2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals Shortlist

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction 2018 Finalists

The medal winners were announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards event, sponsored by NoveList, at American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Denver on Sunday, Feb. 11.

The shortlist for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence was announced on October 24, 2018. Check out the 25 fiction and 22 nonfiction titles on the 2019 longlist.


Jennifer Egan
Manhattan Beach


Book cover: Manhattan BeachFrom New York mobsters to the first woman diver at the Brooklyn Naval Station during WWII to the archetypally motley crew of a merchant-marine ship in U-boat-infested waters, Egan’s insightful and propulsive saga portrays complex and intriguing individuals navigating the rising tides of war.


George Saunders
Lincoln in the Bardo

(Random House)

Book cover: Lincoln in the BardoSaunders’ boldly imagined, exquisitely sensitive, and sharply funny historical and metaphysical drama pivots on President Lincoln’s grief over the death of his young son, Willie, as the cemetery’s dead tell their stories in a wild and wily improvisation on the afterlife.


Jesmyn Ward
Sing, Unburied, Sing


Book cover: Sing, Unburied, SingIn telling the story of a Mississippi family––brother and sister Jojo and Kayla and their troubled mother, Leonie, and their legacy of grief and spiritual gifts, Ward explores unresolved racial tensions and the many ways humans create cruelty and suffering. A novel that is, at once, down-to-earth and magical.



Sherman Alexie
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir

(Little, Brown)

Book cover: You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, a MemoirAlexie presents a courageous, enlightening, anguished, and funny memoir told in prose and poetry that pays tribute to his Spokane Indian mother and reveals many complex traumas and tragedies of reservation life, as well as his own struggles.


Daniel Ellsberg
The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner


Book cover: The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War PlannerIn a gripping mix of memoir and exposé, Ellsberg recounts with searing specificity long-hidden facts about the U.S. government’s perilously inadequate control of nuclear weapons—an arsenal that endangers all life on Earth—and calls for the dismantling of this Doomsday Machine.


David Grann
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBIGrann’s true-crime history takes readers to early-1920s Oklahoma, where oil was discovered beneath the Osage territory and where members of the Osage Indian Nation were murdered, a riveting story that includes the accruing of power by J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI.


The previous six finalists for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction:

2019 Shortlist

2017 Shortlist

2016 Shortlist

2015 Shortlist

2014 Shortlist

2013 Shortlist

2012 Shortlist