Wondering what to buy for the book lover in your life this holiday season? Let the readersâ€™ advisory and collection development librarians from the Reference and User Services Association help you with your shopping list.
Each year these experts hand-pick winners for a variety of adult reading awards sponsored by RUSA, a division of ALA, and thereâ€™s something for every adult reader among the 2012 winners.
- The Notable Books List
25 outstanding and noteworthy fiction, non-fiction and poetry titles. 2012 winners include Michael Ondaatjeâ€™s â€œThe Catâ€™s Tableâ€, â€œMalcolm X: A Life of Reinventionâ€ by Manning Marable and â€œBeauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disabilityâ€ by Bartlett, Black and Northen. Check out all past winners.
- The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction
The inaugural medals were presented in 2012 to Anne Enright for â€œThe Forgotten Waltzâ€ and to Robert Massie for â€œCatherine the Greatâ€. Learn more about this prestigious award, whose shortlist is compiled from the Notable Books List and the Booklist Editorsâ€™ Choice list. Save the date! The 2013 medals will be presented on the evening of Sunday, June 30, 2013 in Chicago at the ALA Annual Conference. Registration opens Jan. 7.
- The Reading List
Browse the list for top-notch reads in adrenaline, fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction and womenâ€™s fiction, including a winner and shortlist for each genre, plus readalikes. 2012 winners include â€œThe Night Circusâ€ by Erin Morgenstern, â€œDocâ€ by Mary Doria Russell, â€œThe Ridgeâ€ by Michael Koryta and â€œThe Language of Flowersâ€ by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Review all of the Listâ€™s selections.
- The Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration
First presented in 2012, this list highlights exception audiobook selections. â€œBossypantsâ€, written and narrated by Tina Fey, â€œLife Itself: A Memoirâ€, written by Roger Ebert and narrated by Edward Herrmann, and â€œA Tale of Two Citiesâ€, written by Charles Dickens and narrated by Simon Prebble, were all selections for last yearâ€™s list. Browse the list.
- The Sophie Brody Medal
The medal is presented annually to a work of Jewish literature that expands the readerâ€™s understanding of the Jewish experience and/or explores Jewish characters, themes, settings or philosophies through a literary context. Recent winners and honor books include â€œSacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Genizaâ€, â€œMetaMausâ€, â€œThe Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Timeâ€ and â€œSongs for the Butcherâ€™s Daughterâ€. Take a peek at all of the previously honored titles.
The 2013 winners will be announced at RUSAâ€™s upcoming Midwinter Book and Media Awards Reception–please join us for this fun and exciting party on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 5-6:30pm in the Municipal Room of the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, 515 Madison St., Seattle. All Midwinter attendees are invited! Track the announcements on Twitter with the hashtag #literarytastes.
If youâ€™re already registered for Midwinter, add the reception to your schedule.
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