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 Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer

David Treuer’s The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee earned a vast collection of rave reviews, including being named as a best book of the year by NPR, Library Journal, The New York Times, TIME, and The Washington Post. In addition to being a Carnegie Medal finalist, the book also was named as a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award. 

From the ALA: “David Treuer presents a richly dimensional “counternarrative” to the long-standing depiction of defeated, hopeless Native Americans, documenting, instead, the many ways each assault against Indigenous lives and cultures gave rise to a strong Native resolve not only to survive, but to emerge revitalized.”

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