March 2013 eNewsletter


Presenter of the National Book Awards
March 2013


New National Book Awards Online Submission Process Opens April 1

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This year, for the first time, we will offer an all-online submission process allowing publishers to submit and pay for National Book Award entries using one simple online system. The submission period will open on April 1 and close on June 1, with the books themselves due to Judges by July 15. Publishers who have received printed guidelines in the past will automatically receive a notice on how to register for online submission. Publishers not already in the Foundation's database who would like to be added should email Amy Gall at



Announcing the NBA Novel-to-Screen Film Festival 


On April 4-5, we will partner with Pratt Institute to present the inaugural National Book Awards Novel-to-Screen Film Festival, featuring three films based on National Book Award-nominated books: "Lolita," "The Cool World," and "Hugo." All screenings and panel discussions are free and open to the public, but seats are limited. To reserve your seat, email Sherrie Young at with "RSVP for Novel-to-Screen" in the subject line. For more information, please visit our website.


Patricia McCormick's Novel Sold to be Adapted to Film

Patricia McCormick has been a National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature twice: in 2006 for Sold, and in 2012 for Never Fall Down. A film adaptation of Sold, starring David Arquette and Gillian Anderson and directed by Jeffrey D. Brown, is currently in post-production and scheduled for release in 2014. The film was funded largely by a group of Seattle women whose goal was to raise awareness about sexual trafficking. For more information about the film and the cause, visit


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 Neal Conan will interview both authors. Interested in hosting National Book Award authors at your college? Email Sherrie Young at


Checking In with Mount Olive Baptist Church 


Mount Olive Baptist is a small church in a rural community in South Carolina where the nearest library is ten miles away. In order to give children more exposure to books, the church membership created their own children's library, earning them our Innovations in Reading Prize in 2010. Elaine J. McElhaney, who led the library-creation effort, recently sent us an email update. "We are still at it," she wrote. "My teens are passing around The Hunger Games and When Zachary Beaver Came to Town. Grades are up! Hallelujah!" To learn more about Mount Olive Baptist and other past Innovations in Reading Prize winners, visit our website. 

Last Chance to Catch 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 Junot Díaz, Alison Bechdel, and Richard Russo are sold out, but tickets to see Keith Gessen and Masha Gessen (June 5) are still available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Important Dates

March 21-22

NBA on Campus

Concordia College

Moorhead, MN


April 1

National Book Awards

Online Submissions Open


April 4-5

National Book Awards

Novel-to-Screen Film Festival

Pratt Institute

New York, NY

May 8

Innovations in Reading Prize Winners Announced

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