National Book Awards pick Nam Le for ‘5 Under 35’

One Story authors continue to rack up prizes! Today the National Book Awards announced that One Story author Nam Le has been chosen for their ‘5 Under 35’ program for his collection, The Boat, which includes “Meeting Elise” (One Story issue #93). From the announcement:

“Five young fiction writers will be recognized by the National Book Foundation at the “5 Under 35” celebration at Tribeca Cinemas on Monday, November 17, announced Harold Augenbraum, executive director of the National Book Foundation. He noted that three of this year’s young honorees were born outside the United States. The five writers have each been selected by a previous National Book Award Finalist or Winner as someone whose work is particularly promising and exciting and is among the best of a new generation of writers.”

The 2008 “5 Under 35” are:

Matthew Eck, The Farther Shore (Milkweed Editions, 2007)
Selected by Joshua Ferris, 2007 Fiction Finalist for Then We Came to the End

Keith Gessen, All the Sad Young Literary Men (Viking Press, 2008)
Selected by Jonathan Franzen, 2001 Fiction Winner for The Corrections

Sana Krasikov, One More Year: Stories (Spiegel & Grau, 2008)
Selected by Francine Prose, 2000 Fiction Finalist for Blue Angel

Nam Le, The Boat (Knopf, 2008)
Selected by Mary Gaitskill, 2005 Fiction Finalist for Veronica

Fiona Maazel, Last Last Chance (FSG, 2008)
Selected by Jim Shepard, 2007 Fiction Finalist for Like You’d Understand, Anyway

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