5 Under 35: National Book Award Nominees Announced!

The National Book Foundation will recognize the 2011 5 Under 35, five young fiction writers selected by National Book Award Winners and Finalists, on Monday, November 14, once again at powerHouse Arena in DUMBO, Brooklyn. This year’s celebration will be hosted by filmmaker and author John Waters, with poet and National Book Award Finalist Patricia Smith as DJ.

According to Rebecca Keith, Program Manager at the National Book Foundation, the 5 under 35 program “has honored some of the best young fiction writers in the game since its inception in 2006. We’re pleased to see this year’s list of authors expand into new territory, with John Corey Whaley, the first ever Young Adult novelist honored, and Shani Boianjiu, one of our youngest 5 under 35 authors ever, at 24, who is completing the manuscript for her first novel.”

This year’s novelists include:  Shani Boianjiu, John Corey Whaley, Mary Beth Keane, Melinda Moustakis, and Danielle Evans.

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