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1 The Top 5 Things to Know in 5 Top Genres
Rebecca Vnuk, 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 Reader’s Advisory”, Jan/Feb 2010 issue.

3 Today’s Categories Are…
Of course, there are any number of genres we could have decided on as “top 5” genres. For this presentation, it’s: Science Fiction Fantasy Women’s Fic Mystery/Crime Suspense

4 Today we’ll 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 Butcher’s Dresden Files, starting with Storm Front Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series, starting with Dead until Dark George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, starting with Game of Thrones J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J. R. R. Tolkien’s 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 Ender’s 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 Women’s 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 Women’s Fic
5 books that will get you up to speed on what Women’s 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 Women’s Fiction

17 5 Trends in Women’s Fiction
Crafty Women Humor Chick Lit grows up - Bridget gets married, has a baby, is widowed… Issue-Driven Women’s 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 ARRT Genre Fiction List
Suspense Suspense Vs Thriller (as opposed to Mystery, or Crime? Even the authoratative sources can’t 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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