Press Release: National Book Foundation Announces Second of Four Longlists
Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of Brenda Is in the Room and Other Poems, which earned the 2007 Colorado Prize for Poetry. He is also the author of a collection of short stories and fables, Cradle Book, and To Keep Love Blurry: Poems. He is Poetry Reviews Editor of Publishers Weekly and lives in Brooklyn.www.craigmorganteicher.com
The Longlists for the Nonfiction and Fiction categories will be revealed exclusively at thedailybeast.com at 9:00 a.m. (EDT) as follows: Nonfiction on September 18, and finally, the Longlist for Fiction on September 19.
The National Book Award Finalists will be announced on October 16, and the Winners at the invitation-only National Book Awards Ceremony and Gala on November 20 in New York City.
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The National Book Foundation's mission is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America. In addition to the National Book Awards, for which it is best known, the Foundation's programs include 5 Under 35, a celebration of emerging fiction writers selected by former National Book Award Finalists and Winners; the National Book Awards Teen Press Conference, an opportunity for New York City students to interview the current National Book Award Finalists in Young People's Literature; NBA on Campus, a partnership that brings current National Book Award authors to Concordia College in Moorhead, MN; the Innovations in Reading Prize, awarded to individuals and institutions that have developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading; and BookUp, a writer-led, after-school reading club for middle- and high-school students, run in New York City and Texas.
The National Book Award is one of the nation's most prestigious literary prizes and has a stellar record of identifying and rewarding quality writing. In 1950, William Carlos Williams was the first Winner in Poetry, the following year William Faulkner was honored in Fiction, and so on through the years. Many previous Winners of a National Book Award are now firmly established in the canon of American literature, such as Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich, Jonathan Franzen, Denis Johnson, Joyce Carol Oates, and Adrienne Rich.
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