Booklist announces prestigious 2007 Top of the List selections

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For Immediate Release,

January 22, 2008

Booklist announces prestigious 2007 Top of the List selections

Booklist magazine, the review journal of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced its 18th annual Top of the List winners. The eight winning titles were chosen from the annual Editors' Choice selections as the best books and media of 2007.

"Several of this year's Top of the List winners find new ways of looking at both contemporary issues (Don DeLillo's "Falling Man") and watershed events in history (Peter Sís' "The Wall" and Ken Burns' "The War"),,"
Booklist Editor and Publisher Bill Ott said.

The Top of the List picks are featured in the special combined Jan. 1 and 15 issue of
Booklist, which includes the complete annotated Editors' Choice lists for adult books, adult books for young adults, books for youth, reference sources and media. The winners-including the longer Editors' Choice list from which the Top of the List titles are selected-are also announced on Booklist Online at, where subscribers to the database can read the original full-length Booklist reviews of the selected titles.

The 2007 Booklist Top of the List winners are:

  • Adult Fiction: "Falling Man," by Don DeLillo (Scribner)
  • Adult Nonfiction: "Edith Wharton," by Hermione Lee (Knopf)
  • Youth Fiction: "Elijah of Buxton," by Christopher Paul Curtis (Scholastic)
  • Youth Nonfiction: "The Wall," by Peter Sís (Farrar/Frances Foster)
  • Youth Picture Book: "Lightship," written and illustrated by Brian Floca (Atheneum)
  • Reference Source: ProQuest Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
  • Video & DVD: "The War," directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (PBS).
  • Audio: "The Tin Roof Blowdown," by James Lee Burke, read by Will Patton (Recorded Books).

To hear Booklist editors talking about what they read for fun (when they're not reviewing potential Editors' Choice winners), visit the American Libraries AL Focus Web site at

Individual copies of the Booklist Editors' Choice issue may be purchased for $8 (prepaid) by writing to Booklist Back Issues, 50. E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.