August 2011 eNewsletter

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

Visit the NBF at the Brooklyn Book Festival in September

Brooklyn Book Fest
Swing by our booth at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 18, where we will be giving out free copies of our National Book Awards Fiction and Poetry timelines and the latest edition of our popular Reading Hot Spots map. Also, enter a drawing to win a set of the 2010 National Book Award-winning titles:


  • Fiction: Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon
  • Nonfiction: Just Kids by Patti Smith  
  • Poetry: Lighthead by Terrance Hayes  
  • Young People's Literature: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Also, stay tuned for more information about an event we'll be presenting as part of Eat, Drink & Be Literary, our joint program with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), featuring writers Deborah Eisenberg, Fran Lebowitz, and Wallace Shawn.  


For more information about this year's Festival, visit

Podcast: Elizabeth Bishop's Letters to N.Y.

Mad Sq Reads, 2011  

Listen to audio from our event celebrating the centenary of the seminal American poet and National Book Award Winner Elizabeth Bishop, featuring poets Tina Chang and Vijay Seshadri, poet and editor Joelle Biele, and former New Yorker poetry editor Alice Quinn. The event, which took place on July 14 in New York City, was part of Mad. Sq. Reads, the free literary program of the Madison Square Park Conservancy. For the podcast and more information, visit



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:


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, Ann Beattie, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie are available on our website at Podcasts of the evenings with Colum McCann, Edward Albee, and Cristina García are coming soon.


Philip Levine Named Next U.S. Poet Laureate

Phil Levine
Congratulations to Philip Levine on being named the
18th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry by the Library of Congress, succeeding W.S. Merwin. Levine won the National Book Award for Poetry in 1980 for Ashes and again in 1991 for What Work Is. For more information on Levine, visit


NBA Backlist: Past Winners and Finalists


House of Sand and Fog, by Andre Dubus IIIFiction: Andre Dubus III was a Finalist in 1999 for House of Sand and Fog, which was selected for Oprah's Book Club and made into a film starring Jennifer Connelly. He also served as chair of the National Book Award Fiction judging panel in 2005. Dubus is the author of the collection The Cage Keeper and Other Stories (1989) and the novels Bluesman (1993) and The Garden of Last Days (2008). His most recent book, Townie: A Memoir, came out in February, 2011. For more information about Dubus, visit

 Aileen Ward's John Keats: The Making of a Poet

Nonfiction: Aileen Ward was a Winner in Arts and Letters in 1964 for John Keats: The Making of a Poet, which also won the 1963 Duff Cooper Memorial Prize for Nonfiction (awarded for the first time to a woman and an American) and the 1964 Rose Mary Crawshay Prize in England. She is also the editor of The Poems of William Blake (1973) and the author of The Unfurling of Entity: Metaphor in Poetry Theory (1987). To read Ward's National Book Award acceptance speech, visit:  


HingePoetry: Heather McHugh was a Finalist in 1994 for Hinge and Sign: Poems, 1968-1993. Another of her poetry collections, Eyeshot, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2004. She is also the author of the essay collection Broken English: Poetry and Partiality (1993) and three books of translation: Glottal Stop: Poems of Paul Celan (with Nikolai Popov, 2001), winner of the Griffin International Poetry Prize; Because the Sea is Black: Poems of Blaga Dimitrova (with Niko Boris, 1989); and D'après tout: Poems by Jean Follain (1981). For more information about McHugh, visit


Victor Martinez Young People's Literature: Victor Martinez was a Winner in 1996 for his first novel, Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida, which received the Américas Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature and the Pura Belpré Award. He was also the author of a collection of poetry, Caring for a House (1992). Martinez passed away at the age of 56 in February, 2011. Read a remembrance of Martinez here:

Important Dates


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


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