Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

About the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction The Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. Additional information can be found at

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2016 Finalist(s)

2016 Fiction Finalists

Viet Thanh Nguyen. The Sympathizer. (Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic)

Jim Shepard. The Book of Aron. (Alfred A. Knopf, Penguin Random House, LLC)

Hanya Yanagihara. A Little Life. (Doubleday, Penguin Random House, LLC)

2016 Nonfiction Finalists

Helen Macdonald. H is for Hawk. (Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic)

Sally Mann. Hold Still (Little, Brown, and Company, Hachette Book Group)

Andrea Wulf. The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World. (Alfred A. Knopf, Penguin Random House, LLC)

2016 Honor(s)


Acevedo, Chantel. The Distant Marvels. (Europa)
Boyle, T. C. The Harder They Come. (Ecco)
Campbell, Bonnie Jo. Mothers, Tell Your Daughters. (Norton)
Clegg, Bill. Did You Ever Have a Family. (Simon & Schuster/Scout)
Cusk, Rachel. Outline. (Farrar)
Enright, Anne. The Green Road. (Norton)
Franzen, Jonathan. Purity. (Farrar)
Gottlieb, Eli. Best Boy. (Norton/Liveright)
Hallberg, Garth Risk. City on Fire. (Knopf)
Hannaham, James. Delicious Foods. (Little, Brown)
Johnson, T. Geronimo. Welcome to Braggsville. (Morrow)
Meno, Joe. Marvel and a Wonder. (Akashic)
Nguyen, Viet Thanh. The Sympathizer. (Grove)
Pearlman, Edith. Honeydew. (Little, Brown)
Shepard, Jim. The Book of Aron. (Knopf)
Treuer, David. Prudence. (Riverhead)
Tyler, Anne. A Spool of Blue Thread. (Knopf)
Vollmann, William T. The Dying Grass. (Viking)
Williams, Joy. The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories. (Knopf)
Yanagihara, Hanya. A Little Life. (Doubleday)


Appy, Christian G. American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity. (Viking)
Berman, Ari. Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. (Farrar)
Chayes, Sarah. Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security. (Norton)
Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. (Spiegel & Grau)
Fraser, Steve. The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power. (Little, Brown)
Green, Kristen. Something Must Be Done about Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle. (Harper)
Haygood, Wil. Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America. (Knopf)
Herrera, Hayden. Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi. (Farrar)
Macdonald, Helen. H Is for Hawk. (Grove)
Mann, Sally. Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs. (Little, Brown)
Marsh, Henry. Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery. (St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne)
Nabokov, Peter. How the World Moves: The Odyssey of an American Indian Family. (Viking)
Parini, Jay. Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal. (Doubleday)
Sacks, Oliver. On the Move. (Knopf)
Safina, Carl. Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel. (Holt)
Schiff, Stacy. The Witches: Salem, 1692. (Little, Brown)
Smith, Patti. M Train. (Knopf)
Weinberg, Steven. To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science. (Harper)
Winchester, Simon. Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers. (Harper)
Wulf, Andrea. Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World. (Knopf)