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National Book Award Finalists To Be Announced On NPR's 'Morning Edition'

2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTS TO BE REVEALED EXCLUSIVELY ON NPR's 'MORNING EDITION'

Mitchell Kaplan, a recipient of the National Book Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award, will make a guest appearance to discuss the honored books on October 15, 2014

New York, NY (August 26, 2014) – Mitchell Kaplan, a recipient of the National Book Foundation's 2011 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community and cofounder of Miami Book Fair International, will be a guest of NPR's Morning Edition on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. In an interview beginning at 8:40 a.m. E.D.T, he will announce the five Finalists in each National Book Award category: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature.

"We are thrilled to be working with NPR's Morning Edition and Mitchell Kaplan, one of America's foremost booksellers," said Harold Augenbraum, the National Book Foundation's Executive Director. "NPR has the country's best on-air audience for books and Mitchell is chair of one of the nation's best book festivals."

This is the first time that the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, will announce the Finalists on a national radio show. The winning books will be announced on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at a gala benefit in New York City. Winners will receive $10,000 each; Finalists will receive $1,000 each.

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that NPR listeners are bookworms—our book reviews and author conversations are extremely popular on air, online and in the social space. On behalf of NPR and our listeners, we are proud to collaborate with the National Book Foundation," said Madhulika Sikka, executive editor of NPR News.

About the National Book Awards
The National Book Awards is one of the nation's most prestigious literary prizes and 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, Nikky Finney, Denis Johnson, James McBride, Joyce Carol Oates, and Adrienne Rich.

About NPR's Morning Edition
Morning Edition, the two-hour newsmagazine airing weekdays and hosted by Steve Inskeep and David Greene in Washington, D.C., and Renee Montagne from NPR West in Culver City, Calif., is public radio's most listened-to program with more than 13 million weekly listeners. For local stations and broadcast times, visit http://www.npr.org/about-npr/187046089/ways-to-listen-to-npr.

About Mitchell Kaplan
Born in Miami, Florida, Mitchell Kaplan is best known for his role in the creation of the Miami International Book Fair, the largest community book festival in the United States and a model for book fairs across the country.

The Fair brings over 500 renowned national and international authors, along with over 300 exhibitors to a week-long celebration of all things literary and includes pavilions for translation, comics, children, and young adults.

Kaplan began his working life as a high school English teacher. Two years after opening the independent bookstore, Books & Books, now in its 33rd year, Kaplan teamed with Eduardo Padron, the President of Miami Dade College, where the Fair takes place, to help put on a book fair, originally called "Books by the Bay."

In addition to overseeing five bookstores, including one located in Grand Cayman, Kaplan serves as the Chair of the Miami Book Fair Board of Directors and is on the steering committee of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, Miami-Dade College's literary center. He has served as President of the American Booksellers Association, and is currently on the Board of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. He has three children, and lives with his wife, Rachelle, in Miami, Florida.

About The National Book Foundation
The National Book Foundation's mission 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, for which it is best known, the Foundation's programs include 5 Under 35, a celebration of emerging fiction writers selected by former National Book Award Finalists and Winners; the National Book Awards Teen Press Conference, an opportunity for New York City students to interview the current National Book Award Finalists in Young People's Literature; NBA on Campus, a partnership that brings current National Book Award authors to Concordia College in Moorhead, MN; 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, a writer-led, after-school reading club for middle-school students, run in New York City and Bryan, Texas.

About NPR
NPR is the leading provider of noncommercial news and entertainment programming in the U.S. More than 27 million people listen to NPR programs each week via 800+ independent radio stations throughout the country. In partnership with Member Stations, NPR strives to create a more informed public_ one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas, and cultures. As a digital innovator and a leader in the public media community, NPR assures that the unique mission of nonprofit public media is not only preserved, but grows.

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