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.

2016 Longlist Announced!

Congratulations to the 40 titles, 20 fiction and 20 nonfiction, that made the 2016 Carnegie Medals for Excellence Longlist.
The announcement calendar for the Carnegie Medals shortlist and winners has 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 in Boston on Sunday, January 10, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 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

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)

2015 Shortlist


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.



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.

Wondering what to put on your Summer reading list?

If you liked the 2015 shortlist, you will also enjoy our recommended read alikes...

View the 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

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!



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