Congratulations to Richard Ford and Timothy Egan, 2013 winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction! Richard Ford won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction for his novel Canada, published by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Timothy Egan won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction for his book, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, were established in 2012, and recognize the best of the best in fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. 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 “Booklust” serves as chair of the awards’ selection committee.
A shortlist of finalists is announced each spring from 50 titles drawn from the previous year’s Booklist Editors’ Choice and RUSA Notable Books lists. Along with a medal presentation at ALA’s annual conference in Chicago, IL, on June 30, each winning author received $5,000 and the four finalists each received $1,500.
The awards are made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York in recognition of Andrew Carnegie’s deep belief in the power of books and learning to change the world, and are co-sponsored by ALA’s Booklist publications and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).
The following Finalists are either available at the Calvin T. Ryan Library or you can find book reviews using the library web site.
2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Finalists
|The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Book Collection PS3555.R42 R68 2012
|Canada,by Richard Ford.||This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Díaz.|
2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalists
|Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen
Book Collection RA639 .Q83 2012
|Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan||The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death by Jill Lepore|