National Book Foundation awards $10,000 Innovations in Reading Prize to Academy of American Poets' Teach This Poem Project

  • NBF recognizes Academy of American Poets and four honorable mentions with a total of $14,000 in prize money to support innovative literary work

    National Book Award WinnerThe 2018 honorable mentions are the Appalachian Prison Book Project, Friends of the Homer Library, Jewish Women International’s National Library Initiative, and Words Without Borders Campus.

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National Book Foundation LogoThe National Book Foundation today announced that beginning this spring, it will greatly expand its public programming under the banner of NBF Presents, which will comprise multiple series of author panels and book talks that focus on literature and its relationship to cultural issues and themes. This effort represents a major push to create wider programming that is able to serve a far larger and diverse population of readers. Anchored by a generous $900,000 three-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this ambitious expansion is made possible by a total of $1.4 million in new grant funding, including additional support from the Art for Justice Fund, Velvet Film with the support of the Ford Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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Why Reading Matters Conference 2018 Registration is Now Open

Why Reading Matters Conference 2018

The National Book Foundation’s third annual Why Reading Matters conference returns on June 7 for a full day of presentations focused on reading without boundaries. Why Reading Matters is designed to bring together educators, non-profit administrators, librarians, academics, publishing professionals, writers, and literary activists of all kinds to discover and share ways to welcome more readers into their community.

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With new partner and participating sites, Book Rich Environments programming will take place at 37 sites across 19 states

The Book Rich Environments (BRE) initiative, now in its second year, aims to combat lack of literary access, often termed “book deserts,” by connecting communities with resources that help foster life-long, joyful relationships between readers and books.
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tickets available for Eat, Drink & Be Literary featuring Valeria Luiselli, May 29

Raise a glass and share a meal with a renowned author at this unique literary evening at BAMcafé. Luiselli will read from her work, discuss the creative process, and participate in a Q&A and book signing.

The work of Mexico City-born, South Africa-raised writer Valeria Luiselli has been translated into many languages. Her debut novel, Faces in the Crowd, earned her the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 honor. For her 2015 novel The Story of My Teeth, she was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Los Angeles Times Prize for Best Fiction.

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“If you want to raise a reader, be a reader. Make the space, and time, for books you read for yourself.” –The New York Times

Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan

Thanks to the Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact, National Book Foundation will be partnering with the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) to launch the Raising Readers initiative. This new and innovative program aims to empower adults who work with and raise children to expand their own love of books and reading, in order to better model the habit of reading for pleasure with the young people in their lives. Raising Readers provides paid professional development training for DYCD provider staff who work with young people through after-school and summer programs, and pairs staff with NBF teaching artists to collaboratively run reading circle series for parents at local DYCD sites across the city, complete with book giveaways, high-profile author talks, and book shopping opportunities for participants.

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