By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
Let’s forget about the Emmys and Oscars for a minute to talk about the National Book Awards (NBA). The awards week will begin with its annual party to honor this year’s 5 Under 35 authors in Brooklyn, New York. Carrie Brownstein, the acclaimed musician and star of Portlandia, will host the event this November 18.
The 5 Under 35 literary program honors five young fiction writers selected by past National Book Award Winners and Finalists with a cash prize of $1,000 each. Now, for some girl power news! For the first time, the 5 Under 35 group is all women, and includes both novelists and short story writers.
Here are this year’s NBA ladies that made history:
Molly Antopol honored for The UnAmericans
This book of rebellious 70s art movement short stories isn’t even hitting stores until 2014! Talk about creating legitimate buzz before it’s even out the gate.
NoViolet Bulayo honored for We Need New Names
This semi-autobiographical novel highlights the difficulties of emigrating from Zimbabwe to America.
Amanda Coplin honored for The Orchardist
After two pregnant teenagers run away from home, they find shelter with a widowed orchardist and his field of apple trees. Together, all three find solace in the warmth of each other’s company to become a new “family.”
Daisy Hildyard honored for Hunters in the Snow
Hunters in the Snow tells the story of an unnamed woman putting together the pieces of her dead grandfather’s life by rummaging through his belongings.
Merritt Tierce honored for Love Me Back
Tierce’s collection of subtly linked short stories set in Dallas, Texas won’t be published until 2014. Just like Antopol, Tierce has caused plenty of buzz in the book world!