National Book 5 Under 35

Akwaeke Emezi, author of Freshwater (Grove; Faber and Faber), and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Friday Black (Mariner), have been selected as “5 Under 35” honorees. Each year the National Book Awards selects five debut authors under age 35 whose works promise “to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.” Emezi, Adjei-Brenyah, and the other honorees will each receive $1,000 and will be celebrated at an invitation-only ceremony in November.

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