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The National Book Foundation Appoints Lisa Lucas Executive Director

Lisa Lucas is appointed Executive Director of the National Book FoundationThe Board of Directors of the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, announced today that Lisa Lucas has been appointed Executive Director to succeed Harold Augenbraum who had earlier announced his decision to step down at the end of March.
“Lisa Lucas is a dynamic leader who has served as a passionate advocate for literature and has built an impressive track record of accomplishment in the not-for-profit world across theater, film and literature," said David Steinberger, President and CEO of The Perseus Books Group who serves as Chairman of the National Book Foundation.
Lisa Lucas joins the Foundation after serving as Publisher of Guernica, a non-profit online magazine focusing on writing that explores the intersection of art and politics with an international and diverse focus.

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The Deadline for Innovations in Reading Prize Applications is Feb 29, 2016. Apply Now!

Innovation In Reading Prize Applications, Apply Now!

BookUp LGBTQ Launches at The Hetrick-Martin Institute, in partnership withLambda Literary

t’ai freedom ford photoThe Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of our first BookUp site for LGBTQ youth at The Hetrick-Martin Institute, an after-school center that creates a safe and supportive environmentfor LGBTQ youth, many of whom are homeless or otherwise at risk.Taught by award-winning poet and Cave Canem fellow, t'ai freedom ford, BookUp LGBTQ will run similarly to our current BookUp sites,but will focus specifically on giving the youth a richer sense of their historyand the tremendous contributions of LGBTQ authors throughout time.
The youth will select books they want to read from their own list as well as a curated list of books hand-picked by LGBTQ authors, including NaomiJackson, Garth Greenwelland 5 under 35 honoree Megan Kruse. The field trips will be geared towards queerLambda Literary LogoHetrick-Martin Institute Logobookstores and historic sites throughout the five boroughs. BookUp LGBTQ is run in partnership with Lambda Literary, the longest running literary organization championing the works of LGBTQ writers.

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tickets on sale (and going quick) for 2016 season of eat, drink & be literary

Eat, Drink & Be Literary 2016Presented in partnership with
Brooklyn Academy of Music

Feb 16—Jun 8, 2016

Raise a glass and share a meal with today’s most renowned authors in this unique series of literary evenings at BAMcafé. Each event begins with a dinner featuring a seasonal menu devised by Great Performances with James Beard and local Brooklyn chefs — plus dessert, wine, and live music. Then the evening’s featured author reads from his or her work and discusses the creative process. Guests are encouraged to ask questions and have their book signed at the conclusion of the evening.

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NBF Writing Camp Alum now comic book creator and author

The RippersWhat do you do if you want to break into comics? If you’re Regine Sawyer, you start your own comic book company. Sawyer is the creator and author of The Rippers, Ice Witch, and Eating Vampires, published by Lockett Down Productions, which Sawyer started in 2007. In 2012, she helped to organize the Women in Comics Collective, which now has more than one hundred members and conducts panels and workshops across the country. Sawyer is also an alum of the National Book Foundation’s Summer Writing Camp, a program for emerging writers held from 1994 to 2005.
Sawyer took time to chat with us about her love of comics, finding artists to collaborate with, and the importance of women of color appearing in comics.

WHY READING MATTERS: Engaging With Literary Activism Around the Globe

Image courtesy of REACH
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 10 AM
Ford Foundation, New York, NY
A free conference and networking luncheon for literary activists.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mark Hecker, executive director of Reach Incorporated
African Poetry Book Fund, Call Me Ishmael, Lambda Literary, and Motionpoems, and moderated by Kyle Zimmer of First Book.
Sponsored by the Ford Foundation
The conference is currently sold out. The Foundation will share video footage of the event as soon as possible. For more inspiration about literary activism take a look at our Innovations in Reading Prize winners.
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