Today the National Book Foundation announced its annual list of “5 Under 35,” writers to watch for. Besides the fact that all five writers are brilliant, for the first time ever they are all women. And what a list it is:
- Molly Antopol, The UnAmericans, (W.W. Norton & Company, February 2014)
Selected by Jesmyn Ward, National Book Award Winner in 2011 for Salvage the Bones
- NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names, (Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown, 2013)
Selected by Junot Díaz, National Book Award Finalist in 2012 for This is How You Lose Her
- Amanda Coplin, The Orchardist, (Harper, 2012)
Selected by Louise Erdrich, National Book Award Winner in 2012 for The Round House
- Daisy Hildyard, Hunters in the Snow, (Jonathan Cape, Random House UK, 2013)
Selected by Kevin Powers, National Book Award Finalist in 2012 for The Yellow Birds
- Merritt Tierce, Love Me Back, (Doubleday, fall 2014)
Selected by Ben Fountain, National Book Award Finalist in 2012 for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Amanda Coplin has already won the Barnes & Noble “Discover New Authors” Award for The Orchardist.
The awards ceremony and party will be held at the Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn on November 18.
For more information on this year’s honorees and the 2011-2012 National Book Award authors who nominated them, go to http://www.nationalbook.org/5under35.html.