You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Washington author Sherman Alexie is one of six finalists for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction and Nonfiction, an annual award sponsored by the American Library Association.
In You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, Alexie presents a courageous, enlightening, anguished, and funny memoir told in prose and poetry that pays tribute to his Spokane Indian mother and reveals many complex traumas and tragedies of reservation life, as well as his own struggles.
Three fiction and three nonfiction titles were named to the short list. Fiction finalists are Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, and Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward. The nonfiction finalists, in addition to Alexie’s memoir, are The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear Planner by Daniel Ellsberg and Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.
The Carnegie longlist is always a great readers advisory resource for helping readers who are looking for what’s new in literary fiction and narrative nonfiction.
The two winning titles — one fiction, one nonfiction — will be revealed at the RUSA Book and Media Awards event on February 11, 2018, at ALA Midwinter.
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year.