Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Longlist, Shortlist announced November 4 

2020 Longlist Announced!

A total of 49 books (24 fiction, 25 nonfiction) have been selected for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Longlist.

Six finalists will be announced on November 4, and two medal winners will be announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards event at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia on Sunday, January 26, 5 -7 pm.

Carnegie Medal winners will each receive $5,000. The six finalists and two winners will be honored during a celebratory event, sponsored by NoveList, at ALA’s 2020 Annual Conference in Chicago.

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. For more information on award seals, please visit the ALA store

A longlist comprised of no more than 50 titles is released in September.  Six finalists, three fiction and three nonfiction, are announced in October.  The winners are announced at the RUSA Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting.

Who Selects the Winners

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

The 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence selection committee, announced on March 7, 2019, includes the following experts who work closely with adult readers:

  • Donna Seaman, 2020 Chair, is Booklist’s Adult Books Editor and is the author of Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists. Donna has also served as a juror for the National Book Critics Circle Awards and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
  • Hilary Albert is Head of Reference at Mahopac Public Library in Mahopac, New York.
  • Barbara Bibel is a reference librarian and Booklist reviewer from Berkeley, California.
  • Carol Haggas serves was a readers’ services advisor for the St. Charles Public Library, St. Charles, Illinois, and is a Booklist reviewer.
  • Stacey J. Hayman is a Booklist reviewer and a librarian at Rocky River Public Library in Rocky River, Ohio.
  • Sarah Godwin is Manager of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Patrick J. Wall is Library Director at University City Public Library in University City, Missouri.

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.