October 2012 eNewsletter


Presenter of the National Book Awards
October 2012

2012 National Book Award Finalists Announced on MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

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The twenty Finalists for the National Book Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature were announced this morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," hosted by Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, and Willie Geist. Chairman of the National Book Foundation's Board of Directors, David Steinberger, was a guest on the show. The Finalists are:




Junot Dí­az, This Is How You Lose Her

Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. 

Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King
McSweeney's Books

Louise Erdrich, The Round House

Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers


Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers


Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds

Little, Brown and Company





Anne Applebaum, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956



Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Random House


Robert A. Caro, The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4



Domingo Martinez, The Boy Kings of Texas

Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press


Anthony Shadid, House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt





David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations

University of Chicago Press


Cynthia Huntington, Heavenly Bodies

Southern Illinois University Press


Tim Seibles, Fast Animal

Etruscan Press


Alan Shapiro, Night of the Republic

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Susan Wheeler, Meme

University of Iowa Press





William Alexander, Goblin Secrets

Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing


Carrie Arcos, Out of Reach

Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing


Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down

Balzer+Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers


Eliot Schrefer, Endangered



Steve Sheinkin, Bomb: The Race to Build----  and Steal-- -   the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press



To learn more about the Finalists and the 2012 National Book Awards, visit our website.


NBA Teen Press Conference Comes to Brooklyn


At the annual National Book Awards Teen Press Conference, middle- and high-school students play the role of reporters as they direct questions to the five Finalists for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature.


This year, for the very first time, we're delighted to bring the Teen Press Conference to Brooklyn. Acclaimed young adult author Coe Booth will host the event, which will take place on the morning of Tuesday, November 13 at the Brooklyn Public Library's S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture.


Young to Publishing Group's NBA House Party to Benefit BookUp


For the third year in a row, the Association of American Publishers' Young to Publishing Group will host its NBA House Party, including a live stream of the National Book Awards, on Wednesday, November 14. Tickets are only $30 for early birds, and a portion of the proceeds will go to our own after-school reading program for middle-schoolers, BookUp. For more information about the Young to Publishing Group and the NBA House Party, visit YoungToPublishing.com. For more information about BookUp, contact Leslie Shipman at lshipman@nationalbook.org.

Bring the National Book Awards to Your Campus

Our National Book Awards on Campus program gives colleges and universities the opportunity to host authors who have been recently honored as National Book Award Winners or Finalists. This year, 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, visited Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and participated in a reading and discussion, hosted by National Public Radio's Lynn Neary.
For more information about NBA on Campus, visit our website. Those interested in hosting a National Book Awards on Campus event can contact Sherrie Young at syoung@nationalbook.org.

Important Dates

November 11-17

National Book Awards Week

November 12

5 Under 35 Celebration of Emerging Fiction Writers
powerHouse Arena
Brooklyn, NY

November 13 (morning) 
National Book Awards Teen Press Conference
Brooklyn Public Library
Brooklyn, NY

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

November 14 

National Book Awards

Cipriani, Wall Street

New York, NY
NBA Daily News


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