2014 NBA Teen Press Conference
At the annual National Book Awards Teen Press Conference, middle and high school students in New York City will play reporters as they direct questions to the five Finalists for the 2014 National Book Award in Young People's Literature on the day before the 65th National Book Awards.
Each invited student will receive one of the five Finalists copies of the book in advance to read and prepare questions for the authors. Event will include a professionally designed press kit and is followed by a book signing.
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, the Scholastic Auditorium, and Brooklyn Borough Hall. This year, the Teen Press Conference takes place at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York. Rachel Fershleiser, Director of Publisher Outreach at Tumblr, will host the event on the morning of Tuesday, November 18.
The 2014 National Book Award Finalists in Young People’s Literature are:
Eliot Schrefer, Threatened (Scholastic Press)
Steve Sheinkin, The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
(Roaring Brook Press/ Macmillan Publishers)
John Corey Whaley, Noggin (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster)
Deborah Wiles, Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two (Scholastic Press)
Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books/ Penguin Group (USA))
ABOUT THE Emcee - 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.
Each participating student received a set of author cards
(includes bio, information about the book, and section for note taking).