The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. The shortlisted authors and eventual winners reflect the expert judgment and insight of the seven-member selection committee of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. These are the ALA’s first single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction.

For additional information about the Medals, please visit the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction website.

Award Winners

Fiction:
“The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead, published by Doubleday, Penguin Random House LLC

Non-fiction:
“Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” by Matthew Desmond, published by Crown, Penguin Random House LLC

Fiction:
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic)

Nonfiction:
Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann (Little, Brown, and Company, Hachette Book Group)

Fiction:
“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

Non-fiction:
“Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson

Fiction:
“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

Nonfiction:
“The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism” by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Fiction:
“Canada” by Richard Ford

Non-fiction:
“Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher” by Timothy Egan

Fiction:
“The Forgotten Waltz” by Anne Enright

Non-fiction:
“Catherine the Great” by Robert Massie

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