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Thursday, May 16, 2013

ARRT Genre Boot Camp, Horror Author John Everson, and Me live in Naperville

From 9-4:30 today I will be at the ARRT Genre Boot Camp at the Naperville Public Library 95th Street Branch.

Here's the summary of what's going on all day or you can click here for the awesome flyer:


Join us on Thursday, May 16th at the Naperville Public Library for a full-day Readers Advisory crash course. This is a great opportunity for new advisors to get up to speed and for anyone looking to brush up on specific genres. The Genre Boot Camp is also an excellent opportunity to network with other professionals and bring new ideas back to your library.

  • Learn how to use fourth edition of the ARRT Popular Fiction List. Don't have yours yet? You can purchase a specially priced copy with your registration.
  • Get inspired by Joyce Saricks, author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction and Readers' Advisory Service in the Public Library, as she starts the day with a keynote address.
  • Next, you will attend three breakout sessions. Whip your RA skills into shape with a customized slate of genre workshops, led by experts in the field. Novice Readers Advisors should consider attending specially-designed sessions that will explore the similarities and differences between related genres.
  • Finally, meet author John Everson – the winner of the Bram Stoker award for First Novels for his debut, Covenant, and a current finalist for the 2012 Bram Stoker for Superior Achievement in a Novel for NightWhere.

As well as being on the ARRT Steering Committee, I am also one of the "breakout" speakers mentioned above.  I am doing a talk on African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American fiction. You can view my presentation on "Hyphenate Americans" here.

Paying participants will have access to all of the presentations from today, even the ones they couldn't make it to as well as a resource sheet for each "genre," but I figured that it wouldn't hurt to give those of you who couldn't make it a small taste of what I will be doing all day today.

I am also honored to be introducing horror author John Everson at the end of the day.  I have a lot more to say about that as well as a guest post by Everson himself over on RA for All: Horror today. So head on over there too.

I am excited for what is going to be a great day.

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