National Book Awards 2018
The 2018 National Book Award winners were announced last Wednesday, November 14th. Since its inception in 1950, the National Book Award has been one of the world’s most prestigious prizes for literature. Past award winners include Vladimir Nabokov, Hannah Arendt, and Ralph Ellison.
This year, Sigrid Nunez won the fiction award for her novel The Friend, which the New York Times called “dry, allusive and charming.”
The nonfiction prize went to Jeffrey C. Stewart for The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, a biography of the father of the Harlem Renaissance.
Justin Phillip Reed won the poetry prize for Indecency, his debut book.
Elizabeth Acevedo, who is also a slam poet, won the Young People’s Literature prize for her novel The Poet X.
The Emissary, a futuristic novel written by Yoko Tawada and translated by Margaret Mitsutani, received the Translated Literature prize.
Chilean novelist Isabel Allende accepted the National Book Foundation’s lifetime achievement award. She is the first Spanish-language writer to win the award.
All the winning books are available at Book Culture!
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