Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction

2016 Winners Announced!

Congratulations to Viet Thanh Nguyen and Sally Mann, the 2016 winners! Viet Thanh Nguyen won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction for his novel The Sympathizer, published by Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic. Sally Mann won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction for her book, Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs, published by Little, Brown, and Company, Hachette Book Group.

Don’t miss the award ceremony!

Save the date for the Andrew Carnegie Medals award ceremony and celebration on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. This popular event will feature a keynote speaker, the medals presentation, author speeches by winners, and a cocktail reception. This event is sponsored by NoveList. Individual tickets and tables are available for purchase.

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 Midwinter Meeting; winning authors receive a $5,000 cash award, and two finalists in each category receive $1,500. For more information on award seals, please visit the ALA store

The Shortlist

A shortlist of no more than 50 finalists is announced in the fall.

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 (Donna Seaman 2016-2017), 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 2017 winners will be announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting on January 22, 2017. 

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.