Grace Krilanovich: What It's Like Being One Of 5 Under 35

12/08/2010 04:04 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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The 5 Under 35 had had our own event, two days prior at the powerHouse Arena in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn. The National Book Foundation's annual reading and party, featuring five authors under the age of 35, is now in its fifth year and serves as a nice, festive kick-off for National Book Week -- and, if you're one of the authors, it is also a dazzling, nerve-wracking entree into a national stage. With a huge crowd full of formidable book people -- including our selecting authors, past National Book Award awardees and finalists -- the air was thick with the implicit notion that, once each had introduced us in glowing terms, singing our praises in a genuinely awe-inspiring way, we would then have to get up there and deliver the goods, i.e., read the words that all this fanfare was geared around.

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