Short Stories are popular but providing RA for short story readers is tricky. There are authors like Alice Munro, Steven Millhauser, Lorrie Moore, and Jhumpa Lahiri who are known for their short stories. There are also the various titles in The Best American Series titles (there is now one for just about every genre). But beyond that, the librarian really needs to keep a local list of short stories and collections if he or she wants to help the short story reader.
In that spirit, Frank Kovarik, a blogger and contributor to The Millions, has been keeping his own database of every story that has appeared in The New Yorker for many years. He has rounded out his database to now include the entire past decade. In this article, Kovarik has not only included a link to his work, but he has also worked the numbers and made a few observations. Check it out.
The result is a great resource for helping our patrons. I also hope Kovarik's work urges others to do more in the field of short story RA, including myself.
What are your doing at your library to help your readers?
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