The entire judging committee will read all three books. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 16, at 2 p.m. at the RAILS office at 126 Tower Drive in Burr Ridge. Please join us for a reception, light refreshments, and the reveal of our Soon to Be Famous Author!
I added links to the Kindle copy pages for each book so you could read the finalists for yourself if you wanted.
I was one of the second round judges for The Things We Save, so I was happy to see that one move on to the final round for two reasons. First, because I enjoyed it. But second, because now I only have to read 2 of the three by the 31st.
I won’t have more to say on this until announcement day, but that is only the beginning of the journey. The entire idea of this award is for the library community to band together, show our influence, pluck a worthy author from unpublished obscurity, and bring him or her into the spotlight, hopefully helping him or her to achieving a publishing contract along the way. All of this to show publishers that while we don’t charge patrons for the books they borrow, we are still useful to them.
I am a Librarian [MLIS] in Illinois specializing in serving leisure readers ages 13 and up. I train library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through their local public library. I am the author of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror, 2d edition (ALA Editions, 2012). I am under contract to write content for EBSCO's NoveList database, reviews for Booklist, am a member of the Adult Reading Round Table Steering Committee, a 5 term Trustee for my local library, and am a proud member of The Horror Writers' Association. Check out the side bar for links to the groups and organizations with which I am affiliated.