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Announcing the 2015 First Novel Prize Long List

 

We are thrilled to announce the Long List for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize! The Short List will be announced on September 15 and the award presented at our Benefit Dinner on December 8. READ MORE

 


 

Shelf Life: Jami Attenberg

 

We asked the widely acclaimed author of the new novel Saint Mazie (published this June) to show us a section of her bookshelf. Here, she talks about the stack of books—both fiction and nonfiction—that she used for research and inspiration for her new novel. 

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There's Just a Page:

Writing a Debut Novel

 

2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize finalist, Matthew Thomas, talks with our Writing Programs Director, Sara Batkie, about writing about illness, the American Dream, and Queens as a crossroads. Thomas's book, We Are Not Ourselves, was published in paperback this week. READ MORE

 


 


JUNIOR EDITION:

New Books for Younger Readers

Column #24

 

In Celia McGee’s new Junior Edition, learn to conjure only the best of dreams (Tell Me What to Dream About), find true friendship on a quest to recover a missing waffle recipe (Adventures with Waffles), discover strength in freedom (The Girl in the Torch), and let music soothe your savage soul (The Rise & Fall of the Gallivanters). READ MORE

 


 

Shelf Life: Anna North

 

We asked New York Times editor and author of the new novel The Life and Death of Sophie Stark to show us a section of her bookshelf. Anna will be here on June 18 in discussion with Sarah Heyward and Carolita Johnson. READ MORE

 


 

Congratulations to Daniel Halpern!

 

The Center for Fiction is pleased to announce that Daniel Halpern, Publisher and President of Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, is the recipient of its 2015 Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Fiction. READ MORE

 


 

On Writing A First Novel

An interview with Josh Weil, author of The Great Glass Sea

 

The 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize finalist talks with Christopher Messer about myth and fable, the novella form, and the influence of Russian culture and language. READ MORE

 


 

Congratulations to our 2015 Emerging Writers Fellows!

 

We are thrilled to announce this year's NYC Emerging Writers Fellows, chosen from over 500 applicants. Congratulations to Naomi Chase, Lisa Chen, Nicola DeRobertis-Theye, t’ai freedom ford, Anu Jindal, Stephen Langlois, Melissa Rivero, Samantha Storey, and Ruchika Tomar. Click here to find out more. 

 


 

What a Nude Drawing Class 
Taught Me About POV in Fiction

by Patricia Park

 

On Tuesday, May 26, former NYC Emerging Writer Fellow Patricia Park will be coming to The Center to discuss her new novel Re Jane with her editor, Pamela Dorman. Here she talks about drawing men in the nude and how it helped her understand the importance of POV in her writing. READ MORE

 


 


JUNIOR EDITION:

New Books for Younger Readers

Column #23

 

In Celia McGee’s new Junior Edition, learn to banish unwanted spectral elephants (The Elephantom), discover unexpected friends in the idyllic town of Destiny (The Way to Stay in Destiny), witness the marvel of the natural world through a bird’s eye view (Firstborn), and fight for freedom with a brave and wondrous girl who is well ahead of her time (Wonder at the Edge of the World)READ MORE

 


 

Congratulations Onnesha!

Check out former Emerging Writers Fellow Onnesha Roychoudhuri hilarious new book Go to Hells: An Updated Guide to Dante's Underworld (written under the pen name Kali V. Roy) with illustrations by Jesse Riggle. For more information on our Emerging Writers Fellowship program, click here.   

 


 

Notes on Dialogue
by Tracy O'Neill

 

Tracy will be at The Center on June 4 to discuss her new novel The Hopeful with writer Marie-Helene Bertino. Here she offers advice on writing dialogue. READ MORE

 


 

The Revival of Renata Adler

 

We love New Republic's write-up about Renata Adler and her visit to The Center: "In 2013, during a rare appearance at the Center for Fiction in New York, Renata Adler squinted to address a packed house...." READ MORE

 


 

Shelf Life: Megan Abbott

 

We asked the Edgar-award winning author of Dare Me and The Fever to show us a section of her bookshelf. Here, she talks about the place "where Psychoanalysis/Gender Theory ends and True Crime begins." READ MORE

 


 

Six Questions for Cal Morgan

 

Cal Morgan, senior vice president and executive editor at Harper and editorial director at Harper Perennial, is the new chairman of the board at The Center for Fiction. Here he talks about how books draws us in, his love of editing, and what he hopes to accomplish as Board Chair. READ MORE

 


 

Advice from our CFA

 

Learn how to distinguish fact from fiction with Dennis Lehane, how to immerse your reader with Joyce Carol Oates, and watch other crime fiction greats like Ruth Rendell, Michael Connelly, and Mary Higgins Clark offer their best crime writing advice. watch now

 


 

Congrats to Nicole Haroutunian!

 

Nicole Haroutunian, who was the winner of our last Literarian short story contest, has a collection debuting today! If you just can't wait to read Speed Dreaming: Stories (Little A), check out Nicole's winning story, "Youse" here.

 


 

Liese Mayer, interviewed by Stefan Merrill Block

 

"Gearing up for the next edition of my workshop, I asked one of my regular guests to share some of her advice. Liese Mayer is an editor at Scribner, where she acquires both fiction and narrative non-fiction...." READ MORE

 


 

Terese Svoboda, interviewed by Tracy Young

 

Terese will be teaching "Focusing Your Fiction," a six-session workshop at The Center for Fiction starting March 31. Here’s what she has to say about writing, workshops and the expectation of miracles. READ MORE  

 


 

How to Read Like a Writer

by Gabriel Roth

 

"The first step in writing a novel is reading novels, is one of those truistic bits of canonical wisdom. Most would-be novelists are pleased to hear this because they already read novels. Hey, they think, I’m ahead of the curve! Ha ha ha if only." READ MORE  

 


 

 

 

 


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Our 2015 Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner will be held on Tuesday, December 8 at 6:30pm at The Metropolitan Club.

 

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