2017 National book Awards Teen Press Conference

Highlights from the 2017 National Book Awards Teen Press Conference

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The National Book Awards Teen Press Conference brings the excitement of the most prestigious literary award in the country to New York City’s middle and high school students. Held during National Book Awards week, Teen Press Conference invites school groups to attend a free literary event that is curated just for them.
Tuesday November 14th, 10am-12pm
With an optional book signing 12pm-12:30pm
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128
Hosted by: Alvin Irby, founder of Barbershop Books and Winner of the 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize.
Teen Press Conference is sold out. You may fill out the registration form if you'd like to be placed on  a waitlist. Waitlisted groups will be notified if space becomes available.
What does the event entail? The Teen Press Conference centers around short readings by each of the year’s five National Book Award finalists in Young People’s Literature. Participating schools receive free copies (one per registered student) of one of the five nominated titles in advance of the event, and then interact with authors during a Q&A and an optional book signing.
Who can attend? The event is open to New York City middle and high schools. Each school can bring a maximum of 60 students (not including chaperones).
How do I sign up? Complete the online registration form.
After completion, you will receive a follow up call from National Book Foundation staff (within one business week) to confirm your group’s details and make sure you’re all set for the event.
Please note: in order to attend, you must agree to coordinate photo release forms for each attending student.
What books will be featured?
2017 Young People's Literature Longlist Books
What will I receive? Each participating school will receive free copies (one per registered student) of one of the five nominated titles. (Estimated availability: end of October). Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate requests for specific titles.
Two weeks in advance of the event, teachers will receive a digital package that includes: event and venue details; the required photo release form (to be copied, distributed, and collected for delivery on the day of the event); information sheet on the author and book your school received; and tips for the Q&A.
At the event, students will receive a special Reporter’s Notebook.
Alvin Irby, Barbershop BooksAbout the host. Alvin Irby is an award-winning educator, comedian, and entrepreneur. As Founder and Chief Reading Inspirer at Barbershop Books, winner of the National Book Foundation’s 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize, Irby has expanded book access for thousands of children and inspired a national movement to promote reading in barbershops. As a 2015 StandUp NBC national finalist, he beat out more than 600 comedians nationwide to showcase his stand up comedy at the Hollywood Improv in Los Angeles, CA. Irby has established himself as a thought leader in early literacy and a cultural competency specialist, captivating audiences with his passionate keynotes and insightful workshops. In 2016, Irby published his debut children’s book Gross Greg, a laugh-out-loud story that combines his passion for humor and children’s literature. Irby holds a BA from Grinnell College, an MS in Childhood Education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education, and an MPA from New York University.


> Complete the online registration form.