ESSENTIAL READING

The Book Drop:

From Aaron to Zyzak (and Back)

by Jon Michaud

 

For this month's Book Drop, our head librarian Jon Michaud talks about every book lover's dream: exploring a collection with books dating back 200 years. The Center for Fiction, founded as the Mercantile Library in 1820, holds such gems as a first edition copy of Yeats's The Tower, a letter postmarked 1928, and century-old notes scrawled in the margins of books. Hear about the newly completed catalogue (a decade-long project!) and what has been found in the stacks along the way. READ

The Book That Made Me a Reader: 

Dina Nayeri on Behrangi, Golding, and Ishiguro

 

In this Book That Made Me a Reader, Dina Nayeri, author of the new novel Refuge, reflects on three different times she was inspired as a reader. Nayeri writes about discovering a veiled political allegory as a child in Iran, about reading an unforgettable classic in high school in Oklahoma, and finally being moved by the subtle words of Kazuo Ishiguro and how they changed the direction of her life.

 

"My copy of that book has a dozen notes on every page. Its spine is broken and pages folded. It was the dirtiest, wickedest thing I had ever read and I couldn’t get enough." read more

Author Picks: Marcus Sakey’s Favorite Made-Up Genre


Whether you call this genre speculative fiction, alternate history or in Marcus Sakey's parlance, alt-fic, what these books have in common is that they're all great reads. The author of the new thriller Afterlife has selected six novels that present our recognizable world... but with a twist. From a financial thriller to the latest literary fiction hit, we're sure you'll find something to make you question reality. 

 

"What I love about alt-fic is that it is broad and recognizable. It feels familiar, and yet introduces a difference that changes everything. It’s a genre that allows writers to design compulsively readable thrillers around thoughtful ideas." READ  

Writing America: An Interview with Julia Fierro

 

In Julia Fierro's new novel, The Gypsy Moth Summer, she tells the story of the seemingly-idyllic Avalon Island from an ensemble narration of richly-drawn characters. Our web editor Kristin Henley talked with Fierro about writing her sophomore novel, exploring various viewpoints, and her advice for emerging writers. 

 

"My favorite books to read are those that tell stories in multiple perspectives, and the same goes for TV shows and films. I am fascinated by the way in which a group of people can witness the same events, in the same time and place, and have vastly different interpretations depending on what he or she needs to see." read more

David Swinson’s Long Road from Cop to Crime Novelist

by Jon Michaud

 

In this month’s Book Drop, our librarian Jon Michaud speaks to crime fiction writer David Swinson, who worked as a nightclub promoter, movie producer, and policeman before publishing his first novel. Swinson discusses his unlikely connections to Timothy Leary and G. Gordon Liddy, and considers how screenwriting and police work influenced his Frank Marr trilogy.

 

"Every aspiring writer takes his or her own unique path towards publication. Few writers have taken a route that is as convoluted as that of Swinson. He is the rare writer whose biography would make for excellent fiction." READ MORE

Books Not to Give Dad on Father's Day 

(But Are Great for You!)

 

Okay, okay this may not be the most helpful list for Father’s Day, but you got him a tie anyway (#classicdadgift). From The Vegetarian to The Shining, this list features books we love, but they probably aren't the best gifts for your pop. 

 

"Yanagihara’s career took off with 2015’s A Little Life, but her first novel The People in the Trees is also a mesmerizing read. Unreliable narrator and scientist Norton Perina recalls his travels to a remote island on the hunt for a biological Fountain of Youth." read all of our picks

Our Favorite Movies About Writers

 

Not even we here at The Center for Fiction can read books all the time. Sometimes we take a break and put on a movie, BUT of course we only watch movies about writers. Here's a roundup of some of our favorite films featuring brooding authors of all sorts. We hope you enjoy our picks and that you'll maybe even get a little bit of inspiration from seeing these writers on the big screen!  READ

Congratulations to our 2017 NYC Emerging Writers Fellows!


We are thrilled to announce this year's NYC Emerging Writers Fellows, chosen from over 500 applicants. Congratulations to Amna Ahmad, Charlotte Crowe, Dana Czapnik, Erik Hoel, Andrew Mangan, Crystal Powell, Maud Streep, Alexandra Tanner, and Hubert Vigilla.

 

This program is made possible with generous support from the Jerome Foundation and individual donors. The 2017 fellows were selected by our judges: Manuel Gonzales (The Regional Office Is Under Attack!: A Novel), Alexandra Kleeman (Intimations), and Téa Obreht (The Tiger's Wife).  FIND OUT MORE



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