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.