A new edition of the classic RA guide to genre fiction by Wyatt and Saricks

For Immediate Release
Thu, 01/03/2019


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association



CHICAGO — Everyone’s favorite guide to fiction that’s thrilling, mysterious, suspenseful, thought-provoking, romantic, and just plain fun is back—and better than ever in this completely revamped and revised edition. A must for every readers’ advisory desk, the new third edition of “The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction,” published by ALA Editions, is also a useful tool for collection development librarians and students in LIS programs. Inside, RA experts Neal Wyatt and Joyce G. Saricks:

  • cover genres such as Psychological Suspense, Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Mystery, Literary and Historical Fiction, and introduce the concepts of Adrenaline and Relationship Fiction;
  • include everything advisors need to get up to speed on a genre, including its appeal characteristics, key authors, sure bets, and trends;
  • demonstrate how genres overlap and connect, plus suggestions for guiding readers among genres; and
  • tie genre fiction to the whole collection, including nonfiction, audiobooks, graphic novels, film and TV, poetry, and games.

Wyatt is a contributing editor and the readers' advisory columnist for Library Journal. She has served as President of the American Library Association's Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) and on numerous committees and councils. She was instrumental in the creation of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, the Sophie Brody Award, and the Zora Neale Hurston Award. Awarded RUSA's Margaret E. Monroe Award and the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, she is also author of “The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction” as well as numerous articles and several book chapters. From 1977 until her retirement in 2004, Saricks worked at the Downers Grove Public Library and developed and directed the readers’ advisory department. She has taught Readers’ Advisory at Dominican University, served as Audio Editor for Booklist, consulted for Ebsco’s NoveList, and presented workshops and programs across the US and abroad. Also author of “Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library” and “Read On: Audiobooks,” she was honored with the Public Librarian Association’s Allie Beth Martin Award, was named Librarian of the Year by the Romance Writers of America, and won RUSA’s Margaret Monroe Award.

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