Andrew Carnegie Medals Press Kit
Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, were established in 2012, and recognize the best of the best in fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers 'published in the U.S. the previous year. The awards serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading material. They are the first single-book awards for adult books given by the American Library Association and reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. Nancy Pearl, librarian, literature expert, NPR commentator, and best-selling author of “Booklust” serves as chair of the awards’ selection committee.
A shortlist of finalists is announced each spring from 50 titles drawn from the previous year’s Booklist Editors’ Choice and RUSA Notable Books lists. Along with a medal presentation at ALA’s annual conference in Las Vegas, on June 28, each winning author will receive $5,000 and the four finalists will each receive $1,500.
The awards are made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York in recognition of Andrew Carnegie’s deep belief in the power of books and learning to change the world, and are co-sponsored by ALA’s Booklist publications and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).
2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction Shortlist
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. By Bryan Stevenson. Published by Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House.
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. By Elizabeth Kolbert. Published by Henry Holt.
Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David. By Lawrence Wright. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House LLC.
2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Shortlist
All the Light We Cannot See. By Anthony Doerr. Published by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Nora Webster. By Colm Tóibín. Published by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc..
On Such a Full Sea. By Chang-rae Lee. Published by Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA).
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.
Annotations and more information on the finalists and the awards can be found at http://www.ala.org/carnegieadult.
2015 Finalist Book Covers Artwork