A cutting edge readers' advisory guide to graphic novels

For Immediate Release
Wed, 03/01/2017


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association

(312) 280-5052


CHICAGO — Ensuring its continued usefulness as a tool for both RA and collection development, Francisca Goldsmith’s ”The Readers' Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels,” published by ALA Editions, has been updated to encompass a bounty of new titles, authors, and styles. Suitable for newbies and hardcore fans alike, the new second edition of this book:

  • sketches in the history of graphic novels, tracing their evolution and showing what makes them unique;
  • explores traditional and cutting edge titles most friendly to children, teens, and adults, reflecting the burgeoning and maturing publishing efforts made for each of these audiences;
  • discusses common themes, topics, and the place of diversity in graphic novels;
  • gives in-depth guidance on ways to connect readers to titles they’ll be sure to love;
  • offers ideas for media tie-ins, displays, programming, book clubs, and more;
  • includes annotated bibliographies, with appeal characteristics noted, and multiple indexes to ensure that locating the right graphic novel is a snap; and
  • provides detailed tips for keeping current and aware of new titles and trends.

Goldsmith’s professional engagement with graphic novels and library readers extends back over 25 years and includes collection development for teens and adults, creating active and passive comics advisory activities, training other library staff in the format, and advisory work in California, New York, Nova Scotia, Utah, Oregon, Washington, and other areas of North America. She has published two other titles with ALA Editions, as well as numerous articles and book chapters on this subject and other library services and practices.

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