Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction
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.
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 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.
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.