The 2017 National Book Awards judges have been announced!
The judging panels for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature include booksellers, academics, editors, essayists, and critics. Among the writers on the panels is a National Book Award Winner, National Book Award Finalists, and National Book Award Longlisted authors, as well as Winners of the Coretta Scott King Award, Lambda Literary Award, Pura Belpré Award, Pulitzer Prize, and Whiting Writers Award. There are also recipients of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, writers who publish in more than one genre, and the founder of an independent publishing company.
Eat, Drink & Be Literary: Dinner & A Reading At BAMcafe, 2017
Eat, Drink & Be Literary brings prominent contemporary authors to BAMcafé for intimate readings and engaging discussions. The 2017 line-up includes: Walter Mosley, Maggie Nelson, Jacqueline Woodson, Ben Lerner, Claudia Rankine, and Elif Batuman.
The Foundation’s 2nd annual Why Reading Matters conference, June 15
Why Reading Matters: Building a New Audience on June 15 will be a full day of presentations focused on building a new audience for books. 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.