Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction
The 2019 shortlist was announced on October 24 Winners of the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were announced at the RUSA Book and Media Awards Ceremony, on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington. 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. Shortlist selections are announced in October and Carnegie Medal winner announcements take place during the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Winning authors accept their medals during a popular celebratory event during the ALA Annual Conference. Winning authors each receive $5,000, and the four finalists 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).