The National Book Awards it's 5 Under 35. A group of young writers that look poised to change literature. By Danielle Magee
The National Book Foundation, established in 1989 by National Book Awards, revealed its eighth annual 5 Under 35 nominees. For the first time, the authors’ chosen are all women and were selected by previous National Book Award winners and finalists.
Molly Antopol, a recent Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, was nominated for her first story collection, The UnAmericans. Antopol received her MFA from Columbia University, and her writing has or will be appeared on NPR’s This American Life, Esquire, and American Short Fiction. Author Jesmyn Ward, National Book Award Winner in 2011 for her novel Salvage the Bones, selected Antopol.
NoViolet Bulawayo, also a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, was nominated for her first novel, We Need New Names. She earned her MFA at Cornell University and her writing has been published in the Boston Review, Callaloo, and Newsweek. Junot Diaz, National Book Award Finalist in 2012 for This is How You Lose Her, selected Bulawayo.
Amanda Coplin, a recipient of residencies from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts and Writers Omi at Ledig House in Ghent, New York, was nominated for her first novel, The Orchardist. Currently residing in Portland, Oregon, Coplin received her MFA from the University of Minnesota. She was selected by Louise Erdich, National Book Award Finalist in 2012 for The Round House.
Daisy Hildyard, currently studying for a PhD on scientific language in London, was nominated for her first novel Hunters in the Snow. Hildyard was selected by Kevin Powers, National Book Award Finalist in 2012 for his first novel The Yellow Birds.
Merrit Tierce, a wife and mother residing in Dallas, Texas, was nominated for her first novel, Love Me Back. Tierce received her MFA in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was named a Meta Rosenberg Fellow. She was chosen by Ben Fountain, National Book Award Finalist in 2012 for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.