Bryan Washington is a writer from Houston. His fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times Style Magazine, BuzzFeed, the BBC, Vulture, The Paris Review, Boston Review, The Cut, Tin House, One Story, Bon Appétit, MUNCHIES, American Short Fiction, GQ, FADER, The Awl, The Believer, Hazlitt, and Catapult, where he wrote a column called “Bayou Diaries”. He’s also a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 winner, a New York Public Library Young Lions Award recipient, an Ernest J. Gaines Award recipient, an International Dylan Thomas Prize recipient, a Lambda Literary Award recipient, a PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize finalist, a National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize finalist, and the recipient of an O. Henry Award.
His first novel, Memorial, dropped on October 27th. The New York Times called it a Notable Book of 2020 and TIME called it one of their books of the year. So did the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and Vanity Fair. You can read an excerpt of it here at The New Yorker. And also another one at Entertainment Weekly. TIME, Vogue, People, Vulture, Buzzfeed, Kirkus, Goodreads, and Bookpage were looking forward to it, and the novel is currently nominated for the National Book Critics Circle award for Fiction. It was also nominated for The Aspen Literary Prize, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and The Center for Fiction’s 2020 First Novel Prize. You can pre-order it here, or from your local indie, or from mine.