January 2013 eNewsletter


Presenter of the National Book Awards
January 2013


Announcing Changes to National Book Awards Process

nba winner medallion

Our Board of Directors has announced two important changes to the National Book Awards process. Beginning in 2013, the Foundation will increase the number of honored books by selecting a "longlist" of ten titles in each of the four genres. Additionally, the four judging panels will no longer be limited to writers, but now may also include other experts in the field, such as literary critics, librarians, and booksellers. Click here to read the press release.



Innovations in Reading Prize Applications Due Feb. 20

Innovations in Reading 2013
Are you doing something new and creative to help inspire a love of reading in others? If so, consider applying for our Innovations in Reading Prize! It's free to apply, and you have until February 20 to submit your application materials. To learn more about the prize and to download the application, click here.


NBF Board Member Steve Leveen Talks About Innovations in Reading


Steve Leveen and Literacy Chicago
Steve Leveen with June Porter and Leslie Reese of Literacy Chicago

Steve Leveen is not only a member of our Board of Directors; he's also the co-founder, along with his wife, Lori, of Levenger, sponsor of our Innovations in Reading Prize. We recently conducted a short interview with Steve to talk about Levenger and the Innovations program, as well as his experiences with some past winners of the prize. Click here to read the interview. 


Visit Us at the AWP Conference in Boston, March 6-9


2013 AWP Conference, Boston

Going to be in Boston for AWP? So are we! Swing by our booth and check out our event, Small Presses Win Big: Publishers Sound Off on Their National Book Award Winners and Finalists, with Martha Rhodes (moderator), Parneshia Jones, Fiona McCrae, Bruce McPherson, and Emily Louise, on Saturday, March 9 at 12:00pm. For more information about the conference, visit AWPWriter.org. 


NBA on Campus to Feature Louise Erdrich and Domingo Martinez


2013 NBA on Campus

On March 21 and 22, we will once again partner with Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota to present National Book Awards on Campus. This year's program will feature Louise Erdrich, 2012 NBA Fiction Winner for The Round House, and Domingo Martinez, 2012 NBA Nonfiction Finalist for The Boy Kings of Texas. NPR's Lynn Neary will interview both authors.


Jesmyn Ward Welcomes Baby Girl


Jesmyn Ward's baby

Jesmyn Ward, 2011 National Book Award Winner in Fiction for Salvage the Bones, recently welcomed her first baby! Noemie Pearl Josue Miller was born on September 19, 2012 weighing 4 pounds 7 ounces. Both mom and baby are doing great. Congratulations and best wishes to Jesmyn and her family! 

Checking In with Lilli Leight

Lilli Leight The youngest-ever recipient of the Innovations in Reading Prize, Lilli Leight, has been busy since she won the prize last May. Lilli donated her $2,500 award to Chapman Partnership, the Miami homeless shelter where she instituted her "giving library," and her gift was matched by the Batchelor Foundation. Since winning the prize, she has collected more than 600 new books for Chapman, and shelves are currently being built for the giving library.

Tickets Going Fast for Eat, Drink & Be Literary

Don't miss your chance to see some of today's most compelling authors at the Brooklyn Academy of Music! Upcoming events with Martin Amis, Jamaica Kincaid, Junot Díaz, Alison Bechdel, and Richard Russo are sold out, but tickets to see Colson Whitehead (Feb. 6), Nell Freudenberger (Feb. 27), and Keith Gessen and Masha Gessen (June 5) are still available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit BAM.org.

Important Dates

February 20

Innovations in Reading Prize Application Deadline


March 6-9

AWP Conference & Bookfair

Boston, MA


March 21-22

NBA on Campus

Concordia College

Moorhead, MN


April 5

National Book Awards Books to Film Festival

Pratt Institute

Brooklyn, NY

May 8

Innovations in Reading Prize Winners Announced

NBA Daily News


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