NBF Presents: Colleges, Libraries & Festivals
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.
Decatur Book Festival, Atlanta, GA
Democracy & Literature: A Conversation on Why Books Matter with National Book Award–honored Authors
Are books and literature critical when it comes to protecting and cultivating our democracy? Come hear from three National Book Award–honored authors as they discuss the roles books have in our society. Can they influence the way we think as citizens? Can they contribute to our civic education? This panel will feature 2016 Poetry Winner Daniel Borzutzky (The Performance of Becoming Human), 2016 Young People’s Literature Finalist, 2017 Young People’s Literature Longlister Jason Reynolds (Ghost & Long Way Down), and 2017 Nonfiction Finalist Nancy MacLean (Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America). Moderated by Pellom McDaniels III, PhD from Emory University where he is the curator of African American collections in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.
Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, NY
A Morning with the National Book Awards
Come hear from a lineup of 2017 National Book Award–honored authors discussing their work, craft, and why literature matters. The panel includes Nonfiction Winner Masha Gessen (The Future Is History), Fiction Finalist Min Jin Lee (Pachinko), Poetry Finalist Shane McCrae (In the Language of My Captor), and Young People’s Literature Finalist Erika L. Sánchez (I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter). Ken Chen, a poet, lawyer, and the Executive Director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, will moderate this panel.
Boston Book Festival, Boston, MA
Why Do Awards Matter?
In a world where we’ve seen a diversification of award winners in the U.S. and beyond, what does this mean for the literary landscape and for writers themselves? How far have we come, how far do we have left to go, and how will this change writing and reading in the future? Featured in this conversation will be 2017 National Book Award–honored authors Danez Smith (Poetry Finalist, Don’t Call Us Dead), Carmen Maria Machado (Fiction Finalist, Her Body and Other Parties), and 2017 5 Under 35 honoree Lesley Nneka Arimah (What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky) as they discuss their work, achievements, and what awards and accolades mean for authors and readers. Moderated by Shuchi Saraswat, curator of the Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith, an events series focused on migration, exile, displacement and works in translation.
Wisconsin Book Festival, Madison, WI
Making Sense of One Another: Literature and Connection
In a country deeply divided by geography, politics, income, and so many other things, join the National Book Foundation at the Wisconsin Book Festival for a conversation exploring how fiction helps us to understand ourselves, our neighbors, and the world around us. Featuring 2015 National Book Award Fiction Finalist Karen Bender (Refund) and 2016 National Book Award Fiction Finalist Chris Bachelder (The Throwback Special).
Greensboro Public Library, Greensboro, NC
Unearthing Histories: A Conversation about Examining Legacies and Finding Truth with Patricia Bell-Scott and Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Join the National Book Foundation and the Greensboro Public Library for an evening with 2016 National Book Award Nonfiction Longlister Patricia Bell-Scott (The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice) and 2017 Nonfiction Finalist Erica Armstrong Dunbar (Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge). These two scholars will come together for a discussion about their work to uncover the truth, cast a new light on lesser-known figures from the archives of American history, tell the stories of the marginalized and forgotten, and to deepen our understanding of the world we live in. Moderated by Allen Johnson, News and Record Editorial Page Editor.
North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC
History as She Said with Patricia Bell-Scott and Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Join the National Book Foundation and North Carolina A&T State University for a discussion with 2016 National Book Award Nonfiction Longlister Patricia Bell-Scott (The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice) and 2017 Nonfiction Finalist Erica Armstrong Dunbar (Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge). These authors will share their roles in elevating stories that have gone too long untold, explore why the stories of these women have been forgotten, why we need to remember them, and how their lives—small and large—helped to change the world.
Texas Book Festival, Austin, TX
An Afternoon with the National Book Awards
On the heels of bringing in a new group of honored authors at the upcoming 2018 National Book Awards, the Foundation continues to celebrate 2017 at the Texas Book Festival. Nonfiction Finalist David Grann (Killers of the Flower Moon), Young People’s Literature Finalist Ibi Zoboi (American Street), and Fiction Finalist Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (A Kind of Freedom) will discuss their work, craft, and why literature matters.
Portland Book Festival, Portland, OR
An Evening with the National Book Awards
Awards season is here at last! Just four days before the 2018 National Book Awards, you’ll have a chance to join the National Book Foundation at the Portland Book Festival for an exciting Awards reading featuring 2018 Awards Finalists and Longlisted authors (and maybe even forthcoming Winners!). The reading will include writers honored in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature and will highlight some of the best contemporary literature in America.
Elizabeth Acevedo (The Poet X)
Jamel Brinkley (A Lucky Man)
Lauren Groff (Florida)
Tommy Orange (There There)
Justin Phillip Reed (Indecency)
Victoria Johnson (American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic)
David Quammen (The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life)
Daniel Gumbiner (The Boatbuilder)
The reading will be moderated by Editorial Director for The Asian American Writers’ Workshop Jyothi Natarajan.
Miami Book Fair, Miami, FL
An Evening with the National Book Awards Winners, Finalists, and Longlisters
Fresh from the 2018 National Book Awards, join the National Book Foundation at the Miami Book Fair for a special evening that highlights the best of contemporary literature in America. Every 2018 National Book Award Longlister, Finalist, and Winner is invited to Miami for a super-sized Awards reading—the first chance to hear from these honored authors following the whirlwind of the National Book Awards. The reading will feature recognized works from all Awards categories, including Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Young People’s Literature, and—for the first time—the new Translated Literature category. Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, will moderate the evening. This event is made possible by the generosity of the James L. Knight Foundation.
Rutgers University, Camden, NJ
Democracy and Literature: A Conversation about Why Books Matter with National Book Awards Authors
What do authors see as the role of literature and books in our democracy? Through their writing, do authors actively work to influence the way we think? Do they see their work contributing to our civic education? Come hear National Book Award–honored authors discuss the role of books in exploring the themes and issues that are critical to protecting democracy. Featuring 2016 National Book Award Poetry Finalist Solmaz Sharif (Look), and more to be announced.