A total of 47 books (25 fiction, 22 nonfiction) has been selected for the longlist for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The list is now available on the awards’ website. The six-title shortlist—three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals—will be chosen from longlist titles and announced on October 24, 2018. The two medal winners will be announced by 2019 selection committee chair Annie Bostrom at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards (BMAs) event at American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington, on Sunday, January 27, 5 -7 pm.
The awards are funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, and are cosponsored and administered by Booklist and RUSA. Booklist also sponsors the Michael L. Printz Award, Odyssey Award and Alex Awards. RUSA’s CODES administers the Notable Books List, The Reading List, The Listen List and the Sophie Brody Medal.
The first single-book awards for adult titles given by the ALA, the Andrew Carnegie Medals reflect the expert judgment and insight of library and book professionals who work closely with adult readers. The Medals and the lists leading up to the selection of the winners serve as a guide to selecting quality reading material.
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction selection committee, appointed annually, includes Booklist editors or contributors, members of RUSA’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section’s (CODES) Notable Books Council, and a representative of the American Booksellers Association. Booklist Associate Editor for Adult Books and 2019 selection committee chair Annie Bostrom is joined on the committee by Craig Clark, freelance librarian, Columbus, OH; Sherri Gallentine, head book buyer for Vroman’s Bookstore and Book Soup, Pasadena, CA; Marlene Harris, solo librarian, TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry), Peachtree Corners, GA; Susan Maguire, Senior Editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach, Booklist, Chicago, IL; Kathy Sexton, Readers Services Supervisor, Skokie Public Library, Skokie, IL; and Sarah Barbara Watstein, Dean, Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, Seattle, WA.
Find out more about the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.
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