2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Longlist Announced

Forty-six books (26 fiction, 20 nonfiction) have been selected for the longlist for the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The six-title shortlist—three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals—will be chosen from longlist titles and announced on November 17, 2020. The two medal winners will be announced by 2021 selection committee chair Bill Kelly at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards (BMAs) event, which will take place online on Thursday, February 4, 2021, from 3 to 4 p.m. CST.

Carnegie Medal winners will each receive $5,000. The six finalists and two winners will be honored during a celebratory event in the summer of 2021.


Apeirogon, by Colum McCann (Random)

Bring Me the Head of Quentin Tarantino, by Julián Herbert (Graywolf)

A Burning, by Megha Majumdar (Knopf)

Crooked Hallelujah, by Kelly Jo Ford (Grove)

Deacon King Kong, by James McBride (Riverhead)

Echo on the Bay, by Masatsugu Ono (Two Lines)

The Glass Hotel, by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf)

Hamnet, by Maggie O’Farrell (Knopf)

Here We Are, by Graham Swift (Knopf)

Homeland Elegies, by Ayad Akhtar (Little, Brown)

Hurricane Season, by Fernanda Melchor (New Directions)

Interior Chinatown, by Charles Yu (Pantheon)

Jack, by Marilynne Robinson (Farrar)

The Last Great Road Bum, by Héctor Tobar (Farrar/MCD)

Luster, by Raven Leilani (Farrar)

Memorial, by Bryan Washington (Riverhead)

The Night Watchman, by Louise Erdrich (Harper)

Parakeet, by Marie-Helene Bertino (Farrar)

Pew, by Catherine Lacey (Farrar)

Red Dress in Black and White, by Elliot Ackerman (Knopf)

Run Me to Earth, by Paul Yoon (Simon & Schuster)

Shuggie Bain, by Douglas Stuart (Grove)

Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi (Knopf)

Utopia Avenue, by David Mitchell (Random)

The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett (Riverhead)

Weather, by Jenny Offill (Knopf)


The Beauty in Breaking, by Michele Harper (Riverhead)

The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creatures in the Natural World, by Patrik Svensson (Ecco)

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson (Random)

Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America, by Laila Lalami (Pantheon)

The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X, by Les and Tamara Payne (Norton/Liveright)

The Dragons, the Giant, the Women, by Wayétu Moore (Graywolf)

Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town, by Barbara Demick (Random)

Fathoms: The World in the Whale, by Rebecca Giggs (Simon & Schuster)

God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World, by Alan Mikhail (Norton/Liveright)

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family, by Robert Kolker (Doubleday)

Humankind: A Hopeful History, by Rutger Bregman (Little, Brown)

Just Us: An American Conversation, by Claudia Rankine (Graywolf)

The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch, by Miles Harvey (Little, Brown)

Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir, by Natasha Trethewey (Ecco)

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, by Cathy Park Hong (Random/One World)

My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, by Jenn Shapland (Tin House)

One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle over American Immigration, 1924–1965, by Jia Lynn Yang (Norton)

Paper Bullets: Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis, by Jeffrey H. Jackson (Algonquin)

Recollections of My Nonexistence, by Rebecca Solnit (Viking)

The Undocumented Americans, by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio (Random/One World)


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