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National Book Award 2018 longlists announced

In the US, longlists in four categories of the National Book Award have been announced, including the inaugural award for translated literature.

The longlists announced so far are:


  • One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy (Carol Anderson, Bloomsbury)
  • The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation (Colin G Calloway, OUP)
  • Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan (Steve Coll, Penguin Press)
  • Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War (Marwan Hisham & Molly Crabapple, Ballantine)
  • American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic (Victoria Johnson, Liveright)
  • The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life (David Quammen, HarperCollins)
  • Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth (Sarah Smarsh, Scribe, October)
  • Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays) (Rebecca Solnit, Granta, September)
  • The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke (Jeffrey C Stewart, OUP)
  • We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights (Adam Winkler, Liveright)


  • Wobble (Rae Armantrout, Wesleyan University Press)
  • feeld (Jos Charles, Milkweed Editions)
  • Be With (Forrest Gander, New Directions)
  • American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Terrance Hayes, Penguin Press)
  • Museum of the Americas (J Michael Martinez, Penguin Books)
  • Ghost Of (Diana Khoi Nguyen, Omnidawn Publishing)
  • Indecency (Justin Phillip Reed, Coffee House Press)
  • lo terciario / the tertiary (Raquel Salas Rivera, Timeless, Infinite Light)
  • Monument: Poems New and Selected (Natasha Trethewey, Houghton Mifflin)
  • Eye Level (Jenny Xie, Graywolf Press)

Translated Literature

  • Disoriental (Négar Djavadi, trans Tina Kover, Europa Editions)
  • Comemadre (Roque Larraquy, trans Heather Cleary, Coffee House Press)
  • The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq (Dunya Mikhail, trans Max Weiss & Dunya Mikhail, New Directions)
  • One Part Woman (Perumal Murugan, trans Aniruddhan Vasudevan, Black Cat/Grove Press)
  • Love (Hanne Ørstavik, trans Martin Aitken, Archipelago Books)
  • Wait, Blink: A Perfect Picture of Inner Life (Gunnhild Øyehaug, trans Kari Dickson, Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Trick (Domenico Starnone, trans Jhumpa Lahiri, Europa Editions)
  • The Emissary (Yoko Tawada, trans Margaret Mitsutani, New Directions)
  • Flights (Olga Tokarczuk, trans Jennifer Croft, Text)
  • Aetherial Worlds (Tatyana Tolstaya, trans Anya Migdal, Knopf)

Young People’s Literature

  • The Poet X (Elizabeth Acevedo, Egmont)
  • The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge (M T Anderson & Eugene Yelchin, Candlewick Press)
  • We’ll Fly Away (Bryan Bliss, Greenwillow Books)
  • The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle (Leslie Connor, HarperCollins)
  • The Journey of Little Charlie (Christopher Paul Curtis, Scholastic)
  • Hey, Kiddo (Jarrett J Krosoczka, Graphix)
  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea (Tahereh Mafi, Egmont)
  • Blood Water Paint (Joy McCullough, Dutton Children’s Books)
  • Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam (Elizabeth Partridge, Viking)
  • What the Night Sings (Vesper Stamper, Knopf).

The longlists have been announced over the course of three days via The New Yorker website, with the fiction longlist to be announced on Friday 14 September, Eastern Daylight Time. For more information, click here.



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