7900 High School Rd, Elkins Park, PA

DATE: Wednesday, November 15
TIME:  8PM – 10PM
LOCATION: Open Book Bookstore


Join us as we stream the National Book Awards ceremony live from New York City! This black tie event is book publishing’s equivalent of the Oscars, and you’ll see celebratory celebrity authors dressed in their finest wining, dining, and rejoicing over literary accomplishments!

Cynthia Nixon. Photo credit: Maarten De Boer

The night’s emcee is actress Cynthia Nixon. President Bill Clinton will be on hand to present a lifetime achievement award to Scholastic Chairman, President and CEO Dick Robinson. Actress Anne Hathaway will present another Lifetime Achievement to Annie Proulx, whose short story became the hit film “Brokeback Mountain.”

We have special reason to celebrate because two local authors are up for awards. Carmen Maria Machado is a finalist for her story collection Her Body and Other Parties, and Erica Armstrong Dunbar is a non-fiction finalist for Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge.

Erica Armstrong Dunbar

And by the way, you can meet Erica Armstrong Dunbar in person at our store at her reading on December 13th. DETAILS HERE. Carmen Maria Machado will also be visiting the store for an author event and an interview by novelist Stephanie Feldman (date to be announced).

Come on by and brighten your Wednesday evening on November 15th for our National Book Awards “sip and view” party! Refreshments will be served. Attendance is free; all are welcome! RSVP and for details contact lynn@openbookphilly.com

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