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.

Nonfiction

Winner: Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham

Adam Higginbotham spent more than 10 years researching Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster. The resulting work, which The New York Times Book Review called “a gripping miss-your-subway-stop read,” was named a Best Book of the year by the New York Times, Time, Kirkus Reviews, and NPR.

From the ALA: Adam Higginbotham has created a thoroughly researched, fast-paced, engrossing, and revelatory account of what led up to and what followed the explosion of Reactor Four at the Chernobyl nuclear-power plant on April 26, 1986, focusing on the people involved as they faced shocking circumstances that are having complex and significant global consequences.

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