The 2022 literary awards season kicked off this past weekend at LibLearnX with the announcement of the Andrew Carnegie Medals, the Notable Book Awards, and many more. We proudly congratulate all of our award-winning authors.

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The Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib


ALA Notable Books

Hell of a Book by Jason Mott
Klara and the Sun: A Novel by Kazuo Ishiguro
Matrix: A Novel by Lauren Groff
When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut; Translated by Adrian Nathan West

A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib
Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 Edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain


Alex Award Winners
The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
Lore Olympus, Vol. 1 by Rachel Smythe
Malice by Heather Walter

RUSA Reading List (Genre Winners)

Adrenaline Short List
The Push: A Novel by Ashley Audrain
Red Widow: A Novel by Alma Katsu

Fantasy Short List:
Black Water Sister by Zen Cho
The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec

Historical Fiction Short List:
Daughters of Sparta: A Novel by Claire Heywood
A Tip for the Hangman: A Novel by Allison Epstein

Mystery winner:
Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala

Horror Shortlist:
Near the Bone by Christina Henry

Science Fiction Short List:
Project Hail Mary: A Novel by Andy Weir

Relationship Fiction Winner:
The Guncle: A Novel by Steven Rowley

Relationship Fiction Shortlist:
Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Romance Short List:
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

BCALA Literary Award Winners

Best Poetry Award:
Black Girl, Call Home: Poems by Jasmine Mans

Nonfiction Honor Award
The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This is Our Song by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib



The CODES List: Cookbooks
Cook this Book: Techniques That Teach and Recipes To Repeat by Molly Baz
Vegetarian Chinese Soul Food: Deliciously Doable Ways to Cook Greens, Tofu, and Other Plant-Based Ingredients by Hsiao-Ching Chou
Zoë Bakes Cakes: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Favorite Layers, Bundts, Loaves, and More [A Baking Book] by Zoë François
Cook Real Hawai’I: A Cookbook by Sheldon Simeon
Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora [A Cookbook] by Bryant Terry


Sophie Brody Medal
Honorable mentions books:
Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood by Mark Oppenheimer
American Baby: A Mother, A Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption by Gabrielle Glaser


Listen List
Broken Horses: A Memoir by Brandi Carlile. Narrated by Brandi Carlile
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain. Narrated by a full cast
Gold Diggers: A Novel by Sanjena Sathian. Narrated by Rama Vallury
The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories by Danielle Evans. Narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Nicole Lewis, Brittany Pressley, Shayna Small, January LaVoy, Adenrele Ojo, and Janina Edwards
This is Ear Hustle: Unflinching Stories of Everyday Prison Life by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods. Narrated by Nigel Poor, Earlonne Woods, Lt. Sam Robinson, Chayne Hampton, Andrew Eiden, Gary Tiedemann, Landon Woodson, Cary Hite, Debi Tinsley, Joniece Abbot Pratt, Curt Bonnem, Teri Clark Linden, and Pierce Cravens

Congratulations to our winners! Listen to clips from these audiobooks here!


Odyssey Awards

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson and narrated by Adjoa; produced by Listening Library
Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi and narrated by Mitra Jouhari; produced by Listening Library

Learn more about our winners and listen to clips from these audiobooks here!


Visit ALA’s Site for the Full Lists.


Category: Awards

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