An AUDIO Interview with Harold Augenbraum
St. Petersburg, FL (WSN, Authorlink News, November 17, 2008)–Alfred Nobel might be spinning unrestrained from his grave over Harold Augenbraum's retort to Swedish judges who shun American literature. Providing the Swedish panel with a remedy for years of rejection, Harold Augenbraum, the new executive director of the National Book Foundation (NBF), offers to send Nobel Prize committee members a letter of enlightenment and a long reading list of American authors books.
On Sunday, November 16, Augenbraum discussed his vision for the NBF and Americas National Book Awards (US literatures Holy Grail) on the WordSmitten "About the Books" Internet program. The discussion was broadcast Sunday, November 16 on WordSmitten, leading up to the 59th National Book Awards held November 19 in New York City.
With a pithy comment to Swedish committee members responsible for the venerable award known as The Nobel Prize in Literature, Harold Augenbraum announced he was mad and was not going to take it anymore. Here, the feisty leader of American literati discussed fresh ideas he brings to the National Book Foundation.
This week kicks off a celebration of literature, authors, avid readers, and book enthusiasts sponsored annually by the NBF. Finalists are listed below, and winners are listed in a follow up story.
Recently named as Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, Augenbraum had been a distinguished director of The Mercantile Library since 1990 and succeeded Neil Baldwin at the NBF.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the New York Council for the Humanities. The recipient of many significant grants and awards, Augenbraum has directed such literary projects as "Bard of the People: John Steinbeck and His World" for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Finalists for the 2008 National Book Awards include (for fiction, non-fiction, and poetry categories):
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