Big news: the NBCC membership has spoken, and the 2018 John Leonard Prize finalists have been chosen.
Here’s this year’s superb list:
FRIDAY BLACK by Nana Kwami Adjei-Brenyah (Mariner)
A LUCKY MAN by Jamel Brinkley (Graywolf Press)
THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú (Riverhead)
ASYMMETRY: A NOVEL by Lisa Halliday (Simon and Schuster)
THE INCENDIARIES by R.O. Kwon (Riverhead)
THERE THERE by Tommy Orange (Knopf)
EDUCATED: A Memoir by Tara Westover (Random House)
Nominations for the Leonard Prize, for a first book in any genre, are open to any regular voting NBCC member; the finalists are those titles with the most nominations. A panel of member-volunteers will read the finalists and select the winner, to be announced in January. The John Leonard Prize will be presented at the NBCC Awards Ceremony at The New School in New York on March 14, 2019.