National Book Awards 2016

UPDATE: The 2016 National Book Award Winners are:

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad

Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Daniel Borzutzky’s The Performance of Becoming Human

John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell’s March: Book Three


Arlie Russell Hochschild

The National Book Awards, set for November 16th, has named the 20 authors who earned a spot on their 2016 shortlist. Among them, 2002 MacArthur Fellow Colson Whitehead, former Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Mellon Fellow Arlie Russell Hochschild, and Jacqueline Woodson whose book Brown Girl Dreaming earned the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

Chris Bachelder’s The Throwback Special
Paulette Jiles’ News of the World
Karan Mahajan’s The Association of Small Bombs
Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad
Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn

Arlie Russell Hochschild’s Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War
Andrés Reséndez’s The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America
Heather Ann Thompson’s Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

Daniel Borzutzky’s The Performance of Becoming Human
Rita Dove’s Collected Poems 1974 – 2004
Peter Gizzi’s Archeophonics
Jay Hopler’s The Abridged History of Rainfall
Solmaz Sharif’s Look

Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell’s March: Book Three
Grace Lin’s When the Sea Turned to Silver
Jason Reynolds’ Ghost
Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also a Star


"Eat, Drink, & Be Literary" with Junot Diaz

MacArthur Genius Grant Recipient Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz

The roster for the 2013 season of “Eat, Drink & Be Literary” looks amazing! Presented by BAM and the National Book Awards, aspiring writers and literary fans will have the chance to socialize with and learn from a host of literary stars including Pulitzer Prize winner and recent MacArthur Genius Award recipient Junot Diaz, Jamaica Kincaid, and Colson Whitehead. Starting in January and running through June at BAMcafé, tix are $55 which includes admission to the reading, dinner, wine, tax, and tip. If you buy tickets for five or more “Eat, Drink & Be Literary” events, you’re eligible to save 20%.

Tickets go on sale December 10 to Friends of BAM and December 17 to the general public. Tickets can be purchased by calling BAM Ticket Services at 718.636.4100 or by visiting Tickets can also be purchased in person at the BAM Box Office (Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue from 10a-6p Monday—-Friday; 12-—6p on Saturday; and 12-—4p on Sundays.

Save the Date(s)!

The featured authors and moderators are:
January 23
Martin Amis, Author

Deborah Treisman, Moderator

February 6
Colson Whitehead, Author

Deborah Treisman, Moderator

February 27
Nell Freudenberger, Author

Phillip Lopate, Moderator

March 6
Jamaica Kincaid, Author

Phillip Lopate, Moderator

April 3
Junot Díaz, Author

Deborah Treisman, Moderator

May 8
Alison Bechdel, Author

Phillip Lopate, Moderator

May 29
Richard Russo, Author

Harold Augenbraum, Moderator

June 5
Keith Gessen and Masha Gessen, Authors

Phillip Lopate, Moderator