Alumnus Yu Wins Recognition for His New Fiction

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October 4, 2007 (NEW YORK) – Columbia Law School alumnus Charles Yu ’01 has been recognized by the National Book Foundation for his recent fiction.
Yu was among five young fiction writers recognized by the foundation as ``5 Under 35’’ – a small group of writers who were selected by previous National Book Award finalists or winners as ``someone whose work is particularly promising and exciting and is among the best of a new generation of writers.’’
Yu was selected for his book ``Third Class Superhero’’ (Harcourt, 2006) by Richard Powers, 2006 National Book Award winner for ``The Echo Maker’’ (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006).
The five young authors will be honored at a celebration in Manhattan Nov. 12 at Tribeca Cinemas, where they will be introduced by the authors who selected them and then will read an excerpt from their most recent book.
Yu, who lives in Los Angeles and practices law full-time, carves out time to write from midnight to 3 a.m., according to a release by the foundation. Yu’s fiction has been published in several magazines and literary journals, including Oxford Magazine, The Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, Mississippi Review and Alaska Quarterly Review.
His work has been cited for special mention in ``The Pushcart Prize Anthology XXVII’’ and reprinted in ``Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories 2004.’’
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