On June 28th, during its annual conference and exhibition in San Francisco, The American Library Association (ALA) announced the 2015 recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, In the fiction category, All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr won, and in the non-fiction category, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson won. All the Light We Cannot See also won the Pulitzer Prize for 2015.
In a press release, the ALA explained that “The medals, established in 2012, recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. during the previous year and serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading material. They are the first single-book awards for adult books given by the ALA and reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers.”
Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See,” published by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., tells intertwined stories of a sightless French girl and a German soldier. Doerr masterfully and imaginatively re-creates the harsh conditions in WWII-torn Franceand the strictly controlled lives of the military occupiers.
Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, published by Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House, is a passionate account of ways our nation thwarts justice and inhumanely punishes the poor and disadvantaged.
Finalists in Fiction and Nonfiction
Fiction finalists included Nora Webster, by Colm Tóibín, published by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.; and On Such a Full Sea, by Chang-rae Lee.
Nonfiction finalists included The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert, published by Henry Holt; and Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David by Lawrence Wright, published by Alfred A. Knopf.
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