2016 NBA Teen Press Conference

Images from the 2016 National Book Awards Teen Press Conference


At the annual National Book Awards Teen Press Conference, middle and high school students from New York City's public and private schools will play the role of reporters as they direct questions to the five Finalists for the 2016 National Book Award in Young People's Literature.

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Teen Press Conference in New York City

92nd Street YTuesday, November 15
92nd Street Y, New York City
The Foundation is partnering with the 92nd Street Y for the second year in a row to invite over 600 students to the Teen Press Conference to meet and engage with the 2016 National Book Award Young People’s Finalists. In addition, the event will be live streamed to give students across the country the opportunity to view the event and “meet” the authors.

Teen Press Conference at the Miami Book Fair International

Miami Book FairNovember 20
Miami Book Festival International, Miami Florida
This year, the Teen Press Conference will return to the Miami Book Fair International. The winner, Finalists, and longlisted authors for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature are invited to meet with 200 students at one of the nation’s largest book fairs.

George O'ConnorHost: George O'Connor is the writer and illustrator of the critically acclaimed, New York Times Best-Selling series Olympians, which re-tells the classic Greek myths in graphic novel format. He is also a New York Time Best-Selling picture book author.


Featuring the 2016 National Book Award Finalists in Young People’s Literature:

2016 Young People's Literature Longlist Books




How to Interview an Author: Advice from Literary Journalists

Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times

A single question is hard, but here's a generic one that can give an author a chance to talk not just about their process, but about the content of the book (which authors love to do): When you were working on this book, did you write anything that made you cry, or laugh out loud?

And here's one that can elicit a great answer. More than 20 years ago, my friend and I were brainstorming on a car trip to go interview the band The Flaming Lips -- we had no idea what to ask them! This was our silliest question: What's the grossest thing you ever stepped in -- or ate?


Lynn Neary, National Public Radio

Your questions have to be based in your reading of the author’s work. What were you curious about, what didn’t you understand, what provoked your emotions and how did the writer manage to do that?  For example, writers often are very attached to their characters. But you won’t find that out by asking: how do you feel about a character?  To be honest, the best part of an author interview usually happens spontaneously after you have been talking for a while.  I think it is important to win the trust of whoever you are interviewing so that they let their guard down a bit and say something genuine.