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Event Name:Back to the Book XVIII: Narrative Nonfiction and Listener/Audiobook Advisory
Competency:Readers' Advisory
Description:One of NEO-RLS’s most popular programs, Back to the Book is in its 19th year.  This year 's Back to the Book will focus on narrative nonfiction and listener/audio advisory.  We will start the morning off with Bestselling Author William Hazelgrove.  

William Hazelgrove will cover his long journey as a writer, a career that has produced 10 novels and 5 works of nonfiction. From the bakeries on the West Side of Chicago to speaking in The Woodrow Wilson House in Washington for C span and American History Television, William will recount his tale of struggle and triumph that led him down the road to writing bestselling fiction and nonfiction. He will also cover the evolution of the publishing industry from traditional days to the social media driven publishing of today.

Following William’s author talk he will cover The New History Narrative NonfictionWilliam will talk about the evolution of writing history today in the new style called narrative nonfiction. He will describe how straight history no longer serves the needs of the reader and how the novelization of history has become what people want to read now. Using the techniques of fiction to write serious history allows the reader to participate in the narration of history in a way that was not possible before. In the year 2018 readers have many different forms of entertainment and the days of slogging through a thousand page history book have given way to the narrative style of telling a story that hooks the reader and keeps them engaged in the historical story. Narrative nonfiction is the hottest growing market and William Hazelgrove walks us through this new form of writing. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn what narrative nonfiction is
  • Learn why narrative nonfiction is popular
  • Learn about book selections and authors for narrative nonfiction
After lunch we will hear about "The Art of Audiobooks."  Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment of publishing, with unique qualities that require format-specific Listeners' Advisory skills. Mary Burkey, recipient of the Louis Shore Award for outstanding audiobook reviewing, will outline core collection resources, practical professional tools, and provide an audiobook lexicon to describe audio appeal factors. Burkey will analyze how to evaluate the specific qualities of audiobooks, emphasizing the need for culturally-authentic representations, as well as pointing to resources for locating reviews of audio.  Attendees will also learn about coming trends in audiobook publishing as well as audiobook listener demographics and genre preferences, providing justification for diverse audiobook collection development.  

Learning Objectives:
  • Hear about collection resources
  • Learn about practical professional tools
  • Learn how to evaluate specific qualities of audiobooks
  • Learn about current trends in audiobook publishing
We will end our day with Narrator, John Pruden.  He will share insights into what goes into being a narrator and you will have an opportunity to ask him questions.


William Hazelgrove is the National Bestselling author of ten novels and five nonfiction titles:  Ripples, Tobacco Sticks Mica Highways Rocket Man, The Pitcher, Real Santa, Jackpine, The Bad Author, My Best Year, The Pitcher 2, Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson, Forging A President: How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt and Al Capone and the Worlds Fair of 1933, and the forthcoming Wright Brothers Wrong Story. His books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly and Booklist, Book of the Month Selections, ALA Editor's Choice Awards, Junior Library Guild Selections, Literary Guild Selections, and sold to the movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications and has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered. The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, and USA Today have all covered his books with features. He runs a cultural blog, The View From Hemingway’s Attic. He lives in Chicago.

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees and currently serves as chair of the Audio Publishers Association's Audies Awards. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013).

John Pruden, Narrator, John has remotely narrated and directed 150+ produced by:  Audible, Blackstone, Brilliance, Deyan, Dreamscape, Harper-Collins, Highbridge, MacMillan, Reader's Digest, Tantor and others.
Event Date:10/25/2018
Event Time:9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern
Location:Hilton Garden Inn
8971 Wilcox Dr
Twinsburg, OH 44087

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Contact Person:Melissa Lattanzi
(phone: 330-655-0531)
Details:Who should attend:  Anyone interested in learning about narrative nonfiction and listener/audiobook advisory
Competency: Readers' Advisory

GEO Cost:      $160
Bronze Cost:  $120
Silver Cost:    $ 80
Gold Cost:     FREE

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