July 2011 eNewsletter

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

Attention, Publishers!

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The entry deadline for the 2011 National Book Awards has passed; we are no longer accepting new entries. If you have submitted books for the Award, please be sure to send one copy of each entered book to each of the five Judges in the appropriate category, as well as one to our office, by August 1, 2011. The Judges' addresses can be found on the 2011 National Book Awards Guidelines, or you can request them by calling our office at (212) 685-0261.


Mad. Sq. Reads Presents: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to N.Y.

Elizabeth Bishop

Free and open to the public as

part of the 2011 Mad. Sq. Reads Series 

Thursday, July 14 at 6:30pm

Madison Square Park at the Farragut Monument


In celebration of the centenary of the seminal American poet and National Book Award Winner Elizabeth Bishop, we are pleased to present a discussion of Bishop's life and legacy with poets Tina Chang and Vijay Seshadri, poet and editor Joelle Biele, and former New Yorker poetry editor Alice Quinn. For more information, visit nationalbook.org/madsqparkreads.html.   

[Image: Elizabeth Bishop. Credit: Joseph Breitenbach]

BookUp's Summer Reading List for Teens


bookup2010Through BookUp, our after-school reading program for middle-schoolers, students at five sites in New York City and one in Bryan, Texas choose which books they want to read and then discuss them with writer-instructors in weekly sessions throughout the school year. Whether you have teenagers who are looking for summer reading suggestions or you're interested in a great YA read yourself, check out this book list, courtesy of our BookUp students: www.nationalbook.org/bookup_books.html.


Eat, Drink & Be Literary Podcasts Now Available


BAM participating authors 2011The 2011 season of Eat, Drink & Be Literary at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has come to a close, but podcasts of the evenings with Elizabeth Strout, Edmund White, Jennifer Egan, and Ann Beattie are available on our website at  nationalbook.org/dinnerandreading.html. Podcasts of the evenings with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Colum McCann, Edward Albee, and Cristina García are coming soon.


NBA Backlist: Past Winners and Finalists


Jean Thompson's Who Do You LoveFiction: Jean Thompson was a Finalist in 1999 for her short story collection, Who Do You Love. She is the author of ten books, including her most recent novel, The Year We Left Home. Thompson has received Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, among other honors, and has taught creative writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Reed College, Northwestern University, and many other institutions. For more information about Thompson, visit www.jeanthompsononline.com.


Robert CaroNonfiction: Robert Caro was a Finalist in 1975 for The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York and in 1983 for The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1: The Path to Power, and a Winner in 2002 for The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 3: Master of the Senate. Caro has twice won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and in 2010, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama. For more information about Caro, visit www.robertacaro.com.


Lucille Clifton's Blessing the BoatsPoetry: Lucille Clifton was a Finalist in 1996 for The Terrible Stories and a Winner in 2000 for Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, 1988-2000. In 1988, she became the first author to have two books of poetry nominated for the Pulitzer Prize: Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir, 1969-1980 and Next: New Poems. In addition to her poetry collections, Clifton also published a memoir and numerous children's books. For more information about Clifton, visit www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/lucille-clifton.Laini Taylor's Lips Touch Two Times


Young People's Literature: Laini Taylor was a Finalist in 2009 for Lips Touch: Three Times.  Her other books are The Drowned (2004), Dreamdark: Blackbringer (2007) and its sequel Dreamdark: Silksinger (2009). Taylor's new book, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, is the first of a new trilogy and comes out this September. For more information about Taylor, visit www.lainitaylor.com.

Important Dates

July 14
Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to N.Y.

Madison Square Park

New York, NY


August 1

All entered books must be received by NBA Judges and NBF office

(NOT a postmark deadline)


September 18

Brooklyn Book Festival

Brooklyn Borough Hall

Brooklyn, NY


October 12

National Book Award Finalists Announcement

Location TBD


November 14

5 Under 35 Celebration of Young Fiction Writers

powerHouse Books

Brooklyn, NY


November 15

National Book Awards Teen Press Conference (morning)

New York Public Library

New York, NY


National Book Award Finalists Reading (evening)

The New School

New York, NY

November 16
2011 National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner

Cipriani Wall Street
New York, NY

NBA Daily News


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