Fantasy Authors: A Research Guide

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6.1 X 9.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Jen Stevens is the Humanities Liaison Librarian at George Mason University. She holds an MA in English and an MLIS. She previously published The Undergraduate's Companion to Children's Writers and Their Web Sites (Libraries Unlimited).

Dorothea Salo is the Digital Repository Services Librarian at George Mason University. She holds an MA in Spanish literature and linguistics and an MLIS.

"Although there are a number of readers'-advisory guides for fantasy, this one, part of the new Author Research Guides series, combines elements of readers' advisory and research tools....The details are what make this book. Each biographical sketch ends with a quote from the author; the research sources include interviews; and the Web sites include official author and estate sites. More than 20 author entries also have read-alike lists to provide readers with suggestions for similar authors." --Booklist

"The guide's strength is the listing of research resources for each author, including academic journal articles, books, handbook entries, interviews, and Web sites. There are hints for researching authors plus lists of handbooks, databases, magazines, fantasy conventions, and awards." --VOYA

"[O]ffers students, researchers, readers' advisors, and fantasy fans a practical starting point for researching and discovering new and popular writers of the genre. It includes entries for nearly 100 leading contemporary authors, a listing of print and online sources, and Web sites for obtaining authoritative information." --Library Media Connection

"This worthy resource succinctly discusses the timeline, history, types of fantastical fiction, and effective research tips... This resource successfully becomes not just a resource itself, but the reference tool for where to go to for further information. Recommended." --Library Media Connection

"Includes a discussion of the fantasy genre, a timeline of fantasy writing, and research resources on about one hundred prominent contemporary fantasy authors. A useful resource for building knowledge of the fantasy genre.'" --Reference & User Services Quarterly

"Intended for both adult and young adult readers, including fantasy fans, students, teachers, librarians, and book club leaders, this volume combines the features of a readers' advisory, a concise bio-bibliographical guide, and a bibliography of sources for school research." --ARBAonline

"This is a handy guide to a hundred authors in the fantasy field. . ." --Fantasy & Science Fiction

"The book is well-researched and well-organized. As experienced college librarians, Stevens and Salo have obviously spent thousands of hours conducting research, searching, and gathering information from numerous sources to make this book a fine research guide for fantasy authors. Recommended for school, public, and college libraries." --Public Libraries