Every so often, you get a title that hasn't been published.
Oprah Winfrey and The National Book Foundation share an unwavering commitment to foster a love of books and reading among the widest possible audience -- particularly young people.
We wanted to do something to respond to or acknowledge the tragedy. We don't just hand out awards.
He's very precise and a highly professional and serious person to work with. He knows exactly what he wants to say.
Our revenues are down about 20 percent from prior years.
His name has been on the list for a couple of years now. He's America's greatest living playwright and one of the playwrights of modern times.
It's actually from the Sermon on the Mount, and then it was picked up by John Winthrop, who was the leader of the Puritan Great Migration in 1630, and gave a sermon in which he says 'we shall be as a city on the hill, and the eyes of all nations will be upon us.' And it inspired me to look back at people who have been relegated to the second rank of historical players, but who I felt were important in terms of the ideals they introduced to our culture.
And when he received the Nobel Prize he accepted it on behalf of the American people because he said that he would not accept this prize for himself. He said, the American people are very generous people and I'm taking this back to them as a country.
Our creation of a 50th Anniversary Gold Medal to honor Ms. Winfrey is an expression of gratitude -- not only on the part of our Foundation -- but also on behalf of the publishing community and the millions of readers whose lives have been enriched by her enthusiasm for books.
The fact of the matter is this is the 52nd National Book Awards, and when something has been going on for half a century, you have to think about the fact that you're responsible for that and you just can't let it drop even though these are horrendous circumstances.