The National Book Foundation offers a robust annual calendar of author-focused public programs that serve book-loving audiences across the nation.

NBF Presents brings renowned authors to book festivals, libraries, colleges, and performance centers across the country for topic-driven panels and presentations, including thematically-based efforts like Literature for Justice. The Foundation’s public programs seek to include all Americans in a national conversation centered around great books.

Events Calendar

The National Book Foundation aims to reach readers wherever they are. From readings to conferences, we present a variety of programs with partners across the country, including book festivals and cultural institutions.

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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.

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Literature for Justice

Literature for Justice is a nationwide, book-based campaign that seeks to contextualize and humanize the experiences of incarcerated people in the United States. The program is guided by the Literature for Justice committee, a cohort of well-known authors who are also experts, leaders, and advocates within the space of mass incarceration. This committee is tasked with the creation and selection of reading list of five books annually to guide readers through this complex issue, with the hope that these texts will help shift public perception and understand of mass incarceration through the power of storytelling.

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Eat, Drink & Be Literary

Each event includes a festive seasonal dinner by Great Performances, with live music accompaniment. The evening’s featured author then reads from their work and discusses their creative process, followed by a Q&A and book signing.

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Recent Programs

National Book Foundation has hosted a slate of mission-driven public and education programs, all designed to support and expand the audience for literature in America. Learn more about recent programs and initiatives at the Foundation.

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