The National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, 2015
The 5 Under 35 program, now in its tenth year, honors five young fiction writers selected by past National Book Award Winners and Finalists, or previous 5 Under 35 Honorees. Since 2006, the program has introduced the next generation of writers, including Téa Obreht, Karen Russell, and Justin Torres. Supported by a generous donation from Amazon Literary Partnerships, the Foundation offers the 5 Under 35 authors a cash award of $1,000 each. Additionally, each Honoree will be invited to appear at a special event in Miami, FL in the Spring of 2016, in partnership with Miami Book Fair International.
This year's Honorees were announced on Wednesday, September 30 by BuzzFeed Books.
The 2015 5 Under 35 Honorees Are:
Colin Barrett, author of Young Skins (Black Cat / Grove Atlantic)
Selected by Paul Yoon
Angela Flournoy, author of The Turner House (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Selected by ZZ Packer
Megan Kruse, author of Call Me Home (Hawthorne Books)
Selected by Phil Klay
Tracy O’Neill, author of The Hopeful (Ig Publishing)
Selected by Fiona Maazel
Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, author of Fra Keeler (Dorothy, a publishing project)
Selected by Dinaw Mengestu
LeVar Burton, Host
LeVar Burton, multi-award winning actor, director and education advocate, is best known to television audiences around the world for his portrayals of two iconic characters—Kunte Kinte in “Roots” and Geordi LaForge in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”—and for his 23 years as producer and host of the beloved PBS series “Reading Rainbow.” Burton is co-founder of the award-winning Reading Rainbow digital library, which has produced the #1 educational app and has just introduced SKYBRARY, the next generation of innovative children's educational media on the web. He is co-Executive Producer of the upcoming multi-part remake of “Roots” and has received the Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children's Media from Tufts University, the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Innovator’s Award, and the 2015 Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Award. Burton is also the author of the new children’s book, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm.
Ben Greenman, Emcee
Ben Greenman is a writer for The New Yorker and the author of several acclaimed works of fiction, including the short story collections What He’s Poised to Do, Superbad, A Circle Is a Balloon and Compass Both, and the novels Superworse, Please Step Back, and The Slippage. His fiction, essays, and journalism have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Paris Review, Zoetrope: All Story, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere, and have been widely anthologized. With Questlove, he is the co-author of the bestselling Mo' Meta Blues, and the memoir Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?, by George Clinton. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
> Twitter: @bengreenman
Rosie Schaap, Guest Bartender
Rosie Schaap has been a bartender, a fortuneteller, a librarian at a paranormal society, an English teacher, an editor, a preacher, a community organizer, and a manager of homeless shelters. A contributor to This American Life and npr.org, she writes the monthly "Drink" column for The New York Times Magazine. Her memoir, Drinking With Men, will be published in January by Riverhead Books.
> Twitter: @rosieschaap
The 2015 5 Under 35 Selection committee: