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Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

The six shortlist titles for the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence—three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals—were announced on November 8. The two medal winners will be announced by 2022 selection committee chair Terry Hong will at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards virtual event on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, 5:00 p.m. CT, during LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience.

A celebratory event, including presentations by the winners and a featured speaker, will take place at the ALA Annual Conference, June 23-28, 2022, in Washington, D.C. Carnegie Medal winners will each receive $5,000.

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SHORTLIST

FICTION FINALISTS

Twitter share: Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Shortlist Selection (The Five Wounds) Winners announced January 23!
The Five Wounds
Kirstin Valdez Quade
(W. W. Norton & Company)

Amadeo Padilla filled the role of Jesus during the re-creation of the Crucifixion as part of Holy Week, and he also has heavy burdens to bear in his real life in Las Penas, New Mexico, with his pregnant teen daughter, Angel and an ailing matriarch. Quade delivers a nuanced and authentic tale of characters who understand the inevitability of fate but try to forge ahead anyway in the hope of breaking free.

 

Twitter share: Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Shortlist Selection (Book cover: Matrix) Winners announced January 23!


Matrix
Lauren Groff
(Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC)

In the twelfth century, Marie, former child crusader and “bastardess heir to the crown” of France and England, at age 17, considered unmarriageable due to her great height and plainness, arrives at the dismal abbey that she will eventually transform as abbess over the course of Groff’s splendidly daring, descriptive and spine-tingling novel of faith, power and temptation.

 

Twitter share: Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Shortlist Selection (Book cover: The Thousand Crimes of MIng Tsu) Winners announced January 23!
The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu
Tom Lin

(Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group)

In Utah, in 1869, Ming Tsu reckons he has killed some 200 men and is now on his way to killing the five who had beaten him half to death, stolen his wife, and had him sentenced to 10 years of forced labor building the Central Pacific Railroad. Two years later, Ming has escaped and is ready for retribution. Infused with magic realism, Lin’s beautifully imagined first novel is a transcendent epic.

 

NONFICTION FINALISTS

 

Twitter share: Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction Shortlist Selection (Book cover: Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619–2019) Winners announced January 23!
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619–2019
Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
(One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC)

African American history is a communal quilt, crisscrossed with the stitches of elders, youth, LGBTQ folk, mothers, fathers, revolutionaries, and poets. Editors Kendi and Blain honor this multilayered heritage in a monumental work of collaborative history. Ninety Black writers each take on a five-year period from 1619–2019, and each 40-year section concludes with a poem adding up to a seamless collection that crackles with rage, beauty, bitter humor, and the indomitable will to survive.

 

Twitter share: Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction Shortlist Selection (Book cover: A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance ) Winners announced January 23!
A Little Devil in America: In Praise of Black Performance

Hanif Abdurraqib
(Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC)

Blending pop-culture essays, memoir, and poetry, Abdurraqib delves into the many iterations of Black artistic expression through an often deeply personal lens. Divided into five “movements,” these pieces offer an expansive exploration of subjects ranging from the often-tragic lives of legendary Black artists to close examination of a singular performance. Startling, layered and timely, this is an essential, illuminating collection.

 

 Twitter share: Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction Shortlist Selection (Book cover: Seek You: A Journey through American Loneliness) Winners announced January 23!
Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness.

Kristen Radtke
(Pantheon Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC)

Radtke examines isolation as a social, biological, and personal phenomenon in a graphic-essay style, centering her inquiry around four human behaviors—listen, watch, click and touching—and considering television, American “loners,” social media, and the need for touch in prose and vector-drawn illustrations, rendering contextual and emotional detail in a provocative and engaging look at loneliness.

 

 

LONGLIST

FICTION

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Twitter share: Gordo. 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Longlist SelectionCortez, Jaime.
Gordo.

(Black Cat) 

 

Twitter share: Cloud Cuckoo Land, 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionDoerr, Anthony.
Cloud Cuckoo Land.

(Scribner) 

 

Twitter share: Infinite Country, Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Fiction longlist winnerEngel, Patricia.
Infinite Country.

(Avid Reader) 

 

Twitter share: The Sentence, 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionErdrich, Louise.
The Sentence.

(Harper) 

 

Twitter share: The Twilight Zone, 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionFernandez, Nona.
The Twilight Zone. 

(Graywolf)

 

Twitter share: The Promise. 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionGalgut, Damon.
The Promise.

(Europa)

 

Twitter share: The Waiting, 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionGendry-Kim, Keum Suk.
The Waiting.

(Drawn & Quarterly) 

 

Twitter share: THe Book of Otto and Liam. 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionGriner, Paul.
The Book of Otto and Liam.

(Sarabande Books) 

 

Twitter share: Matrix,  2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionGroff, Lauren.
Matrix.

(Riverhead Books)

 

Twiiter share: The Sweetness of Water, 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionHarris, Nathan.
The Sweetness of Water.

(Little, Brown) 

 

Twitter share: Klara and the SUn, 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence longlist selectionIshiguro, Kazuo.
Klara and the Sun.

(Knopf)

 

Twitter share: The Thousand Crimes of Ling Tsu, 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionLin, Tom.
The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu.

(Little, Brown) 

 

Twitter share: Once There Were Wolves, 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionMcConaghy, Charlotte.
Once There Were Wolves.

(Flatiron) 

 

Twitter share: Hell of a Book, 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionMott, Jason.
Hell of a Book.

(Dutton)

 

Twitter share: First Person Singular, 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionMurakami, Haruki.
First Person Singular.

(Knopf)

 

Twitter share; Things We Lost to Water, 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionNguyen, Eric.
Things We Lost to the Water.

(Knopf)

 

Twitter Share: Bewilderment, 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionPowers, Richard.
Bewilderment.

(Norton) 

 

Twitter share: The Five Wounds, 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionQuade, Kirstin Valdez.
The Five Wounds.

(Norton)

 

Twitter share: China Room, 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionSahota, Sunjeev.
China Room.

(Viking)

 

Twitter share: Great Circle, 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence longlist selectionShipstead, Maggie.  
Great Circle.

(Knopf) 

 

Twitter share: In the Country of Others, 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionSlimani, Leila.
In the Country of Others.

(Penguin Books) 

 

Twitter share: Afterparties, 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionSo, Anthony Veasna.
Afterparties.

(Ecco)

 

Twitter share: Hao, 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionYe, Chun.
Hao.

(Catapult)

 

NONFICTION

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Twitter share: A Little Devil in America, 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionAbdurraqib, Hanif.
A Little Devil in America: In Praise of Black Performance.

(Random House) 

 

Twitter share: Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II., 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionBrown, Daniel James.
Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II.

(Viking) 

 

Twitter share: The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live. 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionDreilinger, Danielle.
The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live.

(Norton)

 

Twitter share: The Glitter in the Green: In Search of Hummingbirds., 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionDunn, Jon.
The Glitter in the Green: In Search of Hummingbirds.

(Basic)

 

Twitter share:The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice., 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionEllsworth, Scott.
The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice.

(Dutton) 

 

Twitter share: Why Peacocks? An Unlikely Search for Meaning in the World's Most Magnificent Bird. , 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionFlynn, Sean.
Why Peacocks? An Unlikely Search for Meaning in the World's Most Magnificent Bird.

(Simon & Schuster) 

 

Twitter share: The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet., 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionGreen, John.
The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet.

(Dutton)

 

Twitter share: Poet Warrior., 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionHarjo, Joy.
Poet Warrior.

(Norton) 

 

Twitter share; My Broken Language, 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist Selection Hudes, Quiara Alegría.
My Broken Language.

(One World)

 

Twitter share: The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer., 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionJobb, Dean.
The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer.

(Algonquin)

 

Twitter share: Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty, 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellencselection.Keefer, Patrick Radden.
Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty.

(Doubleday)

 

Twitter share: Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619–2019., 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionKendi, Ibram X. and Keisha N. Blain.
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619–2019.

(One World)

 

Twitter share: Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future., 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionKolbert, Elizabeth.
Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future.

(Crown) 

 

Twitter share: Tom Stoppard: A Life, 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionLee, Hermione.
Tom Stoppard: A Life.

(Knopf) 

 

Twitter share: Mother of Invention: How Good Ideas Get Ignored in an Economy Built for Men., 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionMarçal, Katrine.
Mother of Invention: How Good Ideas Get Ignored in an Economy Built for Men.

(Abrams) 

 

Twitter share: The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together., 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionMcGhee, Heather.
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.

(One World) 

 

Twitter share: A Most Remarkable Creature: The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World’s Smartest Birds of Prey., 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selection Meiburg, Jonathan.
A Most Remarkable Creature: The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World’s Smartest Birds of Prey.

(Knopf)

 

Twitter share: The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Age of Fentanyl and Meth., 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionQuinones, Sam.
The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Age of Fentanyl and Meth.

(Bloomsbury) 

 

Twitter share: Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness., 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionRadtke, Kristen.
Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness.

(Pantheon)

 

Twitter share: Chasing Me to My Grave: Memoir of the Jim Crow South., 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionRembert, Winfred.
Chasing Me to My Grave: Memoir of the Jim Crow South.

(Bloomsbury) 

 

Twitter share: Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law.. 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionRoach, Mary.
Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law.

(Norton)

 

Twitter share: Smile: The Story of a Face.. 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist selectionRuhl, Sarah.
Smile: The Story of a Face.

(Simon & Schuster) 

 

 

 

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