National Book Awards Archive

Round–Up: National Book Awards, Writers on Thanksgiving, and the New York Public Library

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From the 2017 National Book Awards to the Thanksgiving traditions of nine writers, we've collected the latest literary news.

Round–Up: Nobel Prize in Literature, Sasquatch Books, and National Book Awards

From the Nobel Prize in Literature to Sasquatch Books, we've collected the latest literary news.

Numbers & Golden Ages: A Closer Look at the National Book Award for Poetry

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Last week, the National Book Foundation announced nominees for its annual awards in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. If we are, in the words of poet Kaveh Akbar, living in a “golden age of poetry,” what can a closer look at this year’s contenders tell us about

Round-Up: The National Book Awards, Charlie Bucket, and The Handmaid’s Tale

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From the National Book Awards’ longlist to the Emmys, we've rounded up the latest in literary news.

Past the City Limit Sign: The Role of Rural in 2016 Books

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What kinds of stories will emerge that focus on rural or city settings during a Trump presidency? Will the typical themes continue to be cemented or will variations become the norm?

Round-Up: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD on Broadway, National Book Foundation Announcement, and a New Harry Potter Book

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From the latest developments in literary theater to a new Executive Director for The National Book Foundation, find out what’s happening in the literary world: The New York Times reported last week that Harper Lee’s famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird will be adapted for Broadway. Scott Rudin, producer

Deliberate Accidents of Discovery: The Trouble With Finding New Latina/o Writers

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In an exercise of radical honesty I’ll share this with you: I almost always find great new Latina/o writing by accident. I think part of this is my pell-mell strategy of finding new books (at literary events, on coffee tables, etc.) though part of it can be attributed to

Round-Down: The High Sales vs. High Quality Debate

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One of my truly terrible habits is a reflexive desire to pour salt on a wound. Tell me your troubles, and I’m likely to say, “Oh, this is so much worse than you think.” For example, many editors and agents have said to me over the years, “I loved

Blurbese: “best”

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Santa’s not the only one who makes lists in December: come the end of the year, anyone who’s ever expressed a passing literary opinion has their own rundown of the year’s best books. But book reviewers rarely use these lists as an opportunity to promote the year’s objectively “best”