Congratulations to the six titles selected for the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Shortlist! The American Library Association (ALA) announced the finalists for the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction today, awarded for the previous year’s best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the U.S. As part of an announcement and medal presentation event at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco in June, each winning author will receive $5,000 and the finalists will each receive $1,500. The finalists are listed below, linked to Booklist reviews.
2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction Shortlist
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. By Bryan Stevenson. Published by Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House.
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. By Elizabeth Kolbert. Published by Henry Holt.
Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David. By Lawrence Wright. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House LLC.
2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Shortlist
All the Light We Cannot See. By Anthony Doerr. Published by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Nora Webster. By Colm Tóibín. Published by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc..
On Such a Full Sea. By Chang-rae Lee. Published by Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA).
The shortlisted authors and eventual winners reflect the expertise of a seven-member selection committee of library professionals from across the country who work closely with adult readers. The annually appointed selection committee includes a chair (Brad Hooper 2014-2015), one member of the American Booksellers Association, three Booklist editors or contributors, and three former members of RUSA CODES Notable Books Council. The committee members can be found here.
Annotations and more information on the finalists and the awards can be found at