For each meeting, participants are asked to read a benchmark title (all reading the same one) and a second title of their own choosing (from the same subgenre) to describe to the group, focusing on appeal factors and matching a book to its reader, and less on plot summaries. The plan is for each of us to be introduced to the discipline of reading for appeal, and to practice it. Everyone participating will be able to share analysis of titles and authors in unfamiliar genres that will stretch their capacity as reader’s advisors. This is a targeted troundtable discussion, rather than a training workshop. Any or all meetings are open to any in the Mass. library community interested in reader’s advisory, whether it is a direct part of their current positions or not.

The discussion leaders are Laurie Cavanaugh, Thayer Public Library, Braintree ( and Maggie Holmes, Richards Memorial Library, North Attleborough ( For more info or for ideas for your second title, contact Laurie or Maggie, and/or visit the SE-RART blog at

Please click on link below to register:


Attached are the suggested readings. The Sisters In Crime report is 60 pages (lots of graphics) so we suggest reading that on a computer.

Diversity is No Mystery LJ Nov 1 2016

Not Your Usual LJ Apr 15 2015




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