Margo Jefferson, David Santos Donaldson on Carnegie Medals for Excellence 2023 shortlist

Margo Jefferson and David Santos Donaldson are on the shortlists for the Carnegie Medals for Excellence 2023 announced on November 15, 2022.

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year in 2012. They are named in honour of nineteenth-century American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in recognition of his deep belief in the power of books and learning to change the world. It is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and administered by the American Library Association.

The 2013 edition is upon us with the shortlists for three books in fiction and nonfiction being announced. The writers of African descent who made the cut are;


  • Greenland, David Santos Donaldson. (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

David Santos Donaldson was raised in Nassau, Bahamas, and has lived in India, Spain, and the United States. He attended Wesleyan University and the Drama Division of the Juilliard School, and his plays have been commissioned by the Public Theater. He was a finalist for the Urban Stages Emerging Playwright Award and has worked as the Artistic Director for the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts in Nassau, Bahamas. Donaldson is currently a practicing psychotherapist, and divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and Seville, Spain. Greenland is his first novel.


  • Constructing a Nervous System, Margo Jefferson. (Pantheon Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC)

Margo Jefferson is an US multi award winning writer and academic whose previous books were On Michael Jackson (2006) and Negroland: A Memoir (2015).

Two medal winners will be announced by 2023 selection committee chair Stephen Sposato on Sunday, January 29, 2023.