HWA Librarians' Day 2020

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The Horror Writers Association and ARRT present the 4th Annual HWA Librarians' Day!

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The Horror Writers Association and ARRT present the 4th Annual HWA Librarians' Day, a FREE virtual continuing education event featuring authors, reviewers, publishers, and librarians from all over the country. Whether you are a fan of horror or find it petrifying, all library workers will learn about matching books with readers.

Sponsored by: NoveList, Library Reads, and Flame Tree Press

Featuring the following panels:

The Scary Truth About Horror Reviews (Sponsored by Cemetery Dance) - Featuring New York Times Book Review Horror Columnist Danielle Trussoni, Booklist and Library Journal Horror Reviewer Becky Spratford, and Cemetery Dance reviewer and owner of Night Worms Sadie Hartmann. Moderated by Ashley Rayner from the Chicago Public Library

Horror and Libraries: A Not So Scary Partnership - Featuring Gillian Cargile-King from Northern Illinois University, Konrad Stump from Springfield-Greene [MO] County Library, Cathleen Keyser from Novelist and Gregg Winsor from Library Reads. Moderated by Lila Denning from the St. Petersburg [FL] Public Library

Summer Scares 2020: How to Feature Horror for All Ages at Your Library - Featuring members of the Summer Scares Committee and the announcement of the 2021 Summer Scares Spokesperson

The State of Horror Today: A Conversation – Featuring authors Daniel Kraus, Stephen Graham Jones, and Cina Pelayo. Moderated by Becky Spratford

Meet Flame Tree Press - Featuring editor Don D'Auria and Flame Tree Press authors John Everson, J.G. Faherty, J.H. Moncrieff, Melissa Prusi and Steven Hopstaken. Moderated by Emily Vinci of the Schaumburg Public Library

Breathing New Life into Horror Classics - A lively conversation with the co- editors of Poisoned Pen Press’s Haunted Library of Horror Classics series Les Klinger and Eric Guignard, former HWA President Lisa Morton and Los Angeles Public Library librarian Daryl Maxwell about the behind the scenes creation of the series and the use of horror titles in library book clubs and programming. Thank you to Sourcebooks for organizing and sponsoring this panel!

All panels will be taped ahead of time and released on November 1st to the public. Throughout the month of November, Adult Reading Round Table will be moderating an asynchronous Q&A. Registered attendees will be provided with an email address to pose their questions to the panelists. Questions and their answers will be posted for attendees to access.

Registration will also provide you with access to exclusive deals and offers from our sponsors.

If you have any questions, email Becky Spratford at or Karen Toonen at

Although signup for Librarians' Day is free, we are using this opportunity to launch an HWA Diversity Grant that was established with funds from the library community. If you would like to donate to this new diversity grant, please click HERE.

More information about this new Diversity Grant can be found below:

The HWA is pleased to announce a new aspect to our scholarship program: the Diversity Grants.

The Diversity Grants will be open to underrepresented, diverse people who have an interest in the horror writing genre, including, but not limited to writers, editors, reviewers, and library workers. Like the Diverse Works Inclusion Committee, the Diversity Grants have adopted the broadest definition of the word diversity to include, but not limited to, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disabled, and neurodiverse.

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) believes barriers—often unseen but very real—exist which limit the amount of horror fiction being published by diverse voices. The goal of these Grants is to help remove some of the barriers and let those voices be heard.

This (2020) is the first year each Grant is offered, and four (4) will be awarded. The number of grants awarded in the future is subject to the amount of funds raised.

Thanks to the generosity of NoveList, LibraryReads, ARRT Reads, and RA for All, each 2020 Grant is worth $500 and may be spent on approved expenses for a period of two (2) years following the awarding of the Grant.

A sub-committee of the HWA Board—consisting of four (4) HWA member volunteers and chaired by a HWA Board member—will collect the applicants’ information, verify it, and choose the winners.

The application window will run from September 1, 2020 to December 1, 2020. Winners will be chosen on or about January 4, 2021.

Membership in the HWA is not a requirement for application.

For more information, please click HERE.

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