National Book Awards Finalists Reading

A unique event, featuring exceptional writers reading from the year’s best books.

Each year, on the eve of the  National Book Awards Ceremony, the National Book Foundation presents a reading with the Finalists in the categories of Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young People’s Literature. For many years, the event has been held at The New School in New York City.

Hosted by prominent figures in the literary community, the event is open to the public and live-streamed.

Sponsored by the National Book Foundation and The New School’s Creative Writing Program.

Watch The 2017 National Book Awards Finalists Reading


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On the eve of the 2017 National Book Awards Ceremony, The New School’s Creative Writing Program hosted a reading with the Finalists in the categories of Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young People’s Literature.

Saeed Jones (left) and Isaac Fitzgerald (right), Cohosts of BuzzFeed News AM to DM. (Photo credit: Drew Reynolds)
Saeed Jones (left) and Isaac Fitzgerald (right), Cohosts of BuzzFeed News AM to DM. (Photo credit: Drew Reynolds)

Hosted by BuzzFeed’s Isaac Fitzgerald and Saeed Jones.

Watch Past Events

2016 Finalists Reading, hosted by Isaac Fitzgerald and Saeed Jones:


2015 Finalists Reading, hosted by Alex Gilvarry:


2014 Finalists Reading, hosted by Téa Obreht:


2013 Finalists Reading


2012 Finalists Reading:

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