National Book Awards Finalists Reading


Sponsored by the National Book Foundation and  
The New School’s Creative Writing Program

On the eve of the 2017 National Book Awards Ceremony, The New School hosts a reading with the Finalists in the categories of Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young People’s Literature. 

Hosted by BuzzFeed’s Isaac Fitzgerald and Saeed Jones. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM  

The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011 

Tickets are $10.00 

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Books will be available for purchase.


Co-host of BuzzFeed News morning show AM to DM, Isaac Fitzgerald is an award-winning author and founding editor of BuzzFeed Books. He has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and was once given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. A Boston native, he is a graduate of George Washington University and briefly worked in politics before joining the literary scene. He previously worked at The Rumpus and McSweeney’s and frequently appears on The Today Show to talk books. Co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Themand Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes) (winner of an IACP award), he is currently writing his forthcoming 2018 Young Adult novel and picture book from Bloomsbury. Find him on Twitter.

Co-host of BuzzFeed News morning show AM to DM, award-winning writer Saeed Jones most recently served as executive editor, culture at BuzzFeed. Jones’ debut poetry collection Prelude To Bruise (Coffee House Press) was the 2015 winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award For Poetry and the Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award, and a finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award and the Lambda Literary and the Publishing Triangle awards. Jones won a Pushcart Prize for poetry in 2013 and 2016. His poetry and essays have appeared in The New York Times, NPR and Best American Poetry, among others. A Memphis native, he grew up in Lewisville, Texas, attended Western Kentucky University for undergrad and earned his MFA at Rutgers University. The Advocate Magazine recently named him as one of the “50 Most Influential LGBT People in Media.” His memoir, How We Fight For Our Lives, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in 2018. Find him on Twitter.

The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall • 66 West 12th Street  • New York, NY 10011