Share the Story

Do these stories remind you of something in your life, your community, your history? #Sharethestory and use these titles to tell us about your own stories. ala.org/carnegieadult ;

This year’s shortlist for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction remind us of the power of stories. From violence to joy, from poverty to friendship, these six books (three fiction, three nonfiction) hold a mirror to our lives and drive home how we are shaped both by the forces inside us and outside of our control. These are the only book awards for adult titles chosen by librarians and booksellers.

Do these stories remind you of something in your life, your community, your history? #ShareTheStory and use these titles to tell us about your own stories. Pick a character, a passage, or open the book at random and choose a quote; then tell us what it means to you—in a sentence, in a picture, in a video, in a song. Post to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using #ala_carnegie and #ShareTheStory to share and discover how these books demonstrate the power of stories. Not on social media? Stories can also submitted via email.

Book Giveaway

Book cover:The Underground RailroadAll entries submitted before midnight on January 18, will be entered in a random drawing to receive a copy of Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad.”

If you haven’t yet had the chance to read the book, you may want to check out the Booklist interview with Colson Whitehead or respond to this quote from the book:

“There was only the darkness of the tunnel, and somewhere ahead, an exit. Or a dead end, if that’s what fate decreed.”

Post your response to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using #ala_carnegie and #ShareTheStory before January 18 for a chance to win. Selected stories will be also be featured in the Carnegie program at the American Library Association Annual Conference—because we want to share your story, too.

Questions? Email Sarah Grant, Booklist Marketing Associate, sgrant@ala.org.

Fiction

Chabon, Michael. Moonglow. (Harper)
Smith, Zadie. Swing Time. (Penguin Press)
Whitehead, Colson. The Underground Railroad. (Doubleday)

Nonfiction

Bell-Scott, Patricia. The Firebrand and the First Lady: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice. (Knopf)
Desmond, Matthew. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. (Crown)
Phillips, Patrick. Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America. (Norton)