Coming up in the next few weeks there will be many reviews (I am not only behind but read 3.5 books on vacation), 2 webinars in a five day span starting tomorrow, a new Reader's Shelf column in Library Journal, and some BIG announcements are just a few of the things coming here soon.
But now back to the blog. I want to talk about two big book things that happened while I was away that are both very useful to our day-to-day work with leisure readers.
The Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were announced here. But even more useful is Booklist's list of readalikes for the fiction finalists here and the nonfiction ones here. Start promoting and suggesting all of these titles right now-- both award contenders and readalike options. Thanks to The Booklist Reader for all of the easy to navigate links.
The Tournament of Books finished up with my favorite book of 2014 taking the Rooster-- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
- Click here for the full tournament with all the fantastic commentary
- Click here for my recent post on the ToB and why it is a great RA tool
- Check out the So Many Damn Books podcast which is the official, unofficial podcast of the ToB and includes interviews with the people involved in running the event as well as many of the authors whose books were a part of the tourney, including an interview with the winner.
- And read or suggest to patrons some of the great titles included in this year's tourney or some you may have forgotten about from year's past. There is enough appeal info included in the judging essays to let you our a patron know if the book is a good choice or not.
Again, thanks for hanging in there while I took a WAY overdue vacation. Back tomorrow with slides for a brand new Historical Fiction webinar.