Granta / Best of Young American Novelists

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Every ten years Granta magazine publishes a special issue of new fiction from the most exciting American writers under the age of forty. The third list of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists was just announced—check here for the full list; join us as we host three of the most recent Best Young American Novelists: Lauren Groff, Sana Krasikov, and Esmé Weijun Wang!


The last issue was published in 2007 and featured an extraordinary selection of young writers: Kevin Brockmeier, Anthony Doerr, Jonathan Safran Foer, Nicole Krauss, Yiyun Li, Karen Russell, Akhil Sharma and Gary Shteyngart among them. Similarly, the list of writers from twenty years ago showcases some of today’s most successful and talented writers: Jonathan Franzen, Edwidge Danticat, Jeffrey Eugenides, Lorrie Moore, ZZ Packer, Mona Simpson, Elizabeth McCracken, David Guterson, Madison Smartt Bell, Sherman Alexie and more.


Granta’s forthcoming Best of Young American Novelists issue will feature new work from each writer, creating a timely and authoritative commentary on the state of American writing.


The judges for this year's selection are novelists Patrick deWitt, A.M. Homes, Kelly Link, Ben Marcus and Granta’s editor and publisher Sigrid Rausing.



Lauren Groff, born in New York in 1978, is the author of four books, including The Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers. Her most recent novel, Fates and Furies, was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award and the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic and Tin House, among others. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.


Sana Krasikov is the author of The Patriots (Jan 2017), and One More Year, which was named a named a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, The New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, received a National Book Foundation's "5 under 35" Award, and the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker and The Atlantic and other magazines.


Esmé Weijun Wang is a mental health advocate, essayist and the author of the novel The Border of Paradise. She won the 2016 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize for her book of essays, The Collected Schizophrenias. Her work has appeared in Elle, Catapult, Hazlitt, the Believer and Lenny. She lives in San Francisco, California.



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Granta 139: Best of Young American Novelists (Magazine of New Writing #139) Cover Image
By Sigrid Rausing (Editor)
ISBN: 9781909889064
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Published: Granta - April 27th, 2017

Fates and Furies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634482
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 13th, 2016

The Monsters of Templeton Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316434713
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hachette Books - July 13th, 2016

The Border of Paradise Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939419699
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Unnamed Press - April 12th, 2016