Rachel Cass is the head buyer at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She became a bookseller in 2006, managed the award-winning Harvard Book Store author event series from 2011 to 2013, and became head buyer in 2013. Before becoming a bookseller, she pursued graduate work in mathematics, completing an MA in mathematics from Brandeis University in 2008.
John Freeman is a writer, editor and anthologist. His books include The Tyranny of E-mail,How to Read a Novelist, and Maps, a collection of poems. He has also edited two anthologies on inequality, the latest of which is Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation. The former editor of Granta, he teaches at NYU and edits the literary biannual Freeman's. He is also executive editor of the Literary Hub. The former president of the National Book Critics Circle, his work has been translated into more than twenty languages.
Sarah Manguso is the author of seven books including 300 Arguments, Ongoingness, The Guardians, and The Two Kinds of Decay. Her work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize. She lives in Los Angeles.
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