The National Book Foundation announced that Nick Offerman, acclaimed actor and bestselling author, will host the 69th National Book Awards on November 14 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Offerman, best known for playing the role of Ron Swanson for seven seasons of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event that will announce the National Book Awards Winners in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature. The ceremony will also include the presentation of two lifetime achievement awards, to author Isabel Allende and Doron Weber of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
In addition to announcing the winners of the National Book Awards, the benefit dinner on November 14 serves to fund the educational and programming work of the National Book Foundation year-round.
Nick Offerman’s bio is below, and more information about the National Book Awards can be found here.
Nick Offerman is an actor, writer, and woodworker best known for his role as Ron Swanson on NBC’s hit comedy Parks and Recreation. Most recently, he reunited with his Parks and Recreation co-star Amy Poehler as a co-host and executive producer for NBC’s Making It, an unscripted competition series celebrating craftiness and creativity. Offerman is currently in production on the FX tech thriller series Devs, starring opposite Sonoya Mizuno. The show, created by Alex Garland, will be released next year. Earlier this year, he starred alongside Kiersey Clemons in Brett Haley’s Hearts Beat Loud. Offerman is a four-time New York Times–bestselling author. He released his fourth book, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, this October with his wife Megan Mullally.