CLICK HERE for quick access to the materials for the 2016-17 Speculative Fiction Genre Study.
The website now features UNRESTRICTED access, including notes from our meetings; however, in order to attend the meetings in person, you must be a member of ARRT. Click here for information about how you can join.


I can come to your library, book club meeting, or conference to talk about how to help your readers find their next good read. Click here for more information.

Recent and Upcoming Presentations [Updated 8.17]

In the spirit of being green, this page will house links to my recent presentations, allowing attendees access without having to print copies for everyone. Presentations will  be up for at least 6 months.  If you have attended one of my presentations and want access to Power Points and handouts that are not posted here, please contact me ( or leave a comment on this page.

UPDATE: As of August 2017 I am currently booking November and December for 2017, but both are very limited availability  All other months are closed unless you are within 2 hours of Chicago or virtual.  For 2018- March is closed to all but local travel [mostly due to PLA and Stoker Con] and I already have 1 confirmed April appearance and 4 appearances in early 2018 with dates pending.

  • Loudoun County Public Library Teen Services Staff Retreat-- February 17 from 9:15-11 am Eastern
  • Spartanburg County [SC] Public Libraries HQ- February 28, 2017
  • Holston River Regional Library at Walters State Community College- March 9, 2017
    • Full day training program including RA for All, Booktalking Program, and Recharge Your Book Club
    • Details and Slides
  • Chicago Botanic Garden: One Book One Garden Book Discussion-- March 14 from 6:30-8:30pm
  • March 27-31-- RA for All on Spring Break
  • April 14: Cedar Rapids [IA] Public Library Full Day In-Service
  • StokerCon 2017 April 27-30
    • Becky is a Guest of Honor and will be presenting. Details here. Library people are encouraged to attend this event especially on Librarians’ Day.
  • Tampa Bay [FL] Library Consortium- May 31 and June 1
    • Full Day General RA and Half Day Book Discussion Leadership Training
    • Schedule for 5/31 with slide/handout access-- here
    • Schedule for 6/1 with slide/handout access-- here
  • Coal City [IL] High School-- August 11, 2017
    • Multi- Library Inservice 9am-1pm
    • Schedule and slide access here
  • PCI Webinar on Booktalking-- August 24th
    • Slides
    • Handouts
  • Madison [WI] Area Multi-Library Training-- August 16-17, 2017
    • First day PM book discussion leadership training 
    • Second day full day general training
  • Booklist/NoveList Live Event on Genre Studies-- August 22, 2017
    • Harold Washington Library Center
  • Virtual In Service Training for Harrison [NY] Public Library-- September 19, 2017
  • Columbus Day- October 9, 2017-- Indianapolis Public Library In Service Day
  • ILA Annual Conference-- Tinley Park, IL October 10-12
  • PA Library Association Annual Conference-- October 16, 2017
    • Three Sessions
  • ARRTCon-- November 9, 2017
    • All day, multiple presentations
  • Chicago Botanic Garden: One Book One Garden Book Discussion-- November 14 from 6:30-8:30pm We will be discussing Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

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