HWA Library Partnership Committee

curtis_500As part of our ongoing commitment to promoting literacy, horror, and our members, the Horror Writers Association (HWA) has established a formal HWA Library Partnership Committee, which will focus on developing new readers in all age groups for the horror genre as well as working with libraries and library associations to support various literacy-related programs.

The new committee will be chaired by JG Faherty, who has been serving as Library Liaison for the past few months while the committee was formalized. JG is proud to announce that the first two committee members, Hillary Dodge and Delia Remington, have signed on. Hillary formerly served as the HWA’s Library Liaison and is the Head of Youth Services, Clearview Library District, in Greeley, Colorado. Delia is a Librarian hailing from Fayette, Missouri.

During the next 12 months, the Library Partnership Committee will be working with the Board, the YA Horror Page team, individual authors, the American Library Association, libraries, and other organizations to identify and initiate new programs that will benefit readers, libraries, and the HWA’s members. Some of the ideas under investigation include:

  • Bringing regional chapters and libraries together for mutually beneficial activities such as using libraries for meeting places, putting on group reading presentations/signings, and participating in holiday-themed events.
  • Expanding the HWA’s presence at different library organization and literacy organization events, including conferences, regional meetings, and book fairs.
  • Establishing a program of virtual presentations, using Skype or alternate technologies, so that writers in one area of the country can partner with libraries nationwide on special events.
  • Continuing to find resources the HWA and libraries can share, such as reading lists and event calendars.

The Horror Writers Association is a worldwide organization promoting dark literature and its creators. It has nearly 1000 members who write, edit and publish professionally in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, games, films, comics, and other media. The HWA is also responsible for the iconic Bram Stoker Awards® for Superior Achievement in horror literature. For more information about the HWA or the Bram Stoker Awards, please visit www.horror.org.

Individuals with questions or ideas are welcome to contact JG Faherty at libraries@horror.org.

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