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ALA Book Awards (2022): Carnegie Prizes for Fiction & Non-Fiction

About the Prizes

These awards , established in 2012, serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading material. They are the first single-book awards for adult books given by the American Library Association and reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals and booksellers who work closely with adult readers. 

2022 Winners

Carnegie Prize for Fiction

Picture of Book Cover: The Thousand Crimes of ...In Utah, in 1869, Ming Tsu reckons he has killed some 200 men and is now on his way to killing the five who had beaten him half to death, stolen his wife, and had him sentenced to 10 years of forced labor building the Central Pacific Railroad. Two years later, Ming has escaped and is ready for retribution. Infused with magic realism, Lin’s beautifully imagined first novel is a transcendent epic.

Carnegie Prize in Non-Fiction

Blending pop-culture essays, memoir, and poetry, Abdurraqib delves into the many iterations of Black artistic expression through an often deeply personal lens. Divided into five “movements,” these pieces offer an expansive exploration of subjects ranging from the often-tragic lives of legendary Black artists to close examination of a singular performance. Startling, layered and timely, this is an essential, illuminating collection. 

Getting it through the Libraries

REMINDER: if Miami's copy of a book is checked out, Miami affiliated students, faculty and staff may request another copy through OhioLINK or SearchOhio.