Let’s start our morning right with the latest book news. Today, the American Library Association announced the shortlist of the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, which honors the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year. The award comes with $5,000 and previous winners include Kiese Laymon, Valeria Luiselli, and Rebecca Makkai.
From a longlist of 46 titles comes a shortlist of six titles (three in each category):
Megha Majumdar, A Burning
James McBride, Deacon King Kong
Ayad Akhtar, Homeland Elegies
Rebecca Giggs, Fathoms: The World in the Whale
Claudia Rankine, Just Us: An American Conversation
Natasha Trethewey, Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir
The two medal winners will be announced by 2021 selection committee chair Bill Kelly at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards (BMAs) event, which will take place online on February 4, 2021 from 3-4pm CST.
Congrats to all!