Post­ed by Nao­mi Firestone-Teeter

Shani Boian­jiu, the youngest recip­i­ent ever of the Nation­al Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 Award, for which she was cho­sen by Nicole Krauss, will be pub­lish­ing her debut nov­el, The Peo­ple of For­ev­er Are Not Afraid, with Hog­a­rth in Sep­tem­ber. Read an inter­view with the author here and an excerpt here.

Orig­i­nal­ly from Lan­cast­er, Penn­syl­va­nia, Nao­mi is the CEO of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil. She grad­u­at­ed from Emory Uni­ver­si­ty with degrees in Eng­lish and Art His­to­ry and, in addi­tion, stud­ied at Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don. Pri­or to her role as exec­u­tive direc­tor, Nao­mi served as the found­ing edi­tor of the JBC web­site and blog and man­ag­ing edi­tor of Jew­ish Book World. In addi­tion, she has over­seen JBC’s dig­i­tal ini­tia­tives, and also devel­oped the JBC’s Vis­it­ing Scribe series and Unpack­ing the Book: Jew­ish Writ­ers in Conversation.