The New Yorker Unveils "20 Under 40" Author List

Sorry, Dave Eggers.

No matter how many heartbreaking works of staggering genius the guy may put out, his turning 40 back in March makes him ineligible for one prestigious list of literary luminaries.

This week, The New Yorker released its annual “20 Under 40” list of young fiction writers worth watching, the New York Times reports.

In addition to perennial fiction favorite Jonathan Safran Foer, the list contains quite a few surprises. Many have roots outside the U.S., including authors from Ethiopia, Peru, Nigeria and China. All of the writers but two—Téa Obreht and Karen Russell—are in their thirties. This list also has an equal number of male and female writers, which fiction editor Deborah Treisman “a rewarding accident, in terms of what it says about equal opportunity on the literary playing field these days” in the NYT report.

Past “20 Under 40” honorees include Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Díaz, Michael Chabon, Jeffrey Eugenides and David Foster Wallace.

This year’s list:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chris Adrian
Daniel Alarcon
David Bezmozgis
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
Joshua Ferris
Jonathan Safran Foer
Nell Freudenberger
Rivka Galchen
Nicole Krauss
Yiyun Li
Dinaw Mengestu
Philipp Meyer
C. E. Morgan
Tea Obreht
Z Z Packer
Karen Russell
Salvatore Scibona
Gary Shteyngart
Wells Tower

The issue with the list hits newsstands Monday.