RA in a Day 2019 Program

 Out of the Shadows: Taking the "Scary" out of Horror Readers' Advisory


Time Topic
9:40- 9:45 Introduction and Welcome (RA Committee Chair)
9:45 - 10:30 Exploring the Dark Side: The What and Why of the Horror Genre
What is Horror, really? During this panel, learn about the genre from the ground up! Our panelists Amy Jane Vosper and James Grainger will help you make sense of who reads the genre and why. You may even find yourself turning to the dark side by picking up one of their recommended titles.
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 11:45 What's New on Horror Shelves, from A(liens) to Z(ombies)
Join the Dewey Divas and Dudes as they tell us about upcoming horror releases and dive into the cellar for noteworthy backlist titles.
11:45 - 1:00 Luncheon Event - The Speaker is Calling from Inside the House: A Discussion of Horror in Films and Pop Culture
Our lunch speaker this year is journalist, author and horror expert Alexandra West.  Alexandra has written about horror films for the Toronto Star, Rue Morgue Magazine and Offscreen Film Journal. In 2012, she co-founded the Faculty of Horror podcast, exploring the films’ analytical side. She lives in Toronto, Ontario. Her latest book, The 1990s Teen Horror Cycle: Final Girls and a New Hollywood Formula, examines 1990s horror films within the context of the era's youth subculture and politics, focusing on such films as Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), Scream (1996), I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), Idle Hands (1999) and Cherry Falls (2000). 
1:00 - 1:30 Tours
1:30 - 2:30 He's Heeeeeeere. A Conversation with Horror Author Nick Cutter
Part Lord of the Flies and part 28 Days Later, Nick Cutter's first horror novel, The Troop, received excellent reviews and scared readers everywhere. Join us for a conversation with Nick as we discuss inspirations for his works and find out what scares him most!

"The Troop scared the hell out of me, and I couldn't put it down. This is old-school horror at its best." - Stephen King
2:30 - 3:15 Get Out: Interactive Learning with Escape Boxes
Can you crack the code? Take some time with your tablemates to enjoy some entertaining and interactive Escape Boxes provided by Brampton Library! These escape boxes provide a 15-30 minute activity where players can search for hidden clues, solve puzzles and try to unlock the code. Do you have what it takes to escape?
3:15 - 4:00 Sonic Scares: Engage Your Community with True Crime Podcasts
Wondering how you can program for the Horror genre in your library? Take a stab at hosting a true crime podcast program! In this session, participants will learn how to run catchy podcast programming from Toronto Public Library staff member Reagan Kapasi. Learn the format, technology requirements, and benefits of podcast programming. Participants will benefit from recommended listening guides from TPL's "Talk About Podcasts" and have an opportunity to Ask A Podcast Expert during the break!
4:00 Final Comments and Door Prizes

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