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

From NBF Presents events at book festivals, libraries, colleges, and performance centers across the country, to thematically based Literature for Justice and Author in Focus events, to the Why Reading Matters conference bringing together literary professionals and avid readers to share ideas and insights, NBF’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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Author in Focus

Through the Author in Focus initiative, the National Book Foundation invites readers to follow along on a year-long exploration of a selected past National Book Award author who has made a significant impact on literature and the world at large, and whose work deserves a closer examination.

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Why Reading Matters Conference

The Foundation’s annual Why Reading Matters conference brings together diverse stakeholders to explore a simple idea, that reading matters, from a variety of complex perspectives that includes educators, service providers, writers, librarians, academics, publishing professionals, literary activists, and more.

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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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Notes from the Reading Life

The National Book Foundation’s Author in Focus program seeks to highlight and reframe the work of selected, historical authors from the National Book Awards family whose work is deserving of a renewed celebration and revival. Author in Focus consists of a year of nationwide educational and public programming celebrating these important writers and contextualizing their work for today’s reader.

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