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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Crime Fiction Genre Study: 1 Month Reminder and a Thank You

We have our every-other-month Steering Committee Meeting tomorrow so this is also your 1 month (and 1 day) reminder about the next [and penultimate] Crime Fiction Genre Study meeting.

Click here for all the info and the assignment on the topic of Special Interests and Formats in Crime Fiction including multicultural  graphic novels, audio, and YA. And get reading....

As always, if you cannot join us, you can follow along with the assignment on the website, or use it to run your own genre study. All we ask is that you credit ARRT.

Speaking of it being close to the end of our 2 year journey, I spent some time earlier this week combing through the responses to our Genre Study Survey too.  First of all thank you to everyone who took the genre study.  We had a very healthy number of responses.  I especially appreciated the people who took the time to leave specific comments. I read every single one and I have a lot of great insight to share with the entire Steering Committee tomorrow.

Second, I want to also thank all of your for your effort and commitment to this 2 year process. We were trying something new by doing a category and not just a single genre.  We were not perfect in our execution, but I think over all the Genre Study Team did a good job; thankfully you all agree.  And you all hung in there with us, read the books and participated. Not only is that appreciated, it made the experience better for all of us.

Third, to the person who wants us to increase our meetings to monthly....sorry, not gonna happen, but not because we don’t want to. It is because those of us on the Steering Committee already meet on the alternate first Thursdays of the month when there is no genre study.

Seriously though, everything [besides that comment] that people left is on the table to be considered. If you are a member of ARRT (and since it is only $10 to join and the genre study comes with it for free- so why aren’t you?), you will be hearing very soon about what we chose [based on your input] for the next genre study set to begin in February of 2016. The only thing I know for sure is that someone else will be the main leader, but I plan to participate for sure [and maybe help depending on the genre(s) chosen for study].

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