RUSA will host three award-winning authors â€” Daniel J. Brown, Tessa Dare and V.E. Schwab –Â at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference program â€œLiterary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year, Â a conference tradition that features authors fromÂ RUSAâ€™sÂ literary adult book awards.
Each year expert readersâ€™ advisory librarians fromÂ RUSAâ€™sÂ 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 audio book 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.Â Review all ofÂ RUSAâ€™sÂ adult book awards at theÂ RUSAÂ website.
- Daniel J. Brown, author ofÂ 2014Â RUSAÂ Notable BookÂ The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin OlympicsÂ (Viking) which tells the story of Eight oarsman and their coxswain struggle to overcome the choppy waters and the hardships of the Great Depression in their pursuit of glory.
- Tessa Dare, author ofÂ Any Duchess Will DoÂ (Avon), the top pick forÂ 2014 The Reading Listâ€™sÂ Romance category. A humorous and cleverly told story about how a very desperate, for grandchildren, Duchess ofÂ HalfordÂ strikes a bargain with her only son,Â Griff: pick a womanâ€“any woman. If she can transform her sonâ€™s choice into duchess material, he must marry the girl.Â GriffÂ picks the least likely candidate in bluestocking barmaid Pauline, only to quickly realize he has no idea who he is dealing with.
- V.E. Schwab, author ofÂ ViciousÂ (Tor Books), the top pick for theÂ 2014 The Reading Listâ€™sÂ Fantasy category. Masterfully told, a friendly rivalry turns vicious when college friends Victor and Eli obtain super-human powers and use them for very different purposes. This dark paranormal fantasy, a riveting tale of vengeance and redemption, proves that extraordinary powers donâ€™t necessarily make superheroes.
The program will be held from 8-10 a.m. on Sunday, June 29, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, RoomÂ N258Â in conjunction with the 2014 ALA Annual Conference. Following the formal presentation, authors will be available for book signing.