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The National Book Awards ceremony, a highlight of the fall publishing season, is still scheduled for Nov. 14 even though the offices for the awards’ organizers, the National Book Foundation, have been closed because of flooding and will not re-open before next week. The hotel where visiting judges were to stay was flooded, and guests had to be booked elsewhere, foundation Executive Director Harold Augenbraum said Monday. But Cipriani Wall Street, where the ceremony is to be held, did not sustain major damage.
Music was again flowing by Saturday night on the Bowery, where the New York native band Jon Spencer Blues Explosion kick-started things at the Bowery Ballroom with a concert that donated a portion of sales to the Red Cross and hurricane relief.
“The Blues Explosion has lived in downtown Manhattan for many years and it means a lot to us to be among the first bands playing after the storm,” Mr. Spencer said in a statement on the band’s website.
“Saturday Night Live,” too, resumed with host Louis C.K. In a message to fans Saturday, he said there were considerable challenges in preparing the show during such a week.
“There are kids in the studio every day because members of the crew and staff had to bring them to work,” he wrote. “Many people are sharing lodging. Everyone is tired. But there’s this feeling here that we’ve got to put on a great show. I’m sure it feels like that here every week. But wow.”
• AP writer Hillel Italie contributed to this report.
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