Do you have a go-to strategy for helping readers with Narrative Nonfiction? Narrative Nonfiction is a large category of books, and if you don’t read nonfiction widely, it can be hard to know where to start. A juicy biography? A detailed piece of science writing? Something funny? NoveList and LibraryReads will break down the wide variety of Narrative Nonfiction, why readers love it, and how to help both seasoned nonfiction and new nonfiction readers alike find the next book they will be talking about with family and friends.  

Join as they cover:  

  • Why readers choose Narrative Nonfiction 
  • Classics, new titles/authors to watch, and trends to know    
  • NoveList insider information on genre headings, appeal terms, and more 
  • How to help readers  
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In between working in public libraries, Belinda Blue also worked in academic, corporate, and school libraries in New York City, South Carolina, and Virginia. She reads mostly nonfiction; however, she will read fiction that deals with race and other social issues. When she's not running a branch, she plays the cello – sometimes at library storytimes! 

Before working as the Director of Sales and Marketing for NoveList, Jennifer Lohmann was the manager of a reference department at a library in Durham, North Carolina where she ran too many book clubs and especially loved the meetings where the clubs discussed nonfiction. She loves popular math books (totally a thing!) and nonfiction that explores wider cultural forces through the story of one person’s life. For about two years, she recommended The Black Count by Tom Reiss to everyone she met, including random people at the grocery store. In fact, she recommends it to you. 

Moderator Halle Eisenman leads the Content Team which oversees the creation of the lists, articles, NextReads newsletters, and read-alike recommendations. Prior to working at NoveList, she spent a dozen years working for a public library system in a variety of roles, but no matter what her job title, her favorite part of any day was suggesting books to patrons. When not at work, Halle can often be found walking her dogs (they get lots of exercise when she’s listening to a particularly riveting audiobook), binge-watching TV shows aimed at teenagers, baking, or sitting on her back porch with a book. She is currently serving as committee chair for the 2022 ALA Reading List Council. 

Jen Heuer Scott is the Marketing Specialist at NoveList. She is currently reading Broken (in the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson.