Every year on the night before the National Book Awards, all of the Finalists gather at the New School to read from their honored titles at an event that is open to the public. It’s a special opportunity to hear these celebrated authors together in one place, and you can join us via our livestream. The 2019 reading features the Finalists in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature and Young People’s Literature.
HOSTED BY: Josh Gondelman and Maris Kreizman
ABOUT THE HOSTS:
Josh Gondelman is a comedian and a writer/producer for Desus & Mero on Showtime. Previously, he earned two Peabody Awards and three Emmy® awards for his work on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Gondelman’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, and the New Yorker, as well as some places without “New York” in the name. He has performed standup on CONAN, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and The Late Late Show with James Corden. Josh lives in New York City with his wife Maris and their pug. His debut essay collection Nice Try is available now from Harper Perennial.
Maris Kreizman is the host of The Maris Review, a literary podcast from LitHub. She’s hosted readings and moderated literary panels at various bookstores, conferences, and festivals across the country. She’s an essayist and critic whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Review of Books, New York Magazine, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Vanity Fair, BuzzFeed, The Ringer, Esquire, GQ, and more. She was previously the editorial director of digital content at B&N.com, and a publishing outreach lead at Kickstarter. As a former book editor (Free Press/Simon and Schuster) and former editorial director of Book of the Month, she enjoys critiquing her own writing.
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.
HOSTED BY: Angie Thomas
Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still lives in Jackson, Mississippi. A former teen rapper, she holds a BFA in creative writing from Belhaven University. Her award-winning, acclaimed debut novel, The Hate U Give, is a #1 New York Times bestseller and major motion picture from Fox 2000, starring Amandla Stenberg and directed by George Tillman, Jr. Her second novel, On the Come Up, is on sale now.
FINALISTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE:
- Akwaeke Emezi, Pet
Make Me a World / Penguin Random House
- Jason Reynolds, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books / Simon & Schuster
- Randy Ribay, Patron Saints of Nothing
Kokila / Penguin Random House
- Laura Ruby, Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All
Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins Publishers
- Martin W. Sandler, 1919 The Year That Changed America
Bloomsbury Children’s Books / Bloomsbury Publishing
The National Book Foundation announced Jeremy O. Harris, writer, and performer, and acclaimed playwright of Slave Play, now at Broadway’s Golden Theatre, will host the 5 Under 35 celebration on Monday, November 18 in New York City, at an invitation-only ceremony. The Foundation’s 5 Under 35 program recognizes young, debut fiction writers whose work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape. 5 Under 35 is sponsored by the Amazon Literary Partnership and more information about the program can be found here.
ABOUT JEREMY O. HARRIS:
Jeremy O. Harris is a writer and performer living in New York City. His plays include Slave Play, “Daddy,” Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1 and WATER SPORTS; or insignificant white boys. His work has been presented or developed by Pieterspace, JACK< Are Love, The New Group, NYTW, Performance Space New York, and Playwrights Horizons. In 2018, Jeremy co-wrote A24’s upcoming film Zola with director Janicza Bravo. In television, he is developing a pilot with HBO and consulted on their new series “Euphoria.” He is the 11th recipient of the Vineyard Theatre’s Paula Playwrighting Award, a 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellow, an Orchard Project Greenhouse artist, and under commission from Lincoln Center Theatre and Playwrights Horizons. Jeremy is a graduate of the Yale MFA Playwrighting Program. Upcoming: A Boy’s Company Presents: “Tell Me If I’m Hurting You,” and “Daddy.”
This year the ceremony will celebrate: