ALA announces longlist for 2023 Carnegie Medal in Fiction

The American Library Association has announced the longlist of 22 books for the prestigious Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction (as well as the longlist of 21 books for the nonfiction award).

Thirteen of the 22 books are by women, including The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan, The Candy House by Jennifer Egan, Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver, and Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel.

The other nominees are: Julia Armfield, Wives Under the Sea; Sindya Bhanoo, Seeking Fortune Elsewhere; Talia Lakshmi Kolluri, What We Fed to the Manticore: Stories; Yiyun Li, The Book of Goose; Maggie O’Farrell, The Marriage Portrait; Julie Otsuka, The Swimmers; Weike Wang, Joan is Okay; Laura Warrell, Sweet Soft Plenty Rhythm; and Jenny Tinghui Zhang, Four Treasures of the Sky.

The remaining nine nominees are: Hernan Diaz, Trust; David Santos Donaldson, Greenland; Jonathan Escoffery, If I Survive You; Oscar Hokeah, Calling for a Blanket Dance; Andrew Holleran, The Kingdom of Sand; Cormac McCarthy, The Passenger; Sequoia Nagamatsu, How High We Go in the Dark; Douglas Stuart, Young Mungo; and Morgan Talty, Night of the Living Rez.

The six-title shortlist will be announced on November 15, 2022. The winner will be announced by 2023 selection committee chair Stephen Sposato at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards live streaming event, during LibLearnX on January 29. The celebratory event, including presentations by the winners and a featured speaker, will take place at the 2023 ALA Annual Conference in June 2023 in Chicago.

Carnegie Medal winners will each receive $5,000.

For more info, visit the ALA’s Carnegie Medal website.


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