National Book Awards on Campus was originally conceived by the National Book Foundation and Concordia College seven years ago to bring authors whose work was recently honored as a National Book Award Finalist or Winner to college audiences. Authors who have participated in the program at Concordia in the past are Jaimy Gordon, the 2010 Fiction Winner for Lord of Misrule; Colum McCann, the 2009 Fiction Winner for Let the Great World Spin; Annette Gordon-Reed, the 2008 Nonfiction Winner for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family; and Jim Shepard, a 2007 Fiction Finalist for Like You'd Understand, Anyway. For more information about the National Book Awards on Campus program, visit http://www.nationalbook.org/
For more information about this year’s National Book Awards on Campus event at Concordia College, contact Sandra Paulson at Paulson@cord.edu, or visit www.cord.edu/
Nikky Finney is professor of creative writing at the University of Kentucky and the author of three previous volumes of poetry, The World Is Round (winner of the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award for Poetry), Rice (winner of a PEN America Open Book Award in 1995), and On Wings Made of Gauze (1985). Recipient of the Kentucky Foundation for Women Artists Fellowship Award, Finney is also the author of Heartwood, a collection of stories, and edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South.
Thanhha Lai was born in Vietnam and moved to Alabama in 1975. She lives in New York City with her family and teaches writing at Parsons School of Design. Inside Out & Back is her first book.
About the National Book Awards
One of the nation’s most prestigious literary prizes, the National Book Award 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, Jonathan Franzen, Denis Johnson, Maxine Hong Kingston, Joyce Carol Oates, and Adrienne Rich.
The 63rd National Book Awards will take place on November 14, 2012 in New York City.
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The Mission of the National Book Foundation 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, the Foundation’s programs include
5 Under 35, a celebration of young fiction writers selected by former National Book Award Finalists and Winners; the National Book Awards Teen Press Conference, an opportunity for students across the U.S. to interview the current National Book Award Finalists in Young People’s Literature; 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, an after-school reading club for middle- and high-school students, which is run in New York City and Bryan, Texas.