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Here are the 2018 National Book Award longlists, featuring a fresh category

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Kimberly Koppen

Every year the National Book Foundation features a few fresh faces or unfamiliar names among the nominees for its annual literary prize. This time around, though, there's a twist. One of the actual National Book Award categories is something readers have not seen for quite some time: a prize for a work in translation. Not since the early 1980s — that heady (and brief) era when the prize was renamed the American Book Award — has the National Book Foundation formally recognized translated literature. The group hasn't even added a new category, period, for more than two decades.

But this November, when the organization holds its ritzy gala in New York City, honors will be doled out to one exemplary work of fiction or nonfiction that has been translated into English and published in the U.S.

For now, 10 books remain in the running for that prize.

That's the case for the classic categories, as well. Check out the longlists of nominees for the National Book Awards below, and check back here on Oct. 10, when the finalists are expected to be announced.

Translated Literature
Young People's Literature




  • Rae ArmantroutWobble

  • Jos Charlesfeeld

  • Forrest GanderBe With

  • Terrance HayesAmerican Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

  • Michael MartinezMuseum of the Americas

  • Diana Khoi NguyenGhost Of

  • Justin Phillip ReedIndecency

  • Raquel Salas Rivera, lo terciario / the tertiary

  • Natasha TretheweyMonument: Poems New and Selected

  • Jenny Xie, Eye Level

Translated Literature

  • Négar DjavadiDisoriental
    Translated by Tina Kover

  • Roque LarraquyComemadre
    Translated by Heather Cleary

  • Dunya MikhailThe Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq
    Translated by Dunya Mikhail and Max Weiss

  • Perumal MuruganOne Part Woman
    Translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan

  • Hanne ØrstavikLove
    Translated by Martin Aitken

  • Gunnhild ØyehaugWait, Blink: A Perfect Picture of Inner Life
    Translated by Kari Dickson

  • Domenico StarnoneTrick
    Translated by Jhumpa Lahiri

  • Yoko Tawada, The Emissary
    Translated by Margaret Mitsutani

  • Olga TokarczukFlights
    Translated by Jennifer Croft

  • Tatyana Tolstaya, Aetherial Worlds
    Translated by Anya Migdal

Young People's Literature

  • Elizabeth AcevedoThe Poet X

  • M.T. Anderson and Eugene YelchinThe Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

  • Bryan BlissWe'll Fly Away

  • Leslie ConnorThe Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

  • Christopher Paul CurtisThe Journey of Little Charlie

  • Jarrett J. KrosoczkaHey, Kiddo

  • Tahereh MafiA Very Large Expanse of Sea

  • Joy McCulloughBlood Water Paint

  • Elizabeth PartridgeBoots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam

  • Vesper StamperWhat the Night Sings

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