The National Book Foundation Announces the National Book Award for Translated Literature National Book Award Winner

The Foundation Board votes unanimously to establish a fifth National Book Award for translated works of fiction and nonfiction published in the U.S.

The Foundation today announced it will present the National Book Award for Translated Literature, beginning this year at the 69th National Book Awards. This prize, which represents a fifth National Book Award category, will honor a work of fiction or nonfiction that has been translated into English and published in the U.S.
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Apply for the 2018 Innovations in Reading Prize

The National Book Foundation's 2018 Innovations in Reading Prize will award $10,000 to an individual or organization that has developed an innovative project which creates and sustains a lifelong love of reading in the community they serve. In addition, the Foundation recognizes four projects to receive the designation of honorable mention.

Applications are due by the end of the day on February 28.

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Announcing a new season of Eat, Drink & Be Literary: Dinner & a Reading at BAMcafe


Featured authors: Hari Kunzru, Valeria Luiselli, Kevin Young, and Lorrie Moore

Raise a glass and share a meal with renowned authors in this unique series of literary evenings at BAMcafé. Each event includes a festive seasonal dinner by Great Performances, with live music accompaniment. The evening’s featured author then reads from their work and discusses their creative process, followed by a Q&A and book signing.

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2018 Why Reading Matters Conference: Reading Without Boundaries

Alvin Irby teaching at Why Reading Matters

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, nonprofit administrators, librarians, academics, publishing professionals, writers, and literary activists of all kinds to discover and share ways to welcome more readers into their community. NBF is currently accepting proposals for breakout sessions that focus on this year's theme of reading without boundaries. 
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“If you want to raise a reader, be a reader. Make the space, and time, for books you read for yourself.” –The New York Times


Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan

Thanks to the Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact, National Book Foundation will be partnering with the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) to launch the Raising Readers initiative. This new and innovative program aims to empower adults who work with and raise children to expand their own love of books and reading, in order to better model the habit of reading for pleasure with the young people in their lives. Raising Readers provides paid professional development training for DYCD provider staff who work with young people through after-school and summer programs, and pairs staff with NBF teaching artists to collaboratively run reading circle series for parents at local DYCD sites across the city, complete with book giveaways, high-profile author talks, and book shopping opportunities for participants.

National Book Awards on Campus brings NBA authors to U.S. colleges

2018 NBA on Campus participating authors

Every year the National Book Foundation helps connect National Book Awards authors to college students across the country. In 2018, authors will visit four college campuses to discuss their writing lives and their 2017 NBA-nominated books. 
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  1. NBF to launch "Literature for Justice" program

  2. Art For Justice logoWe are proud to share that in 2018 we will be taking on a brand new project as one of the inaugural recipients of a grant from the Art for Justice Fund

    The United States makes up only 5% of the world's population, but 25% of the world's prisoners. Our high rates of incarceration are part of a wide-ranging issue, but the reasons, implications, and potential solutions are not well understood.

    Using literature to contextualize and humanize the issue of mass incarceration in order to foster change, the National Book Foundation will be launching the Literature for Justice Program, a three-tiered program that will leverage our status as a literary influencer to: assemble a coalition of contemporary writers engaging with mass incarceration in the United States that will identify five titles a year to promote through the program; produce a unique, curated reading list of works designed to deepen readers’ understanding of the crisis of mass incarceration; and use the work of the coalition to encourage and amplify discussions around the topic through a combination of large-scale national events, digital campaigns, and media coverage.

    For more information you can check out the Art for Justice Fund press release or visit their website.

Three new members elected to the NBF Board of Directors

New 2018 Board of Directors

The National Book Foundation is pleased to welcome three new additions to the Board of Directors: Lucia Ferreira, Managing Director and Head of the Nonprofit Department, Russell Reynolds Associates; Michael Lynton, Chairman of the Board, Snap Inc.; and Michelle Weiner, Head of the Books Department, Creative Artists Agency.
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National Book Awards panel at VA Festival

Virginia Festival of the BookWe've partnered with another renowned literary festival to bring even more National Book Awards authors to audiences across the U.S. On March 24, the foundation will host a panel at the Virginia Festival of the Book featuring three 2017 NBA authors: Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author of Never CaughtDavid Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon, and Kevin Young, author of Bunk. The panel will be moderated by the Foundation's executive director, Lisa Lucas.

In Pursuit of Truth: An Evening with the National Book Awards
Saturday, March 24, 8:00 - 9:30pm
Paramount Theater, 215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA
You can find more information and purchase tickets at the festival website

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