Essential guide to novels in series is back

Contact: Jill Davis

ALA Editions

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For Immediate Release

August 10, 2009

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of the fourth edition of “
Sequels: An Annotated Guide to Novels in Series” by Janet G. Husband and Jonathan F. Husband. An ALA bestseller since its original release in 1982, this volume returns with greatly expanded series listings. Mysteries continue to be a mainstay, with fantasy, science fiction and romance listings, plus non–genre fiction selections from authors such as Edward Abbey and Lawrence Durrell. The authors have carefully sifted through a growing group of series to select those most likely to be available in a medium-sized public library, weeding out esoteric, obscure and less popular series. This classic reference includes hundreds of annotated series, title and subject indexes and suggestions for reading order. Library professionals will find:

  • Answers to the perennial question, "What should I read next?"
  • Guidance on the chronology of a series
  • Easy-to-use tools to identify novels by character, setting and author
  • The definitive resource for novels in series

Including series started since 1989 and updated through 2007, this fourth edition of “Sequels” will be the most complete resource for general readers and library patrons as well as readers' advisors; public, university and high school reference librarians; acquisition and collection management librarians; and even bookstore staff and book reviewers.

Janet G. Husband and Jonathan F. Husband met and married at their first jobs at the Free Library of Philadelphia. They went on to enjoy long and productive careers in public and college libraries, respectively. Janet was director of the Rockland Memorial Library and the Paul Pratt Memorial Library in Massachusetts. Jon was a reference librarian at Boston State College and Framingham State College. Janet earned her MLS at Rutgers University and Jon holds an MA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and an MLS from Drexel University.

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