Congratulations are in order for Saïd Sayrafiezadeh who is a recipient of this year’s Whiting Writers’ Award!
Saïd won us over with his 2009 memoir When Skateboards Will Be Free, published by Random House. The book is a revelation of honest-to-god storytelling, “heartbreaking and hilarious…” said The Guardian, where it was an editor’s pick. And in 2009 it was selected as one of the 10 best books by Dwight Garner of The New York Times.
The Whiting Writers’ Award is given annually to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays, an obvious bellwether for the up-and-coming with previous winners including Jonathan Franzen and Michael Cunningham.
Read our interview with Saïd where he discusses his much acclaimed memoir.