New Yorker puts Toronto writers on its top 20 under 40 list
The last time the New Yorker published a list of its favourite young fiction writers, Y2K was a catastrophe avoided but 9/11 was still nothing more than an emergency telephone number. Ten years later, having boosted the careers of Jeffrey Eugenides and David Foster Wallace, the venerable 85-year-old magazine has released a new list of authors to watch, and this time, two Toronto-based authors are on it. Rivka Galchen (Atmospheric Disturbances) and David Bezmozgis (writer-director of the film Victoria Day) are among the picks for this generation’s top 20 writers under 40—alongside such names as Wells Tower and Jonathan Safran Foer. Although Bezmozgis told the CBC he was honoured to be included, he said he wasn’t sure what it would mean for him in the future. But since the New Yorker tends to publish works by luminaries like Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro, may we suggest bragging rights?