National Book Foundation Announces 2021 Spring Season of NBF Presents

Twenty-two National Book Award–honored authors to appear in a lineup of all virtual programming through June 2021 The National Book Foundation announced its spring NBF Presents lineup of 12 events taking place through June 2021, continuing the programming made possible by a multi-year, $900,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. NBF Presents, which includes all of the Foundation’s public programs, represents the National Book Foundation’s continued commitment to providing widespread access to high-caliber, topical literary programming for readers everywhere. All announced programming for this season will be held exclusively online and at no cost to viewers. Loyalty Bookstores in Washington, DC will return as the season’s bookseller. National Book Award–honored authors and translators confirmed to appear at NBF Presents events in the spring season include Rumaan Alam, Tommye Blount, Jericho Brown, Kacen Callender, Toi Derricotte, Natalie Diaz, Camonghne Felix, Terrance Hayes, Sophie Hughes, Victoria Jamieson, Laila Lalami, Megha Majumdar, … Continue reading “National Book Foundation Announces 2021 Spring Season of NBF Presents”

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Watch NBF Presents: A New American Curriculum

National Book Award–honored authors Erica Armstrong Dunbar (Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, Finalist, Nonfiction), Jason Reynolds (Ghost, Finalist, Young People’s Literature; Long Way Down, Longlist, Young People’s Literature; and Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks, Finalist, Young People’s Literature), and Tracy K. Smith (Ordinary Light, Finalist, Nonfiction) are invested in the next generation of readers and thinkers. Together, they discuss what a new curriculum can and should look like while the American school system faces ever-increasing challenges of equity and access. Moderated by Mahogany L. Browne, author, Executive Director of Bowery Poetry Club, and Artistic Director at Urban Word NYC. NBF Presents is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. To view a replay of the live chat, please tune in to the conversation directly on the Foundation’s YouTube Channel.

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National Book Foundation Provides Update on Leadership Transition

Following her departure at the end of 2020, Lisa Lucas will become a member of the NBF Board of Directors and Deputy Director Jordan Smith will serve as Interim Executive Director Following the announcement earlier this year that Lisa Lucas will be stepping down from her role as Executive Director of the National Book Foundation to become Senior Vice President & Publisher of Pantheon and Schocken Books, today the Foundation is sharing the news that Lucas will be joining the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and that Jordan Smith, current Deputy Director, will serve as Interim Executive Director of the Foundation, effective December 18. “We couldn’t be more pleased to announce these appointments,” said David Steinberger, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Until we complete the formal search process to permanently fill the Executive Director position, we are very fortunate to have such an experienced and proven leader in Deputy Director Jordan … Continue reading “National Book Foundation Provides Update on Leadership Transition”

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Watch Literature for Justice: A Path Forward

The National Book Foundation launches the third and final year of Literature for Justice, a nationwide, book-based campaign that presents an annual reading list to further investigate the carceral system and urge readers forward. The event will feature this year’s committee members Susan Burton, Natalie Diaz, Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Mariame Kaba, and Piper Kerman and selected authors—Dionne Brand (Ossuaries), Nicole R. Fleetwood (Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration), Ruth Wilson Gilmore (Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis and Opposition in Globalizing California), Sarah Haley (No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity), Kelly Lytle Hernández (City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965), and Albert Woodfox (Solitary). Moderated by Naomi Murakawa, author of The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America. Presented in partnership with Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop and Public Welfare … Continue reading “Watch Literature for Justice: A Path Forward”

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Watch the 2020 National Book Awards Ceremony

On Wednesday, November 18, the National Book Foundation presented the 71st National Book Awards. Awards were given in all five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People Literature. The evening also included the presentation of two lifetime achievement awards, to Walter Mosley and the late Carolyn Reidy. If you missed the live event, you can still watch the entire ceremony. Where to watch the 2020 National Book Awards: The Foundation’s Facebook page. Our dedicated Awards website. The Foundation’s YouTube Channel . Click here for the Ceremony schedule

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Watch the 2020 National Book Awards Teen Press Conference

For the first time ever—the National Book Awards Teen Press Conference is going virtual! Co-presented with the Miami Book Fair and in partnership with the 92nd Street Y, this year’s event will continue 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. Live online event: Monday November 16th 10:30am-11:30am ET Our NYC and Miami school partners have been prepping for the student-generated Q+A with the Finalists for National Book Award in Young People’s Literature and everyone is welcome to watch the livestream on the Miami Book Fair’s website: https://miamibookfaironline.com/event/national-book-foundation-presents-teen-press-conference/ You will need to create an account on the Miami Book Fair website in order to access the event. Once you’ve created an account, you can access the event directly by clicking here.   Hosted by: Jason Reynolds Jason Reynolds is an award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author. … Continue reading “Watch the 2020 National Book Awards Teen Press Conference”

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National Book Awards Finalists Medallion, photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan

Watch the 2020 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, and you can watch here or directly on YouTube. The 2020 reading features the Finalists in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature and Young People’s Literature.

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Jason Reynolds, Author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, to Host 71st National Book Awards

The award-winning author will be the master of ceremonies for the 2020 National Book Awards The National Book Foundation announced that Jason Reynolds, acclaimed author, two-time National Book Award Finalist, and current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will host the 71st National Book Awards on November 18, 2020. In addition, Reynolds will host the Teen Press Conference, in partnership with the Miami Book Fair, on November 16, 2020. “The National Book Awards events are a continued commitment to literature and its power to transform readers’ lives,” said Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. “Jason Reynolds embodies this commitment, and we are thrilled that he will host this year’s celebration.” On November 18, Reynolds will serve as master of ceremonies for the National Book Awards that will announce the Winners in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature. The ceremony that evening … Continue reading “Jason Reynolds, Author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, to Host 71st National Book Awards”

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Watch NBF Presents: Segregation to Suppression

National Book Award Longlister Richard Rothstein (The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America) investigates government-required neighborhood segregation of Black and white Americans, and Longlister Carol Anderson (One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy) considers the more recent rollbacks on Black voting. Five days out from the 2020 presidential election, join Rothstein and Anderson for a conversation on how government policies inform segregation, housing, and ultimately, voter suppression in America. Moderated by Andre M. Perry, a fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings. To participate in the live chat and submit questions for the Q&A with the authors, please tune in to the conversation directly on YouTube Live.

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