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. Purchase tickets here or buy a table!

2016 Winners

Fiction:
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic)

Nonfiction:
Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann (Little, Brown, and Company, Hachette Book Group)

2016 Shortlist

The announcement calendar for the Carnegie Medals shortlist and winners have changed, and now syncs with the announcements of the Youth Media Awards at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, for 24 hours of ALA book and media award excitement! The 2016 Carnegie Medal winners will be announced at the RUSA Book and Media Awards event. The popular celebratory event, with the Carnegie Medals presentation and author speeches, will take place at the ALA Annual Conference as in past years.

2015 Winners

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

Nonfiction:
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House)

2015 Shortlist

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

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! 

2015 discussion guides:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
 

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.

Display this shortlist postcard and handout in your library!

Recipients

2016:

Fiction: "The Sympathizer" by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Non-fiction: "Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs" by Sally Mann

2015:

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

Non-fiction: "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" 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