Anne Enright and Robert K. Massie receive first Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence

The American Library Association awarded Anne Enright and Robert K. Massie the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, respectively, on Sunday during the ALA's annual conference. Enright was recognized for her novel, "The Forgotten Waltz," which explores the ripple effects of an extramarital affair. Massie was recognized for his biography, "Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman." Each author will receive a medal and $5,000.

Finalists for the award will receive $1,500 each. Finalists for the fiction award included Russell Banks ("Lost Memory of Skin") and Karen Russell ("Swamplandia!"). Finalists in the nonfiction category included James Gleick ("The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood") and Manning Marable ("Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention").

The Andrew Carnegie medals recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published within the previous year. The prizes are made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. 

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