Here are the Nominees for Each Category in the 2018 National Book Awards Longlist

The lists are as hot and delicious as pieces of bread just released from the bakery. The following are the 2018 National Book Awards longlists for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people’s literature. Enjoy them! 






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  • Carol AndersonOne Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy 
    (Bloomsbury Publishing)

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

  • Steve CollDirectorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan 
    (Penguin Press / Penguin Random House)

  • Marwan Hisham and Molly CrabappleBrothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War 
    (One World / Penguin Random House)

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

  • David QuammenThe Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
    (Simon & Schuster)

  • Sarah SmarshHeartland: 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. 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)






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Translated Literature



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  • Négar DjavadiDisoriental
    Translated by Tina Kover
    (Europa Editions)

  • Roque LarraquyComemadre
    Translated by Heather Cleary
    (Coffee House Press)

  • Dunya MikhailThe Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq 
    Translated by Max Weiss and Dunya Mikhail
    (New Directions Publishing)

  • Perumal MuruganOne Part Woman 
    Translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan
    (Black Cat / Grove Atlantic)

  • Hanne ØrstavikLove
    Translated by Martin Aitken
    (Archipelago Books)

  • Gunnhild ØyehaugWait, Blink: A Perfect Picture of Inner Life
    Translated by Kari Dickson
    (Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers)

  • 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)

  • Tatyana Tolstaya, Aetherial Worlds
    Translated by Anya Migdal
    (Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House)


Young People’s Literature



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  • Elizabeth AcevedoThe Poet X 
    (HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publishers)

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

  • Bryan BlissWe’ll Fly Away 
    (Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins Publishers)

  • 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.)

  • Tahereh MafiA Very Large Expanse of Sea
    (HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publishers)

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

  • Elizabeth PartridgeBoots 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)



Did you find out your favorite authors? Let’s bet on who’s going to win from each category this year! The ceremony will be held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on November 14th, and will also be live-streamed online in its entirety.



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