November 17, 2017

Gateways To Wonder

GATEWAYS TO WONDER An Introduction to Science Fiction   …science fiction “is the myth-making principle of human nature today.”                                                                                          Damon Knight Alan W. Ziebarth Chicago Public Library 2008 All Staff Institute Day   Pre-Twentieth Century And The Emergence of Science Fiction   Abbott, E. A. Flatland Bellamy, Edward Looking Backward Beresford, J. D. The […]

Murder & Margaritas: A report from LCC 15

By Andi Shechter At the 15th annual Left Coast Crime (LCC) convention, held February 24–27, 2005, in El Paso, TX, over 400 mystery writers and devoted readers gathered to discuss crime fiction (and imbibe margaritas!). Reflecting this year's Southwestern-flavored theme—"Is Something Mysterious Afoot on the Border?"—the international guest of honor was Mexican author Pacio Ignacio […]

Anatomy of a Mystery Convention

It was a dark and stormy night in 1999. In truth, it was a lull in a conference, and the idea for Mayhem in the Midlands was hatched by Ronald Heezen, then the Omaha Public Library (OPL) director, and Jennifer Kirchmann, manager of the library’s art and literature department. In a matter of minutes they […]

Genre Spotlight 2005 "Mystery": Mystery Goes Global

By Jeff Ayers International thrillers are back in style, and foreign mysteries migrate to our shores Genre purists may disagree with the trend, but walk into any mystery bookstore today and you will find side by side on the shelves: a hard-boiled detective story by Raymond Chandler, a traditional Miss Marple cozy by Agatha Christie, […]

Collection Development “Gay and Lesbian Studies”: Out of the Closet?

By Jim Van Buskirk Will & Grace, Ellen, and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Judging from current representations in the mainstream media, it would seem that gays and lesbians have been accepted finally by society at large. Yet as the recent uproar over Spongebob Squarepants and Postcards from Buster reveals, there remains severe social […]

SCI-FI 101

A focused study gives insight into what draws patrons to this flexible genre and what drives them away Don’t believe that only computer geeks read science fiction. Despite the stereotype of the average reader as a young male engineer, probably white, sci-fi readers are male and female, straight, gay, trans, young, and old. They span […]