Laurie Muchnick is the fiction editor at Kirkus Reviews, and has been writing and editing book reviews for more than 25 years. Her career began at the Village Voice Literary Supplement, and as the book editor of Newsday and Bloomberg News. A former president of the National Book Critics Circle, her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and many other publications.
Chinelo Okparanta is the author of the novel Under the Udala Trees and the short story collection Happiness, Like Water. Her honors include two Lambda Literary Awards, an O. Henry Prize, and finalist selections for the International DUBLIN Literary Award and the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award. She has been nominated for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award as well as the NAACP Image Award in Fiction. In 2017, Okparanta was named one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists.
Watch the 2018 National Book Awards Ceremony
Author of The Friend Sigrid Nunez accepts the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction
Author of The New Negro Jeffrey C. Stewart accepts the 2018 National Book Award for Nonfiction
Author of Indecency Justin Phillip Reed accepts the 2018 National Book Award for Poetry
Monique Truong (on behalf of Yoko Tawada) and Margaret Mitsutani accept the 2018 National Book Award for Translated Literature
Author of The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo accepts the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature
The Finalists Announced for the 2018 National Book Awards