A Brief History of NBA
March 16, 1950 publishers, editors, writers and critics gathered at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City to celebrate the first annual National Book Awards, an award given to writers by writers. Honoring the years best work in four categories:
* Young People’s Literature
The NBA quickly established a reputation for recognizing literary excellence and these writers have shaped the foundation of American Literature. After 57 years — the National Book Award remains one of the highest and most coveted honors within the writing community.
* * 2007 WINNERS * *
Now in its second year, 5 Under 35 highlights the work of the next generation of fiction writers by asking five previous National Book Awards fiction Winners and Finalists to select one fiction writer under the age of 35 whose work they find particularly promising and exciting.
These 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 2007 5 Under 35 are:
The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears
(Riverhead Books, 2007)
Selected by Jess Walter, 2006 NBA Fiction Finalist for The Zero
Get Down: Stories
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006)
Selected by Jennifer Egan, 2001 NBA Fiction Finalist for Look at Me
Petropolis (Viking Press, 2007)
Selected by Ken Kalfus, 2006 NBA Fiction Finalist for A Disorder Peculiar to the Country
Third Class Superhero (Harcourt, 2006)
Selected by Richard Powers, 2006 NBA Fiction Winner for The Echo Maker
Did you miss the awards presentation? November 17th at 10pm on Book TV & C-SPAN2