Top 20 Writers under 40

8 June 2010 | 0 Comments

In its annual Summer Fiction issue, the New Yorker has recently published a list of Top 20 Writers under the age of 40 (click on each author’s face for more info).  There are two Canadians on the list (Rivka Galchen and David Bezmozgis), so the Canadian news media has been really touting the story (Toronto typically swoons whenever acknowledged by anything in New York).

I’m one to talk though – I had read a review of Bezmozgis’ Natasha and Other Stories when it came out in 1994, and wanted to read the book then, but never got around to it.  But now that he’s on the New Yorker’s list?  I’m definitely going to pick that one up.  Here’s an excerpt from the book – a short story called Tapka that you can read to get a taste.

I’m happy to see that Nicole Krauss and Jonathan Safran Foer are on the list.  And there are many there that I haven’t heard of.  All authors will have excerpts from their work published in the New Yorker over the course of the Summer.  If that’s not reason enough to pick up the magazine each week, I don’t know what is.

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