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Young writers, rising stars

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Creative writing alumna Téa Obreht (Bajraktarevic), MFA ’09, and Philipp Meyer ’99 are among The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” young fiction writers to watch, in the magazine’s Debut Fiction Issue out next week.

At 24, Obreht is the youngest writer on the list, which also includes Jonathan Safran Foer. The New Yorker will publish fiction by all the writers, starting in next week’s issue and continuing through the summer.

Meyer’s acclaimed 2009 debut novel, “American Rust,” won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among several other honors. Meyer earned a B.A. in English at Cornell and has been awarded Guggenheim and Dobie fellowships for 2010.

Obreht’s first novel, “The Tiger’s Wife,” will be published in 2011. An excerpt appeared as her short story debut in The New Yorker last June. The piece was a finalist for a 2010 American Society of Magazine Editors Award for Fiction.

The magazine last recognized young writers in a Debut Fiction Issue in 1999, with a “20 Under 40” list that included Junot Díaz, MFA ’95, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

– Daniel Aloi

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