National Book Foundation to Present Lifetime Achievement Award to Isabel Allende

The National Book Foundation announced it will award Isabel Allende with its 2018 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters (DCAL). The Chilean-American author, whose 1982 debut novel The House of the Spirits propelled her into the literary limelight and the public consciousness, is being honored for her expansive body of work—made up of nearly two dozen works of fiction, memoir, and essay—and her role as a critical figure of Latin-American literature, as well as a wildly successful writer of titles in translation in the U.S., Allende’s adopted country. The DCAL will be presented to Allende by the acclaimed Mexican-American writer Luís Alberto Urrea, whose book The Devil’s Highway was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Allende will be the first Spanish-language author to the recognized with the DCAL honor, and only the second, since Saul Bellow in 1990, to be born outside the United States.

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National Book Foundation to Present Lifetime Achievement Award to Doron Weber

The National Book Foundation announced Doron Weber, Vice President, Programs and Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, as the recipient of its 2018 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. For over two decades at Sloan, Weber has run the program for the Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics, which has provided tens of millions of dollars in grant money to a wide range of organizations and individuals, and through which Weber has helped commission, produce, and disfortribute media that connect the public with science in accessible and illuminating ways. The Literarian Award will be presented to Weber by Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the book Hidden Figures, which was supported by funding from Weber’s program at the Sloan Foundation, and also the source material the Oscar-nominated film of the same name. 

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2018 National Book Awards Longlist for Fiction


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Young People's Literature



Mark your calendars, because Awards season is upon us!

The Sixty-Ninth National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner will be held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, November 14, and will also be live-streamed online in its entirety. 

ANNOUNCEMENT DATES:  
Literarian Award: September 18
DCAL Medal: September 20
5 Under 35 Honorees: September 24
NBA Finalists: October 10


Announcing the Fall Season of NBF Presents!

Photo credit, left to right, top to bottom: Emily Baxter, courtesy Patricia Bell-Scott, Jonah Siegel, courtesy Daniel Borzutzky, Whitney Thomas, Tanya Sazansky, Matt Richman, Elena Seibert, Tom Storm Photography, Bruce Orenstein, courtesy Shane McCrae, Kia Chenelle, Robyn Lindemann, David Hong, Joseph Zoboi

Earlier this summer, we announced a significant expansion of our public programs, with new events to take place at libraries, colleges, festivals, conferences, schools, and performance venues across the country. Taking place under the banner of NBF Presents, these events include any free or ticketed programs we produce that are open to the general public. That means you!

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