Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence: Longlist 2020

Carnegie Medal winners will each receive $5,000. The six finalists and two winners will be honored during a celebratory event, sponsored by NoveList, at ALA’s 2020 Annual Conference in Chicago.


A total of forty-nine books (twenty-four fiction, twenty-five nonfiction) have been selected for the longlist for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.


Texas books and authors on this year’s lists include Michael Parker for Prairie Fever (Read our review here.) in fiction, and Douglas Brinkley for American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race, and Holly George-Warren for Janis: Her Life and Music (this week’s Lone Star Review title) in nonfiction.


Six finalists will be announced on November 4, and two medal winners will be announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards event at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia on Sunday, January 26.


Carnegie Medal winners will each receive $5,000. The six finalists and two winners will be honored during a celebratory event, sponsored by NoveList, at ALA’s 2020 Annual Conference in Chicago.



Blake, Sarah. The Guest Book. (Flatiron)

Brodesser-Akner, Taffy. Fleishman is in Trouble. (Random)

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. The Water Dancer. (Ballantine/ One World)

Cruz, Angie. Dominicana. (Flatiron) 

Danticat, Edwidge. Everything Inside. (Knopf)            

Ellmann, Lucy. Ducks, Newburyport. (Biblioasis)

Gilbert, Elizabeth. City of Girls(Riverhead)     

Goldberg, Myla. Feast Your Eyes. (Scribner)      

Hoffman, Alice. The World That We Knew. (Simon & Schuster)  

Hustvedt, Siri. Memories of the Future. (Simon & Schuster)

Luiselli, Valeria. Lost Children Archive. (Knopf)

Obreht, Téa. Inland. (Random)

Parker, Michael. Prairie Fever. (Algonquin)

Patchett, Ann. The Dutch House. (Harper)       

Phillips, Julia. Disappearing Earth. (Knopf)    

Porter, Max. Lanny. (Graywolf)         

Rooney, Salley. Normal People. (Hogarth)

Rushdie, Salman. Quichotte. (Random)

Schine, Cathleen. The Grammarians. (Farrar/Sarah Crichton)

Smith, Zadie. Grand Union. (Penguin Press)

Vijay, Madhuri. The Far Field. (Grove)

Vuong, Ocean. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous. (Penguin Press)

Whitehead, Colson. The Nickel Boys. (Doubleday)

Woodson, Jacqueline. Red at the Bone. (Riverhead)    


Ackerman, Elliot. Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning. (Penguin Press)    

Arana, Marie. Silver, Sword & Stone: Three Crucibles of the Latin American Story. (Simon & Schuster)      

Aronson, Louise. Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life. (Bloomsbury)  

Brinkley, Douglas. American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race. (Harper)

Broom, Sarah M. The Yellow House. (Grove)   

Cep, Casey. Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee. (Knopf)     

Cullen, Dave. Parkland. (Harper)      

de Waal, Frans. Mama’s Last Hug: Animal and Human Emotions. (Norton)  

Forché, Carolyn. What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance. (Penguin Press)  

George-Warren, Holly. Janis: Her Life and Music. (Simon & Schuster)  

Gertner, Jon. The Ice at the End of the World: Greenland’s Secret Past and Earth’s Perilous Future. (Random)

Higginbotham, Adam. Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster. (Simon & Schuster)   

Jones, Brian Jay. Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination. (Dutton)

Keefe, Patrick Radden. Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland. (Doubleday)   

Kotlowitz, Alex. An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago. (Doubleday)

Macfarlane, Robert. Underland: A Deep Time Journey. (Norton)       

Machado, Carmen Maria. In the Dream House: A Memoir. (Graywolf) 

Morrison, Toni. The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations. (Knopf)  

Perez, Caroline Criado. Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men. (Abrams)

Popova, Maria. Figuring. (Pantheon)

Rich, Nathaniel. Losing Earth: A Recent History. (Farrar/MCD) 

Straight, Susan. In the Country of Women. (Catapult)      

Treuer, David. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present. (Riverhead)  

Urbina, Ian. The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys across the Last Untamed Frontier. (Knopf)   

Wallace-Wells, David. The Uninhabitable Earth: Life after Warming. (Crown/Tim Duggan)