2018 National Book Awards Finalists

The 25 finalists for this year’s National Book Awards have officially been announced!


Finalists for Fiction:

Jamel BrinkleyA Lucky Man
Graywolf Press

Lauren GroffFlorida
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

Brandon HobsonWhere the Dead Sit Talking
Soho Press

Rebecca MakkaiThe Great Believers
Viking Books / Penguin Random House

Sigrid Nunez, The Friend
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

Finalists for Nonfiction:

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

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

Jeffrey C. StewartThe 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

Finalists for Poetry:

Rae ArmantroutWobble
Wesleyan University Press

Terrance HayesAmerican Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin
Penguin Books / Penguin Random House
Diana Khoi NguyenGhost Of
Omnidawn Publishing

Justin Phillip ReedIndecency
Coffee House Press

Jenny Xie, Eye Level
Graywolf Press

Finalists for Translated Literature:

Négar DjavadiDisoriental
Translated by Tina Kover
Europa Editions

Hanne ØrstavikLove
Translated by Martin Aitken
Archipelago Books

Domenico StarnoneTrick
Translated by Jhumpa Lahiri
Europa Editions

Yoko Tawada, The Emissary
Translated by Margaret Mitsutani
New Directions Publishing

Olga TokarczukFlights
Translated by Jennifer Croft
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

Finalists for Young People’s Literature:

Elizabeth AcevedoThe Poet X
HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publishers

M. T. Anderson and Eugene YelchinThe Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
Candlewick Press

Leslie ConnorThe Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins Publishers
Christopher Paul CurtisThe Journey of Little Charlie
Scholastic Press / Scholastic, Inc.

Jarrett J. KrosoczkaHey, Kiddo
Graphix / Scholastic, Inc.