Shortlists Revealed for 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

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The shortlists were announced this week for the American Library Association’s 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The announcement gives booksellers a chance to introduce the finalists to readers as the holiday shopping season draws near.

Three fiction and three nonfiction titles were chosen for the shortlist from the 20 fiction and 20 nonfiction longlist titles. The two medal winners will be revealed on January 10, 2016, at the ALA’s Midwinter Meeting.

Cathy Langer, lead buyer for the Tattered Cover Book Stores in Denver, Colorado, was a member of the selection committee for the awards, which are co-sponsored by Booklist and RUSA, ALA’s Reference and User Services Association. The awards are funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Titles on the shortlists for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals are:


  • H Is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald (Grove Press)
  • Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs, Sally Mann (Little, Brown and Company)
  • The Invention of Nature, Andrea Wulf (Knopf)


  • The Book of Aron, Jim Shepard (Knopf)
  • A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara (Doubleday)
  • The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press)

Downloadable bookmarks and tabletop posters are available on the Carnegie Medals’ website to help booksellers highlight these titles.