Viet Thanh Nguyen and Sally Mann Awarded the 2016 Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

The eagerly anticipated Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were announced last night at the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference in Boston. The winners are The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen, for excellence in fiction, and Hold Still, by Sally Mann, for excellence in nonfiction. Read the Booklist reviews of the winners below.

The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Adept in the merciless art of interrogation, the nameless spy who narrates Nguyen’s dark novel knows how to pry answers from the unwilling. Unexpectedly, however, this Vietnamese Communist sympathizer finds himself being tortured by the very revolutionary zealots he has helped make victorious in Saigon. . . . Compelling—and profoundly unsettling.

The Sympathizer Viet

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Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs, by Sally Mann

Photographer Mann’s book, Immediate Family (1992), aroused immediate outrage over its nude photographs of her three beloved children at their secluded Virginia farm. . . . A boldly alive, bracingly honest, thoroughly engrossing, sun-dappled, and deeply shadowed tale of inheritance and defiance, creativity and remembrance by an audacious and tenacious American photographer.

Sally Mann Hold Still

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To learn more about the Carnegie medals and the winners this year, visit http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/carnegieadult.

 

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