Presenter of the National Book Awards

Robert Caro Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Cave Canem logoThe Foundation will award Robert A. Caro its 2016 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Caro, the acclaimed biographer of The Power Broker and the multivolume biography The Years of Lyndon Johnson, is being honored for his exceptional work and significant impact on American literature.

“Robert A. Caro is an American treasure,” said Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation

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Cave Canem to be Presented Outstanding Service Award

Cave Canem logoThe National Book Foundation announces Cave Canem as the recipient of its 2016 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. This is the twelfth year that the Foundation has presented the Literarian Award, which traditionally is given to an individual for a lifetime of achievement in expanding the audience for books and reading. This year’s ceremony will mark the very first time that the award is given to an organization.

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2016 National Book Awards Longlists


Image of the book jackets for the 2016 NBA Fiction Long List


Image of the book jackets for the 2016 NBA Nonfiction Long List


Image of the book jackets for the 2016 NBA Poetry Long List

Young People's Literature

This morning the National Book Foundation announced 2016 National Book Awards Longlist for Fiction in partnership with the!

The National Book Award Finalists will be revealed on 10/13 and the Winners announced on 11/16.


Join us as we continue to engage readers across the country by applying for an internship in the Foundation's New York office.

If you know someone who would be a good fit for any of the available positions, please share this announcement!


Benjamin Samuel Promoted to Foundation's Director of Programs

Benjamin SamuelThe NBF is pleased to announce the promotion of Benjamin Samuel to Director of Programs. Samuel joined the Foundation as a Program Manager in 2014. At the Foundation, Samuel has made contributions to a variety of programs, including 5 Under 35; the $10,000 Innovations in Reading Prize; and The Other NBA.

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Benjamin Samuel (Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan)

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