“The Oscars of the book world” – Vanity Fair
We are thrilled to celebrate the 72nd National Book Awards Ceremony virtually with readers everywhere—including your own community of book lovers! Gather your pod in-person or online, and join us to learn this year’s Winners in real-time and to support the National Book Foundation’s vital work. RSVP, donate, and watch at nationalbook.org/awards, and download the ballot to make your own predictions!
DATE & TIME
The Awards Ceremony will start at 7:00 pm ET on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. The expected runtime of the Ceremony is 90 minutes.
IN-PERSON or ONLINE
The choice to host in-person or online is yours! If you are comfortable opting for an in-person celebration, please be sure to follow all local health and safety guidelines.
Free! The National Book Foundation is pleased to broadcast the Ceremony free, but requests book lovers like you support the Foundation’s work with a suggested donation of $50.
When in-person, the National Book Awards Ceremony is black tie, but for your event, anything goes!
Celebrate with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvre specially developed for this year’s Awards by 2019 National Book Award Longlister and Michelin—starred chef and restaurateur Iliana Regan (Burn the Place: A Memoir).
NBA—honored books make great party favors.
Those who support the National Book Foundation with a gift of $150 or over will receive a $25 gift card from Bookshop.
For in-person gatherings, only the host needs to RSVP to the Foundation to watch and receive Awards updates. For online gatherings, ALL participants should RSVP at nationalbook.org/awards
SPREAD THE LOVE
Our work isn’t possible without your support. Thank you for sharing your love of literature, and of the National Book Awards. Please register your National Book Awards watch party with us, and be entered to win one set of this year’s Awards Winners!
You can RSVP to the Awards, donate, share, and watch here: