NEWS: RUSA Literary Tastes: Celebrate your love of reading with author program featuring Peter Heller, Jonathan Tropper and other award-winning authors
CHICAGO–Four award-winning authors will be featured at the Reference and User Services Associationâ€™s (RUSA) 2013 ALA Annual Conference program â€œLiterary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Yearâ€: Peter Heller, Jonathan Tropper, Matti Friedman and Lindsay Faye.
Each year expert readersâ€™ advisory librarians from RUSAâ€™s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) spend hundreds of hours reading and reviewing books written for adults to identify the most outstanding writing published in the areas of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, genre fiction, Jewish literature and audiobook narration. â€œLiterary Tastesâ€ is an opportunity to hear from noteworthy authors whose books are among their annual selections and also celebrate the art and craft of writing with fellow book lovers. Review all of RUSAâ€™s adult book awards at the RUSA website.
The program will be held Sunday, June 30, 8:00am-10:00am at McCormick Place Convention Center in conjunction with the 2013 ALA Annual Conference. Following the formal presentation, authors will be available for book signing. Access the event listing in the ALA Conference Scheduler.
This yearâ€™s presenting authors are:
Peter Heller, author of 2013 RUSA Notable Book â€œThe Dog Starsâ€ (Knopf), which tells the story of a man, his dog, his airplane and a will to survive in post-apocalyptic Colorado. Library Journal gave â€œThe Dog Starsâ€ a starred review, calling it â€œa stunning debut novel. In spare, poetic prose, [Heller] portrays a soaring spirit of hope that triumphs over heartbreak, trauma, and insurmountable struggles. A timely must-read.â€
Jonathan Tropper, author of 2013 RUSA Notable Book â€œOne Last Thing Before I Goâ€ (Dutton), which also received a starred review from Library Journal, describing it as â€[e]minently quotable, hilariously funny, and emotionally draining.â€ Tropper keeps the reader on the edge of their seats, wondering, â€œCan Drew Silver fix his messy, disastrous life and relationships before the clock runs out?â€
Matti Friedman, author of â€œThe Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bibleâ€ (Algonquin), which won the 2013 Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish literature. â€œThe Aleppo Codexâ€ is a beautifully written and compelling work that illuminates a remarkable range of Jewish themes: the Diaspora, the State of Israel, the survival of original Jewish texts, and the fate of the Jews in the Arab world.
Lyndsay Faye, author of â€œThe Gods of Gothamâ€ (Putnam), the top pick for The Reading Listâ€™s Mystery category in 2013. In this tale of fiction crafted within the historical context of 1840s New York City, the discovery of a mass grave of child prostitutes spurs â€œcopper starâ€ Timothy Wilde to hunt a killer through the underbelly of the city. Colorful period slang enlivens this carefully researched story about the dawn of modern policing.
Start your conference Sunday with the Literary Tastes program and finish with the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Reception, where RUSA, in partnership with Booklist, will announce the 2013 winners of these prestigious awards. Purchase tickets for the reception at the ALA Annual Conference website.
The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readersâ€™ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. Â Not a member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, preconferences and other events? Join, renew or add RUSA to your ALA membership at www.ala.org/membership. Learn more about the association at www.ala.org/rusa.