The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel longlisted for 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal
Emily St. John Mandel, a Canadian writer currently living in New York, has made the longlist for the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal for her novel The Glass Hotel.
The medal, which recognizes literary excellence, is annually awarded to a work of fiction and a work of nonfiction.
The $5,000 U.S. ($6,693 Cdn) prizes are awarded by the American Library Association.
The Glass Hotel brings several narratives together as it tells a story of financial corruption, greed and a massive Ponzi scheme. Inspired by the Bernie Madoff financial fraud scandal, the novel is a character study of people who profit and the lives that are compromised as a result.
- Emily St. John Mandel's latest novel, The Glass Hotel, is a timely look at a world derailed by financial fraud
"The thing that fascinated me the most [about the Bernie Madoff scandal] was the staff involved. I was an administrative assistant for a very long time, in various places. My most recent job — the place I was working when the Madoff scandal broke — was a cancer research lab at the Rockefeller University in New York," Mandel said in an interview with The Next Chapter.
"I liked my co-workers. There's a real sense of camaraderie that you can get in any workplace. I found myself thinking, 'Who are these people who show up at work every morning to perpetuate a massive crime?'
There are 26 books on the fiction longlist, including Hamnet & Judith by Maggie O'Farrell, which won the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction, Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett and Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi.
There are 20 books on the nonfiction longlist, including poet Natasha Trethewey's memoir Memorial Drive; Les Payne and Tamara Payne's biography of Malcolm X, The Dead Are Arising; and journalist Isabel Wilkerson's book about racism in the United States, Caste, which was selected for Oprah's Book Club.
The shortlists, which will be comprised of three books each, will be announced on Nov. 17.
The winners will be announced on Feb. 4, 2021.
The complete fiction longlist is:
- Red Dress in Black and White by Elliot Ackerman
- Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar
- The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
- Parakeet by Marie-Helene Bertino
- The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
- Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford
- Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
- Bring Me the Head of Quentin Tarantino by Julián Herbert
- Pew by Catherine Lacey
- Luster by Raven Leilani
- A Burning by Megha Majumdar
- The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
- Deacon King Kong by James McBride
- Apeirogon by Colum McCann
- Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor
- Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell
- Hamnet & Judith by Maggie O'Farrell
- Weather by Jenny Offill
- Echo on the Bay by Masatsugu Ono
- Jack by Marilynne Robinson
- Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
- Here We Are by Graham Swift
- The Last Great Road Bum by Héctor Tobar
- Run Me to Earth by Paul Yoon
- Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu
- Memorial by Bryan Washington
The complete nonfiction longlist is:
- Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman
- The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
- Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town by Barbara Demick
- Fathoms: The World in the Whale by Rebecca Giggs
- The Beauty in Breaking by Michele Harper
- The King of Confidence by Miles Harvey
- Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong
- Paper Bullets: Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis by Jeffrey H. Jackson
- Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker
- Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America by Laila Lalami
- God's Shadow by Alan Mikhail
- The Dragons, the Giant, the Women by Wayétu Moore
- The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les Payne and Tamara Payne
- Just Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine
- My Autobiography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland
- Recollections of My Nonexistence by Rebecca Solnit
- The Book of Eels by Patrik Svensson
- Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey
- Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
- One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle over American Immigration, 1924–1965 by Jia Lynn Yang