+ National Book Awards Foundation Celebrates “5 Under 35”

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Countdown to National Book Awards Week!

For the third year in a row, the National Book Foundation celebrates the work of the next generation of fiction writers.  The “5 Under 35” party and reading in N Y City on November 17th will honor Matthew Eck, Keith Gessen, Sana Krasikov, Nam Le and Fiona Maazel.

The five were selected by NBA Fiction Finalists Joshua Ferris, Francine Prose, Mary Gaitskill, Jim Shepard and Winner Jonathan Franzen.

The invitation-only event takes place at Tribeca Cinemas and kicks off National Book Awards Week.  Following an introduction by the Finalist or Winner who selected them, each 5 Under 35 author will give a brief reading from their selected book to an audience of writers, editors, agents, publishers, journalists and bloggers.

More information: www.nationalbook.org/5under35.html

National Book Award Dates

  • November 17 — “5 Under 35”
  • November 18 — National Book Awards Teen Press Conference, N Y City
  • November 18 — National Book Awards Finalist Reading, N Y City
  • November 19 — 59th National Book Awards Ceremony and Dinner, New York City
  • November 24 — Photos of National Book Awards on www.nationalbook.org

National Book Awards Teen Press Conference

Seats are still available on November 18th when Jon Scieszka, the Library of Congress’s National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, will welcome over 150 middle and high school students from New York City public and private schools to the auditorium of The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for the Foundation’s popular National Book Awards Teen Press Conference.

Students will prepare for the event by reading one of the five Finalists’ books and drafting questions based on the text, the writing life, and what it means to be a National Book Award Finalist.

At the event, each participating student will receive a professionally designed press kit with biographical information on each author, excerpts from their books, and materials related to the National Book Awards.

Authors will read from their work before the floor is turned over to the students for the Press Conference, when they will interview the 2008 National Book Awards Finalists in Young People’s Literature.  Students will have the opportunity to meet the authors and have their books signed at a reception following the event.

Teachers and students interested in attending the National Book Awards Teen Press Conference must cantact Rebecca Keith at rkeith@nationalbook.org as soon as possible.  Include your name, name of school, telephone number, and number of students attending.

(Funding for the event is made possible through a generous grant from Con Edison.) 

If You Would Like a List of the 2008 Winners

If you are not a registered eNewsletter recipient and would like to receive a list of the 2008 National Book Awards Winners in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People’s Literature, send an email to nationalbook@nationalbook.org and state in the subject line: “Email Winners on November 19.”

The winners will be posted on their homepage and available to Twitter followers.

Exclusive Interviews With the 2008 Finalists Online

A few hours after announcing this year’s short lists for the National Book Awards, the National Book Foundation asked a team of writers to speak with this year’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s Finalists.  The interviews reveal how the authors feel about being a NBA Finalist, offer insight into how and why a nominated book was conceived and written, and thoughts on reading. 

The interviews are posted at www.nationalbook.org.  The Fiction Finalists were interviewed by Bret Anthony Johston, a 2006 “5 Under 35” selection; Nonfiction Finalists by Meehan Crist, a reviews editor at The Believer; Poetry Finalists by Craig Morgan Teicher, winner of the 2007 Colorado Prize for Poetry; and Young People’s Literature Finalists by Rita Williams-Garcia, a young-adult novelist.

Complimentary NBA Promotional Materials Available (While They Last)

Librarians, teachers and booksellers who request them may obtain posters and bookmarks that promote the National Book Award Finalists and their books.  Email Sherrie Young at syoung@nationalbook.org.

source: The National Book Awards Foundation eNewsletter

Tutoring in Columbus OH:   Adrienne Edwards   614-579-6021   or email   aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com

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