April 2012 eNewsletter


Presenter of the National Book Awards
April 2012
Adrienne Rich by Lilliane Kempf
Adrienne Rich's Life in Poetry    
Poet and activist Adrienne Rich passed away last month at age 82. Rich won the National Book Award for Poetry in 1974 for Diving into the Wreck and was a Finalist four other times: in 1956 for The Diamond Cutters, in 1967 for Necessities of Life, in 1991 for An Atlas of the Difficult World, and in 2011 for Tonight No Poetry Will Serve. She was also the recipient of our Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2006. To learn more about Rich, and to read an appreciation of her work by poet Evie Shockley, visit Rich's page on our NBA Poetry Blog.



Terrance Hayes on Nikky Finney


Nikky Finney and Terrance Hayes

To kick off National Poetry Month, we asked 2010 NBA Poetry Winner Terrance Hayes to share his thoughts on 2011 Winner Nikky Finney and her collection Head Off & Split. Hayes' essay begins, "I can remember first hearing Nikky Finney's 'The Condoleezza Suite' in 2006 at a reading for the Cave Canem Tenth Anniversary Reunion. As she read a poem in the voice of Condoleezza Rice's Ferragamo shoes, a kind of Sunday swoon echoed through the auditorium." To read the rest of Hayes' essay, visit Finney's page on our NBA Poetry Blog.


2012 National Book Award Guidelines Now Available


NBA Winner MedallionThe 2012 National Book Award guidelines are now available, for informational purposes only, on our website. Publishers who are already in our database will receive the official guidelines and entry form in the mail in mid-April. Publishers who would like to be added to our database should email Amy Gall (agall@nationalbook.org) with a contact name, publishing company, and mailing address. The postmark deadline for entry forms is June 15, 2012.

BookUp Students Interview YA Author Lisa Schroeder

Lisa Schroeder
Students from our BookUpNYC site at I.S. 318 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn recently read I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder. BookUp instructor Lissette Norman said her students loved the book so much that they prepared a few questions for Schroeder, who was generous enough to answer via email. Read the interview on our BookUpNYC page.



Celebrating 200,000 Twitter Followers



NBF Twitter ImageTo celebrate reaching 200,000 Twitter followers, we recently held a drawing to give away a signed, first edition copy of Colum McCann's National Book Award-winning novel, Let the Great World Spin, generously provided by the author. Congratulations to winner Lucy G. (@Oscar_the_cat) from Winchendon, Massachusetts, and thanks to all who participated. For daily literary news, information about our programs, and more book giveaways, follow us on Twitter.


National Book Awards on Campus


NBA On Campus, 2012

On March 29 and 30, we again partnered with Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota to present National Book Awards on Campus. This year's program featured 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. Watch NPR's Lynn Neary interview Finney and Lai on Concordia's website.


Get Your Tickets for Eat, Drink & Be Literary

Eat, Drink & Be Literary Tickets 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 Aleksandar Hemon on April 26, Sapphire on June 7, and Denis Johnson on June 21. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.



May 9

Innovations in Reading Prize winners announced


September 23

Brooklyn Book Festival

Brooklyn, NY


November 14

National Book Awards

New York, NY





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