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

Audience members at the Roanoke Public Library in Virginia. Photo credit: Patrick Perkins

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

14apr6:30 pmEVENT CANCELED - Sigrid Nunez reading and discussion at BAMcaféEat, Drink & Be Literary 20206:30 pm EST 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217

15apr3:00 pmNBF Presents: An Afternoon with the National Book Awards3:00 pm CST

06may6:00 pmNBF Presents: Julia Phillips6:00 pm MST

09jun6:30 pmEVENT CANCELED – Tayari Jones reading and discussion at BAMcaféEat, Drink & Be Literary 20206:30 pm EST 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217

14jul7:00 pmNBF Presents: Sarah M. Broom7:00 pm CST


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.


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