We’re almost at the end of the year, but this doesn’t mean we’re closing doors. Actually, some are having new beginnings in the book world. Being a relatively new writer is hard, but this year brings a formidable crop of rising talent. Several talented writers have broken into the industry, and they deserve more recognition for their work. Meet the top picks of those hoping to follow the footsteps of famed writers like William Faulkner and J.K. Rowling. Read on to discover the most exciting new and young talents who’re slowly climbing the literary stage.
Guy Gunaratne created a name for himself after his debut novel, In Our Mad and Furious City, won the Jhalak Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award. His first book was also longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and four other prizes. His debut In Our Mad and Furious City tells the tale of three young men set in a jagged London suburb during city-wide riots. Guy was praised for allowing readers to enter in the center stage, which is seldom given in our contemporary culture and society. Before his venture as a writer, Guy worked as a designer, documentary filmmaker, and video journalist covering post-conflict areas around the world.
R.C. LeBeau is a Michigan-born author and war veteran who served the Vietnam War and Donut Hole between the 1967-1968 campaigns. Surviving the devastating war led him to publish a brilliant autobiography titled Donut Hole. LeBeau’s book gained good reviews for its touching and unforgettable account of what transpired during the said war. LeBeau recounts his time as a Marine and what he witnessed inside and outside of his unit’s coverage. R.C. LeBeau’s Life and War stories is a story, not only for the Marine Corp but also for sacrifices made by the Army. LeBeau is gifted with the art of storytelling that moves readers of all ages.
Suzy Hansen is an American author based in Istanbul, where she moved from the U.S. following the 9/11. She is best known for her books on politics and ideas. Hansen is the author of the persuasive Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World. Her debut was hailed by The New York Times as a deeply honest and remarkably revealing portrait of a person’s sensibility. Blending memoir, journalism, and history, Notes on a Foreign Country is a reflection on America’s place in the wake of the September 11 attacks. This powerful book is a profound reckoning with what it means to be American.
Canisia Lubrin is a writer, critic, professor, poet, and editor. Her debut poetry book Voodoo Hypothesis was named one of the best poetry collections of 2017 by CBC Books. Her second collection, titled The Dyzgraphxst, was published in March 2020. Lubrin’s work is published widely and has been frequently anthologized. Her work has been translated into Italian, German, French, and Spanish. Critics and readers recognized Lubrin for using the language of the past to explore the future in her poetry collection.
Author and screenwriter Victoria Aveyard was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. She is best known for her bestselling books Red Queen Series. The series is a young adult fantasy that follows seventeen-year-old Mare Barrow, identified as Reds, the lowest members of society. Unlike other Reds, Mare has special powers that could change the course of the future. Born into a poor family, Mare relies on stealing to survive until she gets a job in the palace. Not long after, Mare is drawn into the world of the Silvers, essentially the gods in the kingdom of Norta. The Red Queen series is currently being translated into 41 languages and counting.
Eddy Boudel Tan
Dundurn Press published this talented writer’s recent book, The Rebellious Tide. However, this is not new in the industry; he first published his debut novel After Elias in 2020. The Writer’s Trust of Canada selected him as one of the 2021 Rising Star. He was in the limelight for his contemporary stories that uncover how strange and extraordinary life can be. A lot of readers loved how he depicted the world in his works much like our own, where heroes are flawed, truth distorted, and how there is hope as there is heartbreak. His books can be found in Joyland, Yolk, Gertrude Press, and the G&LR publishing houses.