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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ARRT Crime Fiction Genre Study Notes and All New Mystery Webinar

Oh, I have lots of Crime related news and thankfully not a bit of it involves an actual crime!

First, we are about to begin year two of the ARRT Crime Fiction Genre Study.  I have been busy updating the site today.  Please head on over to see the cleaned up resources page, the newest assignment (meeting 2/5/15), and the most current notes from our December meeting.

Now, you do need to be a member of ARRT to receive the password to read the notes, but you are in luck because it is also ARRT renewal time!  For only $10 you can have access to both years of the notes. That’s right. New members get access to 2 years worth of notes, or what is the entire genre study.  I personally think the notes are worth $10, but then, I am biased.

Click here for a membership form.

One of the best things about leading the crime genre study is how much it has forced me to be as knowledgeable and as up to date as possible on crime fiction.  It is easy to rely on the old standbys, especially with a genre as popular as mystery, so being the leader of this genre study has opened my eyes to new authors, trends, resources, and issues.

Speaking of mystery in particular, I am also putting the finishing touches on a completely revamped and exciting mystery webinar for the Maine State Library:
Event Type: Maine State LibraryDate: 2/3/2015Start Time: 9:30 AM [Eastern]End Time: 11:00 AM [Eastern]Description:
Join experienced Readers’ Advisor Becky Spratford for 90 minutes of murder and detection as she walks you through the current state of mystery fiction. She will get you up to speed on the best resources, most popular authors, and biggest trends of the genre. This program will walk you through the RA interview as it specifically applies to mystery fans. She will provide an overview of what mystery readers like most about the genre and illustrate the differences in the various mystery subgenres, small differences that can make a huge difference when helping patrons. During this webinar, Becky will also consider the appeal of other crime centered stories for mystery readers including suspense, thriller, and true crime options. You will come away from this webinar re-energized and ready to help all of your mystery fans.
 They will be making it available to anyone who wants to register [and pay]. Contact Valerie Osborne for details.

The slides will be available here on RA for All beginning on 2/3; however, in order to access the recording of me presenting the slides, you must register.

There are lots of mysterious happenings emanating from RA for All basecamp these days with more to come soon.  Stay tuned.

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