The NBF Announces the 2019-2020 Literature for Justice Program Titles

In the second year of the Art For Justice–funded program, five new titles—all authored by women—are selected to continue the Foundation’s work contextualizing mass incarceration through literature, chosen by a five-member committee The National Book Foundation announced selections in the second year of the Literature for Justice program (LFJ), comprised of five contemporary titles that shed light on mass incarceration in the United States. Also announced today are the five committee members tasked with selecting the titles and elevating their visibility. This committee worked alongside the Foundation as part of Literature for Justice, a three-year campaign that seeks to contextualize and humanize the experiences of incarcerated people through literature of different genres, creating an accessible and thought-provoking collection of books crafted for broad public consumption. These five titles will serve as the foundation for LFJ’s second year of programming that includes national public events featuring authors and experts on mass … Continue reading “The NBF Announces the 2019-2020 Literature for Justice Program Titles”

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LeVar Burton, Actor and Education Advocate, to Host 70th National Book Awards

The acclaimed actor, producer, and television veteran to serve as master of ceremonies for the 2019 National Book Awards The National Book Foundation announced that LeVar Burton, acclaimed actor and entertainment industry professional, will host the 70th National Book Awards on November 20, 2019 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Burton, who is known around the world as Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge in the iconic Star Trek: The Next Generation television and film series, and as the host and executive producer of Reading Rainbow, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event that will announce the National Book Awards Winners in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature. The ceremony will also include the presentation of two lifetime achievement awards, to Oren J. Teicher, CEO of the American Booksellers Association and pioneering writer Edmund White. In addition to announcing the winners … Continue reading “LeVar Burton, Actor and Education Advocate, to Host 70th National Book Awards”

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National Book Foundation Announces its 2019 5 Under 35 Honorees

The National Book Foundation announced its annual 5 Under 35 honorees, a selection of five fiction writers under the age of 35 whose debut work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape. Each honoree was selected by a National Book Award Winner, Finalist, or Longlisted author, or by an author previously recognized by the 5 Under 35 program. “Our 2019 5 Under 35 honorees are new authors of extraordinary promise, but their debut books are remarkable achievements for writers at any stage of their career,” said David Steinberger, Chairman of the National Book Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Like the National Book Awards, 5 Under 35 is part of our mission to celebrate the best literature in America, and it’s a privilege to bring more praise and recognition to these wonderful young authors.” The 2019 honorees’ books include two collections of short stories and three novels. As a … Continue reading “National Book Foundation Announces its 2019 5 Under 35 Honorees”

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2019 National Book Awards Longlist for Fiction

The ten contenders for the National Book Award for Fiction The National Book Foundation today announced the Longlist for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction. Finalists will be revealed on October 8. The 2019 Fiction Longlist includes only one title by a previous National Book Award honoree, Colson Whitehead, who was a Winner in the same category for his 2016 novel The Underground Railroad. One Longlisted author, Laila Lalami, was a 2018 National Book Awards judge, serving as the chair of the Fiction panel. The Longlisted authors have been recognized by numerous other awards, including the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Asian American Literary Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the Young Lions Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, and the Whiting Award. In addition, the list includes one winner of the Pulitzer Prize and two finalists. … Continue reading “2019 National Book Awards Longlist for Fiction”

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2019 National Book Awards Longlist for Nonfiction

The ten contenders for the National Book Award for Nonfiction The National Book Foundation announced the Longlist for the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Finalists will be revealed on October 8. The 2019 Nonfiction Longlist represents an exciting range of voices and subjects, illuminating new perspectives on political, natural, cultural, historical, and personal experiences. Hanif Abdurraqib’s history of A Tribe Called Quest is the first book showcasing hip-hop to make the list, and chef Iliana Regan’s memoir brings food writing back to the National Book Awards celebration for the first time since Julia Child won in 1980 for Current Interest – Hardcover (a discontinued category). The list includes three debut titles, and only Greg Grandin, who was a Finalist for Nonfiction in 2009, has been previously honored by the National Book Awards. The Longlisted authors have earned recognition from numerous other prizes, including the Bancroft Prize, the National Magazine … Continue reading “2019 National Book Awards Longlist for Nonfiction”

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2019 National Book Awards Longlist for Poetry

The ten contenders for the National Book Award for Poetry The National Book Foundation announced the Longlist for the 2019 National Book Award for Poetry. Finalists will be revealed on October 8. As was the case in 2018, the majority of the poets on the 2019 Longlist are newcomers to the National Book Awards. The exceptions are Jericho Brown and Arthur Sze, who were Poetry Judges in 2016 and 1999, respectively, and Toi Derricotte, who received the National Book Foundation’s 2016 Literarian Award for her work with Cave Canem. Three of the poets have won Whiting Awards, and four have received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Other prizes that have recognized the ten Longlisted poets include the Lambda Literary Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the Paterson Poetry Prize, and the Pushcart Prize. The Longlisted poets have also received fellowships … Continue reading “2019 National Book Awards Longlist for Poetry”

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2019 National Book Awards Longlist for Translated Literature

The ten contenders for the National Book Award for Translated Literature The National Book Foundation announced the Longlist for the 2019 National Book Award for Translated Literature, a fifth Awards category added in 2018. Finalists will be revealed on October 8. The ten titles on the Translated Literature Longlist were originally written in ten different languages: Arabic, Danish, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish. The list features seven novels, two memoirs, and a collection of essays, together representing the stories and literary traditions of many nations, including Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Norway, Poland, Rwanda, and Syria. One of the authors, Olga Tokarczuk, was a Finalist for the National Book Award for Translated Literature last year. The authors and translators on the list have been recognized by numerous international prizes, such as the Akutagawa Prize, the French Voices Award, the Jabuti Prize, the King of Spain … Continue reading “2019 National Book Awards Longlist for Translated Literature”

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2019 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature

The ten contenders for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature The National Book Foundation announced the Longlist for the 2019 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature (YPL). Finalists will be revealed on October 8. Six of the authors on the YPL Longlist have been recognized by the National Book Foundation in the past, including Cynthia Kadohata, Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. In the same category, Jason Reynolds was Longlisted in 2017 and a Finalist in 2016. Kwame Alexander was Longlisted in 2016. Laura Ruby was a Finalist in 2015. Laurie Halse Anderson has previously been recognized by the National Book Award for YPL three times; she appeared on the Longlist in 2014 and was a Finalist in both 2008 and 1999. Additionally, last year, author Akwaeke Emezi was selected as a 5 Under 35 Honoree, the National Book Foundation’s prize for … Continue reading “2019 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature”

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NBF to Present Lifetime Achievement Award to Pioneering Writer Edmund White

Writer and filmmaker John Waters to present Medal to White The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, announced that it will award Edmund White with the 2019 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters (DCAL). Best known for his portrayals of gay American life in both fiction and nonfiction, White’s body of work spans subject and genre, including a biography of French writer Jean Genet, for which he won the National Book Critics Circle Award; a trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, and The Farewell Symphony; pioneering works of nonfiction like The Joy of Gay Sex, the travel memoir States of Desire, and the National Book Critics Circle Award–nominated City Boy; and many other titles. White’s work also includes crucial cultural criticism and activism, particularly around the American AIDS crisis. In 1982, White co-founded (along with Nathan Fain, Larry Kramer, … Continue reading “NBF to Present Lifetime Achievement Award to Pioneering Writer Edmund White”

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