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YEAR 4: SE-RART 2017-2018 Season

Introduction to Reader’s Advisory and Genre Study

Our first meeting of the 2017-18 Southeastern Mass. Reader’s Advisory Roundtable will be an Introduction to Reader’s Advisory and Genre Study, at the Jonathan Bourne Public Library in Bourne on Wednesday, October 18, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be no benchmark title or second title reading requirement, but some readings will be emailed to registered participants that will be helpful to have read prior to the meeting.

This opening overview will be a chance for continuing members of the group to revisit reader’s advisory techniques and for anyone who has been on the fence about jumping in to do a genre study to see what it’s all about!

Please register for the October 18th program — An Introduction to Reader’s Advisory and Genre Study — on the MLS Workshop Calendar. Please register as early as possible in order to receive the readings in advance.

After the October meeting, the SE-RART will start a study of the Action/Adventure genre. The 2017-18 is as follows. The genre study group is always open to new members. Come for any or all that you can!

SE-RART 2017-18 Meeting Schedule

Wed., October 18, 10-12 Introduction to RA and Genre Study
Jonathan Bourne Public Library, 19 Sandwich Rd., Bourne

Thurs., December 7, 10-12
Adventure Genre Overview
Benchmark: Clive Cussler novel, your choice
(Suggestions from Joyce Saricks: Inca Gold, Sahara, or Treasure)

Wed., February 7, 2018, 10-12 / no snow date
Historical Adventure
Benchmark: Bernard Cornwell, The Last Kingdom

Tues., April 3, 10-12 Espionage/Political Thriller
Benchmark: David Baldacci, Camel Club

Thurs., June 14, 10-12 Military Adventure
Benchmark: Matthew Reilly, Ice Station

The genre study group open to the Southeastern Massachusetts library community will be co-facilitated again this year by Laurie Cavanaugh (Thayer Public Library, Braintree) and Maggie Holmes (Richards Memorial Library, North Attleborough). We are in need of host locations for December, February, April, and June.



Fantasy Genre Second Title Suggestions

Grace of KingsThe benchmark title for the June 7th meeting of the Southeastern Mass. Reader’s Advisory Roundtable on the Fantasy genre is a really long one: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu. Maybe you can find a short book, or even a novella, for your second title!

If you do not finish The Grace of Kings in time for the meeting, that’s OK! Please do try to read enough to get a sense of its appeal factors for fantasy readers.

Here are some places to look for ideas for your second title selection, although keep in mind that not every title in these lists will fit the criteria of 1.) being fantasy and 2.) being written by a person of color or by an author who is reflective of diversity in another way:

Strand Bookstore: Genre Fiction by Authors of Color

Library Journal: Imagined Multiverses: Genre Spotlight S/F and Fantasy

Bustle: 15 Magical Fantasy Books to Read ASAP

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 7th, 10am-12pm. at the SAILS Library Network offices at 10 Riverside Dr., Suite 102, in Lakeville.

Please register for the June 7th meeting through the MLS Workshop Calendar in order to receive the supplemental readings in advance. We will be sending the readings out next week.