RUSA readers advisory experts compile readalikes for this year’s Andrew Carnegie Medals shortlist finalists
We’ve got one more week until the nation’s librarians head to Las Vegas to learn, network and celebrate their passion for reading at the ALA Annual Conference. This year marks the third annual announcement of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, recognizing the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year.
We want you to share our excitement for these outstanding nonfiction contenders on the shortlist! Readers are invited to Tweet a shelfie (self + shelf = shelfie) with one of the nonfiction shortlist titles (pictured above) with the hashtag #ala_carnegie, and your name will be entered in a drawing to receive two tickets to the award ceremony in Las Vegas! Contest is open from 9 a.m., Tuesday, June 17 until noon , Friday, June 20, 2014 (CDT).
Be sure to track the #ala_carnegie hashtag to keep up with current announcements about this year’s awards!
The award ceremony, held on Saturday, June 28 at 8 p.m. at Caesars Palace, will feature selection committee chair Nancy Pearl, award-winning author Karin Slaughter and the 2014 winners. The program is followed by dessert, drinks, and a raffle for the six shortlisted titles.
The shortlist nonfiction titles are:
See you in Vegas, readers!
And The 2014 Finalists Are . . . A Drum Roll Please . . .
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
Published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
In the wake of his nefarious father’s abandonment, Theo, a smart,13-year-old Manhattanite, is extremely close to his vivacious mother—until an act of terrorism catapults him into a dizzying world bereft of gravity, certainty, or love. Tartt writes from Theo’s point of view with fierce exactitude and magnetic emotion. More information about the author/book. Read the Booklist review.
Claire of the Sea Light, by Edwidge Danticat
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.
In interlocking stories moving back and forth in time, Danticat weaves a beautifully rendered portrait of longing in the small fishing town of Ville Rose in Haiti. The stories flow seamlessly one into another and are distinguished by Danticat’s luminous prose. More information about the author/book. Read the Booklist review.
Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.
To the women in the hair-braiding salon, Ifemelu seems to have everything a Nigerian immigrant in America could desire, but the culture shock, hardships, and racism she’s endured have left her feeling like she has “cement in her
soul.” Americanah is a courageous novel of independence, integrity, community, and love.
More information about the author/book, a Reader’s Guide and an author Q&A. Read the Booklist review.
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, by Doris Kearns Goodwin, published by Simon & Schuster.
This masterful study examines the complex relationship between two presidents, Roosevelt and Taft, who played major roles in the Progressive movement of the early twentieth century. Acclaimed historian Goodwin offers a superb re-creation of a period when many politicians, journalists, and citizens of differing political affiliations viewed government as a force for public good. More information about the author/book. Read the Booklist review.
On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand Year History, by Nicholas A. Basbanes, published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.
Combining crisp technical explanations with vivid historical and contemporary profiles, Basbanes unfolds the two-thousand-year story of paper, revealing in the process that paper is nothing less than an embodiment of humanity.
More information about the author/book Read the Booklist review.
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, by Sheri Fink, published by Crown Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group,a division of Random House, Inc.
As the floodwaters rose after Hurricane Katrina, patients, staff, and families who sheltered in New Orleans’ Memorial Hospital faced a crisis far worse than the storm itself. Fink’s breathtaking account of the storm and what happened at
Memorial offers a fascinating look at how people behave in times of crisis. More information about the author/book. Read the Booklist review.
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About the Awards
These awards were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year, and are ALA’s first single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction. The finalists and eventual winners reflect the expert judgment and insight of the seven-member selection committee of library professionals who work closely with adult readers.
The awards are co-sponsored by Booklist and RUSA (Reference and User Services Association,) who provide the longlists of selected titles from the previous year’s RUSA CODES Notable Books and Booklist’s Editors’ Choice. The awards are funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York in recognition of Andrew Carnegie’s deep belief in the power of books and learning to change the world.
RUSA’s ALA Annual Conference Highlights:
Preconference advanced registration ends June 20th!
This full-day workshop will address common information needs of entrepreneurs, including locating information about their market, industry, competitors and customers for both “Main Street” and technology start-ups, and which free or premium resources to use.
This all-day preconference addresses issues of importance to library staff and administration when serving or partnering with genealogical patrons, volunteer, scholars, or educators. Read more
This preconference is a free event, but you must register, please fill out the form here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7HHNDJP.
Learn why people do not ask for what they really want, find out about the psychological barriers to asking for help, and discover how to work with your users so that they are willing to come back again with future questions. Read more Add to my schedule
Whether you’re new to RUSA or a longtime member looking for an opportunity to connect with other members and ways to get involved and spend an hour with us before heading off to the opening of the exhibit floor. Refreshments and raffle prizes!
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RUSA President’s Program – Free to all conference registrants
Are our own values and self-perceptions interfering with providing services that our patron communities both need and want?
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Noteworthy and Valuable RUSA Programming – Free to all conference registrants
Maker spaces and 3D printers are hip and libraries are using them to ensure that they remain relevant and are perceived as keeping up with the latest trends. One of the trends that has not received much attention, however, is the fact that books are still our brand and reading is the main reason citizens view the library as valuable and continue to support it. Read more. Add to my schedule.
Emerging technologies in ILL and Document Delivery now permit an unprecedented amount of scripting and coding development in libraries, but as resource sharing librarians we’ve only taken advantage of this opportunity in isolated pockets. Read more Add to my schedule
A wide array of new instructional technologies has joined an increased understanding of the diversity of learning styles to foment new forms of teaching and information sharing. Data visualization is increasingly used in higher education and libraries to organize information, or provide new and innovative ways of disseminating data and learning objective. Read more Add to my schedule
The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel.Read more Add to my schedule
The Nevada Test Site Oral History Project, developed at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Library, is a project dedicated to those ‘affiliated with and affected by’ the ‘nuclear proving ground’ in Nevada. Read more Add to my schedule
Mad Men: The Business of Advertising
Many companies spend millions on advertising their brands and products, yet data can be hard to find. Specialized sources, available at many large libraries, focus on these statistics. The information they contain can be used by business students, researchers, or the general public. Read more Add to my schedule
Labor Solidarity in a “Right-to-Work” State
The rich labor history of Las Vegas will serve as the setting to understand the impact “right-to-work” laws have on the workforce.
Awards, Authors, Adult Literature & Appreciation!
RUSA Awards Reception and Volunteer Appreciation Party, Hang out with RUSA colleagues and celebrate this year’s award winners at the RUSA Reception and Volunteer Appreciation Party.
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Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year, RUSA will host three award-winning authors — Christopher Buehlman, Daniel J. Brown, Tessa Dare and V.E. Schwab – A conference tradition that features authors from RUSA’s literary awards. Read more Free to all conference registrants! Add to my conference schedule #literarytastes