The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the
American Library Association (ALA), annually compiles a list of "Notable
Books." Works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are chosen although only
the fiction titles are included on our list.
Administered by the National Book League in the United Kingdom, the Man
Booker Prize is the "premier British award for fiction written in English by
a citizen of the United Kingdom, the British Commonwealth, Eire, Pakistan,
or South Africa."
The Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded annually since 1901 by the
Swedish Academy and "has recognized the whole spectrum of literary works
including poetry, novels, short stories, plays, essays and speeches."
Since 1996 Oprah Winfrey has been selecting books for her audience to read
and then discussing them on her show. All of her selections have instantly
rocketed up the best seller lists. Here is a list of all of her picks from
her original book club, her classics book club, and her new book club.