Valeria Luiselli Wins 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded Valeria Luiselli's Lost Children Archive, published by Alfred A. Knopf in the US, as the winner of the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Established by the American Library Association in 2012, the Carnegie Medals for Excellence serve as an ALA guide to help adult readers select quality material and reflects the expert judgment of library professionals and booksellers.
Luiselli's Lost Children Archive is also up for the 2019 National Book Critics Circle and was among the titles selected as the Best Book of 2019 by Barack Obama, the New York Times, The Guardian, TIME magazine and more. The novel explores the painful history of the Apache people and the present immigration crisis on the Southwest border, while freshly exploring themes of conquest and remembrance, and powerfully conveying the beauty of the haunted landscape.