March 2012 eNewsletter


Presenter of the National Book Awards
March 2012

National Book Award-Winning Women     

NBA Winner MedallionIn honor of Women's History Month, we took a look back at all the women who've won the National Book Award since its inception in 1950. A total of 87 women have won the Award, beginning with Rachel Carson and Marianne Moore, who won for Nonfiction and Poetry, respectively, in 1952, and including Katherine Paterson, the only woman ever to win twice, in 1977 and 1979. To see our list of NBA-winning women, click here. 



BookUp Students Write to NBA Finalist Gary D. Schmidt


Letter from BookUp Member to Gary SchmidtThe BookUp students at our University Settlement/STRIDE Program site in New York City recently wrote letters to 2011 National Book Award Finalist in Young People's Literature Gary D. Schmidt about his nominated book, Okay for Now. To the students' delight, Schmidt responded personally to each letter. Read a selection of the students' letters and Schmidt's responses on our BookUpNYC page.


A New Look for

2012 redesign


We're excited to introduce our completely redesigned website and its many new features! Looking for a literary event in your area? Visit our new events calendar for a list of upcoming readings, conferences, festivals, and other events across the U.S. Want to explore the NBF archives? Check the homepage for a featured photo from our recently launched Tumblr. New site, same place:


Celebrating 200,000 Twitter Followers

NBF Twitter Image As a thank-you to the nearly 200,000 literature lovers who follow us on Twitter @nationalbook, we'll be doing a book giveaway to celebrate reaching this milestone. Watch our feed in the next week for the book giveaway prompt and to learn which National Book Award-winning title could be yours. To visit our Twitter feed, click here.



National Book Awards on Campus


NBA On Campus, 2012 On March 29 and 30, we will once again partner with Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota to present our annual National Book Awards on Campus Weekend. This year's program will feature Nikky Finney, 2011 NBA Poetry Winner for Head Off & Split, and Thanhha Lai, 2011 NBA Young People's Literature Winner for Inside Out & Back Again. NPR's Lynn Neary will interview Finney and Lai. For more information, visit our NBA on Campus page.


Don't Miss Eat, Drink & Be Literary


BAM author's with tickets remainingTickets for Eat, Drink & Be Literary, our dinner-and-a-reading series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), are going fast! Evenings with 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



Homeless Bird by Gloria WhelanGloria Whelan won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 2000 for Homeless Bird. She is the author of more than fifty books for children and young adults, as well as a collection of short fiction, Playing with Shadows. Her most recent book is The Boy Who Wanted to Cook, published by Sleeping Bear Press in 2011. To learn more about Whelan, visit



March 29-30

NBA on Campus

Concordia College

Moorhead, MN

May 9

Innovations in Reading Prize winners announced


June 19

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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