Industry Notes: National Book Award Live Stream Wednesday

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Want to be among the first to know who’s won this year’s National Book Awards? Tune into the award ceremony livestream on Wednesday evening (November 15), broadcast from New York City.

On the top row are 2017 finalists for the National Book Award in poetry. On the lower row, in young people’s literature

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

National Book Foundation Events

As in past years, you can watch the National Book Awards invitational ceremony in a Facebook Live stream on Wednesday (November 15) from Cipriani on Wall Street in New York City.

The stream can be found on Facebook here and you can set a reminder there now if you like. The event, beginning at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday ET (00:20 Thursday GMT), normally has opening comments, then a break while ceremony guests have dinner, and then returns for the actual awards.

Winners of the 2017 honors in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and YA literature will be announced in the program hosted this year by Cynthia Nixon.

In addition, two lifetime achievement awards will be presented: the Literarian Award for Outstanding Contribution to the American Literary Community will be presented to Richard Robinson of Scholastic, and the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters will be presented to Annie Proulx.

After New York: Miami Book Fair

At the end of the week, 27 authors involved in this year’s National Book Awards programming will fly to South Florida for the Miami Book Fair. They’ll participate in panels and other events during the fair, which runs November 17 and 18 at Miami Dade College.

This is the fourth year in which the Miami and National Book Foundation programs have worked together on having the authors involved in the program at the fair in Dade County.

Panels in Miami include a “Teen Press Conference” events with the National Book Award finalists in YA literature; a session with all 27 writers moderated by National Book Foundation executive director Lisa Lucas; and a panel dedicated to each of the four categories in which the awards are conferred.

More about the Miami Book Fair component of the program is here.

On Monday (November 13), the foundation honored its “Five Under 35” writers:

  • Lesley Nneka Arimah, author of What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky
  • Halle Butler, author of Jillian
  •  Zinzi Clemmons, author of What We Lose
  • Leopoldine Core, author of When Watched
  • Weike Wang, author of Chemistry

This week’s National Book Award activities also features a reading by the 20 finalists in the program’s four categories tonight (November 14) at an event emceed by Isaac Fitzgerald and Saeed Jones, hosts of BuzzFeed News’ morning show, AM2DM. 

The reading will be preceded by a private medal ceremony during which the finalists are given medals and the judges’ citations on their work. The reading afterward is open to the public at New York City’s New School, but is sold out at this writing.

On the top row are the five finalists for the 2017 National Book Award in fiction. On the lower row, finalists in nonfiction.

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Porter Anderson is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. Prior to that he was Associate Editor for The FutureBook, a channel at The Bookseller focused on digital publishing. Anderson has also worked with CNN International, CNN.com, CNN USA, the Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and other media.

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