Congratulations to our Penguin Random House authors who have been chosen by the respective five category judges as “longlisted” semi-finalists for the 2018 National Book Awards.
Wednesday, October 10: The “shortlist” of five finalists per category will be announced.
Wednesday, November 15: The five winners will be revealed at the annual National Book Awards dinner.
See below for our semi-finalists in each category.
Written in a gorgeous lyric all its own, this searing unforgettable story follows a tough but optimistic young woman growing up in contemporary America, in the midst of its harrowing love affair with firearms.
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Lauren Groff brings the reader into a physical world that is at once domestic and wild—a place where the hazards of the natural world lie waiting to pounce, yet the greatest threats and mysteries are still of an emotional, psychological nature. Read more >
The Great Believers
A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, by the acclaimed author Rebecca Makkai. Read more >
A moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog. Read more >
This stunning novel grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. Read more >
Steve Coll tells for the first time the epic and enthralling story of America’s intelligence, military, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/11. Read more >
Brothers of the Gun
This bracingly immediate memoir by a young man coming of age during the Syrian war is an intimate lens on the century’s bloodiest conflict and a profound meditation on kinship, home, and freedom. Read more >
Museum of the Americas
Winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series Competition, this is an exploration in verse of imperial appropriation and Mexican American cultural identity. Read more >
From the incomparably original Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk, this novel interweaves reflections on travel with an in-depth exploration of the human body, broaching life, death, motion, and migration. Read more >
Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction
Blood Water Paint
Joy McCullough’s bold novel in verse is a portrait of an artist as a young woman, filled with the soaring highs of creative inspiration and the devastating setbacks of a system built to break her. Read more >
Boots on the Ground
With more than one hundred photographs, award-winning author Elizabeth Partridge’s unflinching book captures the intensity, frustration, and lasting impacts of one of the most tumultuous periods of American history. Read more >
What the Night Sings
After losing her family and everything she knew in the Nazi concentration camps, Gerta is finally liberated, only to find herself completely alone and must choose how to build a new future. Read more >