Watch the 2022 National Book Awards Teen Press Conference

November 2022




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 15, 2022.
Livestream: 10:30am-11:30am ET.


author photo of Rita Williams-Garcia
Rita Williams-Garcia. (Photo credit: Ferdinand Leyro)

Rita Williams-Garcia, a Queens, New York native, is the celebrated author of novels for young adult and middle-grade readers. Her middle-grade novel, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground won the 2018 NAACP Image Award for Literature for Young People and was a 2017 National Book Award Finalist. Williams-Garcia is most known for her Coretta Scott King Author Award-winning Gaither Sisters trilogy that begins with One Crazy Summer, recipient of the Newbery Honor and the Scott O’Dell Prize for Historical Fiction. She is a three-time Coretta Scott King Author Award recipient and a three-time National Book Award Finalist. Her YA+ historical novel, A Sitting in St. James, set in 1860 Louisiana, won the 2022 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature as well as the 2021 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Poetry and Fiction. Rita Williams-Garcia served as a faculty member at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Writing for Children and Young Adults program from 2005-2015.



2022 National Book Awards Finalists in Young People's Literature book covers

Kelly Barnhill, The Ogress and the Orphans
Algonquin Young Readers / Workman Publishing

Sonora Reyes, The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School
Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins Publishers

Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes, and Dawud Anyabwile, Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice
Norton Young Readers / W. W. Norton & Company

Sabaa Tahir, All My Rage
Razorbill / Penguin Random House

Lisa Yee, Maizy Chen’s Last Chance
Random House Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House

If you have any questions, please email NBF Education Manager Julianna Lee Marino at

Teen Press Conference is supported, 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 public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.