The National Book Awards will happen in person this year.
The annual literary prizes, which were held virtually in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, will take place at Cipriani Wall Street, with some virtual elements included, the National Book Foundation announced in a news release.
“After carefully considering the options for this year’s National Book Awards and closely monitoring best health and safety practices associated with Covid-19, the Board and staff of the National Book Foundation plans to host an in-person Ceremony and Benefit Dinner, while taking steps intended to protect the health and safety of every attendee,” said David Steinberger, the chair of the foundation’s board of directors.
Guests will be required to show proof of full vaccination to attend the event. The foundation also said that the ceremony could potentially change back into a virtual event if health measures in New York change in the coming months.
Ruth Dickey, the foundation’s executive director, said she was “grateful” for the chance for the literary community to gather together.
“Through the tremendous efforts of this year’s judging panels, we look forward to championing extraordinary writers and their work this fall,” she said. “Books have always been a source of solace and joy, education and inspiration, and we cannot wait to celebrate with the book community and readers everywhere.”
The National Book Awards ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 17.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.