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Saturday, October 13 • 4:45pm - 5:45pm
National Book Foundation Presents: Why Do Awards Matter?

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What does the diversification of award-winners in the United States and beyond this mean for the literary landscape and for writers themselves? How far have we come, how far do we have left to go, and how will this change writing and reading in the future? Featured in this conversation will be 2017 National Book Award–honored authors Danez Smith (Poetry Finalist, Don't Call Us Dead), Carmen Maria Machado (Fiction Finalist, Her Body and Other Parties), and 2017 5 Under 35 honoree Lesley Nneka Arimah (What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky) as they discuss their work, achievements, and what awards and accolades mean for authors and readers. Moderated by Shuchi Saraswat, curator of the Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith, an events series focused on migration, exile and displacement and works in translation. Sponsored by the National Book Foundation.

Moderators
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Shuchi Saraswat

Shuchi Saraswat's photographs and prose have appeared in Ecotone, Tin House online, Women’s Review of Books, and Quick Fiction. Her essay "The Journey Home" received a special mention in Pushcart XLII 2018 and will be anthologized in Trespass: Ecotone Essayists Beyond the Boundaries... Read More →

Presenters
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Lesley Nneka Arimah

Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in the UK and grew up in Nigeria and the United States. Her work has received grants and awards from Commonwealth Writers, the Elizabeth George Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, Breadloaf, and others. She was selected for the National Book Foundation’s... Read More →
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Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado's debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize, the LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the World Fantasy Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham... Read More →
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Danez Smith

Danez Smith is a Black, Queer, Poz writer and performer from St. Paul, Minnesota. Smith is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead, winner of the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award and a finalist for the National Book Award, and [insert] boy, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Old South Mary Norton 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, USA

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