The National Book Foundation Announces Its 5 Under 35 Honorees
October 6, 2016
The National Book Foundation, which presents the National Book Awards, has announced its “5 Under 35” honorees for 2016. This year, each writer—a debut novelist under the age of 35—receives a $1,000 cash prize and will be celebrated at an invitation-only event on November 14.
“We ask acclaimed authors in the Foundation’s family to pay it forward by identifying young, debut fiction writers whose work shows the marks and promises of greatness,” Benjamin Samuel, the director of the program, explained in an email to the Los Angeles Times. “We’re able to champion both the rising stars as well as writers you might have otherwise missed.”
The authors include Brit Bennett for The Mothers, selected by Jacqueline Woodson; Yaa Gyasi for Homegoing, selected by Ta-Nehisi Coates; Greg Jackson for Prodigals, selected by Lauren Groff; S. Li for Transoceanic Lights, selected by Karen Bender; and Thomas Pierce for Hall of Small Mammals, selected by Amity Gaige. Read the author’s bios at the National Book Foundation’s website for more information.
The honorees will be celebrated at a private ceremony on November 14, 2016.
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