Congratulations to Uzodinma Iweala whose Beasts of No Nation won the 6th Annual Young Lions Award (and was a Time book of the year and won the L.A. Times Book Award) . The three nights were a total blast and thanks and congrats go out to the Young Lions organization for putting it all together.
On the awards night Famke Janssen (…!) read an excerpt from Kelly’s story “The Hortlak” — which, with the line about the city still burning in her eyes, made a lot of sense. Great reading. Terrance Howard and Ethan Hawke (a cofounder of the award) did lively readings of excerpts from the other 4 finalists (list below). Wow. The next night was the Young Lions Fundraising gala. A drinkie was had beforehand which was smart as reinforcement was necessary to survive the night. Tres fancy. The set were all out in Roaring 20s splendour (or, 20s Splenda: just as sweet, a fraction of the calories, and not quite natural) and lovely it was to see. After a relaxed dinner (veggie options, yay!) all the finalists danced until the place got closed down — excellent stuff, although odd how as the night went on the music got older. Hmm. Perhaps playing to the crowd? Dance, dance, revolution, but without the revolution thing. A surreal week that other awards could emulate!