Granta Magazine’s 2017 “Best of Young American Novelists” Contributor Readings

Friday April 28, 2017
07:00 pm

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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 announced on April 26th, and we were thrilled to host readings from some of these esteemed writers on April 28th.


This year's writers are: Jesse Ball, Halle Butler, Emma Cline, Joshua Cohen, Mark Doten, Jen George, Rachel B. Glaser, Lauren Groff, Yaa Gyasi, Garth Risk Hallberg, Greg Jackson, Sana Krasikov, Catherine Lacey, Ben Lerner, Karan Mahajan, Anthony Marra, Dinaw Mengestu, Ottessa Moshfegh, Chinelo Okparanta, Esme Meijun Wang, and Claire Vaye Watkins.


Reading at the event wereGarth Risk Hallberg, Sana Krasikov, Karan Mahajan, Rachel B. Glaser, Mark Doten, Chinelo Okparanta, Greg Jackson, Joshua Cohen, Jen George, Esme Meijun Wang, and Claire Vaye Watkins.


The judges for this years’ selection were award-winning and celebrated novelists Patrick deWitt, A.M. Homes, Kelly Link, Ben Marcus, and Granta’s editor and publisher Sigrid Rausing.


The last Best of Young American Novelists 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.