Danielle Evans is "5 Under 35" Honoree
New York, NY (November 7, 2011) – Recent Yaddo guest Danielle Evans, praised by both Salman Rushdie and The Paris Review as a literary prodigy, will be one of five young fiction writers honored next week as The National Book Foundation recognizes its 2011 “5 Under 35”.
The five writers selected by former National Book Award winners and finalists will be celebrated at a ceremony Monday, November 14, hosted by filmmaker and author John Waters, with poet Patricia Smith serving as the DJ for the festivities. Rebecca Keith, Program Manager at the National Book Foundation, said the “5 Under 35” program “has honored some of the best young fiction writers in the game since its inception in 2006.”
Fellow Yaddo writer Robert Stone, a National Book Award winner in 1975 for Dog Soldiers and a finalist in 1982, 1983, 1992, and 1998, chose Evans for the award. Her debut story collection, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, was published last year to wide acclaim and she is the winner of the 2011 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review, A Public Space, The Best American Short Stories 2008, and The Best American Short Stories 2010. Evans, 27, lives inWashington,D.C.
The other “5 Under 35” honorees are Shani Boianjiu, Mary Beth Keane, Melinda Moustakis, and John Corey Whaley.