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 Fall 2020 Schedule

04oct7:00 pmBrooklyn Book FestivalNBF Presents: An Evening with the National Book Awards7:00 pm EST

14oct6:00 pmNBF Presents: A New Black Politics?6:00 pm EST

20oct7:00 pm5 Under 35 Ceremony7:00 pm EST

29oct6:00 pmNBF Presents: Segregation to Suppression6:00 pm EST

06nov6:00 pmPortland Book FestivalNBF Presents: An Evening with the National Book Awards6:00 pm ET

10nov7:00 pm2020 National Book Awards Finalist Reading7:00 pm

14nov3:00 pmTexas Book FestivalNBF Presents: An Afternoon with the National Book Awards3:00 pm ET

18nov7:00 pmThe 71st National Book Awards Ceremony7:00 pm ET

02dec3:00 pmLiterature for Justice: A Path Forward3:00 pm ET

15dec6:00 pmNBF Presents: A New American Curriculum6:00 pm ET


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

If times and locations for events are not listed on this calendar, please visit the websites of any of our partners.


NBF Presents: Segregation to Suppression

Wednesday, October 14, 6:00pm EST

National Book Award Longlister Richard Rothstein (The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America) investigates government-required neighborhood segregation of Black and white Americans, and Longlister Carol Anderson (One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy) considers the more recent rollbacks on Black voting. Five days out from the 2020 presidential election, join Rothstein and Anderson for a conversation on how government policies inform segregation, housing, and ultimately, voter suppression in America. Moderated by Andre M. Perry, a fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings.

NBF Presents: A New Black Politics

Wednesday, October 14, 6:00pm EST

National Book Award Winners Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) and Ibram X. Kendi (Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America) and Longlister Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership) kick off the virtual mainstage season of NBF Presents for a conversation on the state of Black politics—offering historical context to the global uprising, Black Lives Matter, and response of Black politicians and organizers. Less than a month until the 2020 presidential election, these authors and thinkers consider where this moment leaves Black voters. Moderated by Franklin Leonard, founder of the Black List.

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