Large Print Must-Haves: 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Winners

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| By Bonnie Simcock |

The dedicated editorial staff here at Thorndike Press, take great pride in making your large print collection the best it can be. Sure, we attempt to obtain as many high-demand bestsellers and bestselling authors we can, but we also strive to ferret out emerging authors, and thought-provoking, entertaining titles that will round out your collections, enabling you to serve a broad range of readers.

We acquire titles far in advance of publication. We spend many hours researching review magazines, visiting reader and publishing sites, and pouring over advance reader copies. And, sometimes we strike lightning with titles that become all the rage; receive great reviews; and are nominees, finalists, and award-winners like the two newest recipients of the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medal.

Recently, The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, established in 2012, recognized the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. for the previous year. The editorial staff are elated to let you know that we have both winners in large print.

Congratulations to the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal Winners!

Rebecca Makkai’s captivating novel, The Great Believers, was chosen as the winner among the fiction finalists. Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Book Award, and shortlisted for the National Book Award, this novel has become a critically acclaimed, indelible part of literature and a large print must-have for every library.



Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon was the nonfiction winner. Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal, a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, and named Best Book by Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. This powerful, provocative memoir will be devoured by your nonfiction fans.


It’s really rewarding to see how titles are received by the public. We know we are contributing to a book’s lifecycle, getting into even more readers’ hands with our large print format.

Titles are available to purchase at and through all major wholesalers.


Meet the Author

Bonnie Simcock is Manager of Acquisitions at Thorndike Press, who works with all the major publishing houses to put bestselling and well-loved titles into an accessible and comfortable format for all ages. Bonnie’s pleased to say she’s finally making great use of her Literature degree. She lives in Maine with her husband of 25 years; they’ve survived putting one kid through middle school with one still to go.



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