Eighth Annual National Book Awards
Mar 18, 2013FOR MORE INFORMATION:
DAWN RUDE, administrative assistant, Academic Affairs
AMY KELLY, Media Relations director
CONCORDIA PRESENTS EIGHTH ANNUAL NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS
Concordia College will present the eighth annual National Book Awards at Concordia March 21. The 2012 National Book Award winner for fiction, Louise Erdrich, and Domingo Martinez, a National Book Award finalist for nonfiction, will be on campus for the featured Readings and Conversation hosted by NPR’s Neal Conan. Harold Augenbraum, executive director of the National Book Foundation, will also take part. The event will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the Centrum, Knutson Campus Center with a book signing to follow. The public is invited to this free event.
Erdrich won the fiction award for “The Round House.” She has written 14 novels as well as volumes of poetry, short stories, children’s books and a memoir of early motherhood. She won the National Book Critics Circle Award for “Love Medicine,” was previously a finalist for the National Book Award, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Martinez was a finalist for his memoir “The Boy Kings of Texas.” His work has appeared in Epiphany, and he has contributed to The New Republic. He has read pieces from the book on NPR’s “This American Life” and an excerpt was also nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize.
Neal Conan is the award-winning host of "Talk of the Nation," the national news-talk call-in show from NPR News. Conan brings three decades of news and radio experience to the show, which reaches 3.4 million listeners a week on more than 300 NPR member stations.