ESSENTIAL READING

Pride at The Center for Fiction

 

June is Pride month, and in celebration of this, we wanted to share videos of just a few of the authors we've hosted over the years who address LGBTQIA issues in their work. 


If you like what you hear, and would like more, please consider donating to our Kickstarter campaign, the proceeds of which will fund our unique podcast 'Fiction Talks.' The podcast will bring you engaging, thought-provoking, and inspirational discussions from our large archive, as well as recordings of future events at the Center.


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Congratulations to Our 2016 Fellows!

 

The Center for Fiction is pleased to announce our 2016 NYC Emerging Writers Fellows: Daniel DiStefano, Marie Holmes, Enkay Iguh, Swati Khurana, Hafeez Lakhani, Etan Nechin, Zulma Ortiz-Fuentes, Dan Sheehan, and Erin Somers. 


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Who's Your (Literary) Daddy? 

A List of Writing Fathers and Their Creative Kids

 

This Father's Day, we're celebrating dads who write, and who've passed down the passion to their children. Many of the authors on this list had complex relationships with their fathers, daughters, and sons, but perhaps that only enhanced the quality of their writing. Here's your proof that talent can be hereditary. READ

 


Congratulations to Akhil Sharma!

Winner of the International Dublin Literary Award

 

We're pleased to offer our congratulations to Akhil Sharma, winner of the International Dublin Literary Award for his novel Family Life. Sharma was an esteemed judge of our 2015 First Novel Prize. We hosted Sharma with George Packer in 2014. Click here to watch the event, which will be featured in our new podcast.

Five Over Fifty
by Elizabeth Marro


Elizabeth Marro was fifty-nine and a half when her debut novel, Casualties, was published. In this new book list she celebrates the late blooming literary set. From a classic children's tale to this year's hit debut, you'll be surprised at the books whose authors prove it's never too late to start writing.   

"Sometimes a writer has to live a little before that first novel. Sometimes she has to live a little longer. Here are five debut books by authors who first published when they were over fifty—and then kept going. They prove that it is worth the wait." READ

Fiction Talks 

Help us make a podcast! 

 

Since 2005, The Center for Fiction has been presenting some of the most exciting writers working today. Now, we are launching a unique new podcast: Fiction Talks. Twice a month, beginning in September, we'll feature exclusive talks taken from our vast archive, bringing you the thoughts, feelings, and advice of great authors from the world of fiction.

 

We're launching a Kickstarter campaign to help bring this podcast to you! We hope you'll consider donating so that we can remaster the audio from our events. Click here for more information and to lend your support.  

Five Questions for Sofia Quintero

 

As part of our KidsRead program, author Sofia Quintero visited the Center to talk about her book Show and Prove with students from The Academy for Young Writers in Brooklyn. We asked Sofia a few questions about why she became a young adult fiction writer, her strategies for getting into the perspective of a teenager, and the use of slang in her novels. 

 

"I began writing for young adults as a young adult myself. I wrote a full-length novel when I was about fourteen, based on my block in the Bronx. Virtually everyone in my neighborhood made an appearance, from my best friend to her annoying brother, and even people I didn’t know very well or like at all." READ 

An Interview with David L. Ulin

on his new book Ear to the Ground 


Earthquakes, Hollywood, and money, money, money—David. L. Ulin's Ear to the Ground is an entertaining satire that never loses its heart. Originally published as a serial novel in The Los Angeles Reader in the 90's, the book has recently been released by Unnamed Press. Here, Ulin discusses co-writing the novel with Paul Kolsby, serial novels as an art form, and the thrilling nature of earthquakes.

 

"A serial novel is a strange beast because it appears in print, but piece by piece, and I wanted to be able to present the book as a whole. But it wasn't until Paul called me a couple of years ago to ask if I still had the novel that something more concrete began to emerge. We read the book and got excited about the possibility of it coming out. Then we began to see how that might work." READ 

A Tribute to Edith Grossman 

 

If you've read Spanish-language literature, chances are you've read an Edith Grossman translation. From Cervantes to Gabriel García Márquez to Mario Vargas Llosa to Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Grossman is a chameleon, able to take on the voice of an author and transform their writing into a stunning work of art for the English-speaking world.

 

On April 30th, in celebration of her 80th birthday, Grossman was fêted by her colleagues as part of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, in partnership with the Cervantes Institute. We'd like to continue the celebration by sharing with you some of the tributes she received. READ

Constant Cravings
by Jennifer Haigh


Jennifer Haigh's new novel, Heat and Light, takes place in Bakerton, PA where alcoholism and meth addiction are commonplace. In this book list she picks three story collections and four novels that delve into the topic of addiction in its many forms. 

"My character Dick Devlin worked in the coal mines until his job disappeared; then he opened a tavern. His younger son is a recovering addict who works as a counselor in a methadone clinic, and his older son, a corrections officer in a prison full of drug offenders—an entire family working in the addictions business. In Bakerton, as everywhere, drinking and drugging are baked into the culture. For the addict and everyone around him, the consequences are profound." READ MORE



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Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s third Publishing Conference is a special one-day session to hear from veteran authors, agents and editors. Past conferences have featured speakers from The New Yorker, The New York Times, Penguin Random House, W.W. Norton, and more. Open to writers of all ages, races, and genres!


Saturday, June 25, 2016

from noon to 6pm

ISSUE Project Room

22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY


Check out their website for confirmed speakers and more information: aaww.org/pubcon16

 

Friends of The Center for Fiction receive $25 off General Admission

E-mail info@centerforfiction.org for the coupon code.