Join me for a paranormal panel in Chicago

For readers attending ALA in Chicago, please join me on Sunday, July 12th for the program “Things that Go Bump in the Stacks: Whole Collection Advisory for Paranormal Fiction.” I’m moderating a panel with Charlaine Harris, Charlie Huston, and Marjorie Liu. The event will be in McCormick Place West, room 190-A from 10:30-12.

Whether you are a paranormal reader, a librarian who serves fans of this red-hot genre, or just interested in building the best collection you can, you’ll find this session useful. We’ll take a collective look at why vampires, zombies, shapeshifters, witches, and all the rest are so popular right now. And our author talent just couldn’t be any better:

dead-and-goneCharlaine Harris is the author of the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire series, now up to nine books. Her books inspired the HBO series True Blood. Featuring a charming telepathic barmaid, various vampire and shapeshifter beaus, and other witches, fairies, and (maybe strangest of all) Southerners, this popular series saw book nine, Dead and Gone, debut at the top of the NYT bestseller list.already-dead

Charlie Huston is the author of several fine pulp/noir series including the Joe Pitt series, about a vampire “fixer” who works for various Manhattan vampire gangs. He’s a fantastic noir writer, currently seeing great sales for The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death. Another novel with a speculative element Sleepless is forthcoming.

iron-huntMarjorie Liu writes both Dirk and Steele paranormal romances and Hunter Kiss urban fantasy novels. She’s a fantastic young talent with over 10 consistent novels to her credit at age 30. She has a book in each series, The Fire King and Darkness Calls, respectively, due out in the next month.

Are these novels suitable for book groups? More than you might think. Yes, they’re fantastic, but speculative fiction isn’t just about escape. With serious themes like diversity, tolerance, and controlling dark impulses; surprising, twisty plots; and unusually diverse casts of characters, book groups should not rule these novels out. They make for fun and involving reading and good discussions.

See you in Chicago!

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About the Author:

Neil Hollands is an Adult Services Librarian at Williamsburg Regional Library in Virginia, where he specializes in readers’ advisory and collection development. He is the author of Read On . . . Fantasy Fiction (2007) and Fellowship in a Ring: a Guide for Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Groups (2009).

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  1. chrissy517@gmail.com' Chrissy says:

    These sounds like some great books, I’m going to have to check them out as I recently finished Emma Gabor’s latest book called, “Predatoress: Hungarian Bride.”
    It’s a great read, from cover to cover. I have to admit, I was drawn into the cover, then to discover it was about a young woman striving to survive in a world that has radically changed for her.
    I’m on this vampirism genre rampage, any other good books out there anyone can suggest?

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