Tom Lin and Hanif Abdurraqib are the winners of this year’s Andrew Carnegie Medals from the American Library Association.
The ALA announced the recipients of its annual literary awards at a virtual event on Sunday.
Lin won the fiction award for The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu, published last June by Little, Brown. The novel follows a Chinese-American organized crime enforcer who goes on a quest in the 19th centuryecentury American West to rescue his kidnapped wife and exact revenge on the people who kidnapped her.
Lin, 26, is the youngest author to win the award, which he began writing as a student at Pomona College.
Abdurraqib took home the non-fiction award for A Little Devil in America: Notes in Honor of Black Performance, which Random House published last March. In a starred review, a critic of Kirkus called the book, a collection of memoirs/essays about black performers and entertainers, “another winner of Abdurraqib, a writer always worth paying attention to.”
Abdurraqib’s book was a finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction and is shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography.
The Carnegie Medals, which come with a $5,000 cash prize, were first awarded in 2012. Past winners include Rebecca Makkai for The great believersColson Whitehead for The Underground Railwayand Choose Laymon for heavy†
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.