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"5 Under 35" winners announced; A. N. Devers on erasure

Akwaeke Emezi. Photo: Elizabeth Wirija

The National Book Foundation has announced the winners of this year’s 5 Under 35 award. Hannah Lillith Assadi, Akwaeke Emezi, Lydia Kiesling, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, and Moriel Rothman-Zecher were chosen by a group of judges, including Colson Whitehead, Carmen Maria Machado, and Samantha Hunt.

The New York Review of Books has issued a statement about the firing of editor Ian Buruma over the publication of an essay by Jian Ghomeshi.

At BOMB, Elizabeth Metzger talks to Sarah Ruhl, a classmate and colleague of the late poet Max Ritvo.

The Paris Review is giving its 2019 Hadada Award for lifetime achievement to Deborah Eisenberg, whose story collection Your Duck Is My Duck has just been released. The award, which is given to “a distinguished member of the writing community who has made a strong and unique contribution to literature,” will be given at the Paris Review’s Spring Revel on April 2.

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark is giving $20 million dollars to The Markup, a new investigative journalism website focusing on technology. The Markup will be led by ProPublica’s Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson, as well as former Wikimedia Foundation head Sue Gardner. The group plans to hire more than twenty journalists and will begin posting stories early next year.

At BuzzFeed News, Steven Perlberg looks at the ever-growing list of Trump-related books and concludes that “the future of publishing is just books about Donald Trump forever until you are dead.”

“While knowingly abusive men attempting comeback tours are being hired to write for the distinguished papers of America, pretty much no major publication has approached me to write investigative journalism since I wrote this thing,” tweets A. N. Devers of her Longreads article about the erasure of editor Brigid Hughes from the history of the Paris Review. “It is an insult to me and freelancers who aren’t white and male that we would be passed over for these men who are sad that they are shitty to women and who aren’t very good writers.”

Tonight at Book Culture in New York, Adam Kirsch discusses Life in Culture: Selected Letters of Lionel Trilling.