Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction
|Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction|
|Awarded for||Best adult fiction & non-fiction|
|Sponsor||Carnegie Corporation (main sponsor)
Reference and User Services Association (co-sponsor)
|Location||ALA Annual Conference|
|Presented by||American Library Association|
|Host||American Library Association|
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction was named in honor of nineteenth-century American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The Medals were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. The award is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and administered by the American Library Association (ALA), through a Carnegie endowment. Booklist and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) cosponsor the awards. The shortlist and winners are selected by a seven-member selection committee. The annually appointed selection committee includes a chair, three Booklist editors or contributors, and three former members of RUSA CODES Notable Books Council.
The winners, one each for fiction and nonfiction, are announced at an event in June at the ALA Annual Conference; winning authors receive a $5,000 cash award, and two finalists in each category receive $1,500.
Shortlists and winners
- Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks
- The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright
- Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
- The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by James Gleick
- Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable
- Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert Massie
- "Carnegie Corporation of New York and the American Library Association Announce New Literary Prizes". carnegie.org. March 5, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
- "Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction (official website)". Retrieved May 13, 2012.
- Neal Wyatt (May 21, 2012). "Wyatt’s World: The Carnegie Medals Short List". Library Journal. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
- Carolyn Kellogg (June 25, 2012). "First-ever Carnegie Awards in Literature go to Enright, Massie". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
- Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction, official website.