The five Finalists for the 2018 National Book Awards for Fiction were announced today. The finalists include two short story collections--by Jamel Brinkley and Lauren Groff--which is notable. The last short story collection to win the NBA Fiction Award was Adam Johnson's collection Fortune Smiles in 2015.
The Winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 14 at the 69th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Two lifetime achievement awards will also be presented at the Awards dinner: Isabel Allende will be recognized with the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, presented by Luís Alberto Urrea, and Doron Weber will receive the Foundation’s Literarian Award for Outstanding Contribution to the American Literary Community, presented by Margot Lee Shetterly.