2016 National Book Awards
EMMY AWARD WINNER LARRY WILMORE TO HOST THE
67th NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS
CEREMONY AND BENEFIT DINNER
“Larry Wilmore, who is hilarious, intellectual and well-loved by so many, is the perfect choice to host the Awards, remind us of the cultural value of books and writers, and to welcome in new audiences.”
—Lisa Lucas, executive director
National Book Foundation
Larry Wilmore, former host of The Nightly Show, Emmy Award winner, and writer will host the 67th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on November 16 in New York City at Cipriani Wall Street.
“We are delighted to have award-winning writer and comedian Larry Wilmore host the 67th National Book Awards," said David Steinberger, the Chairman of the Board of the National Book Foundation. “His skillful use of comedy, whether as a television comedy writer or a published author is entertaining and transformative, and we want people to find that books are just as exciting.”
“In addition to announcing the winners in the Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature categories at the National Book Awards, it’s also an evening that celebrates the tireless efforts of those that expand the literary landscape,” stated Lisa Lucas, the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. “Larry Wilmore, who is hilarious, intellectual and well-loved by so many, is the perfect choice to host the Awards, remind us of the cultural value of books and writers, and to welcome in new audiences.”
About Larry Wilmore
Wilmore has been a television producer, actor, comedian, and writer for more than 25 years. He hosted Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, which debuted in January 2015 and ran for nearly two years. Previously, Wilmore made memorable appearances as the “Senior Black Correspondent” on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and hosted his own Showtime “town hall”-style comedy specials, Larry “Wilmore’s Race, Religion & Sex”.
Wilmore serves as co-creator and consulting producer on Insecure, a half-hour comedy series starring Issa Rae that details the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman, which recently premiered on HBO. Wilmore also helped to launch ABC’s Black-ish as an executive producer. He has written for In Living Color, The PJ’s, which he co-created; The Office, on which he has appeared as Mr. Brown, the diversity consultant, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He also served as creator, writer, and executive producer of The Bernie Mac Show, which earned him a 2002 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series” and a 2001 Peabody Award. In April 2016, Wilmore hosted the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, DC. Wilmore released his first book, I'd Rather We Got Casinos and Other Black Thoughts, in January 2009. He currently lives in New York.