The Carnegie Medals were first given out in 2012 and the winners are chosen by library professionals and writers for Booklist, the magazine published by the American Library Association, which is in charge of the prizes.
“[Tartt’s books are] steeped in a rare kind of storytelling that a certain kind of reader … can happily get lost in.”
“Goodwin has a knack for finding fresh angles to bring her beloved dead presidents back to life,” he wrote. “She keeps the story clipping along, chooses enlightening anecdotes … and has the narrative and historical acumen to weave her theme through 900 pages. At 70, let’s hope she has at least a couple more biographies in mind.”