Books and Authors: The Top 5 of Another 5With Barry Trott on Historical Fiction David Wright on Literary Fiction Rebecca Vnuk on RomanceRoberta Johnson on Science Fiction and Kaite Mediatore Stover on Suspense/Thrillers
Handouts for this presentation can be found on the new blog home for Shelfrenewal:http://shelfrenewal.booklistonline.com
Notes on the original 5 covered at PLA 2010 can be found online at: http://shelfrenewal.com/programs/ pla2010presentation/
What’s this all about?• Sometimes, we just need quick answers for patrons who want “a good book”.• Having a brain full of books in different genres makes the RA experience a lot less intimidating!• One of the best ways to arm yourself at the desk is to become so well-versed in your collection so that it seems as though every book you’re giving out is one you’ve personally read and enjoyed.
What’s this all about?5 popular categories of books and whatto know about them:The books and authors we feel youneed to know about in each genre soyou can branch off from there and gaina brain full of books, even if you don’tnormally read in these areas.
OK. We’ve lied a little…We really can’t shove 125books at you in 75 minutes…but you can get all the info from us online, we swear. What we can feature today in each genre: 5 up-and-comers 5 trends Our favoritesThe online handout has the additional info: Classics, Must-Know Books
Historical Fiction – Barry TrottHistorical Fiction has as its setting a period of history and attempts to convey the spirit, manners, and social conditions of a past age with realistic detail and fidelity to historical fact. The work may deal with actual historical personages or it may contain a mixture of fictional and historical characters. It attempts to portray a broader view of a past society in which great events are reflected by their impact on the private lives of fictional individuals. - Encyclopaedia Brittanica
Literary Fiction – David Wright Literary fiction is defined as criticallyacclaimed, often award-winning, fiction. These books are more often character-centered rather than plot-oriented. Theyare provocative and often address more serious issues. - Joyce Sariks, The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction
Literary: Up-and-Coming Authors The New Yorker 20 under 40
Top 5 Literary: Up-and-Coming AuthorsLydia Millet Jonathan Evison
Top 5 Literary: Up-and-Coming AuthorsYannick Murphy David Mitchell
Top 5 Literary:Up-and-Coming Authors Joe Schmoe
Literary Fiction: Personal Favorites Stewart O’Nan
Literary Fiction: Personal Favorites Nick Harkaway
Literary Fiction: Personal Favorites Percival Everett
Literary Fiction: Personal Favorites Joyce Carol Oates
Literary Fiction: Personal Favorites Joseph Conrad
Romance – Rebecca Vnuk The main plot of a romance novel must revolvearound the two people as they develop romantic love for each other and work to build arelationship together. Both the conflict and theclimax of the novel should be directly related to that core theme of developing a romantic relationship, although the novel can also contain subplots that do not specifically relate to the main characters romantic love. Furthermore, a romance novel must have an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending. - Romance Writers of America
Science Fiction – Roberta Johnson Science fiction is speculative fiction,frequently set in the future. Setting iscrucial and invokes otherness of time, place, and reality. - Sariks“If there are rivets on the cover, it’sScience Fiction.” – Orson Scott Card
Science Fiction TrendsDiversity – strong female characters havebeen the norm for a while, but authors andcharacters of color are more commonplace.Humor: Kage Baker, Sean McMullen, NealStephensonBlurring of Science Fiction and Thrillers – Asour technology advances faster than we canwrite about it, an exciting SF novel is a hair’sbreadth away from a techno-thriller.
Suspense/Thriller – Kaite Mediatore Stover Even authoritative sources can’t seem tosettle on a definition. The terms seem to be fairly interchangeable – and patrons don’t care – so were using the term Suspense here to also cover Thrillers. Don’t quibble on semantics.The genre for readers too lazy to get on the treadmill for a cardio workout.