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.

2015 Winners

Fiction: 
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.)

Nonfiction:
Just Mercy
 by Bryan Stevenson (Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House)

2015 Shortlist

Structure:

Finalists: A shortlist of finalists is announced each May from 50 titles drawn from the previous year’s Booklist Choice and RUSA CODES Notable Books lists. The winners (one for fiction, one for nonfiction) are announced at an event at ALA Annual Conference; winning authors receive a $5,000 cash award, and two finalists in each category receive $1,500.

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.

Roster

Nominations

Titles are drawn from the previous year's Booklist Editor's Choice and RUSA CODES Notable Books lists. There are no direct submissions to these awards.

To find current and past lists of shortlist titles and winners, please visit the dedicated website.

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Need a new title for your book group?

RUSA's Notable Books Council will be creating a book group discussion guide for each of the 2015 Andrew Carnegie medal winners. Stay tuned!
Print them out here for your next book club meeting! 

2014 discussion guides:
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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.

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Recipients

2015:

Fiction: "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr

Non-fiction: "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson

2014:

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

2013:

Fiction:  "Canada" by Richard Ford

Non-fiction:  "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher" by Timothy Egan

2012:

Fiction:  "The Forgotten Waltz" by Anne Enright

Non-fiction:  "Catherine the Great" by Robert Massie