Thursday, July 5, 2012

Andrew Carnegie Medal Winners

Last week, the American Library Association named the winners of the inaugural Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Non-Fiction. The award was established this year to recognize the best fiction and non-fiction books for adults published in the US in the previous year.
The Forgotten Waltz, by Anne Enright beat out Swamplandia by Karen Russell and Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks to win the prize for fiction. In choosing The Forgotten Waltz, the judges noted Enright's "sharp yet supple prose" in her tale of infidelity and secrecy.

Robert Massie's "compulsively readable" style of writing was instrumental in securing his win in the non-fiction category for his biography, Catherine the Great : Portrait of a Woman. Massie beat out other short-listed authors James Gleick for his study of the interplay between science and literature, The Information : A History, A Theory, A Flood, and Dayton's own Manning Marable for his biography, Malcolm X : A Life of Reinvention.

Which book from 2011 would you have chosen as the best of the year?

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