2018 National Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 National Book Awards have been announced and include authors and works of genre interest.


Young People’s Literature

Translated Literature

  • Disoriental, Négar Djavadi, translated by Tina Kover (Europa Editions)
  • The Emissary, Yoko Tawada, translated by Margaret Mitsutani (New Directions)
  • Flights, Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft (Riverhead)

The 2018 fiction judges are Chris Bachelder, Laila Lalami (chair), Min Jin Lee, Laurie Muchnick, and Chinelo Okparanta. The 2018 Young People’s Literature judges are Robin Benway (chair), Lamar Giles, Grace Worcester Greene, Valerie Koehler, and Mitali Perkins. The 2018 Translated Literature judges are Karen Maeda Allman, Sinan Antoon, Harold Augenbraum (chair), Susan Bernofsky, and Álvaro Enrigue.

Each finalist will receive a prize of $1,000, a medal, and a citation; each of the category winners will receive $10,000 and a bronze sculpture. Winners will be announced at a ceremony and benefit dinner at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York NY on November 14, 2018. For more information, including the complete lists of finalists, see the National Book Foundation website.

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