The National Book Foundation announced the "5 under 35" today, and the honorees include a couple surprises.
The main surprises on the list are Shani Boianjiu, whose novel The People of Forever Are Not Afraid will not be published until 2013—and who, at 24, is one of the youngest ever "5 under 35" recipients—and John Corey Whaley, whose novel Where Things Come Back is the first-ever young adult title honored.
The other recipients are Mary Beth Keane, author of The Walking People (this one was selected by Julia Glass, so I know I'm reading it!); Melinda Moustakis, author of Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories (and winner of the 2010 Flannery O'Connor Award in Short Fiction); and Danielle Evans, author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self (a BookPage staff favorite and recent winner of the 2011 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize).
Besides Julia Glass, the other National Book Award authors who selected the honorees are Jaimy Gordon, Oscar Hijuelos, Nicole Krauss and Robert Stone.
The five young writers will be honored at a celebration on November 14.
Does this award introduce you to any new authors? What young writers are you "watching" these days?