Watch NBF Presents: Happy Debut Year

January 2021



To kick off the new year, the Foundation celebrated three 2020 National Book Award–honored authors whose first books made an undeniable impact on the literary landscape. Tommye Blount (Fantasia for the Man in Blue, Finalist, Poetry), Megha Majumdar (A Burning, Longlist, Fiction), and Douglas Stuart (Shuggie Bain, Finalist, Fiction) discussed releasing debuts in 2020, discovering an audience, and what comes next, for them and for contemporary literature. Moderated by MJ Franklin, an editor at the New York Times Book Review.

Books are available for purchase at with thanks to this season’s bookseller, Loyalty Bookstores.

To view a replay of the live chat, please tune in to the conversation directly on the Foundation’s YouTube Channel.