Richard Ford and Timothy Egan are the 2013 winners
of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. Richard Ford won the fiction award for his novel, Canada
, which is published by HarperCollins' Ecco imprint. Timothy Egan won the nonfiction medal for his book, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
. The book is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
In 2012 the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were created to recognize the best adult nonfiction and fiction published in the U.S. in the previous year. There is one winner for fiction and one winner for nonfiction. The awards are cosponsored by Booklist and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of ALA. The awards are funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.
This year's winners were announced at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Both Egan and Ford each collected a $5,000 check. The finalists each received
$1,500. The fiction finalists were Junot Diaz's This is How You Lose Her
by Junot Diaz and The Round House
by Louise Erdrich. Nonfiction finalists were The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death
and Jill Lepore Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
by David Quammen.
The members of the 2013 selection committee were: Nancy Pearl, Chair; Brad Hooper, editor, Adult Books, Booklist, Chicago; Danise Hoover, associate librarian, Public Services, Hunter College Library, New York; A. Issac Pulver, director, Saratoga Springs (NY) Public Library; Nonny Schlotzhauer, librarian, Collection Development/Social Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA; Donna Seaman, senior editor, Adult Books, Booklist, Chicago; and Rebecca Vnuk, editor, Reference and Collection Management, Booklist, Chicago.