RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE IN LITERATURE

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The Bully PulpitThe Goldfinch, and Claire of the Sea Light are among the six books chosen as finalists for the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medals in Fiction and Nonfiction, given annually by the American Library Association. The medals are awarded for the best fiction and nonfiction books published in the U.S. in the previous year. Each winning author will receive $5,000 as part of an announcement and medal presentation event at the 2014 ALA annual conference on June 28. The four finalists will each received $1,500.

The awards 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, serves as chair of the selection committee. The awards are made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation in recognition of Andrew Carnegie’s deep belief in the power of books and learning to change the world. They are co-sponsored by ALA’s Booklist publications and the Reference and User Services Association.

More information on the finalists and the awards