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The National Book Award 2018 Finalists Have Been Announced!

The National Book Award has officially announced the finalists for its 2018 prize, and we at Bookstr would like to offer our best wishes to all the prospective winners! The announcement is a very emotional one, as evidenced by a recent tweet from Fiction nominee Lauren Groff:



The National Book Award is one of the most prestigious awards in literature, and a trusted metric for which works of the year are the most worth reading. The nominees spring from all across the globe, and this year, the themes that stand out among the nominees are those of cultural, social, and political division, gender, class, and consumerism.


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In an interview with NPR, Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation, explained how the Award would be taking a different approach to selecting its winners this year:


This year instead of just celebrating the best American literature, we’re celebrating the best literature in America. We’re from everywhere, and we have to celebrate the world we live in. 


The winners of the National Book Award will be announced on November 14th, a day after all the nominees will attend an event at The New School at which they will read excerpts from their work.


And without further ado, here is the full list of the nominees for the 69th National Book Awards:




Jamel Brinkley: A Lucky Man


Lauren Groff: Florida


Brandon Hobson: Where the Dead Sit Talking


Rebecca Makkai: The Great Believers


Sigrid Nunez: The Friend




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


Victoria Johnson: American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic


Sarah Smarsh: Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth


Jeffrey C. Stewart: The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke


Adam Winkler: We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights



Rae Armantrout: Wobble


Terrance Hayes: American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin


Diana Khoi Nguyen: Ghost Of


Justin Phillip Reed: Indecency


Jenny Xie: Eye Level


Translated Literature


Négar Djavadi: Disoriental, Translated by Tina Kover


Hanne Ørstavik: Love, Translated by Martin Aitken


Domenico Starnone: Trick, Translated by Jhumpa Lahiri


Yoko Tawada: The Emissary, Translated by Margaret Mitsutani


Olga Tokarczuk: Flights, Translated by Jennifer Croft


Young People’s Literature

Elizabeth Acevedo: The Poet X


M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin: The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge


Leslie Connor: The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle


Christopher Paul Curtis: The Journey of Little Charlie


Jarrett J. Krosoczka: Hey, Kiddo


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