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Got To Be Read: Reader's Advisory for African American Fiction


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GOT TO BE READ: Reader’s Advisory for African American Fiction

It's one of the fastest growing and most popular areas of fiction: works
by African American writers. From urban literature to faith-based
stories to romance to mystery to science fiction and fantasy, there's
something for everyone. How can we help customers make selections that
suit their tastes and that they'll enjoy? Presenters will discuss all
these genres and the authors and books of note in them. They will share
the latest in related print resources, websites, blogs, and databases
for reader's advisory and collection development. (60 minutes)

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Got To Be Read: Reader's Advisory for African American Fiction

  1. 1. Got to Be Read<br />Reader’s Advisory for <br />African-American Fiction<br />Presented by Yolanda Johnson and Sylvia Coker<br />
  2. 2. What you can expect to learn<br />introduction to African American fiction and its genres<br />overview of prominent authors and well-known books among the genres<br />information about websites, blogs and publications to aid you in purchasing and learning more about African American fiction<br />
  3. 3. Historical & Resource Overview<br />
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  5. 5. Forgotten Readers<br />Frederick Douglass<br />Tennessee<br />Freedman’s Bureau<br />New England School Teachers<br />Reading Societies<br />Slavery<br />Pre-Civil War<br />Early 19th & 20th centuries<br />
  6. 6. Progressive Years<br />1970-2000<br />African American Women<br />Fiction gives voice<br />Deeply rooted in history/further propels causes<br />(Abolitionist Movement, Reconstruction, Harlem Renaissance, Great Depression Era, Civil Rights Movement, Black Arts Movement)<br />New Black Aesthetic<br />
  7. 7. What is the Quickest Way to Learn More about AA Fiction and Integrate it into my Collection?<br />Talk to your Patrons!<br />
  8. 8. Current Publications<br />
  9. 9. Reputable Resources<br />
  10. 10. Reliable Websites<br />
  11. 11. Science Fiction<br />“Step into the dark side”<br />
  12. 12. Overview<br />Definitions<br />Childhood’s End/Jan Rodricks<br />Beanie and Bonnie<br />Jewels of Aptor<br />Television Characters<br />1953<br />1962<br />1966<br />1986<br />
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  14. 14. Website Spotlite<br />www.vampire-huntress.com<br />
  15. 15. Mystery<br />“Something strange is lurking in our mist”<br />
  16. 16. Overview<br />Early 20th Century<br />Chester Himes<br />Coffin Ed Johnson & Grave Digger Jones<br />Walter Mosley<br />Easy Rawlins<br />Stephen Carter<br />Popularity & Variety<br />1900’s<br />1970<br />1965<br />1990<br />1995<br />Present<br />
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  18. 18. Romance<br />“Always and Forever”<br />
  19. 19. Romance Fun Fact<br />35 to 40% of African American romance titles share the titles or lyrics of Old School [and contemporary] R&B Songs.<br />
  20. 20. Why is African American Romance Needed?<br />Purchasing power<br />In recent past, African Americans readers fastest growing segment<br />Positive image appeal<br />
  21. 21. Overview<br />Frank Yerby/Curse of the Caste<br />Pulp Magazines<br />Entwined Destinies<br />Adam and Eva<br />Vivian Stephens<br />Kensington Publishing/Arabesque<br />Dominated by Women<br />Crosses Genres<br />1865<br />1971<br />1980<br />1985<br />1994<br />
  22. 22. Beverly Jenkins<br />
  23. 23. Brenda Jackson (Streater)<br /><br />
  24. 24. Niobia Bryant (Meesha Mink)<br />
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  26. 26. Website Spotlite<br />
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  28. 28. Urban Fiction<br />“Code of the Streets”<br />
  29. 29. Urban Fiction Defined<br />Several aliases<br />San Francisco Chronicle Quote<br />
  30. 30. Characteristics<br />Large urban settings<br />“Rated R”<br />Gritty subject matter<br />Brand name references<br />Female characters<br />Drug Dealers<br />Art imitates life<br />Readership<br />
  31. 31. Origins<br />Coldest Winter Ever<br />Cultural Shift<br />Iceberg Slim<br />Donald Goines<br />Heavy Influence<br />Early 60s & 70s<br />1969<br />1971<br />1999<br />
  32. 32. Sub-Categories<br />Strictly Urban<br />Urban Erotica<br />Baby Urban<br />Bourgeoisie/ “Bougie” Urban<br />
  33. 33. Publishing & Criticism<br />Self-Publishing<br />Imprints<br />Has become major business<br />Those for vs. those against genre<br />
  34. 34. Website Spotlite<br />
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  36. 36. Christian Fiction<br />“Looking toward <br />higher ground”<br />
  37. 37. Overview<br />Faith omnipresent in African American lives<br />Taking over as fastest growing genre<br />Emerged in 1997<br />Walk Worthy Press/Denise Stinson<br />
  38. 38. Characteristics<br />Rated “PG”<br />Biblically based/Religious-themed infusions<br />Appeals to mainstream readers<br />Transcends genres<br />
  39. 39. Issues in Christian Fiction<br />Christian Books Association<br />Conflict between mission and message<br />
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  41. 41. In Conclusion…<br />
  42. 42. Fin<br />Any Questions???<br />Please remember to fill out evaluation form!<br />Email us!<br /><br />