February 2012 eNewsletter


Presenter of the National Book Awards
February 2012

There's Still Time to Apply for the Innovations in Reading Prize!     
Innovations In Reading 2012
If you or someone you know is doing something truly unique to foster a lifelong love of reading, consider applying for our Innovations in Reading Prize. There's no application fee, and winners receive $2,500 and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City! The application deadline is February 21. To download the application and see a list of past winners, visit www.nationalbook.org.  


NBF Now on Tumblr



We're excited to announce that in addition to posting literary news on Facebook and Twitter, we're now sharing our amazing archival materials and more on our new Tumblr: http://nationalbook.tumblr.com. Have your own literary Tumblr? Follow us and we'll return the favor.



Follow BookUp on Twitter


BookUp logo BookUp, our after-school reading program for middle-schoolers, is now on Twitter! Check out our feed, @BookUpNews, for tweets about young-adult books and authors, and to see what our BookUp students are up to in New York City and Bryan, Texas: https://twitter.com/#!/bookupnews.


New-and-Improved Events Calendar

NBF Logo Looking for an upcoming literary event in your area? Check out our events calendar for readings, conferences, festivals, and more featuring National Book Award Winners, Finalists, and Judges:



Get Your Tickets for Eat, Drink & Be Literary 


BAM author's with tickets remaining

Tickets for the new season of Eat, Drink & Be Literary, our dinner-and-a-reading series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), are going fast! Evenings with Téa Obreht, Ann Patchett, and Edwidge Danticat are sold out, but tickets are still available for Teju Cole on March 15, Aleksandar Hemon on April 26, Sapphire on June 7, and Denis Johnson on June 21. Each event includes a delicious buffet dinner, a reading by the featured author, a discussion with the moderator, and a Q&A session with the audience. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://bam.org/view.aspx?pid=277.


NBA Backlist


The Movie-goer by Walker Percy Walker Percy won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1962 for his first novel, The Moviegoer. He went on to write five other novels, including The Last Gentleman, an NBA Finalist in 1967, and The Second Coming, an NBA Finalist in 1981, as well as many nonfiction works. He was also instrumental in getting John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces published more than a decade after the author's suicide. Percy was born in Birmingham, Alabama, attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and received a medical degree from Columbia University. For more information on Percy, visit his page on our National Book Awards Fiction blog: http://www.nbafictionblog.org/nba-winning-books-blog/2009/7/16/1962.html.


February 21

Innovations in Reading Prize application deadline


March 29-30

NBA on Campus

Concordia College

Moorhead, MN


May 9

Innovations in Reading Prize winners announced


Summer, 2012

River to River Festival

New York, NY


September 23

Brooklyn Book Festival

Brooklyn, NY


November 14

National Book Awards

New York, NY



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