Concordia College, home of Ascent, enjoys a unique relationship with the National Book Foundation, presenters of the National Book Award. Each year the College attends the award ceremony in New York, and then brings National Book Award winners and finalists to campus for a series of talks, master classes, and a large evening program. You will find links to videos of the 2008 and 2009 evening events under the Other Forms button on top. 2008 featured Jim Shepard and Woody Holton. 2009 featured Maxine Hong Kingston and Annette Gordon-Reed.