#TreatYourShelf this Holiday Season!


Making your ‘To Be Read’ list? Checking it twice? #TreatYourShelf (or others) this holiday season with titles from RUSA’s award lists selected and reviewed by our expert librarians.

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. A longlist comprised of no more than 50 titles is released in September. Six finalists (shortlist), three fiction and three nonfiction, are announced in October, pictured above.

Notable Books List selected by the Notable Books Council, is a list of 25 very good, very readable and at times, very important fiction, nonfiction and poetry books for adult readers.

The Reading List  seeks to highlight outstanding genre fiction from each of the current eight different categories including adrenaline, fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction and women’s fiction.

The Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration, seeks to highlight outstanding audiobook titles that merit special attention and includes twelve titles including fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays.

The Sophie Brody Award is given to encourage, recognize and commend outstanding achievement in Jewish literature. In the context of this award, Jewish literature is defined as fiction, nonfiction or poetry that has as its central purpose the exploration of the Jewish experience.






Show us your #shelfie for a chance to win tickets to the Andrew Carnegie Medal ceremony in Vegas!

Seasons readings!

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:

  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism,” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, published by Simon & Schuster.

    *One entry per person.

    *Winners will receive two complimentary tickets to the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Announcement at ALA Annual Conference; travel to Las Vegas, conference registration fees and any other expenses are not included.

    *Employees of the American Library Association and their families are ineligible.

    Ticket information is available on the ALA Annual Conference website.

    Unable to attend? Follow the hashtag #ala_carnegie to hear which books win!

    Ways to stay in touch and get updates and ongoing information include the Annual Conference website; Twitter @alaannual and #alaac14; Facebook; Pinterest; Google +; and Tumblr

See you in Vegas, readers!