Meet the 2020 Carnegie Medal winners and finalists for fiction & nonfiction

Valeria Luiselli and Adam Higginbotham took home top honors at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

Fiction

Winner: Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive netted a wealth of starred and rave reviews when it hit bookstores in February. Then the award nominations came piling in: A finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize and the Aspen Words Literary Prize, named as one of the best books of 2019 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and more. Now Luiselli, a 2019 MacArthur Fellowship recipient, has taken home a Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. 

From the ALA: “Intense and timely, Valeria Luiselli’s novel tracks husband-and-wife audio documentarians as they travel cross-country with their two children and deep into the painful history of the Apache people and the present immigration crisis on the Southwest border,  while freshly exploring themes of conquest and remembrance, and powerfully conveying the beauty of the haunted landscape.”

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