The National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, 2014
National Book Awards Week will begin with its annual party to honor this year’s 5 Under 35 authors at powerHouse Arena in DUMBO, Brooklyn on November 17. Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, acclaimed musician and author of Mo’ Meta Blues, will host the event. Ben Greenman, an editor at The New Yorker and author, most recently, of The Slippage, will DJ, MC, and moderate a conversation among the young writers.
The 2014 5 Under 35 Honorees Are:
Questlove, 2014 5 Under 35 Celebration’s Host
Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and member of The Roots - Questlove, is the unmistakable heartbeat of Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group. He is the Musical Director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where his beloved Roots crew serves as house band. Beyond that, this 4-time GRAMMY Award winning musician's indisputable reputation has landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D'Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. Questlove has also released two books including the New York Times Bestseller Mo’ Meta Blues and Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation. One of this latest endeavors includes scoring Chris Rock’s new film, Top Five, and also working as the music supervisor. Questlove is the Executive Producer of VH1’s Soundclash, hosted by Diplo and Executive Producer of VH1’s Philly 4th of July Jam.
Questlove made his way into the culinary world with his signature "Love's Drumstick.” Currently, Questlove is hosting a series of Food Salons with world-renowned and innovative chefs at his Financial District apartment in the NY by Gehry building. Questlove has appeared as a Guest Judge on Top Chef Season 11, his food and culinary endeavors have been featured on the cover of New York Magazine, in Food & Wine Magazine, Bon Appetit, and seen on The View, Watch What Happens Live, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He is a Celebrity Ambassador for The Food Bank NYC, is on the City Harvest Food Council, a board member of Edible Schoolyard, and the first Artist-in-Residence at the Made in NY Media Center.
> Twitter: @questlove
BEN GREENMAN, 2014 5 Under 35 Celebration’s Guest DJ
Ben Greenman is a contributing writer at The New Yorker and the author of several acclaimed works of fiction, including Superbad, Please Step Back, Celebrity Chekhov, The Slippage, and Mo Meta Blues, with Questlove. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, and McSweeney’s, among other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.
> Twitter: @bengreenman
Rosie Schaap, Guest Bartender
Rosie Schaap is the author of Drinking with Men: A Memoir. She has also been a bartender, a fortune teller, a librarian at a paranormal society, an English teacher, an editor, a preacher, a community organizer, and a manager of homeless shelters. The drink columnist for The New York Times Magazine and a contributor to This American Life, she has also written for Al Jazeera America, Bon Appetit, Lucky Peach, Marie Claire, NPR.org, The New York Times dining section, Saveur, and Slate. She is currently working on a book about whiskey.
> Twitter: @rosieschaap