Do you have a go-to strategy for helping readers with True Crime? Whether your readers are fans of salacious, ripped-from-the-tabloids scandals or dramatic capers with nary a murder in sight, let NoveList and LibraryReads break down the best True Crime has to offer your readers.
Join as they cover:
- Why readers choose True Crime
- History of the True Crime genre
- Classics, new titles/authors to watch, and trends to know
- Subgenres and crossovers
- NoveList insider information on genre headings, themes, appeal terms, and more
Kate Fais is the Senior Young Adult Librarian for the Bloomingdale Library, a branch of the New York Public Library (NYPL). A voracious reader from an early age, her mother inadvertently started Kate down the path to True Crime by giving her Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie novels. Eventually, she happily discovered the 364.1523s, and the rest is history. In 2021, Kate also co-chaired NYPL’s first-ever Best Romance committee, so it has been pretty weird in her head with the happily ever afters and serial killers. When not watching Forensic Files (or listening to any of her various True Crime podcasts) with her four parakeets, she enjoys knitting, Scottish Country Dancing, and learning as much as she can about eels.
Yaika Sabat is Senior Readers' Advisory Librarian at NoveList. Yaika comes from a background in public libraries and now works on editorial content as part of the Book Discovery team. She is passionate about graphic novels and diverse representation in books and media. Proudly nerdy, Yaika is a Potterhead, Whovian, movie lover, and a folklore, myth, and urban legend addict. Yaika has two adorable cats who keep life interesting and loves animals. She enjoys reading a wide variety of books, but her favorites are graphic novels, horror, magical realism, and short stories. In her free time, you’ll find her reading, listening to podcasts, writing, and watching movies.
Susen Shi is a Young Adult Librarian at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (NYPL). She is a huge advocate for teen voices in all aspects of life. Susen believes in empathy-led interactions in libraries and conversations. When she is in a cozy chair, Susen enjoys reading all True Crime and mysteries, preferably with a cup of tea.
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 2022 committee chair for the ALA Reading List Council.
Jen Heuer Scott is a NoveList Consultant. She is currently reading Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour.