Last year the Texas Library Association, known for its outstanding youth reading lists, launched the inaugural Lariat List of recommended adult fiction published in 2009. On April 15 at the TLA conference in Austin, a committee of 12 librarians from around the state announced the second annual list of 25 adult titles published in 2010. Selection criteria included diversity in genre and appeal factors, and books had to be a “pleasure to read.” Winners featured critically acclaimed literary titles like Emma Donohue’s Room and Julie Orringer’s Invisible Bridge, outstanding crime fiction like Tom Franklin’s Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter and James Lee Burke’s Glass Rainbow, and even some regional surprises like Carlos Cisnero’s The Name Partner and Gwendolyn Zepeda’s Lone Star Legend.
LJ reviewer Keddy Ann Outlaw (retired, Harris County Public Library, Houston), who just completed her two-year term on the committee, was pleased with how many of her picks made the final cut. ” We had a lovely breakfast with visiting authors from last year’s list: Linda Castillo and Josh Bazell, who were both excellent speakers. Publishers at the conference were quite pleased when we whispered the news to them, and we hope that Lariat comes to be known as a great thing for selling more copies of the titles….The Arte Publico rep was over the moon.”
Congratulations to TLA for compiling another great reading list for librarians to share with their patrons. And I am happy too, because one of my best fiction reviewers is free at last to review for me!