2018 Why Reading Matters Conference: Reading Without Boundaries

Why Reading Matters Conference

Jason Reynolds speaks at the 2017 Why Reading Matters Conference. (Photo credit: Christian Rodriguez)

The National Book Foundation’s third annual Why Reading Matters conference returns on June 7 for a full day of presentations focused on reading without boundaries. Why Reading Matters is designed to bring together educators, non-profit administrators, librarians, academics, publishing professionals, writers, and literary activists of all kinds to discover and share ways to welcome more readers into their community.


Why Reading Matters: Reading Without Boundaries will feature author appearances, a celebration of the 2018 Innovations in Reading prize winner, and a variety of breakout sessions focused on how we can use books to bridge divides, create new connections, and deepen understandings.

If you or your organization would like to lead a breakout session, the deadline for proposals is March 14. Please review the Call for Proposals and Guidelines, and submit your proposal via the online form.
The conference will be held from 9am – 4pm on Thursday June 7 at the St. Francis College in Brooklyn. A happy hour reception will follow, from 4pm-5:30pm.
Registration is open to public, and ticket sales will start on April 26; the full conference program will be announced May 10. Tickets are $50, and will include a light breakfast and happy hour reception. Register by May 9, and receive an early bird price of $35St. Francis College


The 2018 Why Reading Matters Conference is made possible through the support of St. Francis College.


Sponsored by: Levenger Foundation