Introducing the National Book Award for Translation

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

The National Book Award, one of America's most prestigious literary awards, has traditionally been awarded in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature.  Now, a fifth category has been added.  In 2018, the National Book Foundation will present its first ever National Book Award for Literature in Translation.

“As the Foundation further expands its purview and work, it’s important that we continue to promote reading habits that reach widely across genre, subject, and geography,” said Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation.  The new award will honor both the original author and the translator, and nominations will be open to translations of living authors newly published in the US.  Longlists will be announced in September, with the winners revealed at a ceremony in November.

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