As National Book Award Longlists Are Announced This Week, National Book Foundation Executive Director Tweets Plea for Donations

Lisa Lucas took to Twitter to share this year's NBA selection process, and reveal a "gutted budget" and need for donations.

As the children's literature world continued to celebrate Wednesday's announcement of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2020 Longlist, National Book Foundation executive director Lisa Lucas took to Twitter to reveal this year's process for selection and make a plea for donations as the organization struggles with what she called "a gutted budget" caused by the pandemic and subsequent loss of programming and fundraising events. The 18-tweet thread detailed the hard work of the teams that not only selected the titles but also those putting together the virtual awards show.

"But here’s the hook," she continued before discussing the $600,000 normally raised from programs and gala tickets sales, which obviously aren't happening this year.

"So I hope that while most of this work happens behind the scenes and we aren’t real loud about a gutted budget—you’ll consider making a gift to support @nationalbook," she wrote. "We, as always, promise to use it well."

READ: SLJ Reviews of 2020 National Book Award Longlisters

It wasn't all award talk and fundraising, though. In her final tweet, Lewis took a shot at corporate statements and fast hires to publicly show support of Black Lives Matter.

The full thread can be read below.


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