A message from author JG Faherty on the Horror Writer Association’s Facebook page Sept. 21:

The Horror Writers Association is proud to announce we have entered into a partnership with the United for Libraries’ (part of the American Library Association) as part of the Authors for Libraries program. This is an unprecedented opportunity for the HWA to expand its Literacy/Library programming. What does it mean for membership? A lot.

Over the next several months, every dues paying member of the HWA will be enrolled in the United for Libraries database, hwalogosmallsquarewhich is used by libraries nationwide when they are looking for writers to do presentations, readings, or instructional classes. Libraries will be able to search by location and will also have the capability to contact writers outside their geographic area for Skype or other multi-media presentations. There is normally a $49 annual fee for any writer who joins the Authors for Libraries program, but enrollment is now a perk of being an HWA member.

In addition, throughout 2016 our Administrator, Brad Hodson, and the Library Committee will be working with United for Libraries to not only merge our databases but also post author profiles and book covers on the UfL webpage, share information about conferences, special events, literacy programs, and reading lists, while joining together to increase the visibility and funding of library programs and the special place horror has when it comes to getting people to read.

“This partnership isn’t just an exciting opportunity for HWA and its members, it’s also a major leap forward for the entire organization,” said HWA President Lisa Morton. “For years, HWA has engaged in library outreach and urged members to work more with their local libraries, so this is a perfect way to realize those goals. We look forward to working more closely with libraries to expand public awareness of, and appreciation for, horror literature.”

The HWA will also be participating in a special Horror panel at the 2016 American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Finally, this will enable greater reach for the recommended reading list and new releases list that are located on the HWA website.

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Shimanchu-American and award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years of experience as a professional writer in nonfiction. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), producer of the Exercise Your Writes YouTube podcast, two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020, find her at angelaysmith.com.

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