2013 NBA Teen Press Conference
At the annual National Book Awards Teen Press Conference, middle and high school students in New York City play the role of reporters as they direct questions to the five Finalists for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature.
Beginning in 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 and the Scholastic Auditorium. This year, the Foundation was delighted to bring the Teen Press Conference to Brooklyn Borough Hall. Sarah Harrison Smith, the children’s Book Editor of The New York Times Book Review, will host the event on the morning of Tuesday, November 19.
The 2013 National Book Award Finalists in Young People’s Literature are:
Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
Tom McNeal, Far Far Away (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)
Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Group USA)
Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints (First Second/Macmillan)
ABOUT THE Emcee - Sarah Harrison Smith
Sarah Harrison Smith is the children’s Book Editor of The New York Times Book Review. Smith began her career at The New Yorker, where she was a fact checker for five years. After writing The Fact Checker’s Bible, she joined the Times in 2005 as head of research at the Sunday Times. In addition to writing for The New York Times, she has reviewed for The New Yorker, Salon, The New Leader, and the Boston Phoenix. Smith graduated from Oxford University and has a master’s degree in English and comparative literature from Columbia University. She is married to the poet David Yezzi and has three children
> Twitter: @SHSmithNYT
Each participating student received a set of author cards
(includes bio, information about the book, and section for note taking).