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1 The Top 5 Things to Know in 5 Top Genres Rebecca Vnuk, ShelfRenewal.com With special thanks to: Neil Hollands on Fantasy/Science Fiction Barry Trott on Crime/Mystery

2 Why do you need to know? Sometimes, we just need quick answers for patrons who want a good book. Having a brain full of books in different genres makes the RA experience a lot less indimidating! See Public Libraries Article, Jack of All Trades Readers Advisory, Jan/Feb 2010 issue.

3 Todays Categories Are… Of course, there are any number of genres we could have decided on as top 5 genres. For this presentation, its: Science Fiction Fantasy Womens Fic Mystery/Crime Suspense

4 Today well find out, the top 5: Must-Know Authors Must-Know Books Up-and-comers Top trends In each of our genres!

5 Fantasy and Science Fiction: Courtesy of Neil Hollands

6 5 Classic/Must- Know Fantasy Authors Lois McMaster Bujold Neil Gaiman Terry Pratchett Robert Jordan George R. R. Martin

7 Five Must- Know Fantasy Series Jim Butchers Dresden Files, starting with Storm Front Charlaine Harriss Sookie Stackhouse series, starting with Dead until Dark George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire, starting with Game of Thrones J. K. Rowlings Harry Potter series, starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone J. R. R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings, starting with The Fellowship of the Ring

8 Five Up-and-Coming Fantasy Authors

9 Five Classic/Must-Know Sci-Fi Authors Philip K. Dick Isaac Asimov Arthur C. Clarke Robert Heinlein Ray Bradbury

10 Five Must-Know Sci-Fi Books I, Robot by Isaac Asimov Enders Game by Orson Scott Card Foundation by Isaac Asimov War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells Dune by Frank Herbert

11 Five Up and Coming Sci-Fi Authors

12 Trends in Fantasy / Science Fiction Urban fantasy/paranormal fantasy Feminism in Science Fic Darker, epic stories Young adult novels leaning more towards SF & Fantasy (dystopia) Cross-genre work - Classic Mashups; Genre blending

13 Womens Fiction

14 5 Must-Know Women's Fiction Authors Danielle Steel Barbara Taylor Bradford Maeve Binchy Jodi Picoult Jennifer Weiner

15 5 Must Know Books in Womens Fic 5 books that will get you up to speed on what Womens Fiction is all about: Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews Happiness Sold Separately by Lolly Winston Always and Forever by Cathy Kelley

16 Up-and-comers in Womens Fiction

17 5 Trends in Womens Fiction Crafty Women Humor Chick Lit grows up - Bridget gets married, has a baby, is widowed… Issue-Driven Womens Fiction Ensemble Fiction

18 Crime/MYSTERY: Courtesy of Barry Trott

19 5 Classic Crime/mystery writers: Dorothy Sayers Robert B. Parker P. D. James Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Agatha Christie

20 5 Must-Know Crime/Mystery Books Gaudy Night -- Dorothy Sayers The Mysterious Affair at Styles – Agatha Christie The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler Indemnity Only – Sarah Paretsky A Morbid Taste for Bones – Ellis Peters

21 Up-and-coming crime/mystery writers:

22 5 Trends in Crime/Mystery Paranormal Crime Fiction Historical Mysteries Contemporary Cozies Hobby Mysteries International settings

23 Suspense Suspense Vs Thriller (as opposed to Mystery, or Crime? Even the authoratative sources cant seem to settle on a definition) Subgenres abound ARRT Genre Fiction List

24 Five Must-Know Suspense Authors Karin Slaughter Ruth Rendell Patricia Cornwell Mary Higgins Clark Joseph Finder

25 Five Suspense Titles to Read Tell No One - Harlan Coben A Simple Plan – Scott Smith Land of the Living – Nicci French The Silence of the Lambs - Thomas Harris Total Control - David Baldacci

26 Five Suspense Up & Comers

27 Five Trends in Suspense Literary Suspense Forensics Graphic Violence Blockbuster debuts Do I dare say once more… Paranormal

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