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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

April NoveList RA News is Up

The topic this month is History Writing-- both fiction and nonfiction.

You can click here to read the entire newsletter, but here is the editor's note and a few of the highlights that you will find inside.

Editor's Desk

I love history writing. I scour the library's new book shelves -- ready to snatch up titles on favorite topics.  I'm delighted when an unfamiliar topic comes to my attention. I want to learn about the real people and events touched upon in the historical fiction I read. World War II theatres of operation, ancient Egypt, natural and man-made disasters, queens of England, true crime and travel stories are some of the topics I've enjoyed in the last few years.

What's next? (Here is where one of the dangers of being a librarian comes into play.) I recently selected a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles on India; today there are two histories of India on my to-be-read pile. What are some of your favorite subjects?
Keep reading,

Top Trends in History Writing by Barry Trott

Reading trends rise and fall and rise again in both fiction and nonfiction. This continuous cycle requires that readers' advisors be on the alert for not only what is popular now, but also what will be coming to our readers' attention next. In nonfiction such as history writing, these trends are often driven by...Continue Reading

Crime Through Time: A Brief Exploration of Historical True Crime by Jennifer Brannen

The Mystery and Thriller genres thrive because of our fascination with crime but some of our most enthralling mysteries are factual rather than fictional. True crime is not a modern phenomenon, and there are crimes every bit as gruesome and baffling...Continue Reading

Sesquicentennial: The American Civil War in Fiction by Bethany Latham

Two thousand fifteen marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the U.S. Civil War, when Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865. The recent anniversaries of other events, such as the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic in 2012 and of the beginning of the First World War in 2014, have resulted in a visible surge of novels about these events. This has not been the case with the sesquicentennial of the Civil War...Continue Reading

This is a great issue. Click through to read it all.  And look for articles by me in both the May 2015 and June 2015 issues, coming to an inbox near you soon.

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