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GENRES 2011: Mystery and Thriller Fiction

 Registration is open now!

GENRES 2011: Mystery & Thriller Fiction is a one-day training conference for librarians on collection development and programming for mystery and thriller fiction to be held on Friday, August 26, at Huntsville's Main Library downtown. The event will include break-out sessions, lunch, refreshments, door prizes, giveaways, and the opportunity to meet a mystery writer. Session topics will include adult, young adult, and children's mystery.

Keynote Speaker

Joyce Saricks, author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction

More info

  • Date: Friday, August 26, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Pre-registration cost: $35 (begins Monday, July 11, lunch included)
  • Registration will be online only; we will not be registering attendees at the door

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: An Introduction to the Genre

JOYCE SARICKS, Author of Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library andReaders’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction

Joyce Saricks will discuss the differences between mysteries, thrillers, and suspense; examples of major authors; subgenres; emerging trends; and collection development tools.


LUNCH SPEAKER: Keith Thomson, author of Once a Spy and Twice a Spy

Alabamaauthor, Keith Thomson will discuss his spy novels and life as an author. Thomson also writes for Garden & Gun, Portico and Birmingham Weekly. (



Adult Book Blast! with Joyce Saricks

Joyce will provide quick reviews of series and standalone titles by adult mystery, thriller and suspense writers.

Young Adult Book Blast!

Two fiction specialists from Barnes & Noble, Jones Valley, and Kelly Youmans, a school librarian, will provide quick reviews of series and standalone mysteries for young adult print, graphic novel, and manga.

Adult Programming: Go Beyond the Book Club

Discover new program and promotional ideas for your mystery and thriller fiction. Discussion will include new technologies, non-print media, and social media. Panelists: Abby Carpenter of Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, and Breneidra  Johnson and Ann Lee Phillips of Huntsville-Madison County Public Library.

Young Adult Programming: Capturing an Audience

Young Adult readers are tough to reach. Discover new tactics, programs and promotional ideas to capture the YA market. Panelists: Nicole Papa, Gadsden Public Library; Mandy Pinyan, Madison Public Library.

PR Basics for Busy Librarians

Three marketing professionals discuss ways to get your events noticed. Panelists: Erica Ortiz, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library; Becky Shores, Creative Director for WHNT; Lauren Martinson, Martinson Ink

Children’s Mystery Book Blast!

Two children’s fiction specialists from Barnes & Noble, Jones Valley, and Betty Pate, Youth Services Librarian for Bailey Cove Library will provide quick reviews of series and standalone titles by children’s mystery writers.


Questions about GENRES 2011?

Contact Mary Wallace Moore at or 256-532-5972.