National Book Awards Nominees on BookReels

By Bookreels Staff

The National Book Foundation just released its longlist of the best novels of the year—one of these books will win the 2018 National Book Award.

To celebrate, we rounded up book videos for as many of the nominees as we could find. You’ll see writing advice, behind-the-scenes stories, and discover what it’s like when Oprah picks your book.

How many of these books have you read? Share your review in the comments.

Tayari Jones, An American Marriage
(Algonquin Books / Workman Publishing)

Ever wonder what it’s like when Oprah picks your book?

“Oprah Winfrey’s latest book club pick, “An American Marriage,” is a work of fiction described as ‘a love story warped in racial injustice.’ Author Tayari Jones joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the premise of her new book and her reaction when Winfrey called her to share the book club news.”


Lauren Groff, Florida
(Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House)

Watch Groff discuss her book at Politics & Prose in Washington DC.

“Groff has been one of our most exciting contemporary fiction writers since her phenomenal 2008 debut, The Monsters of Templeton. Her most recent novel, Fates and Furies, was a National Book Award finalist, Barack Obama’s favorite book of 2015, and one of the most talked-about novels in years.”


Tommy Orange, There There
(Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House)

The author describes his time at a used bookstore, and how it changed his life.


Jamel Brinkley, A Lucky Man
(Graywolf Press)

Watch the novelist read from his book at Housing Works Bookstore in New York City.


Brandon Hobson, Where the Dead Sit Talking
(Soho Press)

Watch Dr. Lindsey Smith interview the author.

“Calling his latest an ‘Oklahoma book,’ the novel explores the life of a teen in 1980s Oklahoma as a foster child and member of an American Indian tribe who confronts the question of what home really means.”


Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers
(Viking Books / Penguin Random House)

“Rebecca Makkai talks about exploring how the AIDS epidemic affected Chicago in her novel The Great Believers, reveals how her father smuggled poetry into Hungary and explains why she loves teaching.”

Sigrid Nunez, The Friend
(Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House)

The author discusses her new book and the dog at the heart of the story.

“When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind.”


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