Applications are now open for the 2020 Innovations in Reading Prize

Applications for the 2020 Innovations in Reading Prize are now open. Applications are due by 11:59 pm EST on February 13, 2020. There are two steps and two distinct forms that must be completed as part of the application process; the links below lead to external sites. STEP 1. APPLICATION REGISTRATION (administered via Google Forms) This step allows the National Book Foundation staff to capture your contact information and other helpful information about the Applicant, and is not used in the review process. STEP 2. APPLICATION NARRATIVE (administered via Submittable) The information provided here is used by the panel of external reviewers to assess your application and make their selections. * Please be sure you use the same Applicant Name in both forms. Both forms must be submitted by the deadline of February 13 in order for your application to be complete. If you have questions, please contact Jordan Smith … Continue reading “Applications are now open for the 2020 Innovations in Reading Prize”

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It’s time for our annual Season’s Readings campaign!

As we head into the winter months, one of the best ways to stay warm is to curl up with a good book — and you can help make sure more people can share in that same simple joy by supporting the National Book Foundation! But books do so much more than warm our hearts; they allow us to see the world through another person’s eyes, experiences, and imagination. They serve as a gateway to learning about the world around us and enriching the national discourse. In addition to hosting the biggest night in books, this year’s 70th National Book Awards, the Foundation provides programming dedicated to reaching new readers, promoting the best literature in America, and increasing access to books throughout the year. Remember the first book that captured your heart? How about the most recent book that did the same? Our mission is to spread that love of … Continue reading “It’s time for our annual Season’s Readings campaign!”

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Watch the 2019 National Book Awards Ceremony

Watch the 70th National Book Awards, hosted by LeVar Burton were streamed live from New York City on November 20, 2019. It’s the biggest night in books, featuring the presentation of lifetime achievement awards to Edmund White and Oren Teicher, followed by the announcement of the Winners of National Book Awards in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature. You can watch the full ceremony below and on our Facebook page. 2019 Winners Fiction Trust Exercise by Susan Choi Henry Holt and Company / Macmillan Publishers Nonfiction The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom Grove Press / Grove Atlantic Poetry Sight Lines by Arthur Sze Copper Canyon Press Translated Literature Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming by László Krasznahorkai, translated by Ottilie Mulzet New Directions Young People’s Literature 1919 The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler Bloomsbury Children’s Books / Bloomsbury Publishing

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Watch the 2019 National Book Awards Finalists Reading

Every year on the night before the National Book Awards, all of the Finalists gather at the New School to read from their honored titles at an event that is open to the public. It’s a special opportunity to hear these celebrated authors together in one place, and you can join us via our livestream. The 2019 reading features the Finalists in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature and Young People’s Literature. HOSTED BY: Josh Gondelman and Maris Kreizman ABOUT THE HOSTS: Josh Gondelman is a comedian and a writer/producer for Desus & Mero on Showtime. Previously, he earned two Peabody Awards and three Emmy® awards for his work on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Gondelman’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, and the New Yorker, as well as some places without “New York” in the name. He has performed standup on CONAN, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and The Late Late Show with James Corden. … Continue reading “Watch the 2019 National Book Awards Finalists Reading”

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Watch the 2019 National Book Awards Teen Press Conference

The National Book Awards Teen Press Conference brings the excitement of the most prestigious literary award in the country to New York City’s middle and high school students. Held during National Book Awards week, Teen Press Conference invites school groups to attend a free literary event that is curated just for them. HOSTED BY:  Angie Thomas Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still lives in Jackson, Mississippi. A former teen rapper, she holds a BFA in creative writing from Belhaven University. Her award-winning, acclaimed debut novel, The Hate U Give, is a #1 New York Times bestseller and major motion picture from Fox 2000, starring Amandla Stenberg and directed by George Tillman, Jr. Her second novel, On the Come Up, is on sale now. FEATURING: FINALISTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE: Akwaeke Emezi, Pet Make Me a World / Penguin Random House Jason Reynolds, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in … Continue reading “Watch the 2019 National Book Awards Teen Press Conference”

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Jeremy O. Harris to Host 2019 5 Under 35 Celebration

The National Book Foundation announced Jeremy O. Harris, writer, and performer, and acclaimed playwright of Slave Play, now at Broadway’s Golden Theatre, will host the 5 Under 35 celebration on Monday, November 18 in New York City, at an invitation-only ceremony. The Foundation’s 5 Under 35 program recognizes young, debut fiction writers whose work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape. 5 Under 35 is sponsored by the Amazon Literary Partnership and more information about the program can be found here. ABOUT JEREMY O. HARRIS: Jeremy O. Harris is a writer and performer living in New York City. His plays include Slave Play, “Daddy,” Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1 and WATER SPORTS; or insignificant white boys. His work has been presented or developed by Pieterspace, JACK< Are Love, The New Group, NYTW, Performance Space New York, and Playwrights Horizons. In 2018, Jeremy co-wrote A24’s upcoming film Zola with director Janicza Bravo. In television, he is developing … Continue reading “Jeremy O. Harris to Host 2019 5 Under 35 Celebration”

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National Book Foundation Announces Fall Season of NBF Presents

National Book Awards authors to appear at twelve events in nine states as NBF Presents enters second year The National Book Foundation announced its fall NBF Presents lineup of events taking place between September and December of 2019, in the second year of expanded programming made possible by a three-year $900,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In its first year, NBF Presents produced 39 events in 36 cities around the country, donating nearly 2,000 free books and subsidizing over 500 ticketed seats to bring NBA-honored authors to thousands in-person and even more digitally through live streams. Between public and education programming, the Foundation has now reached audiences, youth and adult, in 36 states nationwide. This season of NBF Presents continues to bring National Book Award-honored authors to libraries, colleges, book festivals, and performance venues across the county. As part of the programming around the nation, NBF Presents provides … Continue reading “National Book Foundation Announces Fall Season of NBF Presents”

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National Book Awards Finalists Medallion, photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan

The 2019 National Book Awards Finalists Announced

The twenty-five Finalists for the 2018 National Book Awards for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature (YPL) were announced with Buzzfeed News’s AM To DM.

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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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