“NBF Presents” Visits Libraries Across the Country

National Book Awards authors to appear at Book Rich Environments’ library partners for a summer reading series The National Book Foundation (NBF) has announced its summer season of NBF Presents, a program that brings National Book Award-honored authors to libraries, colleges, book festivals, and presenting houses around the nation. This July and August, NBF Presents will host a series of readings and panel discussions at library branches in Akron, OH; Allen County, IN; New Bedford, MA; Roanoke, VA; and Sarasota, FL, featuring celebrated authors Chen Chen, Charmaine Craig, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Ibram X. Kendi, Rebecca Makkai, Shane McCrae, Justin Phillip Reed, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, and Monica Youn. This season of NBF Presents will focus exclusively on partnerships with libraries around the country that have also served as local partners for NBF’s Book Rich Environments (BRE) program, which distributes books to children and families living in public housing. This … Continue reading ““NBF Presents” Visits Libraries Across the Country”

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In Third Year, Book Rich Environments to Reach One Million Free Books Distributed

In 39 sites across 22 states, the National Book Foundation’s Book Rich Environments program will surpass one million books donated by publishers and distributed in public housing communities Launched in January of 2017, the Book Rich Environments (BRE) initiative aims to foster life-long, joyful relationships between readers and books in communities nationwide by providing resources that reinforce local efforts to combat lack of literary access, often termed “book deserts.” The national program is a collaboration between the National Book Foundation, which serves as lead partner, the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Urban Libraries Council, and the National Center for Families Learning. By the end of 2019, BRE will have provided over one million free books to families living in public housing authorities (PHAs), distributed in partnership with local libraries, community centers, and PHA staff across the U.S. This unique program works with HUD-assisted … Continue reading “In Third Year, Book Rich Environments to Reach One Million Free Books Distributed”

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National Book Foundation Awards $10,000 Innovations in Reading Prize to West Philadelphia Alliance for Children

The National Book Foundation recognizes WePAC and two honorable mentions with a total of $13,000 in prize money to support innovative literary work.

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Second year of “Notes from the Reading Life” series coming to NYC libraries

Second year of “Notes from the Reading Life” series coming to NYC libraries – The 2019 season will bring Brian Lehrer, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Sonia Manzano to NYPL branches in Staten Island, Manhattan, and the Bronx 

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The 2017 National Book Awards Statues

70th National Book Awards Judges Announced

We are now accepting entries for the 2018 National Book Awards. Deadline for submission is May 16 (midnight, PT). No late submissions will be accepted.

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National Book Foundation Announces Spring Season of NBF Presents

More than 30 acclaimed authors will appear across the nation as part of the second season of NBF Presents

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Highlights from the 2018 5 Under 35 Celebration

A selection of photos from the 2018 5 Under 35 celebration, honoring the debut fiction writers Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black), Hannah Lillith Assadi (Sonora), Akwaeke Emezi (Freshwater), Lydia Kiesling (The Golden State), and Moriel Rothman-Zecher (Sadness Is a White Bird). Hosted by Natasha Lyonne.

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Watch the 2018 National Book Awards Ceremony

The 69th National Book Awards, hosted by Nick Offerman, were streamed live from New York City on November 14, 2018. Lifetime achievement awards were presented to Doron Weber and Isabel Allende, 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 at our Facebook page. 2018 Winners Fiction The Friend by Sigrid Nunez Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House Nonfiction The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart Oxford University Press Poetry Indecency by Justin Phillip Reed Coffee House Press Translated Literature The Emissary by Yoko Tawada, translated from the Japanese by Margaret Mitsutani New Directions Publishing Young People’s Literature The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publishers  

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Watch the 2018 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. The 2018 reading featured the Finalists in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Young People’s Literature, and the newly added category of Translated Literature. 

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