Sponsored by the National Book Foundation, the National Book Award winners are selected in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature. This annual award began in 1950 when a consortium of book publishing groups sponsored the 1st annual National Book Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The goal was to enhance the public's awareness of exceptional books written by fellow Americans and to increase the popularity of reading in general.
On October 15th, the National Book Award finalists for each category were announced, and the winners will be announced on November 19th. If you would like to find out more about the National Book Awards or if you want to watch the awards ceremony live on November 19th, please go to http://www.nationalbook.org.
Come and check out the National Book Award Finalists display at the Al Harris Library and see if you can predict the winners! The display will be updated with winner information when it becomes available.