NEW YORK (AP) – Lauren Groff’s novel “The Matrix,” the story of a 12th-century royal outcast who fights the rule of men and other hierarchies, is among the finalists for an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction . “Four Hundred Souls,” a “Community History of African America” co-written by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, is a non-fiction nominee.
“Matrix”, already nominated for the National Book Award, is one of three finalists announced Monday for the fiction medal, along with “The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu” by Tom Lin and “The Five Wounds” by Kirstin Valdez Quade.
In the non-fiction, the other nominees are “A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance” by Hanif Abdurraqib and “Seek You: A Journey through American Loneliness” by Kristen Radtke.
The winners, who will each receive $ 5,000, will be announced on January 23. The awards are presented by the American Library Association, which helped found the honors in 2012. Previous winners include “Deacon King Kong” by James McBride, “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt and “Midnight at Chernobyl” by Adam Higginbotham.
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