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Drew Barrymore is set to host the 74th annual National Book Awards in New York City.

  • 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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Drew Barrymore is pictured at the 24th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on March 19, 2023 in Washington. Barrymore will host the National Book Awards on November 15, 2023. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolfe, File)

“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.

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