Surround Yourself With Book Love at the Literary Tastes Breakfast

Advance Registration ends this Friday, May 13, for the
Literary Tastes Breakfast
Sunday, June 26, 8-10a.m.
Grand Ballroom, Royal Sonesta, 300 Bourbon St.

Buy your tickets now!

Celebrate the power and pleasure of reading at the premiere author event for adult readers hosted by RUSA–the Reference and User Services Association, a division of ALA. All fans of reading are invited to join in this celebration of the most recent selections for the Notable Books List, the Reading List and the Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish literature.

JOIN US. Register online now (login required).

Already have your ticket? Bring a friend to the breakfast table! Advance registration tickets start at $50 for RUSA members, ALA retired members and student members. Rates increase by $5 after advance registration closes on Friday, May 13. More information about the conference is available at Those not attending the conference are invited to purchase tickets for the breakfast only by selecting “Preconferences and Ticketed Events Only” as their registration type, then selecting the
Literary Tastes Breakfast from the event list.

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GUY GAVRIEL KAY, author of 2011 Reading List Fantasy winner “Under Heaven”
“Under Heaven” follows the story of Shen Tai who, haunted by the ghosts of fallen warriors, is forced into the political machinations of the Emperor’s court when he receives a rare and valuable gift. Lyrical language and complex characterization draw readers into this elaborately unfolding epic set in a fantasy world that richly re-imagines 8th century Tang Dynasty China.

JUDITH SHULEVITZ, author of the 2011 Sophie Brody Medal-winning title “The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time”
Shulevitz explores the long history of the Jewish and Christian day of rest, from its ancient origins to its complicated relationship with the modern world. Using ideas from nonreligious sources and drawing upon her personal experiences, Shulevitz weaves a tapestry of this shared day of nonwork that has built communities, sustained cultures, and connected us to the memory of our ancestors and to our better selves, while also arousing as much resentment as love.

NATHANIEL PHILBRICK, Pulitzer Prize finalist, New York Times bestselling author and author of 2011 Notable Book “The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of Little Bighorn”
“The Last Stand” presents a modern and authoritative version of a defining event in America’s past–the Battle of Little Bighorn–with the depth and nuance that readers have come to expect from Philbrick, a master historian and storyteller. Throughout “The Last Stand”, Philbrick evokes the history, geography, and haunting beauty of the Great Plains and sets a bold new context for an oft-told story in which iconic figures like General George Armstrong Custer, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse become very human with what Newsday calls “a winning combination of sure-handed pacing, gimlet-eyed pen-portraits and telling details amid the contextual big picture.”

DO YOU LOVE BOOKS? We do! Come join the fun. Each year RUSA member committees spend countless hours reading, discussing and deliberating newly-published titles and select the most outstanding works for our five literary awards. Become a member today, and you can participate in these selection committees, save money on
RUSA event registration fees, and take advantage of other member benefits! Learn more about RUSA membership.

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