2018 National Book Awards Longlists Announced

September 14, 2018 | 15 books mentioned 6 min read

And just like that book award season is back! The National Book Foundation announced the National Book Award longlist this week on the New Yorker‘s Page Turner section. Each containing ten books, the five longlists are fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young people’s literature, and, the newly minted, translated literature. The five-title shortlists will be announced on October 10th and the awards will be revealed in New York City (and streamed online) on November 14.

Some fun facts about these nominees:

  • The Fiction list only contains one previous nominee (Lauren Groff).
  • All of the Nonfiction nominees are first-time contenders for the National Book Award for Nonfiction.
  • The Poetry list include one previous winner (Terrance Hayes), one previous finalist (Rae Armantrout), and eight first-time nominees—three of which are for debut collections (Diana Khoi Nguyen, Justin Phillip Reed, and Jenny Xie).
  • 2018 is the first year of the Translated Literature category so all nominees are first-time contenders for this award.

Here’s a list of the finalists in all five categories with bonus links where available:

Fiction:

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Nonfiction:

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Poetry: 

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Translated Literature:

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Young People’s Literature:

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