The 2017 National Book Awards Entry Form is Now Open!

The 2017 National Book Awards judges have been announced!

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Chairs for the 2017 National Book Awards Judges' Panels: Jacqueline Woodson (Fiction), Paula J. Giddings (Nonfiction), Monica Youn (Poetry), Meg Medina (Young People's Literature)

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.

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The Foundation honors Women making an impact

Eat, Drink & Be Literary 2017

For Women’s History Month, we asked two young writers (who also happen to be our fantastic interns) to look through our lists of authors honored by the National Book Awards and 5 Under 35 and highlight women writers who speak to them.

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The Foundation’s 2nd annual Why Reading Matters conference, June 15

Why Reading Matters Conference 2017

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.

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