Share the Story
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.
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)