National Book Foundation’s
“5 Under 35” Fiction Selections for 2007
Five young fiction writers will be recognized by the National Book Foundation at the “5 Under 35” celebration in downtown Manhattan on Monday, November 12, announced Harold Augenbraum, executive director of The National Book Foundation. These five writers have each been selected by a previous National Book Award Finalist or Winner as someone whose work is particularly promising and exciting and is among the best of a new generation of writers.
The 2007 5 Under 35 are:Kirstin Allio
(Coffee House Press, 2005)
Selected by Dana Spiotta, 2006 NBA Fiction Finalist for Eat the Document Tribeca Cinemas, each writer will be introduced by the writer who selected them and will read an excerpt from their most recent book to an audience of their peers: writers, editors, publishers, journalists and bloggers. The host for the evening is novelist Sam Lipsyte.
“This evening is all about bringing attention
to the next generation of writers, the National Book
Award nominees of our future, and is an exciting way
to kick-off our awards week,” says Augenbraum.
Allio has taught creative writing at
Brown University and holds degrees from Brown
and New York Universities. Born in Maine in
1974, she lives in Providence, Rhode Island
with her husband and sons. Garner,
a finalist for a LA Times Book Award, is her
Mengestu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,
in 1978. In 1980, he immigrated to the United
States with his mother and sister, joining his
father, who had fled the communist revolution
in Ethiopia two years before. A graduate of
Georgetown University and of Columbia University’s
MFA program in fiction, as well as the recipient
of a 2006 fellowship in fiction from the New
York Foundation for the Arts, Mengestu has written
for Rolling Stone and Harper's,
among other publications. The Beautiful
Things That Heaven Bears, his first novel,
has been nominated for the Guardian
First Book Award in the U.K. and the Prix Femina
Etranger in France, and was called "a great
African novel, a great Washington novel, and
a great American novel" by the New
York Times. He lives in New York City.
was born and raised in West Philadelphia. Her
first book, a collection of stories entitled
Get Down, is set mostly in Philadelphia.
Solomon’s work has been featured in Vibe,
Essence, and the anthology Naked: Black
Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips,
and Other Parts. She received the Rona Jaffe
Foundation Writers’ Award for the stories
in Get Down. She has a PhD in English
from University of California, Berkeley and an
MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop in fiction.
Solomon is currently a visiting assistant professor
of English at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
Photo © Patrick Hinely.
Ulinich immigrated from Russia to Phoenix
with her family when she was 17, she practiced
graphic design during the height of the dot-com
craze and received her MFA in painting from UC
Davis. In 2000 she moved to Brooklyn where she
now lives with her husband and two young daughters.
Photo © Lisa Sciascia.
Yu graduated from the University of California
at Berkeley and Columbia Law School. He currently
lives in Los Angeles, where he practices law full-time
and writes between the hours of midnight and 3.
His fiction has been published in a number of
magazines and literary journals, including
Oxford Magazine, The Gettysburg Review, Harvard
Review, Mid-American Review, Mississippi Review
and Alaska Quarterly Review, cited for
special mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology
XXVIII, and reprinted in the Robert Olen
Butler Prize Stories 2004.
Photo © Michelle Jue.
Host: Sam Lipsyte
Sam Lipsyte’s most recent novel, Home Land, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2005 and winner of the Believer Book Award. He is also the author of The Subject Steve and Venus Drive. His work has appeared in The Quarterly, Noon, Open City, N+1, Slate, McSweeney’s, Esquire, Bookforum, and Playboy, among other places. He teaches at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
Photo © David Beaty.