2013 Notable Books, Reading List, Outstanding Reference Sources and other adult book awards will be unveiled at Midwinter

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/15/2013


Elizabeth Markel

Marketing and Programs Manager


(312) 280-4398


CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will unveil the winners of its annual adult reading and reference awards on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, including the Notable Books List for fiction, nonfiction and poetry, the Reading List for top genre fiction, the Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration, the Outstanding Reference Sources List and several other prestigious literary awards.

Each year the expert readers’ advisory and collection development librarians from RUSA’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) read and review hundreds of reference titles and books for adult readers and identify those of outstanding merit or significance for libraries and adult readers. The winners are announced at the Midwinter Book and Media Awards Reception, a celebration sponsored by NoveList.

In addition to The Reading List, Notable Books, Listen List and Outstanding Reference Sources selections—lists that are used by readers’ advisory librarians nationwide—the event will also reveal this year’s winners of the Dartmouth Medal, the Sophie Brody Medal, the Zora Neale Hurston Award, the Louis Shores Award for excellence in book reviewing and other professional resource lists, including the Outstanding Business Reference Sources and “Best of the Best” Business Websites lists.

“Librarians rely on their expert colleagues to find the best materials for their users,” said RUSA President Mary Popp. “The winners of these awards have been judged by experienced and knowledgeable librarians to be the cream of this year’s publishing crop. The Midwinter Book and Media Awards Reception is an opportunity to celebrate the winning titles as well as the expert RUSA evaluators who worked so hard to examine and select them.”

The reception will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27 in the Municipal Room of the Renaissance Seattle, 515 Madison St., and will offer food and a cash bar. Add the event to your ALA Midwinter schedule; all Midwinter Meeting attendees are invited. For those who cannot attend, information about this year’s winners will be posted on the RUSA blog and tweeted via @ala_rusa during and immediately after the event using the hashtag #literarytastes.

The literary winners announced at this event will shape the author lineup for the Literary Tastes program at ALA’s 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago. More information about the award winners and the Literary Tastes Breakfast will be available on the RUSA website and the RUSA blog following the January event.

The titles named to the 2013 RUSA Notable Books List also mark a step toward the second-ever 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The awards, established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers, are the first single-book awards for adult books given by the American Library Association and reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers, including former members of RUSA CODES Notable Books Council. The six-title shortlist is announced in May from a long list of up to 50 titles drawn from the previous year’s RUSA Notable Books and Booklist Editors’ Choice lists. The winners are announced at an event at ALA Annual Conference; tickets for the event will be available through Annual Conference registration. The awards are funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York and cosponsored and administered by Booklist and RUSA.

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, readers’ 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. 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.