Saricks takes fresh look at genre fiction

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May 26, 2009


ALA Editions , the publishing imprint of the American Library Association just released

“The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, Second Edition” by Joyce G. Saricks. This revised edition of a classic provides a way of understanding the vast universe of genre fiction in an easy-to-use format. The legendary readers’ advisory expert Saricks offers groundbreaking reconsideration of the connections among genres, providing:

  • Key authors and themes within 15 genres
  • An explanation as to how the different genres overlap
  • The elements of fiction most likely to entice readersÂ

Saricks serves as a columnist and audio reviewer for
Booklist magazine and as read-alike coordinator (and author) for EBSCO’s NoveList. She also teaches readers’ advisory at Dominican University’s School of Library and Information Science (Illinois). Saricks worked as coordinator of the Literature and Audio Services Department at the Downers Grove Public Library from 1983 to 2004. In addition to authoring

“Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library” (3rd ed., ALA, 2005), she has written numerous articles on readers’ advisory, presented workshops on that topic for public libraries and library systems and spoken at state, regional and national library conferences. In 1989 she won the Public Library Association’s Allie Beth Martin Award and in 2000 she was named Librarian of the Year by the Romance Writers of America.

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