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Truong first female to win fiction kudos

NEW YORK — The Young Lions Fiction Award ceremony in Gotham on March 31 was as stately as the New York Public Library itself, which administers the annual honor in recognition of writers 35 or under.

Actor-author Ethan Hawke — a member of the award committee — and Ellen Barkin alternated in reading excerpts from the five finalists’ books. There was no music or drum rolls, but the room still sat in suspense when library prexy Paul LeClerc announced the winning author, Monique Truong for “Book of Salt.” Book tells the story of a Vietnamese cook displaced from his home country.

“It’s the best night of the year for the library,” said LeClerc, adding that this year, it would be more appropriate to call it the “Young Lioness” award, with Truong being the first woman to win.

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