Quoting from The New York Times:
"The New Yorker has chosen its “20 Under 40” list of fiction writers worth watching, a group assembled by the magazine’s editors in a lengthy, secretive process that has provoked considerable anxiety among young literary types. The list was published in the double fiction issue of The New Yorker that arrived on newsstands Monday. All of the writers were told three weeks ago that they had made the cut.
They are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 32; Chris Adrian, 39; Daniel Alarcón, 33; David Bezmozgis, 37; Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, 38; Joshua Ferris, 35; Jonathan Safran Foer, 33; Nell Freudenberger, 35; Rivka Galchen, 34; Nicole Krauss, 35; Yiyun Li, 37; Dinaw Mengestu, 31; Philipp Meyer, 36; C. E. Morgan, 33; Téa Obreht, 24; Z Z Packer, 37; Karen Russell, 28; Salvatore Scibona, 35; Gary Shteyngart, 37; and Wells Tower, 37.
Beyond their age, the writers on the list have nothing in common, said David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker."
Now we have great respect for David Remnick, but there are some things he clearly doesn't know about these young writers. Six of them share a little-known, common history. The six--Chris Adrian, Joshua Ferris, Jonathan Safran Foer, Nell Freudenberger, Gary Shteyngart, and Wells Tower--have all done readings at a little bookshop in Durham. At 720 Ninth Street in Durham, to be precise. A place called The Regulator Bookshop...