The Book That Changed My Life Project

photo collage of Book That Changed My Life participating authors.Illuminating the ways the experience of reading can inform -- and even transform -- the act of writing is one of the primary goals of every outreach program sponsored by the National Book Foundation.

Below is a list of some of our nation's most distinguished writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature. Click on a name to see what they have to say about the books that changed their lives.

Photos: (from l to r) Lloyd Alexander, Andrea Barrett, Jacques Barzun,Hayden Carruth, Ron Chernow, Andres Dubus III, Nikki Giovanni, Ivan Doig, Stephen King, Kimberly Willis Holt, Joyce Carol Oates, Geral Stern, Charles Wright.