Awards (Books & Media)

YALSA announces 2023 William C. Morris finalists

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2023 William C. Morris Award, which honors the year’s best books written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. YALSA will name the Morris Award winner at the Youth Media Awards on Jan. 30, 2023, during ALA’s LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience.

The 2023 William C. Morris Award finalists are:

YALSA Announces 2023 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award finalists

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2023 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, which awards the best in nonfiction published for young adults ranging in age from 12 through 18 years, highlighting excellence in writing, research, presentation and readability for young adults.

LRRT seeking submissions for the 2023 Jesse H. Shera Awards

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table of the American Library Association will present the 2023 Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research and the 2023 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research. The deadline for submitting entries is Feb. 15, 2023.  The LRRT Shera Award Committee will judge the entries for the competition.

ALA unveils shortlist for 2023 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO –Today, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the six books shortlisted for the esteemed Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year’s best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the United States.

Intellectual Freedom Round Table seeks nominations for the Eli M. Oboler Award

CHICAGO - The Intellectual Freedom Round Table is seeking nominations for the 2023 Eli M. Obloer Memorial Award. IFRT began giving the award on an annual basis last year. 

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

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.

Freedom to Read Celebration, Supporting the Merritt Fund, and Featuring Banned Author David Levithan

Join the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) and the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) along with banned author David Levithan, library professionals, authors, and friends for this 2022 Freedom to Read Celebration, Merritt Fund fundraiser, and reception.

The Newbery Practitioner’s Guide

CHICAGO — Just in time to celebrate a century of the Newbery Medal, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and ALA Editions present “The Newbery Practitioner’s Guide: Making the Most of the Award in Your Work.” Edited by Laura Schulte-Cooper, this book digs in and explores where the distinguished award intersects with library work in a range of areas such as collection policy, advocacy, programming, EDI efforts, and censorship.

'The Eagles Claw' by Jeff Shaara wins the W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

“The Eagles Claw” by Jeff Shaara A novel of the Battle of Midway published by Ballantine Books is the winner of the 2022 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction.

The W.Y. Boyd Literary Award honors the best American Military Fiction set in a period when the United States was at war. The $5,000 award and citation, donated by the late author W.Y. Boyd II, recognizes the service of veterans and encourages the writing and publishing of outstanding war-related fiction. 

ALA Announces 2023 Carnegie Selection Committee

CHICAGO- The 2023 selection committee is starting work on choosing the longlist for the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The 2023 committee includes the following experts who work closely with adult readers:

Stephen Sposato (chair) is the Content Curation Manager for Chicago Public Library.

Clancey D'Isa is the Director of Strategy and Development for the Seminary Co-op Bookstores (Chicago), the first not-for-profit bookstores with bookselling as a mission.