Friday, October 12, 2012

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence

The inaugural Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Non-fiction have been awarded.

"The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. The shortlisted authors and eventual winners reflect the expert judgment and insight of the seven-member selection committee of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. These are the ALA’s first single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction." Checkout the Youtube clip below for more information.

The fiction category winner is The Forgotten Waltz: a novel (M) by Anne Enright.

The vicissitudes of extramarital love and the obstructions to its smooth flow—including spouses, children, and the necessary secrecy surrounding an affair—are charted in sharp yet supple prose.

The non-fiction winner is Catherine the Great: portrait of a woman (M) by Robert K. Massie

A compulsively readable biography of the fascinating woman who, through a combination of luck, personality, and a fine mind, rose from her birth as a minor German princess to become the Empress of all the Russias.

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