April 11, 2018
Mohsin Hamid’s EXIT WEST (Riverhead Books) has won the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize, a new $35,000 award given to “an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.” The four finalists included fellow Riverhead author Lesley Nneka Arimah for WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY and Viking author Zinzi Clemmons for WHAT WE LOSE.
Riverhead Vice President, Editorial Director Rebecca Saletan
accepted the award on Hamid’s behalf at the awards ceremony on Tuesday night at the Morgan Library in Manhattan. Afterwards, Saletan talked with
NPR’s Linda Holmes about EXIT WEST. You can find out more about the ceremony and watch Mohsin Hamid’s recorded speech here
. Among Hamid’s remarks: "I'm really grateful to be honored by this prize in particular, which is a prize that looks to books to have an impact on the world."
In a conversation with NPR host Michel Martin during the evening, Arimah gave advice to new writers: “Be radically honest with yourself and with everyone else.”
September 25, 2017
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:
Lesley Nneka Arimah
, WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY: Stories
, WHAT WE LOSE
, WHEN WATCHED: Stories
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