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.
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.
Finalists: A shortlist of finalists is announced each May from 50 titles drawn from the previous year’s Booklist Editors’ 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 CODES’ Notable Books Council.
Website: For more information about the Carnegie Medals, please visit ALA's webiste for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction here.
2012: See the complete list of finalists for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction here.
Fiction: "The Forgotten Waltz" by Anne Enright
Non-fiction: "Catherine the Great" by Robert Massie