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National Book Awards announce 2011's 5 under 35

October 4, 2011 |  4:34 pm

Johnwaters_2005 The National Book Awards' 5 under 35 were announced Tuesday. The honor is bestowed on five fiction writers, each younger than 35, who are selected by previous National Book Award winners and finalists.

The 5 under 35 will be feted Nov. 14 at a celebration in New York hosted by filmmaker and author John Waters. The event is part of the lead-up to the 2011 National Book Awards, which will be held Nov. 16 in Manhattan.

The 2011 5 under 35 are:

Shani Boianjiu, "The People of Forever Are Not Afraid" (Hogarth, an imprint of Crown Publishers, forthcoming in 2013). Selected by Nicole Krauss, National Book Award Fiction Finalist for "Great House."

Danielle Evans, "Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self" (Riverhead Books, 2010). Selected by Robert Stone, Fiction Winner for "Dog Soldiers," and Finalist for "A Flag For Sunrise," "Outerbridge Reach" and "Damascus Gate."

Mary Beth Keane, "The Walking People" (Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009). Selected by Julia Glass, Fiction Winner for "Three Junes."

Melinda Moustakis, "Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories" (The University of Georgia Press, 2011). Selected by Jaimy Gordon, Fiction Winner for "Lord of Misrule."

John Corey Whaley, "Where Things Come Back," (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011). Selected by Oscar Hijuelos, Fiction Finalist for "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love."

Previous 5 Under 35 honorees include L.A. Times staffer Grace Krilanovich ("Orange Eats Creeps," 2010), 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.


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Photo: John Waters in 2005. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times