October 2011 eNewsletter

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

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

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The 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 at www.opb.org/nationalbookawards. Past NBA Winners, Finalists, and Judges will announce this year's Finalists by category, and will discuss their own National Book Award experiences with Think Out Loud host David Miller.

Oregon Public BroadcastingFor more information about the 2011 National Book Award Finalists Announcement, visit www.nationalbook.org/nba2011.html.

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John Ashbery and Mitchell Kaplan to Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2011 National Book Awards,
John Lithgow to Host

John Ashbery, Mitchell Kaplan, John Lithgow Internationally renowned poet John Ashbery will receive the 2011 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 62nd National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 in New York City. Also that evening, Mitchell Kaplan, co-founder of the Miami Book Fair International, will receive the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. Actor, writer, and musician John Lithgow will host the event.

For more information about Ashbery and the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, visit www.nationalbook.org/amerletters_2011_ashbery.html.

For more information about Kaplan and the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, visit www.nationalbook.org/literarian.html.

Scholastic to Host Annual Teen Press Conference and Stream Event Live


Teen Press Conference 2011 At the annual National Book Awards Teen Press Conference, middle and high school students in New York City play the role of reporters as they direct questions to the five Finalists for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature.

This year, for the first time ever, the Teen Press Conference, hosted by acclaimed young adult author David Levithan, will be streamed live online, allowing students from across the country to experience this one-of-a-kind event right from their classrooms. The conference will take place at Scholastic in New York City on Tuesday, November 15 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

Registration to watch the event streaming live online opens on Wednesday, October 12. New York City teachers interested in bringing their students to the event can send an email to Amy Gall at agall@nationalbook.org. For more information, visit

Congratulations to This Year's 5 Under 35 Honorees!


2011 5 Under 35 Honorees Each year, we ask five past National Book Award Winners and Finalists to each select a young 

fiction writer whose work they find particularly promising and exciting. The 5 Under 35 honorees for 2011 are:   

The sixth annual 5 Under 35 celebration will take place on Monday, November 14 at powerHouse Books in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Filmmaker, actor, writer, and visual artist John Waters will host the event, and Patricia Smith, National Book Award Poetry Finalist in 2008 for Blood Dazzler, will DJ.


5 Under 35 is an invitation-only event. Press interested in attending should contact Sherrie Young at syoung@nationalbook.org. For more information about 5 Under 35, visit www.nationalbook.org/5under35.html. 

Bring the National Book Awards to Your Campus!
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Our National Book Awards on Campus program gives colleges and universities across the country the opportunity to host authors who have been recently honored as National Book Award Winners or Finalists.

Last year, Jaimy Gordon, the 2010 Winner in Fiction forLord of Misrule, and John W. Dower, a 2010 Finalist in Nonfiction for Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq, visited Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and  participated in a reading and discussion, hosted by NPR's Neal Conan.

Those interested in hosting a National Book Awards on Campus event can contact Sherrie Young at syoung@nationalbook.org.


Important Dates


NBA Winner Medallion
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 Dinner
Cipriani Wall Street
New York, NY


NBA Daily News


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