Join us for the inaugural year of Science + Literature public programs

The National Book Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation continue the inaugural year of Science + Literature with free public programs highlighting each of the selected titles: The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation’s Neglect of a Deadly Disease by Daisy Hernández, The Radiant Lives of Animals by Linda Hogan, and In the Field by Rachel Pastan. The programming includes in-person events at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, NY featuring Daisy Hernández and Dr. Jessica L. Ware, and the Mechanics’ Hall in Portland, ME featuring Rachel Pastan and Weike Wang, and a virtual event presented in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures featuring Linda Hogan and Rena Priest. To learn more about the programs and to RSVP, please click through below, or visit the National Book Foundation’s events calendar. Science + Literature Summer 2022 Schedule   The Science + Literature program … Continue reading “Join us for the inaugural year of Science + Literature public programs”

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The Literary Arts Emergency Fund Awards $4.3 Million to Historically Under-Funded Literary Arts Field as it Faces Continued Financial Losses

313 Literary Arts Organizations and Publishers Across the US to Receive Funding The Literary Arts Emergency Fund, launched and administered by the Academy of American Poets, the Community of Literary Magazine & Presses (CLMP), and the National Book Foundation in 2020, will distribute $4,300,000 in funding to 313 nonprofit literary arts organizations and publishers across the US that have experienced continued financial losses due to COVID-19. The Literary Arts Emergency Fund was made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation. “These grants remain vital because the impact of the emergency of COVID-19 remains very present in our lives,” said Elizabeth Alexander, President of the Mellon Foundation. “Throughout the United States, readers, writers, poets, students, and teachers rely on our country’s vibrant ecosystem of literary magazines, presses, and organizations—one that reveals the power and the possibility of the literary arts to the broader public. We are proud to continue our … Continue reading “The Literary Arts Emergency Fund Awards $4.3 Million to Historically Under-Funded Literary Arts Field as it Faces Continued Financial Losses”

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The National Book Foundation Announces its 2022 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 authors previously recognized by the 5 Under 35 program. 5 Under 35 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 5 Under 35 program continues to honor the next generation of literary luminaries, and this year’s honorees represent some of the best new fiction in recent years,” said David Steinberger, Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Book Foundation. “It is an honor to welcome these authors into the National Book Foundation … Continue reading “The National Book Foundation Announces its 2022 5 Under 35 Honorees”

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Submissions Open for the 2022 National Book Awards

Twenty-five judges in five categories will review submitted titles and select the five Winners of the 73rd National Book Awards The National Book Foundation announced the opening of submissions for the 73rd National Book Awards. The Foundation also announces its 25 judges for this year’s Awards, in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature. “This year’s judging panels reflect the same passion, curiosity, and enthusiasm as this nation of readers, and we deeply appreciate our judges’ time, patience, and energy,” said Ruth Dickey, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. “We are grateful to these 25 extraordinary literary citizens and look forward to the lasting contributions they will make for writers, the literary world, and readers everywhere.” This year’s judges include writers, editors, booksellers, directors of literary organizations, academics, critics, and translators from across the country. Panelists include National Book Award Finalists and Longlisted authors; … Continue reading “Submissions Open for the 2022 National Book Awards”

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The National Book Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Announce Inaugural Science + Literature Program Titles

The National Book Foundation (NBF) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced the inaugural selected titles for the Science + Literature program; the author of each book will receive a $10,000 cash prize. The initiative, guided by a committee of five scientific and literary experts also announced today, identifies three books annually that deepen readers’ understanding of science and technology. Science + Literature is made possible by a three-year, $525,000 grant from the Sloan Foundation, and focuses on elevating the diversity of voices in contemporary science and technology writing through the prize and associated public programs. The three inaugural titles—all authored by women—include a memoir, a collection of essays and poetry, and a novel. The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation’s Neglect of a Deadly Disease by Daisy Hernández merges family memoir with investigative journalism. Inspired by the disease that killed her aunt, … Continue reading “The National Book Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Announce Inaugural Science + Literature Program Titles”

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National Book Foundation Announces 2022 Spring Season of NBF Presents

Twenty-three National Book Award–honored authors to appear at 16 events between February and May 2022 The National Book Foundation announced its spring NBF Presents line-up of 16 events taking place in 12 states from February through May 2022, continuing the programming made possible by a multi-year, $900,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Since 2018, the National Book Foundation has expanded its education and public programming to 40 states and counting through in-person programs, and worldwide via free online events. This season of NBF Presents, the moniker for all of the Foundation’s public programs, represents the National Book Foundation’s continued commitment to providing readers everywhere access to engaging literary conversations. Programming for the spring season will be presented alongside new and returning program partners across the United States, and held in-person, with select events streamed online at no cost to attendees. National Book Award–honored authors confirmed to appear at … Continue reading “National Book Foundation Announces 2022 Spring Season of NBF Presents”

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Watch the 2021 National Book Awards Teen Press Conference

Attention students & teachers! The National Book Awards Teen Press Conference is a virtual event—live, online, and accessible from your computers and classrooms. This year’s event continues a decades-long tradition, bringing the excitement of the most prestigious literary award in the country to New York City’s middle and high school students. School groups were invited to participate in a free, virtual literary event that was curated just for them. Recorded: Wednesday November 10th at 10:30am-11:30am ET Watch the event by clicking here. Hosted by: Kwame Alexander Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, publisher, and New York Times Bestselling author of 35 books, including Swing, Becoming Muhammad Ali (co-authored with James Patterson), Booked, Rebound, The Undefeated, and The Crossover. Kwame’s books have been longlisted for the National Book Award, been shortlisted for the UK Carnegie Medal, and won the Caldecott Medal and the Newbery Medal, and he has been awarded with … Continue reading “Watch the 2021 National Book Awards Teen Press Conference”

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Watch the 2021 National Book Awards Finalists Reading

Every year, the National Book Foundation partners with The New School’s Creative Writing Program to present readings by each of the National Book Awards Finalists. It’s a special opportunity to hear these celebrated authors together in one place. The 2021 reading features the Finalists in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature and Young People’s Literature. The 72nd National Book Awards Ceremony will be broadcast live on November 17, 2021 at 7:00pm ET. Sign up to watch, receive updates about the upcoming ceremony, and discover this year’s Winners in real-time.

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Application Portal Open for the Second Round of the Literary Arts Emergency Fund

The application portal for the second round of the Literary Arts Emergency Fund, administered by the Academy of American Poets, the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), and the National Book Foundation, is now closed. Regrants from this fund, which will total $4.3 million, are made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

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