NBF Presents: An Afternoon with the National Book Awards

Sun. March 22, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Sponsored by: National Book Foundation


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The National Book Foundation celebrates 2019 National Book Award honorees and their work across genres to close the 2020 Virginia Festival of the Book. Laurie Halse Anderson (SHOUT, Longlist, Young People’s Literature), Kali Fajardo-Anstine (Sabrina & Corina, Finalist, Fiction), Ilya Kaminsky (Deaf Republic, Finalist, Poetry), and Brian Teare (Doomstead Days, Longlist, Poetry) discuss why books and recognition matter. Moderated by Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Laurie Halse Anderson has had to cancel her participation in the Festival.

Why should you attend?

“In the eleven stories of Sabrina & Corina, Fajardo-Anstine writes a love letter to the Chicanas of her homeland—women as unbreakable as the mountains that run through Colorado and as resilient as the arid deserts that surround it. . . . In her fierce, bold stories, these women—and she—are seen, and heard, and made known; the collection is both a product of pain and a celebration of survival. . . . Like the woman on Sabrina & Corina’s cover, the hearts of these characters are exposed but intact. Fajardo-Anstine’s heart is there on the page, too, beating with the blood of her ancestors.”Bustle

“A captivating, powerful read about clawing your way out of trauma, reclaiming your body,and undoing lifetimes of lessons in order to use your voice as the weapon it is. Fervent and deafening.” —Booklist, starred review

“Described as a ‘parable in poems,’ Kaminsky’s soulful new collection opens on an act of horrific violence before meditating on silence and deafness in times of political unrest. The language is exquisite; the ethical questions Kaminsky poses are provocative.”Entertainment Weekly

“The poems feel solitary but intimate: Teare’s voices let us weigh the insoluble questions of how to live as an ethical being in the face of violence and environmental collapse.”―Tess Taylor, The New York Times


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