Barry Trott, editor
Notable Books Council
The announcements of the 2014 winners for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction in Las Vegas was a lively event. This year the Notable Books Council was asked to put their super-human readersâ€™ advisory skills to use and compile a list of read alikes for the finalists and reading group discussion guides for the winners, Donna Tarttâ€™s The Goldfinch for fiction and Doris Kearns Goodwinâ€™s Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.
Hereâ€™s what Katharine Phenix, chair of the Notable Books Council had to say about the process:
Whatâ€™s it like for a group of 12 librarians, spread out from Washington to Florida, North Carolina to New Mexico to work together on a project with a 2-week deadline? First we had to agree on which Internet cloud to work onâ€¦.Then conversation became lively, one suggestion led to another, one author to another, and our mini-book club and bibliographer brains got to work. Which micro-history is most like On Paper? Salt? Coffee? Oysters?â€ and â€œIs this too academic?â€ and â€œLooking for more literature of disaster and redemptionâ€¦â€ are a few of our gambits.
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