Monday, January 11, 2016

More Book and Media Award Announcements

Sunday evening, January 10th, I monitored Twitter from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM CST while the Book and Media Awards Ceremony was held in Boston as part of the American Library Association's (ALA) Midwinter conference. I followed up by watching for the official press releases to be put online. (See yesterday's post for information about the Louis Shores Award and the List List)

I found there was representation from my library and other systems in the St. Louis area on a number of committees and have listed them with the pertinent award. Perhaps you know some of these folks? :-)

And now ... here are the rest of RUSA's 2016 Book and Media Awards:. :-)

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction - recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year
  • Fiction: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • NonFiction: Hold Still: A Memoir in Photographs by Sally Mann

Reading List - an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers. (I am particularly fond of this award as I had the honor of serving on the inaugural committee in 2007 (and again in 2008). What a great way to expand your genre reading!)
  • Adrenaline: Pretty Girls by Karen Slaughter
  • Fantasy: Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Historical Fiction: Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans
  • Horror: The Fifth House of the Heart by Ben Tripp
  • Mystery: The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney
  • Romance: Taking the Heat by Victoria Dahl
  • Science Fiction: Golden Son by Pierce Brown
  • Women's Fiction: Re Jane by Patricia Park

Notable Books - makes available to the nation’s readers a list of 25 very good, very readable, and at times very important fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books for the adult reader (Also share a fondness for this award as served on this committee in 2009. A fabulous way to experience literary fiction and nonfiction reading!)

  • Delicious Foods by James Hannaham
  • In the Country: Stories by Mia Alvar
  • The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Maara
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • The Sellout by Paul Beatty
  • Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
  • Black River by S.M. Hulse
  • Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson
  • A Little Life by Haanya Yanagihara
  • The Prophets of Eternal Fjord by Kim Leine
  • This is the Life by Alex Shearer
  • The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard
  • Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War by Susan Southard
  • The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World by Joel K. Bourne Jr.
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle by Lillian Faderman
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
  • The Interstellar Age: Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission by Jim Bell
  • Give Us the Ballot: THE Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman
  • Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon
  • The Wright Brothers by David G. McCullough
  • The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery
  • M Train by Patti Smith
  • Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva by Rosemary Sullivan
  • Bastards of the Reagan Era by Reginald Dwayne Betts
  • Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems by Joy Harjo

Dartmouth Medal for excellence in reference - honors the creation of a reference source of outstanding quality and significance
[Serving on committee: Patricia Gregory, Saint Louis University]
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law

Sophie Brody Medal - given to encourage, recognize and commend outstanding achievement in Jewish literature
  • The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard

Zora Neale Hurston Award - honors an ALA member who has demonstrated leadership in promoting African-American literature
[Serving on committee: Sue K Dittmar, St. Charles City-County Library District. Glad to see a co-worker on an award committee I also served on in 2009 and again in 2011.Volunteering for a RUSA committee is fun and a great way to learn more about the association!]
  • Dr. Florita Bell Griffin for creation of the Little Flower® literacy project

Other awards announced: 

Outstanding Reference Sources
[Committee chair: Annie Fuller, St. Louis County Library; serving on committee: Kara Krekeler, University City Public Library]

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