Thursday, June 3, 2010

NY Times Releases "20 under 40" List of Fiction Writers to Watch

the A  list

Today, the New York Times published a list of 20 fiction writers under 40 worth watching.  It has been more than a decade since the Times conjured up such a list which in the past included Latino Lit darling Junot Díaz.

It's great to note that this year women and men were equally represented in the list by way of a "rewarding accident", according to NYT fiction editor Deborah Treisman (I'm willing to go out on a limb here and claim that she actually meant to say it was a rewarding coincidence rather than accident...)

The list also represents a nod to multiculturalism by applauding authors such as Nigerian-born Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi who gave a powerful TED lecture "The Danger of a Single Story"in 2009, Peruvian-native Daniel Alarcón, author of the highly-acclaimed novel Lost City Radio and associate editor of Etiqueta Negra, an award-winning magazine out of Lima, Peru, and Yugoslavian-born, Téa Obreht who spent her childhood in Cyprus and Egypt and whose first novel The Tiger's Wife has yet to be published.  An excerpt of The Tiger's Wife was published in the New Yorker in 2009, the same year the author received her M.F.A. in Fiction from Cornell University.

Here is the complete list:


By nature their very nature, lists are always exclusive.  Who would've made up your list of 20 under 40?

1 comment:

  1. Hey, how come I wasn't on there! Thanks for ther heads-up. Have a great weekend, Roland


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