Jeffery Renard Allen is Professor of English at Queens College of the City University of New York and an instructor in the Writing Program at The New School and New York University. Allen is the author of five books, most recently the novel Song of the Shank; the novel Rails Under My Back, which won the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize for Fiction, and the short story collection Holding Pattern, which won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.
Sarah Bagby is owner of Watermark Books & Café in Wichita, Kansas and, for many years, a book reviewer for KMUW, an NPR affiliate. In addition, she reviews for industry journals and for Watermark’s newsletter. She serves on the American Booksellers Association Board of Directors and is past president of the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association.
Laura Lippman has published more than 20 works of crime fiction—12 in the Tess Monaghan series, eight stand-alone novels, and a collection of short stories. Her work has won multiple awards and has been translated into more than 20 languages. She lives in Baltimore and New Orleans with her husband David Simon and their daughter.
David L. Ulin
David L. Ulin is the author, most recently, of the novella Labyrinth. His other books include TheLost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time, and the Library of America's Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a California Book Award. He is the book critic and former book editor of the Los Angeles Times.
2015 NBA Fiction Award Winner: Adam Johnson (Full Speech)
2015 NBA Non-Fiction Award Winner: Ta-Nehisi Coates (Full Speech)
2015 NBA Poetry Award Winner: Robin Coste Lewis (Full Speech)
2015 NBA Young People's Literature Award Winner: Neal Shusterman (Full Speech)
2015 National Book Awards Ceremony Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Cipriani Wall Street, New York, NY
2015 National Book Awards - Harold Augenbraum Honored