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’5 Under 35′ Celebration Kicks Off National Book Awards Week

GalleyCat prowled the ’5 Under 35′ celebration held at the powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn this week. This event kick-started the celebration of the annual National Book Awards announcement. Stay tuned for all the results tonight.

A taco truck served dinner and DJ Rob Sheffield spun everything from Jay-Z to Duran Duran. Attendees included 2006′s ’5 Under 35′ host Amanda Stern and a 2006 ’5 Under 35′ honoree Samantha Hunt. Country singer and author Rosanne Cash (pictured) introduced the readers: Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Scott Spencer, Colum McCann, Jayne Anne Phillips, and Kate Walbert. Afterward, each one of them stepped up to the podium to introduce the writer they chose.

Four of the five honorees read from their published work, but Paul Yoon took a step outside the box. He read something new, a work-in-progress short story entitled The Snow Hunters. (Photo Credit: Beowulf Sheehan)

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National Book Foundation Announces 5 Under 35 Honorees

nba.jpgSince 2006, the National Book Foundation (NBF) has hosted the “5 Under 35″ award ceremony to highlight the achievements of five young fiction writers.

Today, the NBF has narrowed down this year’s pool to five honorees. This year recognizes the following titles:

The Sweet Relief of Missing Children by Sarah Braunstein

The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

How to Escape from a Leper Colony by Tiphanie Yanique

Once the Shore by Paul Yoon

Like last year, the “5 Under 35″ celebration will take place in Brooklyn’s powerHouse Arena at the start of National Book Awards Week on Monday, November 15. Musician/Author Roseanne Cash will act as the event’s host. Music journalist Rob Sheffield will be the beat-master in charge as DJ. Author Amanda Stern will conduct interviews with the honorees, winners and finalists during the party.