authors | November 28, 2012

Seven of New York's 100 Most Important Living Writers Are Lavin Speakers

Long known for being a hub for creativity, New York boasts some of the world's best writers. In a Flavorwire roundup, the media outlet compiled a list of the 100 Most Important Living Writers in the Big Apple, with seven Lavin speakers rounding out the selections! According to the article, the writers chosen have "serious literary merit," and  "their legacy, their publishing history, and their cultural relevance across the board," were determining factors regarding who made the cut—and who didn't. Here's what the staff had to say about the writers chosen:

Teju Cole:

Not only was Teju Cole chosen as one of the Flavorwire's favorite writers, but many of the other writers on the list cited him as their favorite emerging writer as well. "Teju Cole’s first novel, Open City, was, by any measuring stick, an enormous success," Flavorwire writes. "[Open City] catapulted Cole into the center of the whole 'important young New York writers' scene and put him on just about everyone’s list of smart people that need to be watched and read." They also endorse his upcoming nonfiction book, saying that it is "sure to attract all the eager and important eyeballs."

Chuck Klosterman:

Beginning his career at Spin, Klosterman has since moved on to become the bestselling author of several fiction and non-fiction books, is a contributor to the sports website Grantland, and is the current Ethicist at New York Times MagazineFlavorwire calls his first book, Fargo Rock City, a "hilarious and personal rock treatise," and deems his non-fiction novels to be "quirky and interesting." His third book, Killing Yourself To Live, is what the magazine believes has garnered him the most attention, thanks in part, they argue, to the controversial theory he floats about Radiohead's Kid A album unintentionally predicting and documenting the events of 9/11. Despite possibly seeming like a "from-left-field hire," Flavorwire says that NYT Magazine's decision to hire Klosterman as their Ethicist was a perfect fit based on the material he has covered in books.  Further, Klosterman drops a hint about the release of his new non-fiction book, I Wear the Black Hat, in the article. 

Patti Smith:

"Few writers capture the nostalgic spirit of New York City like Patti Smith, our doyenne of punk, our reigning poetess, and one of our favorite storytellers," Flavorwire writes.  For over 45 years, Smith has produced an influential body of work that transcends generations, genres and disciplines to inspire people around the world. Her poetry and memoirs have "made an everlasting mark on our cultural history," the article reads, not to mention winning her numerous awards (including the National Book Award for Non-Fiction for Just Kids) and earning her a well-deserved place in the hearts of artists and art-lovers internationally. 

Salman Rushdie:

"Rushdie is well-loved by many for his deft combinations of historical fiction and magical realism, as well as his incisive post-colonial view and the flat-out ambition of his literary works," writes Flavorwire. Rushdie's prose is highly-regarded the world over, earning him several Booker prizes (all for Midnight's Children, which was awarded the Booker Prize as well as the Booker of Bookers and The Best of The Booker, for its tremendous influence.) He also received the Queen's Knighthood for "services to literature." The Satanic Verses, which resulted in an outpour of aggression from the Muslim World, is "indelible proof of the power of Rushdie’s prose." His newest work, Joseph Anton: A Memoir, recounts the time he spent in hiding. 

We'd also like to congratulate Sloane Crosley, Colum McCann, and Lev Grossman, for being selected to the list for their important contributions to New York's vibrant literary scene.