National Book Awards Challenge Political Climate with Literature, Celebration

National Book Award Fiction winner with wife Julie Barer

On Wednesday, November 16, following a presidential election that shook the literary community to its roots, the National Book Foundation came back fighting at an awards ceremony where endorsement of a broad view of social justice for America was evident from the moment host Larry Wilmore took the stage. Virtually every speaker expressed strong dismay […]

Finalists Announced for National Book Awards 2016


The 20 finalists for the 2016 National Book Awards for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature were recently announced by David Haglund, the literary editor of, and Lisa Lucas, the executive director of the National Book Foundation. The announcement was made by The New Yorker via Facebook Live on October 6. The fiction […]

James Patterson Will Be Honored at the National Book Awards


On November 18 best-selling author James Patterson joins a distinguished roster of honorees, including the late Maya Angelou, Dave Eggers, Terry Gross, and Barney Rosset, when the National Book Foundation presents him with the 2015 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 66th Annual National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit […]

A Night at the Book Prom: Notes on the NBA After Party

National Book Awards

Book prom was a lot of fun. At least, the Kobo–sponsored National Book Awards after-party felt eerily familiar in a particularly high school way: the inaccessible DJ spinning a lot of 90s R&B, the plates of pizza floating by, the palpable novelty of fancy dresses, tuxedos, and updo’s. It was clear that this was a […]

National Book Awards 2012


“The only thing I have ever wanted to do in my life is have a good time writing stories. This award says I am still at it.” That’s how Elmore Leonard gracefully summed up his acceptance of the 2012 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters (otherwise called the lifetime achievement award), presented by the […]

National Book Award Finalists Announced Today


by Margaret Heilbrun and Molly McArdle The National Book Award finalists are out! Announced this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, which rumor indicates is a cable news morning show, the short list named five titles each in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. We were pleased with the overlap: we’ve got enough stars here […]

This Just In: The NBA Winners, What They're Doing Next, and What's in It for Libraries

This Just In: The NBA Winners, What They're Doing Next, and What's in It for Libraries