Steve Bercu is the CEO of BookPeople in Austin Texas. He has served on the American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors where he was its immediate past President. He has kept his focus on non-fiction literature since his days as a history major in college.
Paula J. Giddings
Paula J. Giddings is the Elizabeth A. Woodson Professor, Africana Studies, at Smith College. She has published four books, including Ida, A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching--winner of the Los Angeles Times Prize in Biography and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is a member of PEN and serves on the board of the Authors League Fund and the Nation Institute.
Jesmyn Ward accepts the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction (full speech)
Masha Gessen accepts the 2017 National Book Award for Nonfiction (full speech)
Frank Bidart accepts the 2017 National Book Award for Poetry (full speech)
Robin Benway accepts the 2017 National Book Award for Young People's Literature (full speech)