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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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National Book Award statues

National Book Foundation Adds First New Award Category in Twenty-Two Years

The National Book Foundation has just announced a fifth National Book Award category: The National Book Award for Translated Literature. A new category hasn’t been added since 1996 when the foundation awarded the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature to Victor Martinez for Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida.


Because this marks a pretty major step for the National Book Foundation, a unanimous vote was needed from the Board of Directors. They got all the votes, and Chairman of the Board of Directors, David Steinberger, said in a statement “We could not be more pleased to take this step. We now have the opportunity to recognize exceptional books that are written anywhere in the world, and to encourage new voices and perspectives to become part of our national discourse.”


National Book Award gold stamp first place

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After twenty-two years, the question of “Why now?” arises. The political atmosphere is obviously very tense when it comes to immigration and xenophobia runs rampant in some parts of the country, so that seems to be part of the foundation’s mission. After all, they are an organization dedicated to enriching the country’s literature.


Some insight can be gleaned from the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, Lisa Lucas. In a statement, Lucas said:


As the Foundation further expands its purview and work, it’s important that we continue to promote reading habits that reach widely across genre, subject, and geography. We are a nation of immigrants, and we should never stop seeking connection and insight from the myriad cultures that consistently influence and inspire us. We want American readers to deeply value an inclusive, big-picture point of view, and the National Book Award for Translated Literature is part of a commitment to that principle. The addition of this award lends crucial visibility to works that have the power to touch us as American readers in search of broadened perspective.


That sums everything up pretty nicely. Though it is a national organization, the literary world is, obviously, international. Personally, of my top favorite authors, I might include one American writer. However, if it weren’t for American translator Jay Rubin, for example, we wouldn’t be able to read many of Haruki Murakami’s works.


The work of translators is indispensable to a reader’s life. If you are reading a work in translation, then, though it may not seem it, about half the work is being done by the translator. Capturing an author’s voice and aesthetic in a new language is immensely challenging and is an artistic medium independent of writing. It’s extremely exciting that one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world is now awarding translators for their contributions to book life.


Submissions for the National Book Award for Translated Literature will be open on March 7th, the same time as the other categories (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature). The longlist will be announced on September 10th, and the finalists will be announced on October 10th. The inaugural winners (both writer and translator) of the National Book Award for Translated Literature will be announced at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Dinner on November 14th. Winners in each category receive a bronze sculpture and $10,000. Winners of the Translated Literature award will split the money evenly between them.


Who would you like to see win the National Book Award for Translated Literature? Think globally!


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Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts Gleams At National Book Awards as Women Sweep Top Prizes

The 68th Annual National Book Awards Ceremony has come and gone and it was a good night for women writers. Hosted by Cynthia Nixon with guests like Bill Clinton, the ceremony celebrated some of the brightest names in 2017 literature. Women nabbed fifteen out of twenty National Book Award nominations and, ultimately, won four out of five. Considering the groups of judges for each category made totally independent decisions, that’s a pretty good sign of the changing times.


The winners in each category are:


Fiction winner:


Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing


Sing, Unburied, Sing

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Fiction finalists:


Elliot Ackerman, Dark at the Crossing


Lisa Ko, The Leavers


Min Jin Lee, Pachinko


Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories


Nonfiction winner:


Masha Gessen, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia


Future History

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Nonfiction finalists:


Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge


Frances FitzGerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America


David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI


Nancy MacLean, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America


Poetry winner:


Frank Bidart, Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 



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Poetry finalists:


Leslie Harrison, The Book of Endings


Layli Long Soldier, WHEREAS


Shane McCrae, In the Language of My Captor


Danez Smith, Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems


Young People’s Literature winner:


Robin Benway, Far from the Tree


Far From the Tree

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Young People’s Literature finalists:


Elana K. Arnold, What Girls Are Made Of


Erika L. Sánchez, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter


Rita Williams-Garcia, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground


Ibi Zoboi, American Street


Jesmyn Ward’s last novel, Salvage the Bones, was also a National Book Award-winner. Sing, Unburied, Sing follows thirteen-year-old Mississippi boy Jojo as he reckons with the painful history of America through an inmate ghost that bears the whole history of the South. Though I haven’t read it, it sounds powerful and it’s nice to see socially conscious stories mash-up genres.


In terms of media attention, the National Book Awards pales in comparison to other mediums’ award ceremonies (i.e. the Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, etc.). Part of that is the lack of red carpet buzz. Emma Roberts put that to the test this year, though, wearing a beautiful Ulyana Sergeenko dress that’s completely sheer.


Emma Roberts

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The National Book Awards have a great track record, and Executive Director Lisa Lucas has been doing a great job modernizing the National Book Foundation (the ceremony streamed live on Facebook to half a million people!). It’s a bright day for book lovers, especially those wondering what to add to their holiday gift lists!


You can watch the full ceremony here (begins at about the 10 minute mark)!



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Cynthia Nixon, National Book Award

‘Sex and the City’ Star Sexes up National Book Awards

Of course we know and love her as Miranda from Sex and the City, but did you know Cynthia Nixon also starred as Emily Dickinson in the 2016 film A Quiet Passion? Previously, Nixon had featured in various book adaptations including I Am the Cheese and Pelican Brief. Her connection to the literary world continues now as she has been announced as the host of the 2017 National Book Awards. 


Miranda, as I like to call her, will announce the winner of each category for which the finalists have already been announced, including Eliot Ackerman, Carmen Maria Machado, Ibi Zoboi, and Elana K. Arnold.


Miranda is an LGBTQ activist and promoter of breast cancer awareness. There is also talk that she may run for governor of New York next year and, apparently, she hasn’t denied a possible gubernatorial bid. Before today, I had never encountered the term gubernatorial. I don’t think we have that in Ireland. Ya live, ya learn.


It will not be the first time the National Book Awards  have been hosted by a celebrity from outside the book world. Comedian Larry Wilmore did the honors last year. 



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