WNBA Award

The WNBA Award, established in 1940, is presented every second year to a “living American woman who derives part or all of her income from books and allied arts, and who has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation.”


Most Recent Honorees (Since 2000)

In 2017, our centennial year, the WNBA will award two women for their outstanding contributions to the book world.  

The WNBA is honored to announce the winners of the 2017 WNBA Award:

Carla Hayden, 14th Librarian of Congress, and 

Louise Erdrich, author, bookstore owner, voice for indigenous communities 

See the official announcement here.

Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, 2016. (Source: Library of Congress)

Louise Erdrich at the 2015 National Book Festival in September 2015.

(Photo by “slowking4” and used by permission under the Creative Commons-NC license.)

2017 WNBA Award Winners

The Women’s National Book Association is a national organization of women and men who work with and value books. A non-profit 501(c)3 organization, WNBA exists to promote reading and to support the role of women in the community of the book.

Contact Us:

Email: info@wnba-books.org

Phone: 866-610-WNBA (9622)

Mail: PO Box 237, FDR Station, NY, NY 10150

© 2017 Women's National Book Association

Ann Patchett

2012 Honoree Photo © Wikimedia Commons

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