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  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. Handouts for this presentation can be found on the new blog home for Shelfrenewal:
  3. 3. Notes on the original 5 covered at PLA 2010 can be found online at: pla2010presentation/
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 5 Up-and-Comersin historical fiction
  9. 9. 5 Up-and-Comersin historical fiction
  10. 10. trend: Women’s roles
  11. 11. Trend: Naval Fiction
  12. 12. Trend: Fictional Bios
  13. 13. Trend: Immigrant Stories
  14. 14. Trend: Historical Mysteries
  15. 15. Barry’s favorites
  16. 16. Barry’s favorites
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. Literary: Up-and-Coming Authors The New Yorker 20 under 40
  19. 19. Top 5 Literary: Up-and-Coming AuthorsLydia Millet Jonathan Evison
  20. 20. Top 5 Literary: Up-and-Coming AuthorsYannick Murphy David Mitchell
  21. 21. Top 5 Literary:Up-and-Coming Authors Joe Schmoe
  22. 22. Literary Trend 1:The Rise of Middlebrow
  23. 23. Literary Trend 2:Realism Takes Flight
  24. 24. Literary Trend 3: It’s a Big World
  25. 25. Literary Trend 4:The 9/11 Novel Comes of Age.
  26. 26. Literary Trend 5Short Forms Stand Tall.
  27. 27. Literary Fiction: Personal Favorites Stewart O’Nan
  28. 28. Literary Fiction: Personal Favorites Nick Harkaway
  29. 29. Literary Fiction: Personal Favorites Percival Everett
  30. 30. Literary Fiction: Personal Favorites Joyce Carol Oates
  31. 31. Literary Fiction: Personal Favorites Joseph Conrad
  32. 32. 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
  33. 33. Romance Up-and-Comers
  34. 34. Romance Up-and Comers
  35. 35. Romance Trends
  36. 36. Romance Trends
  37. 37. Rebecca’s Personal Favorites
  38. 38. Rebecca’s Personal Favorites
  39. 39. 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
  40. 40. Science FictionUp-and-Comers
  41. 41. Science FictionUp-and-Comers
  42. 42. 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.
  43. 43. Science Fiction TrendsYoung Adult Science Fiction –especially dystopian futures
  44. 44. Science Fiction TrendsSteampunk
  45. 45. Roberta’s Personal Favorites
  46. 46. Roberta’s Personal Favorites
  47. 47. 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.
  48. 48. Suspense/Thriller – Up-and-Comers
  49. 49. Suspense/Thriller – Up-and-Comers
  50. 50. Trends: Arcane Thrillers
  51. 51. Trends: Comic Thrillers
  52. 52. Trends: Lady Thrillers
  53. 53. Trends: Domestic Thrillers
  54. 54. Trends: Scandinavian Style
  55. 55. Personal Favorites
  56. 56. Personal Favorites
  57. 57. Handouts for this presentation can be found on the new blog home for Shelfrenewal: