Spring and summer are awards season in the book world, with many of the major genre fiction award winners being announced. The finalist lists are a good place to find new-to-you authors who are considered by their peers or fans to be at the top of their genre.
The Hugo Awards in science fiction/fantasy are nominated by and voted on by attendees and members of the World Science Fiction Convention. The Hugo finalists will be announced April 24, and the winners will be announced August 20. I’m a voting member this year, so I’ll be getting my reading list for the next month or so when those finalists are announced. For more information and a list of finalists when they’re announced.
Most of these awards are presented at conferences and conventions, though you have to be registered for the conference to attend the ceremony. Some of these conferences do include events open to the public, such as booksignings, where you can meet the nominated authors.