This week, the National Book Foundation announced its longlists for the 2018 National Book Awards. The five finalists in each category will be named on October 10, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in New York City on November 14.

The five longlists are as follows:


A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley (Graywolf)

Gun Love by Jennifer Clement (Hogarth)

Florida by Lauren Groff (Riverhead)

The Boatbuilder by Daniel Gumbiner (McSweeney’s)

Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson (Soho)

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Algonquin)

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai (Viking)

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (Riverhead)

There There by Tommy Orange (Knopf)

Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires (Atria)


One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson (Bloomsbury)

The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation by Colin G. Calloway (Oxford UP)

Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Steve Coll (Penguin)

Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War by Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple (One World)

American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic by Victoria Johnson (Liveright)

The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life by David Quammen (Simon & Schuster)

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh (Scribner)

Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays) by Rebecca Solnit (Haymarket)

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart (Oxford UP)

We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights by Adam Winkler (Liveright)


Wobble by Rae Armantrout (Wesleyan UP)

feeld by Jos Charles (Milkweed)

Be With by Forrest Gander (New Directions)

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes (Penguin)

Museum of the Americas by J. Michael Martinez (Penguin)

Ghost Of by Diana Khoi Nguyen (Omnidawn)

Indecency by Justin Phillip Reed (Coffee House)

lo terciario / the tertiary by Raquel Salas Rivera (Timeless, Infinite Light)

Monument: Poems New and Selected by Natasha Trethewey (HMH)

Eye Level by Jenny Xie (Graywolf)

Translated Literature:

Disoriental by Négar Djavadi and translated by Tina Kover (Europa)

Comemadre by Roque Larraquy and translated by Heather Cleary (Coffee House)

The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq by Dunya Mikhail and translated by Dunya Mikhail and Max Weiss (New Directions)

One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan and translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan (Black Cat)

Love by Hanne Ørstavik and translated by Martin Aitken (Archipelago)

Wait, Blink: A Perfect Picture of Inner Life by Gunnhild Øyehaug and translated by Kari Dickson (FSG)

Trick by Domenico Starnone and translated by Jhumpa Lahiri (Europa Editions)

The Emissary by Yoko Tawada and translated by Margaret Mitsutani (New Directions)

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk and translated by Jennifer Croft (Riverhead)

Aetherial Worlds by Tatyana Tolstaya and translated by Anya Migdal (Knopf)

Young People's Literature:

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin (Candlewick)

We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss (Greenwillow)

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor (HarperCollins/Tegen)

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis (Scholastic Press)

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Scholastic/Graphix)

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi (HarperTeen)

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough (Dutton)

Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge (Viking)

What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper (Knopf)

For the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction, publishers submitted a total of 368 books. The judges for fiction are Chris Bachelder, chair Laila Lalami, Min Jin Lee, Laurie Muchnick, and Chinelo Okparanta.

A total of 546 books were submitted for the 2018 National Book Award for Nonfiction. The judges for nonfiction are Rachel Cass, John Freeman, chair Annette Gordon-Reed, Sarah Manguso, and Andrés Reséndez.

Publishers submitted a total of 256 books for the 2018 National Book Award for Poetry. The judges for poetry are chair Mary Jo Bang, Ken Chen, Elise Paschen, Danez Smith, and Stephen Sparks.

For the 2018 National Book Award for Translated Literature, publishers submitted a total of 142 books. The judges for translated literature are Harold Augenbraum, Karen Maeda Allman, Sinan Antoon, Susan Bernofsky, and Álvaro Enrigue.

A total of 325 books were submitted for the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. The judges for young people's literature are chair Robin Benway, Lamar Giles, Grace Worcester Greene, Valerie Koehler, and Mitali Perkins.