2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Longlist Announced

longlist-featuredThe longlist for the fifth Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction has just been announced! Check it out to see which titles are under consideration for the American Library Association’s first single-title medal given to books for adults. The 2017 Carnegie Medal shortlist will be announced on Wednesday, October 26, and the winners will be revealed at the RUSA Book and Media Awards in Atlanta on Sunday, January 22. The celebratory event, with the Carnegie Medals presentation and author speeches, will take place at the ALA Annual Conference as usual.

“We took a long, winding road to get to the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence longlist,” says Donna Seaman, chair of the award selection committee and Adult Books editor at Booklist. “With a selection committee comprised of seven avid professional book lovers—librarians, reviewers, editors, and a bookseller—we began assembling our list of possible nominations with exuberance. Then we had to slow down and look more closely and carefully, comparing and contrasting. The result is a list of 24 thrillingly diverse and affecting novels and 21 works of nonfiction covering an exciting array of subjects. We’re very excited about this list, even as we know that the next stage–choosing the six finalists, three in each category, is going to be much more difficult!”

Far easier: reading the longlist. Without further ado, we present this year’s titles.



Alameddine, Rabih. The Angel of History. (Atlantic Monthly)

Beverly, Bill. Dodgers. (Crown)

Butler, Robert Olen. Perfume River. (Atlantic Monthly)

Chabon, Michael. Moonglow. (Harper)

Eggers, Dave. Heroes of the Frontier. (Knopf)

Enrigue, Álvaro. Sudden Death. (Riverhead)

Erdrich, Louise. LaRose. (Harper)

Gyasi, Yaa. Homegoing. (Knopf)

Haslett, Adam. Imagine Me Gone. (Little, Brown)

Ivey, Eowyn. To the Bright Edge of the World. (Little, Brown)

Lee, Krys. How I Became a North Korean. (Viking)

Mbue, Imbolo. Behold the Dreamers. (Random House)

Morgan, C. E. The Sport of Kings. (Farrar)

Murphy, Tim. Christodora. (Grove)

Patchett, Ann. Commonwealth. (Harper)

Prose, Francine. Mister Monkey. (Harper)

Smith, Dominic. The Last Painting of Sara de Vos. (Farrar)

Smith, Zadie. Swing Time. (Penguin Press)

Strout, Elizabeth. My Name Is Lucy Barton. (Random House)

Terrell, Whitney. The Good Lieutenant. (Farrar)

Thien, Madeleine. Do Not Say We Have Nothing. (Norton)

Watson, Larry. As Good as Gone. (Algonquin)

Whitehead, Colson. The Underground Railroad. (Doubleday)

Woodson, Jacqueline. Another Brooklyn. (Harper)



Bell-Scott, Patricia. The Firebrand and the First Lady: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice. (Knopf)

Desmond, Matthew. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. (Crown)

Dum, Christopher P. Exiled in America: Life on the Margins in a Residential Motel. (Columbia University Press)

France, David. How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS. (Knopf)

Isenberg, Nancy. White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America. (Viking)

Jahren, Hope. Lab Girl. (Knopf)

Kanigel, Robert. Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs. (Knopf)

King, Ross. Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies(Bloomsbury)

Kurlansky, Mark. Paper: Paging through History. (Norton)

Macy, Beth. Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest—A True Story of the Jim Crow South. (Little, Brown)

McBride, James. Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul. (Spiegel & Grau)

McDonald-Gibson, Charlotte. Cast Away: True Stories of Survival from Europe’s Refugee Crisis. (New Press)

Phillips, Patrick. Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America. (Norton)

Rawlence, Ben. City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp. (Picador)

Roach, Mary. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War. (Norton)

Sax, David. The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter. (Perseus/Public Affairs)

Shetterly, Margot Lee. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. (Morrow)

Sobel, Dava. The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars. (Viking)

Staiti, Paul. Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution through Painters’ Eyes. (Bloomsbury)

Wideman, John Edgar. Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File. (Scribner)

Williams, Terry Tempest. The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks. (Farrar)

Voight, Emily. The Dragon behind the Glass. A True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World’s Most Coveted Fish. (Scribner)

Younge, Gary. Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives. (Nation Books)



About the Author:

Eugenia Williamson is the Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist. She worked in bookstores for twelve years, reviews books for The Boston Globe, and writes about books, culture, and politics for several other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Genie.

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