Literary Tastes

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RUSA’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) is the home for readers advisory and collection development librarians within the American Library Association. Throughout the year, CODES hosts several events that celebrate the best writing and reference publications of the year. We welcome participation in these events from book lovers of all areas of the library profession, and from members of the public, too!

To become a member of RUSA and CODES, visit, or call (800) 545-2433, option 5 to speak with our Membership and Customer Service team.

Literary Events

Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year Listen to some of the year’s best authors discuss their work and the craft of writing, while enjoying the company of other book lovers. All Annual Conference registrants are invited to participate in this conference program. Light refreshments will be served.                                     

Featured speakers include:

  • Naomi Novik, author of Uprooted. Published by Del Rey. Winner of the 2016 Fantasy category of RUSA's Reading List.
  • Jim Shepard, author of The Book of Aron. Published by A.A.Knopf. Winner of the 2016 Sophie Brody Medal and finalist for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
  • James Hannaham, author of Delicious Foods. Published by Little, Brown and Company. 2016 RUSA Notable Book for Fiction.
  • Karin Slaughter, author of Pretty Girls. Published by William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins. Winner of the 2016 Adrenaline category of RUSA's Reading List.
  • Joy Harjo, author of Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems. Published by W.W. Norton and Company. 2016 RUSA Notable Book for Poetry.

Date: Sunday, June 26            Time: 8 - 10 a.m.            Location: ROS CENTRE, Grand A

More author and book details can be viewed here.

Sponsored by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of RUSA

Andrew Carnegie Medals of Excellence for Fiction and Nonfiction
ALA Annual Conference, Saturday, June 25, 2016, 8-10pm, Orlando, FL

Tools to Find a Good Book

Find us on Goodreads! RUSA uses Goodreads as a quick way to find our literary awards lists and add them to your to-be-read list. Signing up for Goodreads is free. Once you have an account, search for us—username RUSA CODES or e-mail address—and add us as a friend to start building your list.

You can also check out our literary award winners’ webpages.

Or, visit one of the sites below! This list was compiled via RUSA member recommendations. If you’d like to add a site to this list, e-mail

  • Booklist Online More than 130,000 book reviews from librarians, book groups and book lovers—from the trusted experts at the American Library Association.
  • Library Journal
  • Kirkus Reviews The world’s toughest book critics.
  • New York Times
  • Jewish Book Council Serves to promote the reading, writing, publication, distribution and public awarenewss of books that reflect the rich variety of the Jewish experience.
  • Blogging for a Good Book Award-winning book blog from the Williamsburg Regional Library.
  • Shelf Talk The Seattle Public Library blog.
  • Ricklibrarian Reviews by Rick, a reference librarian at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library.
  • Citizen Reader Formerly known as Nonfiction Readers Anonymous; reviews by freelance librarian and indexer Sarah Statz Cords.
  • BookBrowse “Your home for exceptional books.” Some free resources; membership subscription option.
  • The Librarian’s Review of Books Book reviews by C.A. Lajos
  • The New Dork Review of Books Twice-weekly book reviews from a guy named Greg in Chicago who I reads mostly contemporary literary fiction with some classics, dude lit and memoir/non-fiction mixed in.
  • Farmbrarian Dedicated to books about sustainable agriculture


Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)
Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES)
The Notable Books List
The Reading List
Dartmouth Medal
Sophie Brody Medal
Outstanding Reference Sources List
The Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction