June 2012 eNewsletter


Presenter of the National Book Awards
June 2012
The Contenders: 61 Years of National Book Award Fiction Finalists


We at the Foundation are pleased to present The Contenders, a new online exhibition. Similar to our past retrospectives of NBA Fiction and Poetry Winners, the project is a look back at the 373 books that have been nominated for the Award in Fiction since 1950. Visitors can rediscover classics, like Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea and Toni Morrison's Beloved, as well as get to know new titles and authors. The exhibition also includes appreciations of 24 of the Finalists by past 5 Under 35 honorees Kirstin Allio, Matthew Eck, Amity Gaige, Asali Solomon, Josh Weil, Tiphanie Yanique, and Charles Yu. Click here to visit the exhibition.


2012 National Book Award Submission Period Now Closed


2012 NBA guidelines

The postmark deadline for 2012 National Book Award entry forms was Friday, June 15. We are no longer accepting new entries. Guidelines are posted, for informational purposes only, on our website. Publishers: Please note that one copy of each submitted book must be sent to each of the Judges in the appropriate category, as well as to the Foundation's office, to be received by Wednesday, August 1.  


A Look Back at Joseph Mitchell's Harbor


On Tuesday, June 19, we partnered with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the South Street Seaport Museum to present our first-ever River to River Festival event, Joseph Mitchell's Harbor. The evening was a huge success, thanks to panelists Mark Kurlansky, James Sanders, Luc Sante, Robert Sullivan, and Nathan Ward, as well as Blue Island Oyster Company's beautiful Shibumi and Naked Cowboy oysters, and Pasanella and Son, Vintners' refreshing white wine. To see photos from the event, visit our Tumblr.  


2012 Best of BookUp Selections


bookup2010 For the first time ever, we present the Best of BookUp Selections, a summer reading list straight from the source: our BookUp students! The selections were culled from over 100 titles read this year in all of our BookUp groups. Click here to view the selections.  

Innovations in Reading Prize Winner and Literarian Award Recipient Team Up

In order to stock the "giving library" she created at the Miami homeless shelter Chapman Partnership, 2012 Innovations in Reading Prize winner Lilli Leight joined forces with the local independent bookstore Books & Books, founded by 2011 Literarian Award recipient Mitchell Kaplan. Kaplan opened the store when he was just 24 years old, and it has since grown to include seven locations. In exchange for book donations for the shelter, Lilli provides the flagship Coral Gables store with book reviews to be used as "shelf talkers." What a great match!


Eat, Drink & Be Literary Comes to a Close

Tonight marks the final Eat, Drink & Be Literary event of the 2012 season, with National Book Award Winner Denis Johnson as the featured author. The event will also include a special guest appearance by the actor Will Patton, who will assist Johnson in a reading from his new book, Soul of a Whore and Purvis: Two Plays in Verse. Tickets for the event are sold out, but stay tuned for the announcement of the 2013 season this fall.  



September 23

Brooklyn Book Festival

Brooklyn, NY


November 11-17

National Book Awards Week

November 12

5 Under 35 celebration of emerging fiction writers
Brooklyn, NY

November 13 (morning)
National Book Awards Teen Press Conference
New York, NY

November 13 (evening)
National Book Award Finalists Reading
New York, NY

November 14 

National Book Awards

New York, NY





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