Tartt, Goodwin awarded Carnegie medals

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Updated: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 01:15:30 EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Donna Tartt's latest literary honor upholds a family tradition.

Tartt is this year's recipient of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for fiction. Her best-selling "The Goldfinch" has already won the Pulitzer Prize.

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin was the Carnegie Medal nonfiction winner for her book on the progressive era of the early 20th century, "The Bully Pulpit." The awards are managed by the American Library Association.

The medals come with a $5,000 cash prize and were presented Saturday at the association's annual meeting in Las Vegas, where parts of "The Goldfinch" were set. Tartt is the niece and grand-niece of librarians. She worked as a library aide in Mississippi as a teenager.

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