Presenter of the National Book Awards

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Courtesy Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York.

A collage created by the celebrated poet John Ashbery  will be featured on the cover of the 2015 National Book Awards program book. Winner of the National Book Award in 1976 and recipient of the Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2011,  Ashbery published Breezeway, his twenty-sixth volume of poetry, earlier this year. One of the most significant literary figures of the past half-century, Ashbery also is celebrated for his writing on art, and first experimented with collage-making as an undergraduate at Harvard College. His most recent exhibition opened June 18 at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York City. Previous contemporary artists to contribute artwork to the National Book Awards are Matt Bollinger, Jeff Koons, Julie Mehretu, and Ed Ruscha. 

Rollins College newest participant in NBA on campus

Rollins College, FL

On February 23 and 24, the Foundation will expand its NBA on Campus program into the Southeast. This week a new partnership was announced with Rollins College, in Winter Park, Florida. The school will host two National Book Award authors during its annual Winter With the Writers Literary Festival.

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"What I remember most are the young people. Especially the kids of color, who spend their lives erased. Looking for themselves in books, in the literature, in the canon, and not finding anything. Not a trace. I don’t like to read, they tell me, but I read your book to the end."

National Book Award Finalist Junot Díaz sharing memories from his book tours with the NY Times.

 

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