Apply for the 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize

The National Book Foundation's 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize will award $10,000 to an individual or organization that has developed an innovative project which creates and sustains a lifelong love of reading in the community they serve. In addition, the Foundation will recognize four projects, which will receive honorable mention.

Applications are due by the end of the day on February 28.

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The National Book Foundation Commits to Helping Transform Public Housing Communities From “Book Deserts” to Book Rich Environments

Over a quarter of a million book donations have been secured.

Lisa Lucas at the Book Rich Environments Initiative LaunchThe Foundation has partnered with the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Urban Library Council (ULC) and the Campaign for Grade Level Reading (CGLR) to launch the Book Rich Environment Initiative (BRE). The Foundation worked with publishers to secure book donations for the project and Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher, is taking the lead, providing 200,000 books towards the initiative, in furtherance of its mission to nourish a universal passion for reading. Hachette Book Group and Macmillan Publishers have also committed to substantial donations.

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Eat, Drink & Be Literary: Dinner & A Reading At BAMcafe, 2017

Eat, Drink & Be Literary 2017

Eat, Drink & Be Literary brings prominent contemporary authors to BAMcafé for intimate readings and engaging discussions. The 2017 line-up includes: Walter Mosley, Maggie Nelson, Jacqueline Woodson, Ben Lerner, Claudia Rankine, and Elif Batuman.

Tickets now on sale.

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We're hiring

BookUpThe Foundation is seeking published authors who have experience working with young people to serve as a contractual Instructor for BookUp: Spring Storytellers, a five week intensive after-school reading and writing program for middle school students run in partnership with the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and in collaboration with BoomWriter, an online writing platform for young people.

Programs are held at DYCD sites across New York City, and take place between February and April 2017 (exact dates TBD based on site needs).

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