If eReaders are the future of books, these five up-and-coming writers represent the future of literature. From gritty short stories and introspective narrators, to multicultural perspectives and critically-acclaimed novelists, keep these writers on your Blio radar.
1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie attracted new readers to African literature with her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, released in 2003. Her second novel, Half of a Yellow, set against the backdrop of the Biafran War, was awarded the prestigious Orange Prize for fiction in 2007. The Things Around Your Neck, a collection of short stories published in 2009, has been featured in The Best American Short Stories.
2. In 2010 Philipp Meyer was named in the New Yorker’s list ’20 under 40′, largely on the strength of his novel American Rust, which captures the post-industrial decline in small town Pennsylvania and the trials of the residents as they struggle to find a new America. His forthcoming novel, The Son, is scheduled to be released in 2012.
3. Jonathan Safran Foer is known for thoughtful works like 2002’s Everything is Illuminated and 2005’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. His offbeat characters are some of the most memorable in fiction, even the “seeing eye dog” Sammy Davis Jr. Jr. In 2009, he published a work of nonfiction titled Eating Animals, and Tree of codes in 2010.
4. Téa Obreht, born in 1985 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia) is the youngest novelist to with the Orange Prize, which she took home in 2011 for her book The Tiger’s Wife. That same year she was also a finalist for the National Book Award. The Tiger’s Wife is, as she put it, the saga of a Balkan doctor and his relationship to his granddaughter.
5. Wells Tower’s Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned (2009) is one of the most vivid and surprising collections of short stories to appear in recent years. Tower is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes and the 2002 Plimpton (Discovery) Prize, among other awards. Tower’s compelling stories will have you on the edge of your seat. Exhibit A: The video trailer for the title story:
Did we miss any up-and-coming writers? Who are your favorite young authors?