Longlist for 2023 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

For Immediate Release
Tue, 10/11/2022


Grace Rosean

Marketing Specialist



CHICAGO — A total of 43 books (22 fiction, 21 nonfiction) has been selected for the longlist for the 2023 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 November 15, 2022. The two medal winners will be announced by 2023 selection committee chair Stephen Sposato at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards (BMAs) live streaming event, during LibLearnX on Sunday, January 29th at 4:30pm Central. The celebratory event, including presentations by the winners and a featured speaker, will take place at the 2023 ALA Annual Conference in June 2023 in Chicago.

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. Content Curation Manager for Chicago Public Library and 2023 selection committee chair Stephen Sposato is joined by: Clancey D'Isa, Director of Strategy and Development for the Seminary Co-op Bookstores in Chicago; Margaret Quamme, a freelance journalist and Booklist reviewer based in Lancaster, Ohio; Stephanie Sendaula, Programming and Outreach Specialist at LibraryLinkNJ in Trenton, NJ; Becky Spratford, a Reader's Advisory Specialist and Booklist reviewer based in Chicagoland; Sarah Barbara Watstein, Dean, Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons at Seattle University; and Mary Callaghan "Cal" Zunt, a librarian in Cleveland, Ohio.

“This year our committee found inspiration, solace and wisdom in our wide-ranging reading,” says Stephen Sposato. “Even in our isolating and impersonal high-tech age of online calendar invites and video conferencing, there's still nothing quite like books to quickly transform a group of near-strangers into a tight-knit group of colleagues eager to share their latest favorites and debate which titles were the absolute best.”

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

About Carnegie Corporation of New York
Carnegie Corporation of New York was established in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation's work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy.    

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About the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)
The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is a member community engaged in advancing the practices of connecting people to resources, information services, and collections, building relationships among members from all types of libraries, encouraging openness, innovation, and idea sharing, and promoting excellence in library services and resources.