The Company of Writers is delighted that Blanche McCrary Boyd, who appeared at our January 2015 workshop in Brooklyn, is a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her novel Tomb of the Unknown Racist. Those lucky enough to have been there were struck by her generous encouragement of other writers less sure and powerful than she—that is, all of us. I was honored to read the first couple of chapters of Tomb when she joined us. She’s the smart-looking person at the head of the table, by the way; I’m the pink-faced guy at the end.