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National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 include L.A. Times staffer

Gracek When the National Book Foundation announced the authors selected as this year's 5 under 35 Tuesday morning, the news quickly spread around our office that L.A. Times staff member Grace Krilanovich was among the honorees.

Krilanovich's debut novel, "The Orange Eats Creeps," was published by Ohio-based indie Two Dollar Radio in September. Krilanovich, who serves as the L.A. Times Calendar section's arts and books listings producer, has an MFA in fiction from CalArts. As L.A. Times Managing Editor Sallie Hoffmeister said in an e-mail, "Great achievement, Grace! Congratulations."

There are, of course, four other writers who have also been selected. Congratulations to them all!

Here's the complete list:

Sarah Braunstein, "The Sweet Relief of Missing Children" (W.W. Norton & Co., 2011). Selected by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, National Book Award fiction finalist for "Madeleine Is Sleeping," 2004.

Grace Krilanovich, "The Orange Eats Creeps" (Two Dollar Radio, 2010). Selected by Scott Spencer, fiction finalist for "A Ship Made of Paper," 2003; fiction finalist for "Endless Love," 1980 and 1981.

Téa Obreht, "The Tiger's Wife" (Random House, 2011). Selected by Colum McCann, fiction winner for "Let the Great World Spin," 2009.

Tiphanie Yanique, "How to Escape From a Leper Colony" (Graywolf, 2010). Selected by Jayne Anne Phillips, fiction finalist for "Lark and Termite," 2009.

Paul Yoon, "Once the Shore" (Sarabande, 2009). Selected by Kate Walbert, fiction finalist for "Our Kind," 2004.

Previous 5 Under 35 honorees include Nam Le ("The Boat," 2008), who went on to win the prestigious Dylan Thomas prize, and Dinaw Mengestu ("The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears," 2007), who won the L.A. Times book prize for first fiction.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Grace Krilanovich. Credit: Scott Tarasco

 
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