Winners for the 2018 National Book Awards have been announced and include authors and works of genre interest.
Isabel Allende received the Distinguished Contribution to American Letters lifetime achievement award, presented by author Luís Alberto Urrea.
- WINNER: The Friend, Sigrid Nunez (Riverhead)
Young People’s Literature
- WINNER: The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)
- The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge, M.T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin (Candlewick).
- WINNER: The Emissary, Yoko Tawada, translated by Margaret Mitsutani (New Directions)
The 2018 fiction judges were Chris Bachelder, Laila Lalami (chair), Min Jin Lee, Laurie Muchnick, and Chinelo Okparanta. The 2018 Young People’s Literature judges were Robin Benway (chair), Lamar Giles, Grace Worcester Greene, Valerie Koehler, and Mitali Perkins. The 2018 Translated Literature judges were Karen Maeda Allman, Sinan Antoon, Harold Augenbraum (chair), Susan Bernofsky, and Álvaro Enrigue. Awards were also given in poetry and nonfiction categories.
Each finalist receives a prize of $1,000, a medal, and a citation; each of the category winners receives $10,000 and a bronze sculpture. Winners were announced at a ceremony and benefit dinner at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York NY on November 14, 2018. For more information, see the National Book Foundation website.
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