Contact: Donavan Vicha
RUSA, Program Officer
312-280-4397
For Immediate Release
January 24, 2006

ALA's Notable Books Council announces 2006 top picks

(SAN ANTONIO) The Notable Books Council of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has compiled its 2006 list of outstanding books for the general reader. These titles have been selected for their significant contribution to the expansion of knowledge and for the pleasure they can provide to adult readers.

Since 1944, the goal of the Notable Books Council has been to make available to the nation's readers a list of approximately 25 very good, very readable, and at times very important fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books for the adult reader. The Council consists of members selected from the membership of RUSA /CODES (Collection Development and Evaluation Section).

This is “The List for America's Readers:”

FICTION

NONFICTION

POETRY

This list will be available on the Notable Books Web page on the RUSA/ALA Web site ( http://www.ala.org/rusa/notable.html ) and in a camera-ready kit from ALA. The Notable Books list will be included in ALA's Guide to Best Reading in 2006. This kit contains all the reading lists from ALA, for children through adult readers, and has camera-ready brochures and bookmarks for each list. The kit will be available after June 1.

Members of this year's committee are: Miriam Tuliao (Chair), New York Public Library; Mary Hegle Drewes, University of North Dakota; Ellen Fain, Queens Borough Public Library; Gloria Gehrman, Eugene Public Library; Patricia Gregory, Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University; Steven Jablonski, Skokie Public Library; Helene Lafrance, Santa Clara University Orradre Library; Kathleen de la Peña McCook, University of South Florida; Charlene Rue, Brooklyn Public Library; Scott Silverman, Bryn Mawr College; Sara Taffae, State Library of Louisiana; and Forest Turner, Suffolk County House of Correction Library; with Brad Hooper (Booklist magazine ).

The Notable Books Council of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has compiled its 2006 list of outstanding books for the general reader.