The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. The shortlisted authors and eventual winners reflect the expert judgment and insight of the seven-member selection committee of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. These are the ALA’s first single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction. For additional information about the Medals, please visit the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction website here.
Save the date for the Andrew Carnegie Medals award ceremony and celebration on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. This popular event will feature the medals presentation, author speeches, and a cocktail reception. Details and ticket information to come.
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic)
Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann (Little, Brown, and Company, Hachette Book Group)
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House)
Selection Committee: The annually appointed selection committee includes a chair, three Booklist editors or contributors, and three former members of RUSA Notable Books Council.
Website: For more information about the Carnegie Medals, please visit ALA's website for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction here.
Wondering what to put on your Summer reading list? Check out some of our shortlist read alikes:
2016 shortlist read alikes
2015 shortlist read alikes.
2014 shortlist read alikes here.
Need a new title for your book group?
RUSA's Notable Books Council has created a book group discussion guide for each of the 2015 Andrew Carnegie medal winners.
Print them out here for your next book club meeting!
The American Library Association offers resources on how to form a book group, how to structure a meeting, how to select books and how to facilitate a meaningful literary discussion. For more information visit ala.org/tools/atoz/book-discussion-grps.
A guide to Making the most of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction in your library, bookstore, and reading group.
Fiction: "The Sympathizer" by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Non-fiction: "Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs" by Sally Mann
Fiction: "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr
Non-fiction: "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson
Fiction: "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt
Nonfiction: "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism" by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Fiction: "Canada" by Richard Ford
Non-fiction: "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher" by Timothy Egan
Fiction: "The Forgotten Waltz" by Anne Enright
Non-fiction: "Catherine the Great" by Robert Massie