The shortlist for the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction has been announced, and includes titles that have been flying off the shelves this past year. If having your personal book selection validated by a team of library and reading experts is a pat on the back to your good taste, then the titles below may give you a literary glow for the rest of the day.
In nonfiction, the nominees are:
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan
The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death by Jill Lepore (973 LEP)
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen (614.43 QUA)
The nominees are selected by a seven-member committee comprised of library professionals from the American Library Association’s Booklist magazine’s editorial staff and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). Finalists were drawn from the past year’s Booklist Editor’s Choice lists and the RUSA CODES Notable Books List.
Winners will be announced during the 2013 ALA Conference in Chicago on June 30.
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction works published for adult readers in the previous year. They are funded through a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and were established to reflect Andrew Carnegie’s deep belief in the power of books and learning to change the world.