DIVERSITY ARC#3: Mystery Fiction (5/28/19)

WHEN: May 28, 2019; 9:45am to 12N

WHERE: Tewksbury Public Library

Contact: Leane Ellis; rapotential@gmail.com  

Please sign-up for next meeting using the MLS CE Calendar.    

**The last hour of this meeting will be a RA Toolbox session. The topic for this workshop is the RA Interview. Attendees will collaborate in small groups using written RA Interview scenarios. Everyone will share results.**

ASSIGNMENT: Everyone reads the benchmark:  Rachel Howzell Hall’s Land of Shadows (2014): Detective Elouise Norton series#1 AND/OR you may read one of the others in the series–#2: Skies of Ash (2015); #3: Trail of Echoes (2016); #4: City of Saviors (2017).

Please also read and record your 2nd titles in this category either from the suggested list below or one that you choose yourself on our blog under Submit 2nd Titles. We will have limited time to talk about them due to our RA ToolBox* session: 11am to 12N.

For appeal, please focus especially on frame, tone and character

Mystery Diversity Second Titltes


Diverse books are those that reflect and honor the life experience of all readers. We Need Diverse Books defines diversity as: “including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.”

*including but not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction), as well as a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.

Thank you to the Western MA RA Round Table and the Southeastern MA RA Round Table for forging our path and providing resources and guidance.

ONLINE RESOURCES (again with thanks to the Western & Southeastern MA [Scroll down.] RA Round Tables)

Previous Print/PDF Bibliography  (Available on Google Group) 

Charles, John, Candace Clark, et al. The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Mystery. ALA, 2012. p. 1-4, 11-17, 91-103.

Charles, John, Morrison, Joanna & Candace Clark. The Mystery Readers’ Advisory: The Librarian’s Clues to Murder and Mayhem. ALA, 2002. p. 54-58, 92-110. (MYSTERY 11/25/08)

Davidson, Hilary. “A Genre Woman Problem,” Library Journal. V:138:20 (December 2013) p. 72.

Niebuhr, Gary Warren. Make Mine a Mystery II: A Reader’s Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction. LU, 2011. p. 1-2, 45-46, 155-157, 227-229, 239. (MYSTERY 11/22/13 Cozy/Culinary/Amateur)

Wyatt, Neal & Joyce G. Saricks. “Mystery Fiction.” The RA Guide to Genre Fiction. 2019. 3rd ed., ALA, p.31, 51-71.

Zellers, Jessica. “Getting Up to Speed in Mystery Fiction,” NoveList. EBSCO. 2013 (3/07/19)

**RA Toolbox are workshops that allow participants to learn and explore RA topics and skills.  They take place from 11am to 12N during a regular NE RA Round Table meeting, following a genre discussion (topic listed first in posting) in the first hour.**                                                                                                                                                           Contact Leane at rapotential@gmail.com for questions.

Cancellation Policy: If the town/city of the location of the meeting cancels public schools, and/or there is a parking ban–the meeting will be cancelled even if the library in question remains open. We do not have an alternative date. Leane will modify the upcoming schedules to reflect the missed meeting. Leane will broadcast the cancellation of the meeting due to inclement weather by 7:00am or before from the Google group, and post it on this website.