The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in 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.

Shortlist announced!

Save the Date!

2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Ceremony and Reception
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Time: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Hotel TBA, San Francisco
Note: Due to street closures from Pride Parade, allow extra travel time to arrive to the event.

Reserve your table now! Each table can accommodate up to 10 individuals and ensures that attendees will enjoy this exciting evening with their friends, colleagues and fellow book lovers. Table reservations will open late February and will remain open until mid-May. The table reservation form can be found here.

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  • 10 tickets to the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence award ceremony and dessert reception
  • Sponsorship recognition in award ceremony PowerPoint
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  • 10 tickets to the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence award ceremony and dessert reception
  • Sponsorship recognition in award ceremony PowerPoint
  • Sponsorship recognition in award ceremony program
  • Pre-event acknowledgement in Booklist’s June REaD ALERT newsletter and the June issue of RUSA’s newsletter RUSA Update

If you wish to order one or more individual tickets, you may do so via Annual Conference registration site at www.alaannual.org. Individual ticket holders will find open seating at non-reserved tables. If you order 10 individual tickets from conference registration, you will be ordering 10 individual open-seating tickets. Individual ticket holders who reserved their ticket before conference will pick up their banquet ticket on their first day of conference at registration. Individual ticket sales close at 12 Noon (CST) on Friday, June 26.

The Andrew Carnegie Medals are funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York and established on the occasion of the centennial celebration of the founding of Carnegie Corporation of New York. They recognize Andrew Carnegie’s deep belief in the power of books and learning to change the world.

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 has created a book group discussion guide for each of the 2014 Andrew Carnegie medal winners. Print them out here for your next book club meeting! 

Discussion Guide for The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Discussion Guide for 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

2014:

Fiction: "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt

Non-fiction: "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