Presenter of the National Book Awards

National Book Awards in the News

“Newspapers and journals may have been ignoring women’s books, but this major national prize was growing more enlightened year by year.”

—Ron Charles, fiction editor, reports on new NBF research in The Washington Post


“At home, I dedicate occasional whole days to reading as if I’m a convalescent. The ideal place for this is the bath, where the body floats free. Book go a little wavy, but they’re mine, so who cares.”

—Two-time NBA Finalist Rachel Kushner interviewed for The New York Times Sunday Book Review “By the Book” column.


 “This year’s program includes ‘very different writing styles, writers at different points in their careers, a range of ages, nationalities, ethnicities and gender identifications... if you look at the series as a whole and the cohesion, it’s really as diverse as it could possibly be.’”

—Violaine Huisman, director of humanities and education at BAM speaks to the Brooklyn Eagle about the 10th season of Eat, Drink, & Be Literary.



While working on this story, you’ve also written a new novel. Could you tell us anything about it?

It’s called “The Laughing Monsters,” and it’s due out from Farrar, Straus & Giroux next fall, if somebody would only finish writing it. It’s set in Sierra Leone, Congo, and Uganda. I believe it falls into the category of “literary thriller.”

—NBA Winner Denis Johnson speaks to The New Yorker about his latest work.