AAP, CLMP, and NBF Join Forces to Provide $3.5 Million in Emergency Funds for Literary Organizations and Publishers

Three national nonprofit literary arts organizations—the Academy of American Poets (AAP), Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), and National Book Foundation (NBF)—have come together in a historic collaboration to establish the Literary Arts Emergency Fund, which will provide $3.5 million to the literary arts, a field that has been disastrously impacted by COVID-19. Regrants from this fund, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will be distributed by September 15, 2020. According to the Americans for the Arts’ survey on the economic impact of COVID-19, 253 literary organizations reported over $7.2 million total losses to date. “Writers create humanity’s vast and intricate human record—they are the chroniclers of our joys and fears, our varied inner lives, our humor, anguish, and determination. This one-time emergency grant provides critical support both for these vital storytellers and for the organizations that ensure their written work remains accessible to … Continue reading “AAP, CLMP, and NBF Join Forces to Provide $3.5 Million in Emergency Funds for Literary Organizations and Publishers”

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National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas Stepping Down

Lucas will step down at the end of the year to become Senior Vice President & Publisher of Pantheon and Schocken Books. The NBF Board of Directors will conduct a national search for her replacement. The Board of Directors of the National Book Foundation announced that Lisa Lucas will be stepping down from her role as Executive Director at the end of the year to become Senior Vice President & Publisher of Pantheon and Schocken Books, imprints of Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. “Lisa has significantly increased the visibility and impact of the National Book Awards, and substantially expanded all of the Foundation’s programs,” said David Steinberger, Chair of the Board of Directors. “She has been the energetic heartbeat of the Foundation, and we are deeply appreciative of her years of leadership. We congratulate Lisa on this exciting new career opportunity, and look forward … Continue reading “National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas Stepping Down”

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The 71st National Book Awards will be an Exclusively Digital Ceremony

All 2020 National Book Awards events, including the 71st National Book Awards Ceremony on November 18, will be held online. The National Book Foundation announced that all events of National Book Awards week, including the 71st National Book Awards Ceremony on November 18, will be held virtually in light of public health concerns related to the coronavirus and to ensure the safety of all participants. “Though the medium is new, the entire Board and National Book Foundation staff remain committed to hosting a National Book Awards celebration that is a beacon of hope for all who attend–from our incredible Judges and future Finalists to readers everywhere–and one that maintains the high standards that have come to be associated with the Awards and the National Book Foundation,” said David Steinberger, Chair of the Board of Directors. With the transition to exclusively digital events, the National Book Foundation is spacing out its … Continue reading “The 71st National Book Awards will be an Exclusively Digital Ceremony”

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National Book Foundation Remembers Carolyn Reidy

Alongside the National Book Foundation’s entire staff and its Board of Directors, we were stunned and deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Carolyn Reidy, CEO of Simon & Schuster, who died on Tuesday at the age of 71. In addition to her countless contributions to the publishing industry and tireless support of writers, Carolyn served on the Foundation’s Board of Directors for nearly two decades. Notably, she chaired the Program Committee, helping each year to select the lifetime achievement award recipients, and shaping the year-round public and education programs that serve tens of thousands of readers across the country. Her clear thinking, keen eye for detail, and relentless candor helped us always put our best foot forward. The ways in which a committed Board member can influence an organization’s work is not always visible, but time and again Carolyn advocated for the Foundation, shepherded its work, and … Continue reading “National Book Foundation Remembers Carolyn Reidy”

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The Foundation Awards $10,000 Innovations In Reading Prize to DIBS for Kids

NBF recognizes DIBS for Kids and two honorable mentions for a total of $12,000 in prize money to support work in reaching all readers. The National Book Foundation announced DIBS for Kids as the winner of the 2020 Innovations in Reading Prize, a $10,000 prize annually awarded to an individual or organization that has developed an innovative project that creates and sustains a lifelong love of reading. Chosen from a pool of almost one hundred applications, DIBS for Kids is a Nebraska-based literacy nonprofit founded by a former first-grade teacher with the aim of bringing in-home reading opportunities to all 46 elementary schools in the Omaha Public Schools district that have a poverty rate of over 70%. “Access is first and foremost when working to ensure that all young people have an opportunity to become lifelong readers,” said Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. “DIBS for Kids’ … Continue reading “The Foundation Awards $10,000 Innovations In Reading Prize to DIBS for Kids”

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The Foundation Announces 2020 Spring Season of NBF Presents

National Book Awards authors to appear at 19 events in 13 states in the new year. The National Book Foundation announced its spring NBF Presents lineup of events taking place between January and May of 2020, continuing the second year of expanded programming made possible by a three-year $900,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This season of NBF Presents, a moniker under which all of the Foundation’s public programs fall, represents a continued commitment to providing and supplementing national access to literary programming at libraries, colleges, book festivals, and performance venues for readers everywhere. National Book Award–honored authors confirmed to appear at NBF Presents events in the spring season include Hanif Abdurraqib, Sarah M. Broom, Jericho Brown, Susan Choi, Christopher Paul Curtis, Akwaeke Emezi, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Camonghne Felix, Garth Greenwell, Ilya Kaminsky, Laila Lalami, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Kimberly King Parsons, Julia Phillips, Helen Phillips, Iliana Regan, Erika L. … Continue reading “The Foundation Announces 2020 Spring Season of NBF Presents”

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The National Book Foundation Elects Three New Board Members

James Daunt, Chief Executive Officer, Barnes & Noble, Inc., Kimball Hastings, Vice President of Global Communications, Ralph Lauren, and Amandeep Kochar, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Baker & Taylor, will begin their first terms on the Foundation’s Board of Directors   The National Book Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of three incoming members of the Board of Directors today: James Daunt, Chief Executive Officer, Barnes & Noble, Inc., Kimball Hastings, Vice President of Global Communications, Ralph Lauren, and Amandeep Kochar, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Baker & Taylor. With the addition of these new members the Foundation’s Board now stands at 22 governing members. “We are gratified to welcome three new members to the Board of Directors, who bring with them significant corporate leadership experience as well as a deep commitment to the written word.  We look forward to working with them in support of the … Continue reading “The National Book Foundation Elects Three New Board Members”

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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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