NBF Presents: Colleges, Libraries & Festivals

John Lewis signing books at NBA on Campus at Sam Houston State University

It’s an incredible opportunity to have access to such prominent writers, and I know our community will be thrilled with the [NBF Presents] programming we are able to offer.

— Brigitte Blanton, Library Director of the Greensboro Public Library

NBF Presents programs bring National Book Award–honored authors and nationally recognized moderators to libraries, colleges, book festivals, and performance venues for public readings, discussions, and presentations. NBF Presents is designed to give audiences—whether in urban, suburban, or rural communities—access to some of our country’s most renowned writers and their books and to create spaces where authors and audiences can connect, be in dialogue, and share ideas.

The NBF aims to leave no reader or community overlooked, and to be a catalyst for conversations through great books.

NBF Presents  is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


NBF Presents Spring 2020 Schedule

30jan6:00 pmNBF Presents: The Art of Invention6:00 pm EST 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

11feb6:00 pmNBF Presents: Family Affairs6:00 pm PST 1030 N Columbia Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

12feb7:30 pmNBF Presents: Untold Stories7:30 pm PST 630 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA

19feb1:00 pmNBF Presents: A New Queer Canon1:00 pm EST 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA

27feb7:30 pmNBF Presents: Winter with the Writers7:30 pm EST 1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park, FL

28feb7:30 pmNBF Presents: LitFest 20207:30 pm EST Amherst, MA

12mar7:30 pmEVENT CANCELED - NBF Presents: The National Book Awards at Concordia7:30 pm CST Moorhead, MN

15mar10:00 amEVENT CANCELED - NBF Presents: A Morning with the National Book Awards10:00 am MST Tucson, AZ

22mar3:00 pmEVENT CANCELED - NBF Presents: An Afternoon with the National Book Awards3:00 pm EST Charlottesville, VA

02apr3:30 pmEVENT CANCELED - NBF Presents: What's in a Memoir3:30 pm CST 3240 Friars Point Rd, Clarksdale, MS 38614

02apr6:00 pmEVENT CANCELED - NBF Presents: Visions of Motherhood6:00 pm CST 6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

03apr3:45 pmEVENT CANCELED - NBF Presents: The Power of the Personal3:45 pm CST University of Mississippi, University, MS

04apr6:00 pmEVENT CANCELED - NBF Presents: Helen Phillips6:00 pm CST Iowa City, IA

06apr6:00 pmEVENT CANCELED - NBF Presents: Sam Houston State’s National Book Awards Festival6:00 pm CST 1802 Avenue I Huntsville, Texas 77340


Unless otherwise noted, all programs made possible by our partners and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

For times and locations for events, please visit the Foundation’s events calendar at www.nationalbook.org/events-calendar or the websites of any of our partners.


NBF Presents: Winter with the Writers

Ilya Kaminsky. Photo credit: Cybele Knowles, courtesy of the University of Arizona Poetry Center
Kali Fajardo-Anstine

This event will stream live on this page starting at 7:30pm (ET) on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

The Foundation returns to Rollins College for their annual Winter with the Writers literary festival, featuring a joint reading with 2019 Fiction Finalist Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s debut short story collection Sabrina & Corina and Poetry Finalist Ilya Kaminsky’s Deaf Republic, followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience. Moderated by Carol Frost, festival director and professor of English at Rollins College.

This program is supported by the Rollins Department of English.

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