Presenter of the National Book Awards

2014 NBA Teen Press Conference

At the annual National Book Awards Teen Press Conference, middle and high school students from New York Citys public and private schools played the role of reporters as they directed questions to the five Finalists for the 2014 National Book Award in Young People's Literature.

The day before the 65th National Book Awards, the highly anticipated 2014 Teen Press Conference took place at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York and was attended by 300 enthusiastic students.

Below are video highlights of the students’ questions and comments, and the insightful responses from the 2014 five Young People’s Literature Finalists.

Video from the 2014 National Book Awards Teen Press Conference


Since 1998, the Teen Press Conference has taken place at various literary landmarks in New York, including the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Scholastic Auditorium, and Brooklyn Borough Hall.


The 2014 National Book Award Finalists in Young People’s Literature are:

Book covers for the 2013 NBA YPL Finalists


ABOUT THE Emcee - Rachel Fershleiser

Rachel Fershleiser
Rachel Fershleiser is Director of Publisher Outreach at Tumblr. Previously she was the Community Manager at Bookish and the Director of Public Programs at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, where she now serves on the board of directors. She is also the co-creator of Six-Word Memoirs and co-editor of the New York Times Bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning and three other books.

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2014 NBA Teen Press Conference Author Handouts

Each participating student received a set of author cards
(includes bio, information about the book, and section for note taking).

> Download the 2014 National Book Award YPL Author cards