The National Book Foundation announced the line-up of events for its inaugural NBF Presents program, which tours authors who have won, or been shortlisted for, National Book Awards to book fairs, libraries and colleges across the country. The program is supported by a three-year, $900,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and other donors.
This first NBF Presents program will reach a dozen events, starting with the Decatur Book Festival, where Daniel Borzutzky, Jason Reynolds, and Nancy MacLean will participate on a panel discussion about democracy and literature.
“We are ecstatic to work with the National Book Foundation this year,” said Julie Wilson, executive director of the AJC Decatur Book Festival in a statement. “The NBF Presents program highlights critical conversations about literature and our culture, which resonate so well with our attendees. We look forward to working together on more events in the future.”
The second event on the NBF Presents roster is the Brooklyn Book Festival on September 16, where authors Masha Gessen, Min Jin Lee, Shane McCrae, and Erika L. Sánchez will take part. Other venues where NBF Presents will send authors include the Miami Book Fair, the Wisconsin Book Festival, the Los Angeles Public Library and North Carolina AT State University.
A second series of tours will take place next year.