Colson Whitehead and Matthew Desmond Awarded the 2017 Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were announced tonight at the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference in Atlanta. The winners are The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead, for excellence in fiction, and Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond, for excellence in nonfiction. Read the Booklist reviews of the winners below.
The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
In this magnetizing and wrenching saga, Whitehead tells the story of smart and resilient Cora, a young third-generation slave on a Georgia cotton plantation, who flees with a young man who knows how to reach the Underground Railroad. Hard-driving, laser-sharp, artistically superlative, and deeply compassionate, Whitehead’s unforgettable odyssey adds a clarion new facet to the literature of racial tyranny and liberation.
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond
Harvard professor Desmond takes a compelling look at home evictions in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one of America’s most segregated cities. Desmond’s natural storytelling style easily moves from engaging narrative to straight reporting. He does a marvelous job exposing these harrowing stories of people who find themselves in bad situations, shining a light on how eviction sets people up to fail.