November 2011 eNewsletter

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

62nd National Book Awards Webstreamed Live for the First Time 


2011 NBA Ceremony & Dinner


On Wednesday, November 16, actor, writer, and musician John Lithgow hosted the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. More than 650 guests attended the black-tie event, and thousands more viewed the festivities online via our first-ever live webstream.


The evening began with the presentation of two lifetime achievement awards: the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community to Mitchell Kaplan, and the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to John Ashbery. After dinner, the 2011 National Book Awards were presented to Thanhha Lai for Young People's Literature, Nikky Finney for Poetry, Stephen Greenblatt for Nonfiction, and Jesmyn Ward for Fiction. Following the Ceremony, guests were invited up to the Cipriani Balcony for the National Book Awards After-Party, presented in partnership with BOMB Magazine.


Photos and video from the ceremony, as well as interviews with this year's Winners and Finalists, are available at



Celebrating Six Years of 5 Under 35 

5 Under 35 Celebration


Each year, we kick off National Book Awards Week with 5 Under 35, a celebration of emerging fiction writers selected by former National Book Award Winners and Finalists. On Monday, November 14, 250 writers, editors, bloggers, and other assorted literary types flocked to powerHouse Arena in DUMBO, Brooklyn to toast the year's 5 Under 35 honorees: Shani Boianjiu, Danielle Evans, Mary Beth Keane, Melinda Moustakis, and John Corey Whaley. The event was hosted by filmmaker, actor, writer, and visual artist John Waters, with a special DJ appearance by 2008 National Book Award Poetry Finalist Patricia Smith. Photos from the event are available at

Video interviews and event footage will be available soon.


Teen Press Conference Hosted by Scholastic and Webstreamed Live


2011 Teen Press Conference


On the afternoon of Tuesday, November 15, the annual National Book Awards Teen Press Conference was hosted by Scholastic Inc. and streamed live online, allowing students from across the country to direct questions to the five National Book Award Finalists in Young People's Literature and see them read from their nominated books. Acclaimed young adult author and Scholastic Publisher and Editorial Director David Levithan emceed the event, which was attended by 250 New York City students and viewed by 30,000 more from their classrooms across the U.S. To watch a video of the Teen Press Conference webcast, please visit


National Book Award Finalists Reading at The New School


2011 National Book Award Finalists Reading 


On the evening of Tuesday, November 15, the Finalists in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature gathered at The New School in New York City for the National Book Award Finalists Reading, hosted this year by 2010 5 Under 35 honoree Tiphanie Yanique. Following a private Medal Ceremony and Reception, all twenty Finalists gave a public reading from their nominated books in The New School's Tishman Auditorium. Links to video from the Finalists Reading and photos from the Medal Ceremony are available at


Tickets On Sale for New Season of Eat, Drink & Be Literary

Eat, Drink & Be Literary, 2012

Each spring and fall, the National Book Foundation, in partnership with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), presents a selection of acclaimed authors for Eat, Drink & Be Literary: Dinner and a Reading in BAMcafé. Each event includes a delicious buffet dinner, a reading by the featured author, a discussion with the moderator, and a question-and-answer session with the audience.   


Featured authors and moderators for February through June 2012 are:

  • Russell Banks  
    Thursday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m., Moderated by Francine Prose
  • Téa Obreht 
    Thursday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m., Moderated by Deborah Treisman
  • Teju Cole 
    Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m., Moderated by Francine Prose 
  • Aleksandar Hemon 
    Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m., Moderated by Deborah Treisman
  • Ann Patchett 
    Thursday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m., Moderated by Harold Augenbraum
  • Sapphire 
    Thursday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m., Moderated by Harold Augenbraum
  • Edwidge Danticat 
    Thursday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m., Moderated by Deborah Treisman
  • Denis Johnson 
    Thursday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m., Moderated by Deborah Treisman


For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit


2012 Innovations in Reading Prize Application Now Available

Innovations In Reading, 2012  

The application for the fourth annual Innovations in Reading Prize is now available on our website. Each year, this prize is awarded to individuals and institutions that have developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading. To download the application and to see a list of previous winners, visit


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