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National Book Foundation

2 Programs

The National Book Foundation is an American

nonprot organization established to raise the cultural
appreciation of great writing in America.[1] Established
1989 by National Book Awards, Inc.,[2] the foundation
is the administrator and sponsor of the National Book
Awards, a changing set of literary awards inaugurated
1936 and continuous from 1950. It also organizes and
sponsors public and educational programs.

2.1 Book Up

Book Up is an after school program for middle school

students to foster a lifelong love of reading. The program
is designed in a way meant to show kids how enjoyable
reading can be, and to improve their condence in their
The National Book Foundations Board of Directors reading abilities. Middle School students are chosen as
comprises representatives of American literary institu- studies have shown that this is the age that students are
tions and the book industry. For example, in 2009 the the most likely to stop reading.
Board included the President of the New York Public LiThe Program is typically run by authors with experience
brary, the Chief Merchandising Ocer of Barnes & Noin teaching. Sessions last for at least 24 weeks, over which
ble, the President/Publisher of Grove/Atlantic, Inc., and
students share their reading interests and previous expeothers.[3] In 2016, Lisa Lucas became the Foundations
riences with reading. Since BookUp began, the program
third Executive Director.[4]
has given out more than 30,000 free books to students.
The National Book Foundation states the mission to cel- The program started in 2007 in New York City and has
ebrate the best of American literature, to expand its au- expanded to Hunstville, TX, Detroit, MI, and created
dience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing BookUp LGBTQ for LGBTQ youth.[8]
in America.[1]

2.2 5 Under 35
The 5 Under 35 program was started in 2005 in order
to honor 5 young writers, all under the age of 35. The
winners are all chosen by previous Finalists of the Na1 Awards
tional Book Award. In 2015, the winners were chosen
by previous 5 Under 35 honorees. Each award comes
The original task of the National Book Foundation was to with a cash prize of $1,000.[9] The 5 Under 35 Ceremony
award the National Book Award. The Award was given has been hosted by Questlove, Carrie Brownstein, LeVar
without the foundation from 1950 until it was replaced Burton[10] and others.
with The American Book Awards in 1980, with 16 different categories. In 1987, the National Book Award was
reestablished. The award split into 4 categories in 1996: 2.3 Teen Press Conference
Fiction, Nonction, Poetry, and Young Peoples Literature. The winner in each category is decided by an in- The Teen Press Conference invites middle and high
dependent panel of writers, librarians, booksellers, and school students in New York City to interview the ve
Young Peoples Literature Finalists the day before the
National Book Awards. Students are provided copies of
In addition to four National Book Awards to authors for
the Finalists books. In 2015, the Teen Press Conferparticular books, the Foundation presents two lifetime
ence took place at the 92nd Street Y with host Jacqueline
achievement awards: the Medal for Distinguished ConWoodson, a National Book Award Winner, as well as in
tribution to American Letters and the Literarian Award
Miami as part of the Miami Book Festival.[11]
for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.[6]

2.4 National Book Awards on Campus

The Foundation annually awards the Innovations in Reading Prize ($10,000) to individuals and institutionsor
partnerships between the twothat have developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love
of reading.[7]

National Book Awards on Campus is a program that

brings National Book Award winners and nalists to college campuses. In 2015, for its 11th season, NBA on

Campus took place at Sam Houston State University,

Concordia College, Amherst College, and Rollins College.[12]


[13] Eat, Drink & Be Literary 2016. BAM.org. Retrieved




Eat, Drink & Be Literary

Eat, Drink & Be Literary is the National Book Foundations partnership with BAM[13] to create an intimate
evening of food and literary conversation.

National Book Foundation: Presenter of the

National Book Awards. This home page retrieved 2014-12-06 carries the internal title
2014 National Book Award Winners.

See also
National Book Award
Innovations in Reading Prize

National Book Foundation. nationalbook.org.


[1] National Book Foundation: History of the National Book

[2] Edwin McDowell. Book Notes: 'The Joy Luck Club' is to
be in paperback ... The National Book Awards new foundation. The New York Times, July 5, 1989, page C19.
[3] National Book Foundation: Board of Directors.
[4] Williams, John. Lisa Lucas Named Executive Director
of National Book Foundation. ArtsBeat. Retrieved 201605-17.
[5] Lynn Neary. National Book Awards Look to Raise Prole. NPR books. September 16, 2013. National Public
Radio. Retrieved 2014-12-06.
[6] James Patterson Honored At National Book Awards.
Michael Cavacini. 2015-11-19. Retrieved 2016-05-17.
[7] Baker, Jennifer. National Book Foundation Celebrates
Innovators Of Reading Encouraging Philanthropy For
More Literacy. Forbes. Retrieved 2016-05-17.
[8] BookUp LGBTQ Launches at the Hetrick-Martin Institute. Lambda Literary. 2016-01-30. Retrieved 201605-17.
[9] Here Are The 2015 National Book Foundation 5 Under
35 Honorees. BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2016-05-17.
[10] The National Book Foundation Reveals Its 5 Under 35
Honorees. Flavorwire. 2015-09-30. Retrieved 2016-0517.
[11] Upcoming Events National Book Foundation presents
the Teen Press Conference Miami Book Fair. miamibookfair.com. Retrieved 2016-05-17.
[12] NBA on Campus, 2016 - National Book Foundation,
Presenter of National Book Awards. www.nationalbook.
org. Retrieved 2016-05-17.

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