Riverhead Novelist Bryan Washington Among This Year’s “5 Under 35” NBF Honorees

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In conjunction with the upcoming National Book Awards under its auspices, the National Book Foundation has announced its annual 5 Under 35 honorees, a selection of a handful of fiction writers under the age of 35 “whose debut work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.” Among this year’s honorees is Riverhead author Bryan Washington. His debut novel LOT, published in 2019, was called “a profound exploration of the true meaning of borders” by The New York Times Book Review.

Each “5 Under 35” honoree is chosen by a National Book Award Winner, Finalist, or Longlisted author. Mr. Washington was elected by Nafissa Thompson-Spires, who was on the 2018 National Book Award Longlist for Fiction.

To view the complete list of 2019 “5 Under 35” honorees, click here.

Bryan Washington has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, BuzzFeed, Vulture, The Paris Review, Tin House, One Story, Bon Appétit, MUNCHIES, American Short Fiction, GQ, FADER, The Awl, and Catapult. He lives in Houston.


Posted: September 24, 2019