2018 National Book Award Finalists Announced

Earlier this morning, the National Book Foundation announced its 2018 finalists. Find them below, listed by category and linked to their Booklist reviews when available. The awards ceremony will be held on the evening of November 14. We will all be tweeting out the winners so follow along!


A Lucky Man, by Jamel Brinkley

Floridaby Lauren Goff

Where the Dead Sit Talking, by Brandon Hobson

The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai

The Friend, by Sigrid Nunez



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

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

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

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, by Jeffrey C. Stewart

We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights, by Adam Winkler


Translated Literature

Disoriental, by Négar Djavadi

The Emissaryby Yoko Tawada

Love, by Hanne Ørstavik

Trick, by Domenico Starnone

Flights, by Olga Tokarczuk



Wobble, by Rae Armantrout

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassinby Terrance Hayes

Ghost Of, by Diana Khoi Nguyen

Indecency, by Justin Phillip Reed

Eye Level, by Jenny Xie


Young People’s Literature

The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge, by M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, by Leslie Connor

The Journey of Little Charlie, by Christopher Paul Curtis

Hey, Kiddo, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka




About the Author:

Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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