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Fiction_L was created by the Reader's Service staff of the Morton Grove Public Library in December 1995. It is an electronic mailing list devoted to reader's advisory topics such as book discussions, booktalks, collection development issues, booklists and bibliographies, and a wide variety of other topics of interest to librarians, book discussion leaders, and others with an interest in reader's advisory. Fiction_L was developed for and by librarians dealing with fiction collections and requests, but fiction lovers worldwide are welcome to join the discussion.


ARCHIVES (1996-2016)

The Fiction_L archives contain all topics discussed on the list from its first message in December 1995 up through messages posted on June 14, 2016.

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BOOKLISTS (1996-2016)

Many discussion topics on Fiction_L resulted in compilations of books on a particular theme, authors with similar styles, etc. Those are available here:

  • Genre: books of a particular literary type, such as mystery, horror, romance, etc.

  • Character: books with a particular type of character, such as little old lady sleuths, gardeners, single women, etc.

  • Setting: books set in particular times or places, such as prehistoric novels, medieval mysteries, books about Vietnam, frontier novels, etc., -- the location of a story's actions, along with the time in which the actions occur.

  • Subject: the topic or thing described, or style written in, such as hiking and backpacking fiction, humorous novels, and interracial romance, etc.

  • Author: lists of regional, ethnic, culture-inspired authors, etc., and read-alikes for a specific author, such as Latina or New England authors and Rosamunde Pilcher read-alikes.

  • Audience: books aimed at a particular audience, such as book club members, teens, seniors, etc.

  • "Best of": lists of best titles of a particular year, best older books, etc.

  • Miscellaneous: booklists not falling into any of the other categories.



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