National Book Awards Longlist

By Luis Diaz | September 25 2018 | Humanities & Social Sciences


Congratulations to our Penguin Random House authors and their publishing teams who have been chosen by the respective category judges as “longlisted” semi-finalists–including five of the ten Fiction titles–for the 2018 National Book Awards.



Wednesday, October 10: The “shortlist” of five finalists per category will be announced.

Wednesday, November 14: The five winners will be revealed at the annual National Book Awards dinner.



GUN LOVE by Jennifer Clement (Hogarth/Crown Publishing Group, Random House Audio)

FLORIDA by Lauren Groff (Riverhead Book, Penguin Audio)

THE GREAT BELIEVERS by Rebecca Makkai (Viking Books, Penguin Audio)

THE FRIEND by Sigrid Nunez (Riverhead Books, Penguin Audio)

THERE THERE by Tommy Orange, (Alfred A. Knopf, Random House Audio)

Also longlisted: WHERE THE DEAD SIT TALKING by Brandon Hobson (published by PRHPS client Soho Press)





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

BROTHERS OF THE GUN: A Memoir of the Syrian War by Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple (One World/Random House, Random House Audio)






MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAS by J. Michael Martinez (Penguin Books)




Translated Literature:

FLIGHTS by Olga Tokarczuk, Translated by Jennifer Croft (Riverhead Books, Penguin Audio)

AETHERIAL WORLDS by Tatyana Tolstaya, Translated by Anya Migdal (Alfred A. Knopf, Random House Audio)



The bold new book from the celebrated New York Times-bestselling author of Fates and Furies.
$27.00 US
Jun 05, 2018
288 Pages
Riverhead Books

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 and award-winning author Rebecca Makkai
$27.00 US
Jun 19, 2018
432 Pages

The Friend
A Novel
"Nunez's prose itself comforts us. Her confident and direct style uplifts--the music in her sentences, her deep and varied intelligence." -The New York Times Book Review "A penetrating, moving meditation on loss, comfort, memory...Nunez has a wry, withering wit." -NPR A moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog.
$25.00 US
Feb 06, 2018
224 Pages
Riverhead Books

There There
A novel
Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking—Tommy Orange’s first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen, and it introduces a brilliant new author at the start of a major career. 
$25.95 US
Jun 05, 2018
304 Pages

Brothers of the Gun
A Memoir of the Syrian War
A bracingly immediate memoir by a young man coming of age during the Syrian war, Brothers of the Gun is an intimate lens on the century’s bloodiest conflict and a profound meditation on kinship, home, and freedom.
$28.00 US
May 15, 2018
320 Pages
One World

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin
Finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry One of the New York Times Critics' Top Books of 2018 A powerful, timely, dazzling collection of sonnets from one of America's most acclaimed poets, Terrance Hayes, the National Book Award winning author of Lighthead "Sonnets that reckon with Donald Trump's America." -The New York Times
$18.00 US
Jun 19, 2018
112 Pages
Penguin Books

Museum of the Americas
Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry Winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series Competition, selected by Cornelius Eady--an exploration in verse of imperial appropriation and Mexican American cultural identity "Marvelous, argumentative, and curiosity-provoking" --The New York Times Book Review
$20.00 US
Oct 02, 2018
112 Pages
Penguin Books

2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2018 BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, THE WASHINGTON POST, BOSTON GLOBE, LITHUB AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 WARWICK PRIZE FOR WOMEN IN TRANSLATION A visionary work of fiction by "A writer on the level of W. G. Sebald" (Annie Proulx) "A magnificent writer." --Svetlana Alexievich, Nobel Prize-winning author of Secondhand Time "A beautifully fragmented look at man's longing for permanence.... Ambitious and complex." --Washington Post
$26.00 US
Aug 14, 2018
416 Pages
Riverhead Books