Friday, December 18, 2009

"It's a major award!"

So, I opened up my email in box this freezing ass morning and what should I see but this:

For individuals, institutions and collaborative programs using innovative approaches to successfully inspire Americans to become lifelong readers.

Click here to access an application for
the Innovations in Reading Prize.
Application can be saved to desktop
and is editable within Acrobat Reader.

The application details:
Who is Eligible ~ What the Prize Consists Of
The Nomination Process ~ Evaluation Information

Each year, the National Book Foundation will award a number of prizes of up to $2,500 each to individuals and institutions--or partnerships between the two--that have developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading.

In presenting the National Book Awards and its other literary and educational programs, the Foundation’s goal is to expand the audience for the best of American literature. Through the Innovations in Reading Prizes, those individuals and organizations that use particularly innovative methods to generate excitement and a passionate engagement with books and literature will be rewarded for their creativity and leadership.

Postmark deadline for all materials is February 17, 2010.

Um, hello? How about someone nominate Survival of the Book? Strike a blow for a totally independent, completely non-professional, profoundly compelling website about "a passionate engagement with books and literature." We will, of course, remember to thank you in our acceptance speech.

Ok, for real, this seems like a fine opportunity for the reading community-as opposed to the backward publishing community-to make its voice heard. Is there someone you know or an organization you're familiar with which helps to foster the love of reading? Why not try and reward them? The NBF is looking for:

"...applications from individuals and institutions that demonstrate a commitment to literature and the promotion of reading for its own sake. Important criteria are creativity, risk-taking, and a visionary quality (honestly, I don't know how we haven't won this thing before - Eds.), as well as a novel way of presenting books and literature. We are less interested in programs where the focus is on basic literacy and the pedagogy of reading (whatever that is - Eds.).

The award is worth $2500 and could go a long way for a struggling yet innovative person or group who are already doing this kind of work. Take a moment and see if there is anyone in your community who deserves to be nominated.

You can find all the details at the National Book Foundation's website. Or, if you'd like to just get to it, the application can be found here.

Really, though, who loves books more than the two of us? I've freakin' eaten a book just to try it for goodness sake. Just sayin'.

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