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.

Finalist: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates, National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me, turns to book-length fiction for the first time with his much-anticipated novel The Water Dancer. The book became a No. 1 New York Times bestseller and an Oprah’s Book Club pick in addition to landing a spot on many leading publications’ best-of-2019 lists. 

From the ALA: “Ta-Nehisi Coates’ first novel is a profoundly imagined and psychologically and socially perceptive drama about the atrocities of slavery sieved through the experiences and convictions of young Hiram Walker, who, as the son of an enslaved woman and the owner of a prominent Virginia estate, possesses a strange and liberating power.”

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