(Pictured: Cipriani Wall Street, location of 2017 National Book Awards Ceremony.)
NOTE: We requested an interview with National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas about their upcoming awards, but never received a response. Here are several questions we would’ve asked:
1.) Does New York City exercise too much dominance over American literature?
2.) Would you say the National Book Foundation is a promotional arm of Big Five publishing? Are New York publishers the foundation’s chief support?
3.) Is it a mistake for all ten of your 2017 Non-Fiction nominees to be slanted politically one way? Should a tax-exempt arts organization be open to a variety of viewpoints?
4.) We note the National Book Foundation is sponsoring a reading program in Pakistan. Is this done for political reasons?
5.) How does one attend the awards Benefit Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street on November 15th? How much are tickets? Is the event not open to the public?