Longlist for 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

For Immediate Release
Mon, 10/18/2021


Melissa Carr

Marketing Director


American Library Association


CHICAGO – A total of 45 books (23 fiction, 22 nonfiction) has been selected for the longlist for the 2022 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 Nov. 8, 2021. The two medal winners will be announced by 2022 selection committee chair Terry Hong at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards (BMAs) event, during ALA’s first annual LibLearnX on Sunday, Jan. 23 at 4:30 p.m. Central. The celebratory event, including presentations by the winners and a featured speaker, will take place at the 2022 ALA Annual Conference in June 2022 in Washington, D.C.

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 ListThe Reading ListThe Listen List, and the Sophie Brody Medal.

The Andrew Carnegie Medals are the first single-book awards for adult titles given by the ALA; they 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 Contributing Reviewer (Adult, Youth, Audio) and 2022 selection committee chair Terry Hong is joined by: Michael Cart, author or editor of 22 books who is also a Booklist columnist and reviewer based in Columbus, IN; Aryssa Damron, a Librarian for the DC Public Library system in Washington, D.C; Bill Kelly, Adult Programming Manager for Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library; Savannah Kitchens, Library Director for Parnell Memorial Library in Montevallo, Alabama; Sara Martínez, founding coordinator for Tulsa City-County (OK) Library's Hispanic Resource Center and Manager of the library’s Nathan Hale branch; and Derrick A. Young, Owner and Co-Founder of MahoganyBooks in Washington, D.C.

“Our committee is thrilled to mark the 10th anniversary of the Andrew Carnegie Medals with such a superb longlist,” enthused Terry Hong. “We believe our expansive titles educate and illuminate, probe and challenge, entertain and delight, and even provide antidotes for the difficulties many of us have faced and might continue to endure during these strange times. Books, indeed, can save lives—not to mention nurture our humanity while preserving our sanity.”

Learn more about the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

About Carnegie Corporation of New York
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About the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)
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