National Book Foundation
The National Book Foundation seeks to celebrate the best of American literature. The NBF holds the National Book Awards - past winners include Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, and Rachel Carson.

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Rabih Alameddine

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The National Book Award Finalist reads from The Port Chicago 50, a non-fiction work about the World War II Black Naval officers charged with mutiny for refusing to work in unsafe conditions.

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Maureen N. McLane

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John Corey Whaley

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Jacqueline Woodson

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George Saunders

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Emily St. John Mandel

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Edward O. Wilson

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Claudia Rankine

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The National Book Award finalist reads from her work, Citizen-- a mix of poetry, art and prose-- that examines racism in America, from Trayvon Martin to Serena Williams.

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The gift of books is one that allows us to use our imaginations to create spaces for ourselves where there are none. In 2016, the National Book Foundation took this one step further by announcing an expansion in its BookUp reading clubs specifically for LGBTQ teenagers. 

Through generous book donations and a reading list with LGBTQ authors, the BookUp club foster safe spaces for kids and an avenue to speak candidly about their experiences as they read and explore queer literary landmarks in New York. The goal of the clubs is for kids to see themselves reflected on the pages they read, and in turn, perhaps empower others, in an environment that doesn’t judge them.


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