Looking for a good read? The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Longlist is out!

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The longlist for the American Library Association's Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction was announced on October 1. A total of 49 books (24 fiction, 25 nonfiction) were selected this year. The six finalists will be announced on November 4. Two medal winners will be announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards event at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia on Sunday, January 26, 5 -7 pm.

The awards were established in 2012, and they're the first single-book awards for adult books given by the American Library Association. They're also the ONLY major book award that reflects the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers.

Congratulations to all the authors. Happy Fall reading to everyone else!


Blake, Sarah. The Guest Book. (Flatiron)

Brodesser-Akner, Taffy. Fleishman is in Trouble. (Random)

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. The Water Dancer. (Ballantine/ One World)

Cruz, Angie. Dominicana. (Flatiron) 

Danticat, Edwidge. Everything Inside. (Knopf)

Ellmann, Lucy. Ducks, Newburyport. (Biblioasis)

Gilbert, Elizabeth. City of Girls. (Riverhead)     

Goldberg, Myla. Feast Your Eyes. (Scribner)      

Hoffman, Alice. The World That We Knew. (Simon & Schuster)  

Hustvedt, Siri. Memories of the Future. (Simon & Schuster)

Luiselli, Valeria. Lost Children Archive. (Knopf)

Obreht, Téa. Inland. (Random)

Parker, Michael. Prairie Fever. (Algonquin)

Patchett, Ann. The Dutch House. (Harper)       

Phillips, Julia. Disappearing Earth. (Knopf)    

Porter, Max. Lanny. (Graywolf)         

Rooney, Salley. Normal People. (Hogarth)

Rushdie, Salman. Quichotte. (Random)

Schine, Cathleen. The Grammarians. (Farrar/Sarah Crichton)

Smith, Zadie. Grand Union. (Penguin Press)

Vijay, Madhuri. The Far Field. (Grove)

Vuong, Ocean. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous. (Penguin Press)

Whitehead, Colson. The Nickel Boys. (Doubleday)

Woodson, Jacqueline. Red at the Bone. (Riverhead)    


Ackerman, Elliot. Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning. (Penguin Press)    

Arana, Marie. Silver, Sword & Stone: Three Crucibles of the Latin American Story. (Simon & Schuster)      

Aronson, Louise. Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life. (Bloomsbury)  

Brinkley, Douglas. American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race. (Harper)

Broom, Sarah M. The Yellow House. (Grove)   

Cep, Casey. Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee. (Knopf)     

Cullen, Dave. Parkland. (Harper)      

de Waal, Frans. Mama’s Last Hug: Animal and Human Emotions. (Norton)  

Forché, Carolyn. What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance. (Penguin Press)  

George-Warren, Holly. Janis: Her Life and Music. (Simon & Schuster)  

Gertner, Jon. The Ice at the End of the World: Greenland’s Secret Past and Earth’s Perilous Future. (Random)

Higginbotham, Adam. Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster. (Simon & Schuster)   

Jones, Brian Jay. Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination. (Dutton)

Keefe, Patrick Radden. Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland. (Doubleday)   

Kotlowitz, Alex. An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago. (Doubleday)

Macfarlane, Robert. Underland: A Deep Time Journey. (Norton)       

Machado, Carmen Maria. In the Dream House: A Memoir. (Graywolf) 

Morrison, Toni. The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations. (Knopf)  

Perez, Caroline Criado. Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men. (Abrams)

Popova, Maria. Figuring. (Pantheon)

Rich, Nathaniel. Losing Earth: A Recent History. (Farrar/MCD) 

Straight, Susan. In the Country of Women. (Catapult)      

Treuer, David. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present. (Riverhead)  

Urbina, Ian. The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys across the Last Untamed Frontier. (Knopf)   

Wallace-Wells, David. The Uninhabitable Earth: Life after Warming. (Crown/Tim Duggan)

The Medals are made possible, in part, 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 and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Learn more about the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence.