The National Book Foundation's 2024 Summer Reading Adventure.

Join the National Book Foundation’s Summer Reading Adventure

The National Book Foundation announced its first-ever national Summer Reading Adventure to celebrate 75 years of the National Book Awards! The Reading Adventure is a free, prize-filled reading extravaganza for readers of all ages. Watch a book-to-screen adaptation, re-read a favorite childhood book, swap a favorite book with a friend—we hope that you can join us for bookish fun all summer long. Visit nationalbook.org/adventure to learn more, and tag @nationalbookfoundation when you share your bookish adventures for a chance to be featured on the Foundation’s Instagram!

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The National Book Foundation Announces its 2024 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 literary luminary previously honored by the National Book Foundation. Honorees are writers from around the world, under the age of 35, who have published their first and only book of fiction—either a short story collection or a novel—within the last five years. The National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 program is sponsored by the Amazon Literary Partnership, and each honoree receives a $1,000 prize. “Since its inception in 2006, the 5 Under 35 program has elevated the voices of some of the brightest and most inventive new fiction writers whose work we continue to read, follow, and celebrate,” said David Steinberger, Chair of the Board of Directors of the … Continue reading “The National Book Foundation Announces its 2024 5 Under 35 Honorees”

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Photo of the stage at the 2023 National Book Awards. (Photo credit: Nathalie Schueller)

National Book Foundation Announces Update to the National Book Awards Eligibility Criteria

The National Book Foundation (NBF) announced an expansion of the eligibility criteria for the National Book Awards for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. In addition to authors who hold US citizenship, authors who maintain their primary, long-term home in the United States, US territories, or Tribal lands will now be eligible for consideration. The updated criteria will go into effect on March 13, when submissions open for the 75th National Book Awards. “The Foundation is eager to take this key step towards ensuring that the National Book Awards are welcoming to all writers living and working in the United States,” said Ruth Dickey, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. “As we reflect on the rich 75-year history of the National Book Awards and look to the future, we believe that the National Book Awards must celebrate the widest possible array of voices and stories published in the United … Continue reading “National Book Foundation Announces Update to the National Book Awards Eligibility Criteria”

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National Book Foundation Announces a New Funding Opportunity for Literary Arts Nonprofits

The National Book Foundation (NBF) announced a new one-year funding opportunity for nonprofit literary arts organizations. Eligible organizations may apply to the National Book Foundation Capacity-Building Grant Program for one-year grants of $5,000 or $10,000 to support capacity-building initiatives. A grant from the Hawthornden Foundation, originally founded in 1983 by the late Drue Heinz, makes this program possible. “United States-based literary arts nonprofits serve hundreds of thousands of readers and writers annually, yet funding opportunities to support these organizations are extremely limited,” said Ruth Dickey, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. “The National Book Foundation is grateful for the support of the Hawthornden Foundation, as we work to uplift and sustain our peer organizations so that books and reading remain an integral part of our shared culture.” Through the National Book Foundation Capacity-Building Grant Program, nonprofit literary arts organizations may apply for grants to support projects that aim to … Continue reading “National Book Foundation Announces a New Funding Opportunity for Literary Arts Nonprofits”

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National Book Foundation Announces 2024 Spring Season of NBF Presents

Twenty-one authors honored by the National Book Foundation to appear at 14 events between February and May 2024 The National Book Foundation announced its spring NBF Presents line-up of 14 events taking place in 12 cities from February through May 2024. NBF Presents, the moniker for all of the Foundation’s public programs, represents the Foundation’s commitment to connecting existing and emerging readers across the United States, in-person and virtually, with timely events featuring National Book Foundation–honored authors. NBF Presents is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). This spring season includes public events to celebrate 5 Under 35, which is supported by Amazon Literary Partnership; and Science + Literature, which is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan … Continue reading “National Book Foundation Announces 2024 Spring Season of NBF Presents”

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National Book Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Announce the 2024 Science + Literature Selected Titles

The National Book Foundation (NBF) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced selected titles for the third year of the Science + Literature program. The initiative identifies three books annually, across genres, that deepen readers’ understanding of science and technology, and focuses on highlighting the diversity of voices in contemporary science and technology writing. Authors receive a $10,000 cash prize, are celebrated at a public ceremony in March, and will be featured in associated national public programming. The titles are selected by a committee of five scientific and literary experts, also announced today. Science + Literature is made possible by a three-year, $525,000 grant from the Sloan Foundation. The three selected titles include narrative nonfiction, a decades-spanning poetry collection, and a cosmos-inspired novel. Brad Fox’s The Bathysphere Book: Effects of the Luminous Ocean Depths recounts the history of the first deep-sea exploration alongside full-color images and original logbooks. Fox paints … Continue reading “National Book Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Announce the 2024 Science + Literature Selected Titles”

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Freedom Reads, National Book Foundation, Center for Justice Innovation Launch First Major US Book Prize to be Judged Exclusively by Incarcerated People

Inaugural “Inside Literary Prize” will send a selection of National Book Award honorees to hundreds of incarcerated people in a dozen prisons across the country; Inside Literary Prize winner to be announced in June 2024 Freedom Reads, the National Book Foundation, and the Center for Justice Innovation announced the launch of the Inside Literary Prize, the first-ever US-based literary prize awarded exclusively by currently incarcerated people. The prize will be awarded in June 2024 to one exceptional book by a jury of 300 incarcerated individuals from a dozen prisons across the nation. This new initiative, which is also supported by Lori Feathers, literary podcaster and co-owner of Interabang Books, seeks to expand access to our country’s most thought-provoking literature for people who are incarcerated. Over the coming months, 25 judges at each of 12 prisons across six states—including both men’s and women’s facilities—will be given copies of the four National … Continue reading “Freedom Reads, National Book Foundation, Center for Justice Innovation Launch First Major US Book Prize to be Judged Exclusively by Incarcerated People”

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2023 National Book Awards Finalist Reading

Watch the 2023 National Book Awards Finalist Reading

Each year, the Finalists in Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature gather the evening before the National Book Awards Ceremony to read excerpts from their honored works. The 2023 National Book Awards Finalist Reading will be hosted by Parul Sehgal, staff writer at The New Yorker. The event will be presented in person at NYU Skirball and livestreamed. The program will begin at 7:00pm EST. Presented in partnership with the NYU Creative Writing Program. To learn more about the 2023 National Book Awards Finalists, click here. Fiction Finalists: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Chain-Gang All-Stars Aaliyah Bilal, Temple Folk Paul Harding, This Other Eden Hanna Pylväinen, The End of Drum-Time Justin Torres, Blackouts Nonfiction Finalists: Ned Blackhawk, The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History Cristina Rivera Garza, Liliana’s Invincible Summer: A Sister’s Search for Justice Christina Sharpe, Ordinary Notes Raja Shehadeh, We Could Have Been Friends, My … Continue reading “Watch the 2023 National Book Awards Finalist Reading”

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Teen Press Conference - Where young readers meet and interview their literary heroes

Watch the 2023 National Book Awards Teen Press Conference

The National Book Awards Teen Press Conference brings the excitement of the most prestigious literary award in the US to middle and high school students in New York City, and across the country. Held during National Book Awards Week, Teen Press Conference invites school groups to attend a free literary event that is curated just for them. Tuesday November 14th, 2023 Livestream: 10:30am-11:30am EST HOSTED BY:  Dhonielle Clayton is a New York Times bestselling author of The Conjureverse series, The Belles series, Shattered Midnight, co-author of Blackout, Whiteout, The Rumor Game, and of the Tiny Pretty Things duology, a Netflix original series. She hails from the Washington, D.C. suburbs on the Maryland side. She taught secondary school for several years, and is a former elementary and middle school librarian. She is COO of the non-profit We Need Diverse Books. She is the President and founder of Cake Creative and Electric … Continue reading “Watch the 2023 National Book Awards Teen Press Conference”

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