December 2012 eNewsletter


Presenter of the National Book Awards
December 2012


2013 Innovations in Reading Prize Application Now Available

Innovations in Reading 2013
Our annual Innovations in Reading Prize, now in its fifth year, recognizes individuals and organizations that have developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading. It's free to apply, and the application deadline is Wednesday, February 20. To download the application and read about previous winners, click here.


63rd National Book Awards a Welcome Celebration After Storm

2012 National Book Award Winners
Photo: Robin Platzer/Twin Images

Just two weeks after Hurricane Sandy pummeled New York City, more than 650 guests gathered at Cipriani Wall Street in one of the hardest hit areas of Manhattan to celebrate the Finalists and Winners of the 2012 National Book Awards.


The evening began with the presentation of lifetime achievement awards to Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., chairman and publisher of The New York Times, and novelist Elmore Leonard. After dinner, the 2012 National Book Awards were presented to William Alexander for Young People's Literature, David Ferry for Poetry, Katherine Boo for Nonfiction, and Louise Erdrich for Fiction. Following the ceremony, guests were invited up to the Cipriani Mezzanine for a special after-party, sponsored by Kobo Inc.


For the second year, the Awards Ceremony was streamed live online. Click here to watch the video, see photos, and read interviews with the Finalists.


Seventh Annual 5 Under 35 Event Features Cocktails and New Format

5 Under 35 2012
Photo: Beowulf Sheehan

This year, we introduced some new elements to our 5 Under 35 celebration of emerging fiction writers. Guests toasted honorees Jennifer duBois, Stuart Nadler, Haley Tanner, Justin Torres, and Claire Vaye Watkins with signature cocktails by Beloved and enjoyed a panel-style conversation with the authors, moderated by past honoree Anya Ulinich. This year's 5 Under 35 was also supported by a generous grant from, which allowed us to present each honoree with a cash award for the first time.


Musician Neko Case hosted the evening, and poet and photographer Thomas Sayers Ellis acted as DJ. Guests were asked to give a suggested donation of $10 each to go toward the restoration of the venue, powerHouse Arena, which sustained extensive damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy.


Click here to see photos and video interviews with the honorees.


Students Interview Finalists at Teen Press Conference

2012 Teen Press Conference
Photo: Beowulf Sheehan


At the annual National Book Awards Teen Press Conference, middle and high school students in New York City 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, Finalists William AlexanderCarrie Arcos, Patricia McCormick, Eliot Schrefer, and Steve Sheinkin read from their work, answered students' questions, and signed books at the Brooklyn Public Library's S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture. Acclaimed YA author Coe Booth hosted the event.


To see photos and to download the official Teen Press Conference press kit materials, click here.


National Book Award Finalists Reading Streamed Live for the First Time

2012 NBA Finalists Reading
Photo: Beowulf Sheehan


On the evening before the National Book Awards, the Finalists in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature gathered at The New School in New York City for the National Book Award Finalists Reading, hosted by past 5 Under 35 honoree John Corey Whaley. Following a private Medal Ceremony and Reception, all twenty Finalists gave a public reading from their nominated books, and the event was streamed live online for the first time. Click here to watch the video on our website.

Eat, Drink & Be Literary 2013

This unique literary series for savvy writers, readers, and eaters brings some of today's most compelling authors to the Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAMcafé. Featured authors for the 2013 season are:


* Jan 23: Martin Amis
* Feb 6: Colson Whitehead
* Feb 27: Nell Freudenberger
* Mar 6: Jamaica Kincaid
* Apr 3: Junot Díaz
* May 8: Alison Bechdel
* May 29: Richard Russo
* Jun 5: Keith Gessen and Masha Gessen


For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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, click here. Those interested in hosting a National Book Awards on Campus event can contact Sherrie Young at

Important Dates

February 20

Innovations in Reading Prize Application Deadline


March 6-9

AWP Conference & Bookfair

Boston, MA


April 2

National Book Awards Books to Film Festival

Pratt Institute

Brooklyn, NY

May 8

Innovations in Reading Prize Winners Announced

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