Up and coming talent (But “Dumbo,” Brooklyn?)

"5 UNDER 35"


Hosted by Punk Rock Icon and Novelist Richard Hell,
and MacArthur Fellow Jonathan Lethem to DJ

New York, New York – Five young fiction writers will be 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.

The 2009 “5 Under 35” are (click on the names for more information):

  • Ceridwen Dovey, Blood Kin, (Viking, 2008)
    Selected by Rachel Kushner, 2008 Fiction Finalist for Telex from Cuba
  • C. E. Morgan, All the Living (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009)
    Selected by Christine Schutt, 2004 Fiction Finalist for Florida
  • Lydia Peelle, Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing (HarperCollins, 2009)
    Selected by Salvatore Scibona, 2008 Fiction Finalist for The End
  • Karen Russell, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (Vintage, 2006)
    Selected by Dan Chaon, 2001 Fiction Finalist for Among the Missing
  • Josh Weil, The New Valley (Grove Press, 2009)
    Selected by Lily Tuck, 2004 Fiction Winner for The News from Paraguay

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.

This event is by invitation only. Press interested in attending should contact
Sherrie Young, syoung@nationalbook.org


I love reading about talent that's "in the wings." It's depressing being older that what's considered "young talent," but c'est la vie. I'd like to check these out. Literally. May take one or two on retreat, so I can not have time to read them and feel all depressed about it.


One thought on “Up and coming talent (But “Dumbo,” Brooklyn?)

  1. I know what you mean. When I have books that are beckoning me, it’s as if every minute spent doing things other than reading is just thwarting me. If you don’t have time to read while on retreat though, it’s because you’re spending your time doing other things (writing, perhaps?), so indulge in some smug satisfaction in that, at least.


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