Last night, at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, Anne Enright and Robert K. Massie became the first authors to be honored with the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. Anne Enright’s The Forgotten Waltz (2011) received the medal for fiction and Robert K. Massie’s Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman (2011) received the nonfiction prize.
This marks the first time that ALA, well known for its youth awards, has offered single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction. The medals recognize the best books for adult readers published the previous year in the United States and are cosponsored by Booklist and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of ALA. The awards are funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.
In addition to the medals, Enright and Massie both received $5,000, and each finalist received $1,500. For more information on the winners, finalists and the awards, please visit ALA’s Carnegie Medals page.