For immediate release | April 9, 2013

ALA to unveil Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction finalists

Excitement builds as thousands register for live webcast announcement

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) plans to announce the shortlist of finalists for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction at 11 a.m. Central time on April 22, 2013 via webcast.

This year’s finalists will be revealed during a free live 15- minute webcast by Nancy Pearl, selection committee chair, and ALA President Maureen Sullivan. Only 3,000 virtual seats are available, so those wishing to participate should register early.

The awards, established in 2012, recognize the best of the best in fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year and serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading material. They are the first single-book awards for adult books given by the American Library Association and reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers.

In February, the ALA released a longlist of possible medal contenders. The list includes 50 titles drawn from the most recent Booklist Editors’ Choice and RUSA Notable Books List. Winners will be announced (one for fiction, one for nonfiction) during an event on Sunday, June 30 during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The awards are funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York in recognition of Andrew Carnegie’s deep belief in the power of books and learning to change the world. The awards are cosponsored and administered by ALA’s Booklist and RUSA.

For more information on the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction and to see the current long list of finalists please visit or contact Macey Morales, Manager Media Relations, ALA 312-280-4393, or Additional contact, Katherine Kelly,630-200-8023,



Macey Morales

Media Relations Manager

American Library Association