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Website Wins National Award Honored with Schwartz Prize

Humanities Tennessee’s literary website,, has won the Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize from the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The prize is awarded for innovative programs that have had a significant impact on citizens, organizations, or communities in their states. is the leading provider of book-related content in Tennessee. Founded three years ago, the site includes reviews, interviews, and features on Tennessee authors and books, and covers authors touring in the state. Its partnerships with the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Knoxville News Sentinel, Nashville Scene, and City Paper have helped those publications to cover local authors and book events in greater depth. content reaches between 48,000 and 156,000 people weekly through local papers, and up to 9.5 million online visitors a month on third-party sites.

“We are honored that the site has been recognized at this level,” said incoming Humanities Tennessee Executive Director Tim Henderson. “We began it to fill a need for greater coverage and awareness of Tennessee’s thriving literary community and important heritage.”

Steve Cavendish, editor of the The City Paper in Nashville, praised the site:

"Our partnership with Chapter 16 ensures that our readers have the best literary coverage in the city. Their interviews are illuminating and their reviews are insightful. I know that Chapter 16's judgement is outstanding and the result is high quality, Tennessee-focused journalism."

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Humanities Tennessee serves as the Tennessee Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.