SEAS Alumna Patricia Engel Finalist in NY Public Library Award

The New York Public Library's 11th annual Young Lions Fiction Award ceremony, held last night, was led as is customary by one of the prize's founding benefactors, actor and author Ethan Hawke. "The idea was to say to young writers that this library, this city, this community--we care about ideas and we care about good writing," Hawke said in his introductory remarks, before he was joined by Billy Crudup and Martha Plimpton in readings from the five nominated books. The $10,000 prize went to Adam Levin's The Instructions (which Shelf Awareness praised as "one of this year's most dazzling literary rides"), while each of the other four finalists received $1,000. Pictured (from l.): John Brandon, Teddy Wayne, Adam Levin, Martha Plimpton, Billy Crudup, Paul LeClerc, Suzanne Rivecca, Patricia Engel, Ethan Hawke.

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