Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction

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2015 Winners Announced!

Congratulations to Anthony Doerr and Bryan Stevenson, 2015 winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction! Anthony Doerr won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction for his novel All the Light We Cannot See, published by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, IncBryan Stevenson won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction for his book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, published by Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House. 

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 (Brad Hooper 2014-2015), 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 2015 winners were announced at ALA Annual Conference on June 27, 2015. 

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.