What the Librarians Loved: Previewing the 2016 Carnegie Medals
The American Library Association Honors the Year's Best
The 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction will be announced this Sunday in Boston at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting. The awards, which seek to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the previous year, are supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Founded on the occasion of the foundation’s centennial in 2012, the Medals for Excellence were established to honor Andrew Carnegie’s abiding belief in the ability of books to change the world. The shortlist, drawn from the previous year’s Booklist Editors’ Choice and RUSA Notable Books list, as well as the eventual winners, are chosen by a seven-member selection committee comprised of library professionals from across the country who work closely with adult readers.
This year’s finalists are as follows:
Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction 2016
On Literary Hub: Viet Thanh Nguyen in conversation with David Abrams · An essay by Jim Shepard on writing the Holocaust through the eyes of a child · An interview with Jim Shepard · An excerpt from A Little Life
Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Non-Fiction 2016
On Literary Hub: An excerpt from H is for Hawk · Helen Macdonald reads two passages from T. H. White’s The Goshawk · A profile of Sally Mann · An excerpt from Hold Still · An excerpt from The Invention of Nature