The National Book Foundation is guided by the following core beliefs:

– Books are essential to a thriving cultural landscape

– Books and literature provide a depth of engagement that helps to protect, stimulate, and promote discourse in American society

– Books and literature are for everyone, no matter where the reader is situated geographically, economically, racially, or otherwise

The mission of the National Book Foundation is to celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture.


2022 National Book Awards Finalists Announced October 4

“Stories keep their deep connection to the human heart word by word, sentence by sentence.”


Walter Mosley. (Photo credit: Marcia Wilson)



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