National Book Foundation Announces 5 Under 35

535-logoOn the heels of last week's announcements of the longlists for the National Book Awards, the National Book Foundation has revealed this year's 5 Under 35: Five writers under the age of 35 "whose work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape ... [and] who have published their first and only book of fiction—either a short story collection or a novel—within the last five years." Here are this year's honorees, along with the authors who selected them, each a National Book Award Winner, Finalist, or writer previously recognized by the 5 Under 35 program.


535-WhatItMeansLesley Nneka Arimah, author of What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories (Riverhead / Penguin Random House)

  • Selector: Chris Bachelder, 2016 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction




535-JillianHalle Butler, author of Jillian (Curbside Splendor)

  • Selector: Lydia Millet, 2016 National Book Award Longlist for Fiction






535-WhatWeLoseZinzi Clemmons, author of What We Lose (Viking / Penguin Random House)

  • Selector: Angela Flournoy, 2015 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction and 5 Under 35 honoree





535-WhenWeWatchedLeopoldine Core, author of When Watched: Stories (Penguin Books / Penguin Random House)

  • Selector: Karan Mahajan, 2016 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction





535-ChemistryWeike Wang, author of Chemistry (Knopf / Penguin Random House)

  • Selector: Sherman Alexie, 2007 National Book Award Winner for Young People’s Literature





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