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History of the National Book Foundation
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Building on the success of the National Book Awards, in 1989 the Board of Directors established the National Book Foundation with the mission to continue to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America. To fulfill its mission, in addition to sponsoring the National Book Awards, the National Book Foundation places award-winning authors in schools and settlement houses, sponsors a number of public readings, and broadens its reach across the country by working with libraries and independent bookstores. Past programs include a Summer Writing Camp for underserved youth; American Voices, which brought writers to American Indian Reservations; and The Book that Changed My Life, a published collection of interviews with NBA authors. The Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization. Donations are fully tax-deductible.

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