September 2011 eNewsletter

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

2011 National Book Award Finalists to be Announced on Oregon Public Radio

nba finalist medalThe twenty Finalists for the 62nd National Book Awards will be announced on Oregon Public Broadcasting's morning radio program, Think Out Loud, in front of a live audience at the new Literary Arts Center in Portland, Oregon from 9:06 to 9:59 a.m. PST on Wednesday, October 12. The announcement will also be streamed live on Oregon Public Broadcasting's website, Past NBA Winners, Finalists, and Judges will announce this year's Finalists by category:

  • Virginia Euwer Wolff, National Book Award Winner in 2001, will announce the Young People's Literature Finalists.
  • Vern Rutsala, National Book Award Finalist in 2005, will announce the Poetry Finalists.
  • Sallie Tisdale, National Book Award Judge in 2010, will announce the Nonfiction Finalists.
  • Charles Johnson, National Book Award Winner in 1990 and Judge in 1999 and 2009, will announce the Fiction Finalists.

Think Out Loud host David Miller will interview each of theOregon Public Broadcasting four guests, as well as National Book Foundation Executive Director Harold Augenbraum, about their own National Book Award experiences.


For more information about the 2011 National Book Award Finalists Announcement, visit


Filmmaker John Waters to Host 5 Under 35, NBA Finalist Patricia Smith to DJ
 John Waters and Patricia Smith

We're thrilled to announce that filmmaker, actor, writer, and visual artist John Waters will be the host of our sixth annual 5 Under 35 celebration of young fiction writers on Monday, November 14. Patricia Smith, National Book Award Poetry Finalist in 2008 for Blood Dazzler, will DJ the event. Stay tuned for the announcement of this year's 5 Under 35 honorees, coming up on Wednesday, September 28.  


For more information about 5 Under 35, visit .


John Waters (photo by Greg Gorman). Patricia Smith (photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths).   


Visit the NBF at the Brooklyn Book Festival This Sunday


Eisenberg, Lebowitz, ShawnBrooklyn Book Festival, 2011 Swing by booth #32 at the Brooklyn Book Festival this 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   


Additionally, please join us for Defining the Moment: USA 2011: Where Are We?, an event we're 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. The event will take place at 4:00 p.m. at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn. More information is available here: 

For a complete schedule of events at this year's Festival, visit
. Members Start NBA Book Club The Collected Stories of William FaulknerLast month, a few individuals started a National Book Awards Fiction book club on as a way of focusing on post-WWII American writers. The club's first read was Nelson Algren's The Man with the Golden Arm, which won the first National Book Award for Fiction in 1950. This month, the club is reading the Winner in 1951, The Collected Stories of William Faulkner. The group's founder, Zabeth Marsh, says, "all readers are welcome and encouraged to join us in reading great American fiction." To join the group, visit


Important Dates


September 18 
Brooklyn Book Festival

Brooklyn Borough Hall
Brooklyn, NY

September 20 

Announcement of the recipients of the 2011 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the 2011 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community
September 28 

Announcement of the 2011
5 Under 35 Honorees

October 12 

National Book Award Finalists Announcement

Live on Oregon Public Radio

November 14  

5 Under 35 Celebration of Young Fiction Writers

powerHouse Books
Brooklyn, NY

November 15  

National Book Awards Teen Press Conference (afternoon)

New York, NY


National Book Award Finalists Reading (evening)
The New School
New York, NY

November 16 

62nd National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit
Cipriani Wall Street
New York, NY


NBA Daily News


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