August 2012 eNewsletter


Presenter of the National Book Awards
August 2012


Visit Us at the Brooklyn Book Festival in September


Brooklyn Book Festival Swing by our booth at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 23, where we will be giving out our popular Reading Hot Spots map of bookstores, libraries, and literary sites all over New York City, as well as copies of the 2011 National Book Award Winners and Finalists, while they last. For more information about this year's Festival, visit  


NBA Winner Jonathan Kozol to Present Teacher Awards for Literacy


The Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy "recognize the nation's most dynamic and resourceful teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in students." Jonathan Kozol, 1968 National Book Award Winner for Death at an Early Age, will present the awards at the 2012 NCTE Convention on Friday, November 16. He will also discuss and sign his new book, Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America. The application deadline for the awards is September 1.


Eat, Drink & Be Literary Podcasts Now Available

BAM Audio  

The 2012 season of Eat, Drink & Be Literary at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has come to a close, but podcasts of the evenings with Russell Banks, Téa Obreht, Teju Cole, and Aleksandar Hemon are available on our websitePodcasts of the evenings with Ann Patchett, Sapphire, and Edwidge Danticat are coming soon. 


Twitter Followers Share Their Favorite NBA-Winning Titles

NBA Twitter Favorites  

We recently asked our Twitter followers to take a look at the list of all of the National Book Award Winners since 1950 and share with us their favorite titles. Here's a sampling of the responses, all of which are listed on our website:


@JLu1969: "Just Kids by Patti Smith because it reminds us that love is a matter of longing, respect and understanding."


@Perednia: "Love @Sherman_Alexie's ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY. So much of it's not fiction to me and my students; it's our lives."


@ExprBooksellers: "Impossible to choose! Garp an all-time fave. So touching, and the family dynamics compelling. And, Shipping News!"


@CMU_DietrichHSS: "We're partial to Terrance Hayes & Lighthead."

NBA Backlist

Diane Johnson was a National Book Award Finalist three times: in 1973 for Lesser Lives (Biography), in 1979 for Lying Low (Fiction), and in 1997 for Le Divorce (Fiction). Johnson also collaborated with filmmaker Stanley Kubrick on the screenplay to the 1980 film "The Shining," based on Stephen King's novel of the same title. Johnson's most recent book is Lulu in Marrakech, published by Plume in 2009.

Important Dates

September 23

Brooklyn Book Festival

Brooklyn, NY

October 10
National Book Award Finalists Announcement


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
NBA Daily News


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