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ALA and Carnegie Corporation of New York to announce finalists for first Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

May 14, 2012

CHICAGO, May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — On Thursday, May 17, the American Library Association (ALA), along with Carnegie Corporation of New York, will announce the finalists for the first Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year’s best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the United States. Along with a medal to be awarded at the ALA’s annual conference in Anaheim, Calif., on Sunday, June 24, each winning author will receive $5,000, and four finalists will each receive $1,500.

    WHAT: Video announcement of finalists for the ALA's first
          Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction
          and Nonfiction, honoring the year's best fiction
          and nonfiction books for adult readers.

    WHEN: Thursday, May 17, at 10 a.m. EDT, Twitter
          #ala_carnegie. The announcement will be streamed
          live online.

          This is the first time that the ALA, which sponsors
          the prestigious Youth Media Awards, including the
          John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals for
          children's literature, is offering single-book
          awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction. The
          finalists for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for
          Excellence and eventual winners are selected based
          on the expert judgment and insight of library
          professionals who work closely with adult readers.
           This is a distinct departure from most major book
    WHY:   awards, which are judged by writers and critics.

The awards are made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York and are co-sponsored by ALA’s Booklist magazine and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

About Carnegie Corporation of New York
Carnegie Corporation of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the corporation’s work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy.

About Booklist
Booklist is the book review magazine of the American Library Association, considered an essential collection development and readers’ advisory tool by thousands of librarians for more than 100 years. Booklist Online includes a growing archive of 135,000+ reviews available to subscribers as well as a wealth of free content offering the latest news and views on books and media.

About Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)
The Reference and User Services Association is responsible for stimulating and supporting excellence in the delivery of general library services and materials, and the provision of reference and information services, collection development, readers’ advisory, and resource sharing for adults, in every type of library.

About the ALA
Established in 1876, the American Library Association (ALA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization created to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

SOURCE Carnegie Corporation of New York


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