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#BooksThatHooked: Authors Share Which Books Inspired Them To Write

New York, NY (October 27, 2015) – On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, authors on Twitter will share about the books that inspired them to become writers using the hashtag #BooksThatHooked. The National Book Foundation, partnering with YA literature site TeenReads.com, has asked authors such as Daniel José Older, Deborah Wiles, and Rita Williams-Garcia to participate in this exciting conversation. 

“We know that so many teens want to be authors one day,” says Shara Zaval, Teenreads.com/Kidsreads.com Editorial Manager. “This is a great way to call attention to the fact that reading — something that Teenreads.com and NBF greatly believe in — is an essential part of becoming a great writer. “

According to Sherrie Young, NBF’s Director of Marketing and Special Projects at NBF, “The Twitter takeover will highlight unfamiliar books that young readers and the next generation of writers may not have considered reading.” 

Readers and aspiring writers can follow along on Twitter on October 28 starting at 12:00PM EDT, when authors will begin tweeting their #BooksThatHooked. 

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The National Book Foundation’s mission is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America. In addition to the National Book Awards, for which it is best known, the Foundation’s programs include 5 Under 35, a celebration of emerging fiction writers selected by former National Book Award Finalists and Winners; the National Book Awards Teen Press Conference, an opportunity for New York City students to interview the current National Book Award Finalists in Young People’s Literature; NBA on Campus, a partnership that brings current National Book Award authors to Concordia College in Moorhead, MN; the Innovations in Reading Prize, awarded to individuals and institutions that have developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading; and BookUp, a writer-led, after-school reading club for middle-school students.

About TeenReads.com, part of The Book Report Network

The Book Report Network (TBRN) is a group of seven Internet sites featuring original content about books and authors. Since 1996, these sites—led by flagship site Bookreporter.com—have become the gathering places for a large and devoted audience of readers and book buyers. Monthly more than 1 million unique visitors come to the sites in the Network, making it the largest non-commercial group of book websites on the Internet. TBRN is recognized as an online leader of informed, contemporary book news, reviews and author interviews. Website visitors can subscribe to newsletters, join book clubs and participate in interactive polls and contests, as well as share their opinions and commentary.

CONTACT: Sherrie Young           

National Book Foundation                                                                     

(212) 685-0261; syoung@nationalbook.org

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