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 2021 Schedule

03oct2:00 pmNBF Presents: An Afternoon with the National Book Awards2:00 pm EDT

12octAll DayNBF Presents: Cultural Bookmarks(All Day: tuesday) 96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215

26oct7:00 pmLIVE from NYPL and NBF Presents: Reading the City7:00 pm EDT

28oct7:00 pmNBF Presents: An Evening with the National Book AwardsTexas Book Festival7:00 pm CDT

09nov7:00 pm2021 National Book Awards Finalist Reading7:00 pm EST

13nov3:30 pmNBF Presents: An Afternoon with the National Book AwardsPortland Book Festival3:30 pm PST 1111 Southwest Broadway

17nov7:00 pmThe 72nd National Book Awards Ceremony7:00 pm EST

20nov1:00 pmNBF Presents: An Afternoon with National Book Award WinnersMiami Book Fair1:00 pm EST


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

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