National Book Foundation
The National Book Foundation, founded in 1989, is an American nonprofit literary organization established "to raise the cultural appreciation of great writing in America." It achieves this through sponsoring the National Book Award
National Book Award
The National Book Awards are a set of American literary awards. Started in 1950, the Awards are presented annually to American authors for literature published in the current year. In 1989 the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization which now oversees and manages the National Book...

, as well as the medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the Literarian Award, and by organizing and sponsoring public and educational programs.

The National Book Foundation's Board of Trustees is composed of representatives from American literary institutions. For example, in 2009 the Board included the President of the New York Public Library
New York Public Library
The New York Public Library is the largest public library in North America and is one of the United States' most significant research libraries...

, the Chief Merchandising Officer of Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. is the largest book retailer in the United States, operating mainly through its Barnes & Noble Booksellers chain of bookstores headquartered at 122 Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District in Manhattan in New York City. Barnes & Noble also operated the chain of small B. Dalton...

, the President/Publisher of Grove/Atlantic, Inc., and others.

In addition to the National Book Awards, the National Book Foundation also presents the annual Innovations in Reading Prize to individuals and institutions—or partnerships between the two—that have developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading.

The National Book Foundation's after-school program, BookUpNYC, uses innovative approaches to encourage young people to read for pleasure.
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