January 2011 eNewsletter

National Book Awards, Over 60 Years of Honoring Great American Books
January 2011 eNewsletter
61 Years of National Book Awards Poetry


2011_poetry_jacketsIn 2009, the National Book Foundation took a look back at the 77 books that had won the National Book Award for Fiction since 1950 through a book-a-day blog and a public vote to determine the Best of the National Book Awards Fiction. This year, beginning in February and continuing through April, the Foundation will host a retrospective examining more than sixty years of National Book Award-winning poetry. This will include a daily blog featuring original essays by contemporary poets on all past Poetry Winners, as well as a series of public programs in three U.S. cities. 

Each weekday for ten weeks, beginning on February 14, the Foundation will publish a brief, original blog essay on a National Book Award Winner, beginning with William Carlos Williams, Winner of the first Award for Poetry in 1950. In addition to the essay, each blog page will include a brief biography of the poet and related information and links. 

The Foundation will also co-sponsor public discussions and readings featuring some of America's foremost poets and poetry scholars in three locations across the country: at The New School and the Center for Book Arts in New York, The Loft in Minneapolis, and Literary Arts in Portland, Oregon. On February 24, 2011, in New York, Elizabeth Alexander, Stephen Burt, Tony Hoagland, James Longenbach, Maureen McLane, and Susan Stewart will kick off events with a panel discussion entitled "Lineage: American Poetry Since 1950," moderated by Craig Morgan Teicher, using the National Book Award as a point of NEA logo, 2011departure to assess post-War poetry trends and achievements. The following evening, Burt, Hoagland, Longenbach, McLane, and Stewart will read from their own work at the Center for Book Arts.

For more information on the Winners, bloggers, and poets participating in upcoming public programs, visit www.nationalbook.org.

The National Book Awards Poetry retrospective is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Third Annual Innovations in Reading Prize


Innovations in Reading LogoLast month, the Foundation announced its third Innovations in Reading Prize, awarded annually to individuals and institutions that have developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading.The most important criteria for selecting winners are creativity, risk-taking, and a visionary quality, as well as a novel way of presenting books and literature. The Prize is less focused on the promotion of basic literacy and the pedagogy of reading than on the promotion of literary reading.

The postmark deadline for applications is February 22, 2011. Winners will be announced on May 4, 2011. For more information about the Prize and to see a list of previous winners, visit www.nationalbook.org/innovations_in_reading.html.

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Innovations is Reading is funded by a generous grant from Levenger. 


New Season of Eat, Drink & Be Literary Begins in January 2011

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Each winter/spring, the National Book Foundation, in partnership with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), presents eight acclaimed authors for Eat, Drink & Be Literary: Dinner and a Reading in BAMcafé. Each event begins at 6:30 p.m. with live music and wine, followed by a delicious buffet dinner prepared by executive chef Tim Sullivan. At 7:30 p.m. the literary program begins with a reading by the featured author, followed by a discussion with the moderator and a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Featured authors and moderators for January through May, 2011:

  • SOLD OUT - Elizabeth Strout - Thursday, January 27 at 6:30 p.m.
    Moderated by Deborah Treisman
  • Edmund White - Thursday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m.
    Moderated by Mich
    ael Greenberg
  • Jennifer Egan - Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m.
    Moderated by Deborah Treisman
  • Ann Beattie - Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m.
    Moderated by Deborah Treisman
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m.
    Moderated by Michael Greenberg
  • SOLD OUT - Colum McCann - Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m.
    Moderated by Deborah Treisman
  • SOLD OUT- Edward Albee - Thursday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m.
    Moderated by Michael Greenberg
  • Cristina García - Thursday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m.
    Moderated by Michael Greenberg


Tickets are $50 and cover admission to the reading, dinner, wine, tax, and tip. A 20% discount is available to those who buy tickets to five or more events. For more information, visit www.bam.org.

For more information about the authors and moderators, visit www.nationalbook.org/dinnerandreading.html.

 NBF Partners with Concordia College for Annual NBA on Campus, March 24 and 25

For the sixth consecutive year, the National Book Foundation is partnering with Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) to present the annual National Book Awards on Campus Weekend. This year, the program features Jaimy Gordon, the 2010 National Book Award Winner in Fiction for Lord of Misrule, and John W. Dower, a 2010 National Book Award Finalist in Nonfiction for Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq. Gordon and Dower will participate in a reading and discussion, hosted by MPR's Kerri Miller and recorded for later broadcast on MPR. Miller is also the host of MPR's Midmorning and Talking Volumes, a joint book club of MPR, the Star Tribune, and the Loft Literary Center.

Colleges interested in learning more about NBA on Campus should contact Sherrie Young at syoung@nationalbook.org.


NBA Authors Honored by the ALA

alaThe Foundation would like to congratulate 2010 Young People's Literature Finalists Paolo Bacigalupi and Rita Williams-Garcia and 2010 Judge Laban Carrick Hill on their ALA Youth Media Awards. Bacigalupi's YA novel Ship Breaker is the 2011 Michael L. Printz Award winner. One Crazy Summer by Williams-Garcia was named a Newbery Honor Book and given the 2011 Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award. Hill's children's book Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier, was named a Caldecott Honor Book.

2010 NBA Winners and Finalists Available in Paperback and eBook

Karen Tei Yamashita,
I Hotel

Paperback and eBook
Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America

 Lionel Shriver,
So Much for That
(paperback available 3/8/2011)

Nicole Krauss,
Great House

Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Paperback and eBook
Patti Smith, Just Kids

 Justin Spring,
Secret Historian

 Megan K. Stack, Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War


 James Richardson,
By the Numbers

 Monica Youn, Ignatz

Paperback and eBook
Kathleen Graber, The Eternal City

 Terrance Hayes, Lighthead


Paperback and eBook
Kathryn Erskine,

(paperback available 2/3/2011)

 Walter Dean Myers, Lockdown
(paperback available 2/1/2011)

Paolo Bacigalupi, Ship Breaker

 Laura McNeal,
Dark Water


 Rita Williams-Garcia,
One Crazy Summer


Important Dates

February 14
Launch of the NBF's Best of the National Book Awards Poetry blog, www.nbapoetryblog.org


February 24
Lineage: American Poetry Since 1950
The New School
New York City


February 25
Lineage Reading and Reception
The Center for Book Arts
New York City


March 24-25 
NBA on Campu
Concordia College
Moorhead, Minnesota


November 16:
National Book Awards
New York City



Request the 2011 Edition of the Reading Hot Spots Map


Do reading hot spots mapsyou work at a school, library, or independent bookstore in New York City? Request up to 75 free copies of the Foundation's popular Reading Hot Spots Map, a guide to the libraries, bookstores, and literary organizations in New York. Give them out to your customers and display them in your store. Email requests should be sent to Amy Gall at agall@nationalbook.org with Reading Hot Spots in the subject line.


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