National Book Foundation’s
Five young fiction writers were recognized by the National Book Foundation at the “5 Under 35” celebration at PowerHouse Arena in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn on Monday, November 16, announced Harold Augenbraum, the executive director of the National Book Foundation.
“5 Under 35 is a celebration of emerging talent and the perfect way to kick off National Book Awards Week,” says Augenbraum.
This year’s emcee was musician, novelist,
Richard Hell, founder of the seminal punk band Richard Hell & the Voidoids.
The 2009 5 Under 35 Honorees Are:
The evening’s DJ will be novelist, essayist, and MacArthur fellow Jonathan Lethem.
Now in its fourth year, "5 Under 35” has become the highly-anticipated kick-off event for National Book Awards week. In a nod to Brooklyn’s status as the literary epicenter of New York City, the Foundation has moved the event to the Powerhouse Arena in DUMBO. That evening, each author will be introduced by the writer who selected them. This year’s emcee is musician, novelist, and publisher Richard Hell, founder of the seminal punk band Richard Hell & the Voidoids. The evening’s DJ will be novelist, essayist, and MacArthur fellow Jonathan Lethem.
Food provided by Soler-Bermudez of the Red Hook Food Vendors, a 2008 Vendy Award Finalist, and regular at the Red Hook Ball Fields every summer.
Wines generously donated by Joseph and Diane Steinberg; and beer generously donated by Union Beer.
More about the featured authors:
Dovey grew up in South Africa and Australia.
She is an anthropologist and author of the novel
Blood Kin, which won South Africa's
most prestigious literary award, the Sunday
Times Fiction Prize. Her novel was also short-listed
for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Australia-Asia
Literary Award, and long-listed for the Prix
E. Morgan was born in Cincinnati and
now lives in Berea, Kentucky. She studied English
and voice at Berea College and received a Master
of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) from Harvard
Divinity School. Her short story "Over
by Christmas" was published on the op-ed
page of The New York Times this past
Christmas. All the Living is her first
novel. She's currently working on a novel about
horse racing and race relations.
Lydia Peelle is the author of the story collection Reasons
for and Advantages of Breathing. In addition
to having two of her stories featured in the
Best New American Voices series, she has
also won two Pushcart Prizes and an O. Henry Prize.
Peelle was born in Boston and currently lives
in Nashville, Tennessee.
Russell’s collection of stories, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves,
was named a Best Book of 2006 by the Chicago
Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle,
and the Los Angeles Times. In 2007, Russell
was included in Granta’s series:
the Best of Young American Novelists.
Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker,
Granta, Conjunctions, Zoetrope, and The
Best American Short Stories (2007 and 2008).
Russell, a native of Miami, now lives in New York
City and is working on a novel, Swamplandia!,
about a family of alligator wrestlers in the Florida
Weil is the author of the novella collection
The New Valley (Grove Press, 2009),
a New York Times Editors' Choice selection.
His fiction has been published in Granta,
New England Review, American Short Fiction,
and Narrative. He has written nonfiction
for The New York Times, Granta Online,
and Poets & Writers. Since earning
his MFA from Columbia University, he has received
a Fulbright grant, a Writer’s Center Emerging
Writer Fellowship, and the Dana Award in Portfolio.
He has been a fellow at both the Bread Loaf
and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences. As the
2009 Tickner Fellow, he is the writer-in-residence
at Gilman School in Baltimore, where he is at
work on a novel.
Dan Chaon's most recent novel,
Await Your Reply, is out this fall
from Ballantine Books. Chaon is also the author
of Among the Missing, which was a finalist
for the 2001 National Book Award and You
Remind Me of Me, which was named one of
the best books of the year by The Washington
Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle,
among other publications. His fiction has appeared
in many journals and anthologies, including
The Best American Short Stories. He
has been a finalist for the National Magazine
Award in Fiction and was the recipient of the
2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American
Academy of Arts and Letters. Chaon lives in
Cleveland, Ohio, and teaches at Oberlin College,
where he is the Pauline M. Delaney Professor
of Creative Writing.
first novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist
for the 2008 National Book Award, received the
gold medal from the Commonwealth Club of California,
and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace
Prize. Her fiction and essays have been published
in the New York Times, The Believer,
Fence, Bomb, Grand Street, Cabinet, and elsewhere.
She contributes regularly to Artforum
and is a co-editor of the art, literature, and
philosophy journal, Soft Targets.
Photo by Jason Smith.
Scibona’s first novel, The
End, was a finalist for the National Book
Award, a winner of the Young Lions Fiction Award
from the New York Public Library, and winner of
the Norman Mailer Cape Cod Award for Exceptional
Writing. Riverhead will publish a paperback edition
of The End in fall 2009, and it will
be published in German and French in 2010. Scibona
administers the writing fellowship at the Fine
Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Photo by Carlos Ferguson.
Schutt is the author of two short story
collections and Florida, a novel and
2004 National Book Award finalist. Her second
novel, All Souls, was a finalist for
the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in fiction. Among other
honors, Schutt has twice won the O. Henry Short
Story Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and an NYFA fellowship.
Schutt is a senior editor of the literary annual
NOON. She lives and teaches in New York.
Photo by Nina Subin.
Tuck is the author of The News from
Paraguay, winner of the 2004 National Book
Award. Her most recent work is a biography, Woman
of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante.
Host:Richard Hell is the author of the novels
Go Now and Godlike. His book
of collaborations with the artist Christopher
Wool, Psychopts, was published in 2008,
and his CD, Destiny Street Repaired,
by Richard Hell and the Voidoids, was released
in 2009. He is at work on an autobiography.
Jonathan Lethem is the author of seven novels. A recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, Lethem has also published his stories and essays in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and the New York Times, among others. His most recent novel is Chronic City.