National Book Foundation, Inc.

To honor exceptional books with scientific or technological themes or characters from diverse authors and to support public programming with the winning authors

  • Amount $525,387
  • City New York, NY
  • Investigator Jordan Smith
  • Year 2021
  • Program Public Understanding
  • Sub-program Books

The National Book Foundation (NBF), which has for 70 years bestowed the prestigious National Book Awards, is launching a new “Science + Literature” program that aims to identify and honor outstanding books that deepen readers’ understanding of science and technology, that celebrates and contributes to the diversity of voices in scientific writing, and that uses literature as a catalyst to create discourse and understanding through public programming. Each year, a diverse, independent five-person selection committee of well-known authors, scientists, and thinkers will select three outstanding books with scientific or technological themes or characters, published in the last three years. Winning authors will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and be celebrated at an annual awards event. NBF will also host three public events per year, or one per winning author.

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