The Foundation Presents the 2017 National Book Awards Finalists

2017 National Book Award Finalists

The Winners in each category will be announced at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala on November 15. The evening will be streamed LIVE on our homepage. > More


Beth Harrison Joins the National Book Foundation as Deputy Director 

2017 5 Under 35 Honorees

​Before joining the National Book Foundation as Deputy Director, Beth was the Assistant Executive Director for Development & External Relations at the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Previously, she served for 11 years at the Academy of American Poets, most recently as Interim Executive Director. Prior to that, she was Development Specialist for Literary Publishing at the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses. She began her career in publishing, having worked for Princeton Architectural Press, Oxford University Press, and The Quarterly. Beth is the founding editor of the literary magazine Spinning Jenny
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The Foundation Announces the 2017 5 Under 35 Honorees

2017 5 Under 35 Honorees

The National Book Foundation is pleased to present the 2017 5 Under 35 honorees, a selection of debut fiction writers under the age of 35 whose work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape. Each author was selected by a National Book Award Winner, Finalist, or writer previously recognized by the 5 Under 35 program, and these honorees represent some of the best that the world of literary fiction has to offer. 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.

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2017 NBA Teen Press Conference

BookUp Welcomes New Teaching Artists For 2017-18 School Year

2017 Teaching ArtistsOver the past ten years, National Book Foundation has had the privilege of working with many talented writers through BookUp—published writers who are committed to sharing their love of reading with young people serve as our BookUp Teaching Artists, and facilitate this free, after-school program for middle school students at sites across the country. We're thrilled to welcome several new Teaching Artists to the team this year! 

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NBF to Present Lifetime Achievement Award to Dick Robinson of Scholastic

Dick Robinson receives Literarian honor from National Book Foundation


President Bill Clinton to present Lifetime Achievement Award to Scholastic Chairman, President and CEO Dick Robinson

The Foundation is pleased to announce Scholastic Chairman, President & CEO Richard Robinson as the National Book Foundation's 2017 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. Richard (Dick) Robinson, a philanthropic hero and leader in children’s publishing, education, and media, will receive the award at the 68th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on November 15, 2017.

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NBF to Present Lifetime Achievement Award to Acclaimed Author Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx, photo credit: Gus PowellAnne Hathaway, Academy Award-winning actress and star of “Brokeback Mountain,” to present Medal to Proulx

The Foundation is pleased to present Annie Proulx with its 2017 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Proulx, the acclaimed author of award-winning and best-selling novels and short story collections, including The Shipping News, Postcards, and “Brokeback Mountain,” is being honored for her exceptional work and significant impact on American literature.

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