Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction

  • Carnegie Award Ceremony

2016 Shortlist Announced!

Congratulations to the six titles that made the 2016 Carnegie Medals for Excellence Shortlist.

The announcement calendar for the Carnegie Medals shortlist and winners has changed, and now syncs with the announcements of the Youth Media Awards at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, for 24 hours of ALA book and media award excitement! The 2016 Carnegie Medal winners will be announced at the RUSA Book and Media Awards in Boston on Sunday, January 10, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The popular celebratory event, with the Carnegie Medals presentation and author speeches, will take place at the ALA Annual Conference as in past years.

About the Awards

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. The winners (one for fiction, one for nonfiction) are announced at an event at the ALA Annual Conference; winning authors receive a $5,000 cash award, and two finalists in each category receive $1,500. In 2012, for the inauguration of the awards, publishers will receive 1,000 complimentary seals and may purchase additional seals. For more information on award seals, please visit the ALA store

The Shortlist

A shortlist of finalists is announced each April from no more than 50 titles drawn from the previous year’s Booklist Editors’ Choice and RUSA Notable Books list.

Who Selects the Winners

The shortlisted authors and eventual winners reflect the expertise of a seven-member selection committee of library professionals from across the country who work closely with adult readers. The annually appointed selection committee includes a chair (Nancy Pearl 2015-2016), one member of the American Booksellers Association, three Booklist editors or contributors, and three former members of RUSA CODES Notable Books Council. The committee members can be found here.

The Winners

The 2016 winners will be announced at ALA Midwinter Meeting on January 10, 2016. 

Supporting the Awards

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction are made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York on the occasion of the foundation’s centennial and in recognition of Andrew Carnegie's deep belief in the power of books and learning to change the world.

ALA Co-sponsors

Booklist and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) cosponsor the awards. Booklist also sponsors the Michael L. Printz Award ,  Odyssey Award and Alex Awards. RUSA’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) administers Notable Books, The Reading List, The Listen List and the Sophie Brody Award.