Presenter of the National Book Awards

Audio and Video: Recorded at National Book Foundation Sponsored Events or Featuring National Book Award Authors

AUDIO: GERMAINE GREER

Thursday, Apr 2
at 6:30pm
Moderated by Katha Pollitt
(54.7 mb, Time 59:39)

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Germaine Greer reads from her latest book Shakespeare's Wife, and discusses her feminist views, followed by a Q&A session with moderator Katha Pollitt and the audience.

Australian-born writer, broadcaster, and academic, German Greer is widely regarded as one of the most significant feminist voices of our time. Greer's ideas have created controversy ever since The Female Eunuch became an international bestseller in 1970, turning her into a household name overnight and bringing her both adulation and criticism. Her most recent book Shakespeare's Wife is a bold new take on the usual portrait of Ann Hathaway and her marriage to Shakespeare.

Greer received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1967 with a thesis on Shakespeare's early comedies, and she has taught at universities in Australia, Britain, and the United States. In 1986 she was invited to contribute to Oxford University Press's prestigious Past Masters volume on Shakespeare. In 1989 she set up her own publishing imprint, Stump Cross Books, and went on to publish scholarly editions of Katherine Philips and Anne Wharton. She is currently completing an online edition of the complete works of Anne Finch, Countess of Winchelsea. She lives in Northwest Essex with two dogs, thirteen geese, and a fluctuating number of doves.


AUDIO: A.M. HOMES

Thursday, March 12 at
6:30pm
Moderated by Aoibheann Sweeney
(50.2 mb, Time 54:47)

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A.M. Homes reads the story "May We Be Forgiven," which appeared in Granta 100, and discusses her writing life, followed by a Q&A session with moderator Aoibheann Sweeney and the audience.

A.M. Homes has authored numerous works, including the novels This Book Will Save Your Life and Music for Torching; the short story collection Things You Should Know; the recent memoir The Mistress's Daughter; and various pieces in Harper's, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and McSweeney's. A Guggenheim and NEA Fellow, Homes was a writer/producer for the hit Showtime original series The L Word, and is currently a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, Bomb, and The Blind Spot.


AUDIO: JIMMY BRESLIN

Thursday, Feb 19 at
6:30pm
Moderated by Daniel Menaker
(46.1 mb, Time 50:16)

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Jimmy Breslin tells the story behind his most recent book The Good Rat: A True Stor, followed by a Q&A session with moderator Daniel Menaker and the audience.

New York native Jimmy Breslin is a long-time investigative journalist, columnist, and author of over twenty books, including The Church That Forgot Christ, The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight, and the biography of newsman/writer Damon Runyon, Damon Runyon: A Life. The recipient of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, Breslin has also received the George Polk Award for Metropolitan Reporting in honor of his work in Newsday. His most recent book is The Good Rat: A True Story.


AUDIO: ART SPIEGELMAN

Thursday, Feb 5 at
6:30pm
Moderated by Daniel Menaker
(26.6 mb, Time 29:03)

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Art Spiegelman discusses his most recent book, Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*! during a Q&A session with moderator Daniel Menaker and the audience.

Art Spielgelman is the creator of several critically-acclaimed comic books, including the best-selling In the Shadow of No Towers, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Holocaust narrative Maus. Widely published in The New Yorker, McSweeney's, and elsewhere, he has continued to be a singular force in reviving critical interest in the comic book genre. He is also a Guggenheim Fellow, and was recently inducted into the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People. His most recent book is Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!


AUDIO: NATHAN ENGLANDER

Thursday, January 22
6:30pm
Moderated by Daniel Menaker
(48.6 mb, Time 58:25)

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Nathan England reads from his novel The Ministry of Special Case, followed by a Q&A session with moderator Daniel Menaker and the audience.

New York native Nathan Englander is the author of the international best-selling short story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and, most recently, the novel The Ministry of Special Cases. A Guggenheim Fellow and contributor to The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly, Englander is also a recipient of the O. Henry Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and was selected as one of "20 Writers for the 21st Century" by The New Yorker.


AUDIO: LOUISE ERDRICH


Moderated by Aoibheann Sweeney
Thursday, January 15
6:30pm
(48.6 mb, Time 52:59)

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Louise Erdrich reads from her story collection The Red Convertible: Selected and New Stories, 1978­—2008, followed by a Q&A session with moderator Aoibheann Sweeney and the audience.

Louise Erdrich is the author of numerous critically-acclaimed and New York Times best-selling novels, poems, and short story collections, including Love Medicine, The Master Butchers Singing Club, The Porcupine Year, and her most recent novel, The Plague of Doves. A member and descendant of the Chippewa nation, Erdrich is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the O. Henry Award, the Scott O’Dell Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Red Convertible: Selected and New Stories, 1978­—2008 will be published in January 2009.


VIDEO: 2008 National Book Awards Finalists Announcement


Scott Turow
October 15, 2008
Steppenwolf Theater, Chicago


2008 National Book Awards Announcement from National Book Foundation on Vimeo.

The Winner in each of the four categories – Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People’s Literature – will be announced at the 59th National Book Awards Benefit Dinner and Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, November 19.


AUDIO: Paul Muldoon

Moderated by Edward Hirsch
Thursday, April 17th
6:30 p.m.
(57.1 mb, Time 1:11:17)

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Paul Muldoon reads from his poetry collection Horse Latitudes, followed by a Q&A session with moderator and poet Edward Hirsch and the audience. Muldoon discusses what allows for the creation of great poetry, what it means to be a poet from Northern Ireland, and when he finds the time to write.

Poems read during the event include: Sushi, Egg, Turkey Buzzards, and The Loaf

A native of Northern Ireland, Paul Muldoon was recently appointed poetry editor of the New Yorker. He has published innumerable poems, his first at age 16. Since then, he has published several collections, including New Weather (1973), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), and Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), for which he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. Muldoon has received international honors that include the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, and the 2004 Shakespeare Prize. He is currently chairman of the Princeton University Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. To read more of his work, visit http://www.paulmuldoon.net.



AUDIO:Shalom Auslander

Moderated by Harold Augenbraum
Apr 3 at 6:30pm
(48 mb, 59 minutes 51 seconds)

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Shalom Auslander reads from his memoir, Foreskin's Lament, followed by a Q&A session with moderator, Harold Augenbraum and the audience. Auslander discusses the abuse of religious authority he experienced as a child and how that informs his current professional and personal life and why he chose memior and not fiction to tell his story.
Shalom Auslander is the author of Foreskin's Lament, which Time magazine has called "one of the best memoirs of the year." His first book was the critically-acclaimed short story collection Beware of God. Nominated for the Koret Award for Writers Under 35, Auslander has written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine, and is a regular contributor to Public Radio International's This American Life.
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AUDIO: Peter Carey

Moderated by Aoibheann Sweeney
Mar 20 at 6:30pm
(43.8 mb, 54:39)

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Peter Carey reads from his novel, His Illegal Self, followed by a Q&A session with moderator, Aoibheann Sweeney and the audience. Carey discusses the difficulty of writing American characters as an Australian, how class figures into his work, the difference between the U.S. and Australian class system, and how he begins work on a novel.
A two-time Man Booker Prize winner, Australian-born Peter Carey is the author of several books, including Oscar and Lucinda (1998) and True History of the Kelly Gang (2001). He has taught writing at NYU, Columbia University, and The New School, and currently directs the MFA program at Hunter College.
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AUDIO: Deborah Eisenberg

Moderated by Aoibheann Sweeney
Feb 7 at 6:30pm

(46.9 mb, 58:27)
Photo: Brigitte LaCombe

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Deborah Eisenberg reads from "Revenge of the Dinosaurs," followed by a Q&A session with moderator (and former Eisenberg student) Aoibheann Sweeney and the audience.
Deborah Eisenberg has authored several short story collections, including Transactions in a Foreign Currency, Under the 82nd Airborne, All Around Atlantis, and most recently, Twilight of the Superheroes, all cited as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Eisenberg is a Guggenheim Fellow and currently teaches at the University of Virginia.Dinner music by Eric Kurimski, South American/jazz guitar.
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AUDIO: George Saunders

Moderated by Aoibheann Sweeney
Jan 17 6:30pm

(46.9 mb, 58:27)


Photo: Brigitte LaCombe

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Saunders reads from "Sea Oak," which can be found in his short story collection Pastoralia followed by a Q&A session with moderator Aoibheann Sweeney and the audience.
A MacArthur Fellow, George Saunders is the author of the short story collections Pastoralia, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, and In Persuasion Nation, which was one of three finalists for the 2006 Story Prize for best short story collection of the year. His most recent book is The Braindead Megaphone, a collection of essays. Widely translated and anthologized, Saunders currently teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.
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VIDEO: The 2007 National Book Awards

November 14, 2007 ~ New York City

Michael Cunningham presenting the
Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters
to Joan Didion

(35.4 MB, 5:47)
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Joan Didion, recipient of the 2007 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

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Ira Glass presents the Literarian Award to Terry Gross

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Terry Gross accepts the2007 Literarian Award

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Sherman Alexie's Acceptance Speech

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Robert Hass's Acceptance Speech

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Tim Weiner's Acceptance Speech

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Cindy Johnson Accepting for Denis Johnson

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VIDEO: Images from the National Book Awards, 1950 - 2007

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Images from the National Book Foundation Archives. Some provided by Robin Platzer/Twin Images and Lorenzo Ciniglio.

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AUDIO: Kurt Andersen

BAMcafé
Wed, May 30 at 6:30pm
43.1 MB
Time: 53 minutes 43 seconds

Photo: Brigitte LaCombe

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Kurt Andersen reads from his novel Heyday, an interview follows by moderator Jessica Hagedorn. Andersen talks about his life as a radio personality, journalist, and novelist. He discusses why he decided to expand from nonfiction/journalism to fiction, and explains his interest in Victorian New York.

Accomplished in a range of media, Kurt Andersen is a bestselling author, the host and co-creator of the Peabody Award-winning radio show Studio 360, and a columnist for New York Magazine. He lives in New York City. More



AUDIO: Gary Shteyngart

BAMcafé
Thursday, May 17 at 6:30pm
43.6 MB
Time: 54 minutes 21seconds

Photo: Marion Ettlinger

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Gary Shteyngart reads from his novel Absurdistan. An interview follows by moderator Jessica Hagedorn. Shteyngart talks about life as a Russian-Jewish writer and a New Yorker. He speaks about his literary influences and answers questions from the audience.

Born in Leningrad and raised in the United States, Gary Shteyngart is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Russian Debutante's Handbook and Absurdistan. He lives in New York City. More

 



AUDIO:Jonathan Franzen

BAMcafé
Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 6:30pm
43.1 MB
Time: 53 minutes 43 seconds
Photo: Greg Martin

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Jonathan Franzen then reads from his autobiography The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History, an interview follows by moderator Brigid Hughes. Franzen talks candidly about his life as a writer, the difficulty of writing fiction post-9/11 and the difference between being a Hollywood celebrity and a "famous" writer. Franzen talks about what happened when The Corrections was chosen by Oprah Winfrey for her book club.

Jonathan Franzen is the author of three novels, including The Corrections, which won the National Book Award; a collection of essays (How to Be Alone); and an autobiography (The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History). Franzen lives in New York City and Boulder Creek, California. More


AUDIO: Pete Hamill

Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 6:30pm
47.7 MB
Time: 59 minutes 28 seconds


Photo: Brian Hamill

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Pete Hamill reads from his book Snow in August, followed by an interview with moderator Brigid Hughes. Hamill talks candidly about his life in Brooklyn, and as a newspaperman. He reveals how Mexico influenced his writing and his philosophy on teaching writing. An audience Q&A complete the podcast.

Born in Brooklyn in 1935, Pete Hamill has an extensive background in journalism. In addition to his work as a journalist, he has received critical acclaim for his bestselling novels Snow in August and Forever, his memoirs, and his biographies.

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AUDIO: Francine Prose

BAMcafé
Thursday, January 11, 2007
43.3 MB
Time: 53 minutes 59 seconds

Photo: Lisa Yuskavage

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Francine Prose reads from her new book Reading Like A Writer, an interview follows by moderator Brigid Hughes. Prose talks candidly about her teaching style, the issues that inform her work and gives insight into how her style of reading has influenced her writing. An audience Q&A complete the podcast.

A distinguished critic, essayist, and novelist, Francine Prose is the author of fourteen works of fiction, including A Changed Man and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the recent non- fiction book Reading Like a Writer. She has taught literature and writing at Harvard, the University of Arizona, the University of Utah, Bard College and The New School. Prose lives in New York City. More