- The 74th annual National Book Awards are scheduled for November 15, 2023 in Manhattan.
- The National Book Foundation announced on July 25, 2023 that Golden Globe winner Drew Barrymore would host the ceremony.
- Former National Book Award winner Oprah Winfrey will also be a guest speaker at the event.
Drew Barrymore, whose accolades include a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award, will host another literary event this fall.
Barrymore will host the 74th annual National Book Awards, the National Book Foundation announced Tuesday. And Oprah Winfrey, a past winner of an honorary National Book Award, will be the guest speaker.
Both Barrymore and Winfrey have a long history of promoting and reading books. Winfrey’s book club picks have helped dozens of works become bestsellers, while Barrymore has praised books by Tina Fey and David Sedaris.
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“Throughout their careers, Drew Barrymore and Oprah Winfrey have each demonstrated their enduring belief that books have the power to change readers’ lives — by opening doors, sparking conversations, and building community,” David Steinberger, chairman of the National Book Foundation’s board of directors, said in a statement. “This belief echoes the National Book Foundation’s mission to ensure that books have a prominent place in our culture.”
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The awards ceremony is scheduled for November 15 in Manhattan, with competitive prizes awarded in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, literature in translation and young adults’ literature. Barrymore is not the first celebrity host of the National Book Awards, the unofficial “Oscars” of the publishing world. Steve Martin hosted a handful of times in the late 1990s and early 2000s.