Forty-seven books (24 fiction, 23 nonfiction) have been selected for the longlist for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The list is now available on the awards’ website. The six-title shortlist—three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals—will be chosen from these 47 titles and announced on October 26, 2016. The two medal winners will be announced by 2017 selection committee chair Donna Seaman at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards (BMAs) event at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday, January 22, 5:00-7:00pm.
This is the second time the Carnegie Medal winner announcements will be made at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The shortlist is now announced in October, the winners in January, and the popular celebratory event continues at the ALA Annual Conference each year. The ALA Midwinter Meeting now offers all ALA book and media award announcements in the same 24 hours, with the adult Book and Media Awards announcements preceding the Monday morning Youth Media Awards announcements.
The Andrew Carnegie Medals are the first single-book awards for adult titles given by the American Library Association, and reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. The Medals and the lists leading up to the selection of the winners serve as a guide to selecting quality reading material. The annually appointed selection committee includes Booklist editors or contributors, members of RUSA’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section’s (CODES) Notable Books Council, and a representative of the American Booksellers Association. Booklist Adult Books Editor and 2017 selection committee chair Donna Seaman is joined on the committee by: Andrea J. Copeland, assistant professor in the Department of Library and Information Science, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, Indianapolis; Sheryl Cotleur, frontlist adult titles buyer (fiction and nonfiction) for Copperfield’s Books, California, representing the American Booksellers Association; Liz Kirchhoff, Adult Services Librarian, Barrington Area Library, Illinois; Nancy Pearl, former librarian, author of several Book Lust and Book Crush titles, and regular commentator on books on NPR’s Morning Edition and the TV show Book Lust with Nancy Pearl; Kaite Mediatore Stover, Director of Readers’ Services, Kansas City Public Library; and Miriam Tuliao, Assistant Director at BookOps, a library technical services organization serving the Brooklyn Public Library and the New York Public Library.
The awards have been funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, and are cosponsored and administered by Booklist and RUSA. Booklist also sponsors the Michael L. Printz Award, Odyssey Award and Alex Awards. RUSA’s CODES administers the Notable Books List, The Reading List, The Listen List and the Sophie Brody Medal.
Find out more about the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.
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