National Book Award Longlist

We are very excited for our Publishers and Titles on the Longlists for the National Book Awards.

Congratulations to all our publishers who have books in the running for National Book Awards this year: Candlewick Press, Coffee House Press (two picks!), Haymarket Books, Omnidawn, Oxford University Press (two picks!), and Wesleyan University Press.

Click on each book for more information.

Here’s the full selection of longlisted titles: 2018 National Book Award Longlists

Our very own John Mesjak has been named the 2018 Publishers Weekly REP OF THE YEAR!

We are so unbelievably proud! Congratulations, John, and thanks for everything that you do for bookstores, publishers, and your fellow sales reps!

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John has been in the Book Business for 28 years and a Book Rep for 18 years. He is one amazing person and anyone who has been lucky enough to work with him knows the passion he has for the written word. We could not think of a better Rep to be the newest PW Rep of the Year!


John Mesjak, who joined Abraham Associates in 2007, was named PW Rep of the Year one decade after Roy Schonfeld, his colleague at the Midwest-based rep group, received that honor. Before joining Abraham Associates, Mesjak represented Publishers Group West.

In her nominating letter, Kris Kleindienst, co-owner of Left Bank Books in St. Louis, wrote: ‘John has consistently set the standard that all reps should aspire to. He sweats every detail, whether it’s sorting out a shipping confusion, or making sure the right bookstores know about the right books, or letting a publisher know that the cover they have in mind is in need of help. In the publishing and bookselling world, he is all in.’
— PW, March 28, 2018