Concordia College is the founding partner with the National Book Foundation of the National Book Awards on Campus Program. Each spring Concordia hosts two authors, selected from among the finalists/winners of that year’s National Book Awards, for a two-day residency on campus. The mission of the National Book Foundation is to celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture.

2022 National Book Awards Readings and Conversation

7:30 p.m. CST | Thursday, March 10

The National Books Awards at Concordia author-in-residence program will feature 2021 National Book Awards finalists in a Readings and Conversation event at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10.


The National Book Awards at Concordia is underwritten by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in honor of Earl Lewis 78.

Earl Lewis

Dr. Earl Lewis, a 1978 graduate of Concordia College, is director of the new University of Michigan Center for Social Solutions, which was established to address three core areas of social concern: diversity and race, water, and the future of work.