For a third year, the National Book Foundation returns to Huntsville in the springtime with the National Book Awards Festival. This budding literary occasion brings recent National Book Award Finalists to town for three days of events. It’s an outreach program that exists to promote reading and American literature on the SHSU campus, in the community, and in the public schools, with the goal of bringing books (and the worlds contained within them) to people who might not otherwise have access to them.
The 2016 guests will be Fiction Finalist Angela Flournoy, Finalist in Young People’s Literature Noelle Stevenson, and Poetry Finalist Ada Limòn. The main event on Friday, March 18th, will be held in the Concert Hall of the Gaertner Center for Performing Arts with Steph Optiz, former literary director of the Texas Book Festival and fiction co-chair of the Brooklyn Book Festival in New York, serving as the moderator for the onstage interviews.
There will be other opportunities to meet and interact with the authors and learn more about their books and the National Book Foundation during this free festival, including activities at the Huntsville Public Library and the Wynne Home.