the National Book Foundation has announced a new host for its 74th annual award ceremony, set to take place next month. Renowned actor and literacy advocate, LeVar Burton, is set to step into the hosting role, replacing actress Drew Barrymore. The event, a celebration of literary excellence, is set to occur on November 15th at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York.
Originally, actress Drew Barrymore was slated to host the awards. However, she faced criticism and controversy for her decision to revive her daytime talk show amidst the WGA strike. The National Book Foundation subsequently decided to part ways with Barrymore.
LeVar Burton, known for his iconic role in “Reading Rainbow” and his dedicated advocacy for literacy, is set to bring his passion for books and storytelling to the forefront as he hosts the event. The foundation believes that Burton’s commitment to promoting the written word aligns perfectly with the spirit of the National Book Awards.
In response to the appointment, LeVar Burton expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “Books have the power to change lives, and I’m honored to be a part of an event that celebrates the literary voices shaping our world. This is an opportunity to inspire and recognize the importance of reading and storytelling.”