Lesley Nneka Arimah

Riverhead’s Lesley Nneka Arimah Named Artist of the Year by Minneapolis Star Tribune

Lesley Nneka Arimah, author of WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY (Riverhead), was recently named the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s 2017 Artist of the Year.  In an admiring announcement article titled “Lesley Nneka Arimah: A Wordsmith Who Spins Magic,” the Star Tribune provides a comprehensive overview of Arimah’s career, sprinkled with high praise throughout, including quotes from Riverhead Editorial Director Becky Saletan, National Book Foundation President Lisa Lucas and fellow Riverhead author Meg Wolitzer. 

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Noting that this debut short story collection “lit up the world of books like a shooting star” and that Arimah is “at the forefront of … some of the most original and interesting fiction and poetry being published today,” the glowing feature celebrates the author as a pioneer in not only Minneapolis’s literary community, but in the artistic one at large. This recognition caps a terrific year for the author, in which she was awarded the Kirkus Prize for Fiction for WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY and she was selected as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” honorees. Read the complete Minneapolis Star Tribune feature on Lesley Nneka Arimah here.

4 PRH Fiction Authors are NBF 2017 “5 Under 35” Honorees

We are delighted with The National Book Foundation’s announcement of this year’s “5 Under 35” honorees, their annual selection of debut fiction writers under the age of 35 whose work “promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.”  Penguin Random House imprints publish four of the all-women group of honoree authors: 

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Lesley Nneka Arimah,   WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY: Stories (Riverhead Books) Zinzi Clemmons,   WHAT WE LOSE  (Viking) Leopoldine Core,   WHEN WATCHED: Stories  (Penguin Press) Weike Wang,   CHEMISTRY (Knopf) Warm congratulations to our 5 Under 35 honorees, their editors and publishers. These authors will be celebrated at a ceremony in Manhattan on November 13, two days before this year’s National Book Awards dinner.  Each honoree will receive a $1,000 prize. They represent writers from around the world, under the age of 35, who have published their first and only book of fiction—either a short story collection or a novel—within the last five years.  Each author was selected by a National Book Award Winner, Finalist, or writer previously recognized by the 5 Under 35 program. Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, said, “For the last twelve years, the National Book Foundation has been committed to highlighting the exceptional talent of emerging writers and to amplifying new voices.  At a moment in which we are having the necessary conversations surrounding the underrepresentation of female voices, it’s a thrill to see this list of tremendous women chosen organically by our selectors.” For more information and a complete list of the 2017 5 Under 35 honorees, click here.