Heard of the National Book Awards? We are talking about the most Prestigious Award ceremonies in the USA, honouring literary field geniuses conducted by the National Book Foundation. Established in 1950, this year it will enter its 74th edition and will be taking place on November 15 in New York. The foundation officially announced that for their 74th ceremony, Drew Barrymore would be stepping in as its official host. While Oprah Winfrey would be joining in to share her remarks.
According to the press release by the Foundation, they are elated to have these two powerhouses grace and lead the ceremony.
“It is an absolute honour to have Ms Barrymore and Ms Winfrey on one stage to celebrate the power of exceptional literature,”
Also commenting on their choice of hosts, they further say that
“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,” the foundation’s Chair of the Board of Directors David Steinberger says in a statement. “This belief echoes the mission of the National Book Foundation to ensure that books have a prominent place in our culture.”
While Oprah is no stranger to the book world, she is the instigator of one of the OG book clubs- Oprah’s Book Club. Drew Barrymore has also over the years established herself as a powerful figure in the reading world. She believes herself to be a voracious reader and has even authored two books, her memoirs Little Girl Lost and Wildflower and the lifestyle book Rebel Homemaker: Food, Family, Life, co-written with Pilar Valdes. Like Oprah, Drew too has launched a magazine – Drew, which takes on everything new and upcoming.
So as the two power women will be joining forces in the upcoming award ceremony on November 15th, what interests you more? The award function or the star power that both Drew and Winfrey will be bringing to the ceremony?
News Source : People