Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

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Congratulations to the winners! “The Goldfinch,” by Donna Tartt received the medal for fiction, and “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism,” by Doris Kearns Goodwin received the medal for nonfiction. The American Library Association (ALA) announced this year’s recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, on June 28 at an awards presentation held during the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas.

The awards, established in 2012, recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year and serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading material. They are the first single-book awards for adult books given by the American Library Association and reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. Nancy Pearl, librarian, literature expert, NPR commentator and best-selling author of “Book Lust,” served as chair of the awards’ selection committee.

Read more about this year’s winners.


About “The Goldfinch,” the ALA commends the author saying, “Tartt writes from Theo’s point of view with fierce exactitude and magnetic emotion.”


About “The Bully Pulpit,” the ALA says, “Goodwin offers a superb re-creation of a period when many politicians, journalists and citizens of differing political affiliations viewed government as a force for public good.”