National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, 2013

The 2013 5 Under 35 Honorees:

Click on the author's name or book jacket for more information.

Images of the 2013 5 Under 35 Honorees Book Jackets The UnAmericans by Molly Antopol We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin Daisy Hildyard, Hunters in the Snow Love Me Back by Merrill Tierce

About 5 Under 35, 2014

5 Under 35 LogoNational Book Awards Week began with its annual party to honor this year’s 5 Under 35 authors at powerHouse Arena in DUMBO, Brooklyn on November 18. Carrie Brownstein, acclaimed musician and a creator, writer, and star of Portlandia, hosted the event and celebrated author Colson Whitehead deejayed. Author Fiona Maazel, a 2008 5 Under 35 author, moderated a conversation among the young writers. Video from the evening will be available soon.

The 5 Under 35 program, now in its eighth year, honors five young fiction writers selected by past National Book Award Winners and Finalists. Since 2006, the program has introduced the next generation of writers, including Téa Obreht, Karen Russell, and Justin Torres. Supported by a generous donation from, the Foundation offers the 5 Under 35 authors a cash award of $1,000 each. The 2013 5 Under 35 honorees’ books include a mix of short story collections and novels and, for the first time, the group of authors are all women.

Molly Antopol, The UnAmericans, (W.W. Norton & Company, February 2014)

Selected by Jesmyn Ward, National Book Award Winner in 2011 for Salvage the Bones

- More about Antopol >
- Antopol's Interview >
- Antopol's Spotify Playlist >

NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names, (Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown, 2013)

Selected by Junot Díaz, National Book Award Finalist in 2012 for This is How You Lose Her

- More about Bulawayo >
- Bulawayo's Interview >
- Bulawayo's Spotify Playlist >

Amanda Coplin, The Orchardist, (Harper, 2012)

Selected by Louise Erdrich, National Book Award Winner in 2012 for The Round House

- More about Coplin >
- Coplin's Interview >
- Coplin's Spotify Playlist >

Daisy Hildyard, Hunters in the Snow, (Jonathan Cape, Random House UK, 2013)

Selected by Kevin Powers, National Book Award Finalist in 2012 for The Yellow Birds

- More about Hildyard >
- Hildyard's Interview >
- Hildyard's Spotify Playlist >

Merritt Tierce, Love Me Back, (Doubleday, fall 2014)

Selected by Ben Fountain, National Book Award Finalist in 2012 for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

- More about Tierce>
- Tierce's Interview >
- Tierce's Spotify Playlist >

The 5 Under 35 Celebration’s Host

Carrie Brownstein's welcome at the 2013 5 Under 35 Celebration

Carrie BrownsteinCarrie Brownstein is the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of the Peabody Award winning television show, Portlandia, as well as an author and musician. She made her television career debut in 2011 with Portlandia, and has received two Emmy nominations in the "Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series" category for her work on the series.

She is a member of the critically acclaimed rock band Sleater-Kinney. Brownstein was named one of the top female electric guitarists by Elle, and Rolling Stone magazine lists Sleater-Kinney's song, "Dig Me Out"—featuring Brownstein’s overdriven riffs—as one of the 50 greatest guitar songs of all time.

Brownstein's writing has appeared on NPR and in The New York Times, The Believer, Slate, and in numerous book anthologies on music and culture. She is currently working on a memoir for Riverhead Books.
Photo credit: Christopher Hornbecker
> Twitter: @Carrie_Rachel
> Spotify Playlist

Rebecca Keith, National Book Foundation's Program Manager, introduces Carrie Brownstein

The 5 Under 35 Celebration’s Guest DJ

Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is The New York Times bestselling author of Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York, a collection of essays. A recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and a MacArthur Fellowship, he lives in New York City. His latest book The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death will be published next year.
Photo credit: Erin Patrice O'Brien

> Twitter: @colsonwhitehead
> Spotify Playlist

Conversation Moderator

Anya UlinichFiona Maazel is the author of the novels Last Last Chance and Woke Up Lonely. She is a winner of the Bard Fiction Prize and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She teaches at Brooklyn College, New York University, Princeton University, and Columbia University, and was appointed the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the University of Leipzig, Germany in 2012. She lives in Brooklyn.
Photo credit: Andreas Lamm

> Twitter: @fionamaazel


Video Interviewer

Julia Fierro's Head ShotJulia Fierro's debut novel, Cutting Teeth, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2014. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow, her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Guernica, The Millions, Poets & Writers Magazine, Flavorwire, and other publications. She has been profiled in The L Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, The Observer, and The Economist. In 2002, she founded The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, a creative home for over 2000 writers.
Photo credit: Raquel Frechette
> Twitter: @JuliaFierro