‘Tis the season for book awards, honors, and distinctions. This week is scheduled to include the Nobel Prize in Literature announcement on Thursday, October 7, and Friday, October 8 will see the presentation of the Washington State Book Awards at The Seattle Central Public Library.
First things first: what has been announced is the National Book Foundation’s annual “5 Under 35” list of writers and their most recent books. This year’s honorees include Tiphanie Yanique, who will be reading at Elliott Bay this Thursday, October 7 at 7 p.m., from her captivating debut, How to Escape from a Leper Colony: A Novella and Stories (Graywolf Press), along with Jessica Kane. This is a book of stories set mostly in the Caribbean; it’s a beautifully-written work.
Others to get the “5 Under 35” nod include Téa Obreht, who was also selected for The New Yorker’s “Best 20 under 40” issue, and who is due here in March 2011 when her debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife (Random House), is published; Grace Krilanovich, author of the Northwest-set novel, The Orange Eats Creeps (Two Dollar Radio); Sarah Braunstein, author of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children (W.W. Norton); and Paul Yoon, whose 2009 book is Once the Shore (Sarabande). -Rick