The National Book Foundation announced that Natasha Lyonne, acclaimed actor, writer, and director, will host the 5 Under 35 celebration on November 12 in New York City. Lyonne, known for her roles in films like But I’m a Cheerleader and Slums of Beverly Hills, as well as her role as series regular Nicky Nichols on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, will serve as host of the event that recognizes young, debut fiction writers whose work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.
Natasha Lyonne’s bio is below, and more information about 5 Under 35 can be found here.
Natasha Lyonne started her film career in Pee-wee’s Playhouse which led to roles in more than 50 films including But I’m a Cheerleader and Slums of Beverly Hills. She stars as a series regular in Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, a role for which she received an Emmy nomination. Lyonne co-created the upcoming Netflix series Russian Doll with Amy Poehler. She wrote and directed for the series which stars her as Nadia, a young woman on a journey as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York City. Last year, Natasha made her directorial debut with the Kenzo film Cabiria, Charity, Chastity. She also wrote the screenplay for the film which stars Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, and Leslie Odom Jr.,among others. Next year she will be seen alongside Lucas Hedges and FKA Twigs in Alma Harel and Shia Labouef’s Honey Boy.