Presenter of the National Book Awards

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.