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The National Book Award 2018 Finalists Have Been Announced!

Congratulations to all the nominees!

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:

 

Fiction

 

Jamel Brinkley: A Lucky Man

 

Lauren Groff: Florida

 

Brandon Hobson: Where the Dead Sit Talking

 

Rebecca Makkai: The Great Believers

 

Sigrid Nunez: The Friend

 

Nonfiction

 

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

 

Poetry


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

 

Featured Image Via The New School and Locus Magazine.