From the Director

You’re Invited: Nancy Pearl, RUSA and Booklist host Carnegie Medal reception at Annual Conference

“The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction recognize literary excellence, but more, they also celebrate the important role librarians play in opening up the world of imagination, education, and aspiration to new readers and avid book lovers alike.”

–Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation and past president of the New York Public Library

Dear RUSA Members,

I wanted to extend a personal invitation to you to attend the inaugural reception for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference —a prestigious award made possible by a partnership between RUSA and Booklist, and supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

When: Sunday, June 24, 8:00-10:00 PM

Where: Hilton Anaheim, Pacific Ballroom A & B

Announcement and presentation of the medals and cash prizes to this year’s authors of the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers.

Seats are limited, and tickets are just $25 for RUSA members.

Buy your tickets now through the ALA Annual Conference registration site.

Nancy Pearl will serve as our host for the evening, and the authors whose books are finalists for the awards will also be in attendance! There will be time to meet, mingle, and celebrate over dessert and drinks with literary luminaries, adult-book-loving colleagues, and ALA leaders including President Molly Raphael and Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels.

The event is the culmination of months of work and hundreds of hours of fiction and non-fiction reading by your RUSA Notable Books Council colleagues serving on the selection committee, as well as the Booklist members of the selection committee. As a reception attendee, you’ll be participating in a historic moment as the first to hear which two authors win these prestigious awards. Your attendance also honors the work of readers’ advisory librarians everywhere.

I look forward to celebrating the most outstanding fiction and nonfiction of the year with you in Anaheim in June!


Susan Hornung

RUSA Executive Director


P.S. – For general information about the meeting in Anaheim, CA, June 21-26, 2012, visit the conference website: