The Young Lions gave out their annual Fiction Award last night. The big winner - Karen Russell, for her novel Swamplandia!. Karen wasn’t able to be there in person to accept her award (she’s on a fellowship in Berlin), but her brother accepted it on her behalf with a hilarious speech.
Pictured above (l-r):Sloane Crosley, Ben Lerner, Teju Cole, NYPL President Anthony Marx, Benjamin Hale, Billy Crudup.
Sloane and Billy were gracious readers, giving us a taste of each nominated novel by reading the opening paragraphs aloud. Teju, Ben, and Benjamin were the other Fiction Award nominees, along with Jesmyn Ward, who also couldn’t make the event.
Congrats to Karen!
Photo by Jonathan Blanc