April 2011 eNewsletter

National Book Awards, Over 60 Years of Honoring Great American Books
April 2011 eNewsletter

NBF Celebrates National Poetry Month at Housing Works Bookstore in NYC

nyc poetry event   

On Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m., join the Foundation for National Poetry Month: The National Book Foundation Presents National Book Awards Poets, the second night of a two-night program that begins the previous evening with National Poetry Month: Poetry and the Public, featuring New York Times poetry critic David Orr. Both evenings will examine, through discussion and reading, the place poetry occupies in American culture, as well as issues specific to the making of modern poetry. The events are free and open to the public and will take place at Housing Works Bookstore in New York City.


These events are part of the Foundation's continuing National Book Awards Poetry retrospective, which includes a daily blog featuring original essays by contemporary poets on the 51 Winners of the National Book Award for Poetry, www.nbapoetryblog.org, and a series of public discussions and readings in three U.S. cities. Upcoming programs include Lineage: Oregon Poets Reflect on American Poetry Since 1950, April 7 at the Ace Hotel in Portland, Oregon; and Lineage: Minneapolis Poets Reflect o2011_02_nba_poetry_paneln American Poetry Since 1950, April 13 at The Loft in Minneapolis. 

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

Videos from the February Lineage programs in New York City are available online:  

NEA logo, 2011The National Book Awards Poetry retrospective is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 


Request Copies of National Book Awards Poetry Timeline

NBA Poetry Winners Timeline
The Foundation is offering free copies of its colorful, fold-out timeline of the National Book Award Winners in Poetry since 1950. With a collage of book covers and author photos on one side and lists, by decade, of all winning titles on the other, the timeline is a great tool for teachers and librarians, and an excellent giveaway for bookstores. Email requests should be sent to Amy Gall at
agall@nationalbook.org with NBA Poetry Timeline in the subject line. Please also mention how many copies you'd like.
NBF Celebrates 100,000 Twitter Followers with Book Giveaway

NBF Twitter Image 

To celebrate reaching 100,000 Twitter followers last month, the Foundation held its first Twitter-only drawing and book giveaway. The five winners-who hailed from Lexington, KY; Brooklyn Park, MN; Wentzville, MO; Norman, OK; and Braintree, MA-each won a set of the four 2010 National Book Award-winning books. One of the winners, Patricia, told the Foundation why she follows nationalbook on Twitter:


 "The book industry is changing and I find the change exciting and energizing. I once was a bookseller, and I'd like to be again-but in a different way. I want to critique books online for fun: that is, promote and create 'buzz' around the new best books being published. I follow the NBA on Twitter because they are all about the best books: they've done all the work of finding some of the best writing around."


To receive tweets about the Foundation's programs, including the National Book Awards, BookUp, 5 Under 35, Eat, Drink & Be Literary, and Innovations in Reading, as well as general literary news, follow nationalbook on Twitter


Video of 2011 NBA on Campus with Jaimy Gordon
and John W. Dower

2011_concordia_oncampus_vid_stillFor the sixth consecutive year, the National Book Foundation partnered with Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota to present the annual National Book Awards on Campus Weekend. This year's program, which took place on March 24 and 25, featured 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 both participated in a reading and discussion, hosted by NPR's Neil Conan, which you can view here:  www.nationalbook.org/oncampus.html 


Foundation Executive Director Harold Augenbraum taught two literature classes and gave a lecture to the Concordia faculty and staff:http://readthebestwriting.com/?p=818.


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


Get Your Tickets for Eat, Drink & Be Literary 


bam 2011 authors

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.

Upcoming evenings include:

  • Ann Beattie -  Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m.
    Moderated by Deborah Treisman
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - SOLD OUT - Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m.
    Moderated by Michael Greenberg
  • Colum McCann - SOLD OUT - Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m.
    Moderated by Deborah Treisman
  •  Edward Albee - SOLD OUT - 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. For more information, visit http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=277.

NBA Backlist: Past
Winners and Finalists

medalsFiction: Ayn Rand was a Finalist in 1958 for Atlas Shrugged, her last work of fiction. Rand was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and was part of the first group of women to be educated at Petrograd State University (now Saint Petersburg State University) after the Russian Revolution. Rand is best known for her novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, as well as her philosophical system of Objectivism. A movie based on Atlas Shrugged is scheduled for release on April 15, 2011. For more information on Rand, visit www.aynrand.org.

Nonfiction: T.J. Stiles was a Winner in 2009 for The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, which also won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2010. Stiles' first book, Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War (2002), was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize in biography and won the English Speaking Union's Ambassador Book Award and the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship. For more information on Stiles, visit www.nationalbook.org.

Poetry: Philip Levine was a Winner in 1980 for Ashes and again in 1991 for What Work Is. He is the author of sixteen books of poetry and has received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and two Guggenheim fellowships, among other honors. Levine has also published a collection of essays, The Bread of Time: Toward an Autobiography (1994), edited The Essential Keats (1987), and co-edited and translated two books: Off the Map: Selected Poems of Gloria Fuertes (with Ada Long, 1984) and Tarumba: The Selected Poems of Jaime Sabines (with Ernesto Trejo, 1979). For more information on Levine, visit www.nbapoetryblog.org.  

Young People's Literature: Deborah Heiligman was a Finalist in 2009 for Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith. The biography, which takes a personal look at the man behind evolutionary theory, was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize in young adult literature and received a Michael L. Printz Honor Award and YALSA's first Excellence in Nonfiction Award. Heiligman has published nearly thirty books for children and teens, many about science and religion. For more information on Heiligman, visit www.nationalbook.org.


Important Dates

April 7
Lineage: Oregon Poets Reflect on American Poetry Since 1950

Presented by Literary Arts

Ace Hotel

Portland, OR


April 11

National Poetry Month: Poetry and the Public

Housing Works Bookstore

New York, NY


April 12

National Poetry Month: The National Book Foundation Presents National Book Awards Poets

Housing Works Bookstore

New York, NY


April 13

Lineage: Minneapolis Poets Reflect on American Poetry Since 1950

The Loft

Minneapolis, MN


April 18

2011 National Book Award Guidelines Mailed to Publishers

November 16
National Book Awards
New York, NY 


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