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NBF and NPR announce partnership to reveal 2014 NBA Finalists on newsmagazine Morning Edition.

Morning Edition from NPRThis October 15, 2014, Mitchell Kaplan, a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 2011 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community and cofounder of Miami Book Fair International, will be a guest of NPR’s Morning Edition to announce the 20 Finalists for the 2014 National Book Awards.

“We are thrilled to be working with NPR’s Morning Edition and Mitchell Kaplan, one of America’s foremost booksellers,” said Harold Augenbraum, the National Book Foundation’s Executive Director. “NPR has the country’s best on-air audience for books and Mitchell is chair of one of the nation’s best book festivals.”

This is the first time that the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, will reveal the Finalists on a national radio program. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that NPR listeners are bookworms—our book reviews and author conversations are extremely popular on air, online and in the social space. On behalf of NPR and our listeners, we are proud to collaborate with the National Book Foundation,” said Madhulika Sikka, executive editor of NPR News. Listen to the announcement on October 15, 8:40am E.D.T. on your local NPR station.

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Acclaimed artist Julie Mehretu will provide art work for the 2014 NBA Ceremony
Julie Mehretu, Adhering to Lost Lines, 2014, detail

Image: Julie Mehretu, Adhering to Lost Lines, 2014, detail.
Ink and acrylic on canvas, 120 x 84 in (304.8 x 213.4 cm).
Private Collection. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York. Photo by Jason Mandella. ©Julie Mehretu

Adhering to Lost Lines, a major new painting by Ethiopian-born, American artist Julie Mehretu will be featured on the program cover and the invitation for the 65th National Book Awards. Mehretu will be the fourth contemporary artist to participate in the National Book Foundation’s annual awards event.. Past artists featured on the National Book Awards program cover include Edward Ruscha, Matt Bollinger, and Jeff Koons. Patrick Li, creative director for The New York Times’ T magazine, will oversee the design of the evening’s program book, as well as the event invitation. An exhibition of new paintings, Julie Mehretu: The Mathematics of Droves, will open September 1 at the White Cube São Paulo gallery and a solo exhibition, Julie Mehretu: Half a Shadow, opens at carlier | gebauer gallery in Berlin September 19.

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