Longlists for 2018 National Book Awards Announced

September 17, 2018

National Book Award Longlist LogoThe National Book Foundation has released the longlists for the 2018 National Book Awards in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, translated literature, and young people’s literature. Here are the longlists by genre:


Jamel Brinkley, A Lucky Man
Graywolf Press

Jennifer Clement, Gun Love
Hogarth / Penguin Random House

Lauren Groff, Florida
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

Daniel Gumbiner, The Boatbuilder

Brandon Hobson, Where the Dead Sit Talking
Soho Press

Tayari Jones, An American Marriage
Algonquin Books / Workman Publishing

Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers
Viking Books / Penguin Random House

Sigrid Nunez, The Friend
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

Tommy Orange, There There
Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House

Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Heads of the Colored People
Atria Books / 37 INK / Simon & Schuster


Rae Armantrout, Wobble
Wesleyan University Press

Jos Charles, feeld
Milkweed Editions

Forrest Gander Be With
New Directions

Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin
Penguin Books / Penguin Random House

J. Michael Martinez, Museum of the Americas
Penguin Books / Penguin Random House

Diana Khoi Nguyen, Ghost Of
Omnidawn Publishing

Justin Phillip Reed, Indecency
Coffee House Press

Raquel Salas Rivera, lo terciario / the tertiary
Timeless, Infinite Light

Natasha Trethewey, Monument: Poems New and Selected
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Jenny Xie, Eye Level
Graywolf Press


Carol Anderson, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
Bloomsbury Publishing

Colin G. Calloway, The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation
Oxford University Press

Steve Coll, Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Penguin Press / Penguin Random House

Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple, Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War
One World / Penguin Random House

Victoria Johnson, American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic
Liveright / W.W. Norton & Company

David Quammen, The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
Simon & Schuster

Sarah Smarsh, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
Scribner / Simon & Schuster

Rebecca Solnit, Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays)
Haymarket Books

Jeffrey C. Stewart, The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke
Oxford University Press

Adam Winkler, We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights
Liveright, W.W. Norton & Company

Translated Literature

Négar Djavadi, Disoriental
Translated by Tina Kover

Europa Editions
Roque Larraquy, Comemadre

Translated by Heather Cleary
Coffee House Press

Dunya Mikhail, The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq
Translated by Max Weiss and Dunya Mikhail

New Directions Publishing
Perumal Murugan, One Part Woman

Translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan
Black Cat / Grove Atlantic

Hanne Ørstavik, Love
Translated by Martin Aitken

Archipelago Books
Gunnhild Øyehaug, Wait, Blink: A Perfect Picture of Inner Life

Translated by Kari Dickson
Farrar, Straus & Giroux / Macmillan Publishers

Domenico Starnone, Trick
Translated by Jhumpa Lahiri

Europa Editions
Yoko Tawada, The Emissary

Translated by Margaret Mitsutani
New Directions Publishing

Olga Tokarczuk, Flights
Translated by Jennifer Croft

Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House
Tatyana Tolstaya, Aetherial Worlds

Translated by Anya Migdal
Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House

Young People’s Books

Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X
HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publishers

M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin, The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
Candlewick Press

Bryan Bliss, We’ll Fly Away
Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins Publishers

Leslie Connor, The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins Publishers

Christopher Paul Curtis, The Journey of Little Charlie
Scholastic Press / Scholastic, Inc.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Hey, Kiddo
Graphix / Scholastic, Inc.

Tahereh Mafi, A Very Large Expanse of Sea
HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publishers

Joy McCullough, Blood Water Paint
Dutton Children’s Books / Penguin Random House

Elizabeth Partridge, Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam
Viking Children’s Books / Penguin Random House

Vesper Stamper, What the Night Sings
Knopf Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House


Established in 1950, the National Book Award is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the U.S. Past winners include Philip Roth, William Faulkner, Adrienne Rich, Elizabeth Bishop, Ralph Ellison, and many others.

A five-book shortlist of finalists in each genre will be announced on October 10, 2018, and the winners of the National Book Awards will be announced at a ceremony to be held on November 14, 2018.

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