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Congratulations to Tiphanie Yanique

 

We are thrilled to announce that Tiphanie Yanique has been awarded the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize for her debut novel, Land of Love and Drowning (Riverhead Books). READ MORE

 


 


JUNIOR EDITION:

New Books for Younger Readers

Column #19

 

In Celia McGee’s new Junior Edition, A trendy tween learns to stop and smell the flowers (The Bee Who Spoke: The Wonderful World of Belle and the Bee); A boy living between worlds discovers that he doesn't need to be a warrior to save the day (Night Sky Dragons); A bullied outcast realizes a power he never knew he had (The Iron Trial); and a young woman unearths a ghostly past she thaught she could escape (Suspicion).  READ MORE

 


 


Apply to the 2015 Emerging Writers Fellowship Program

 

This grant is generously funded by a grant from the Jerome Foundation, matched by additional funds from individuals. Nine writers will be selected in 2015 for a one-year fellowship. READ MORE

 


 

Clips on Craft:

Writers Talk Writing at The Center

 

Check out these videos of authors discussing the craft of writing, featuring the advice of such creative minds as Megan Abbott, Christian Jungersen, Anita Shreve, Katy Simpson Smith, Michael Carroll, Alden Jones, and many more! WATCH HERE

 


 

Event Spotlight:

Richard Powers talks about Orfeo

 

Keenan McCracken of Music & Literature recently interviewed Richard Powers concerning Orfeo, Music, Science, Literature, and the intrinsic links that they all share. Says Powers, "I’m the kind of musician and the kind of listener who experiences music, if not as a language, than at least as an information-rich, linguistic phenomenon..." READ MORE

 


 

JUNIOR EDITION:

New Books for Younger Readers

Column #18

 

In Celia McGee’s new Junior Edition, two friendly pups race against an antagonistic feline (Digby O’Day In the Fast Lane); a wingless, half-boy, half-bird dreams of taking flight (Beyond the Laughing Sky); a McCarthy era cowboy deals with questions of morality (The Paper Cowboy); and a Japanese teenager living in London discovers that she is part of a secret world (The Name of the Blade). READ MORE

 


 

Event Spotlight:
Michelle Bailat-Jones

 

On Thursday, November 6, Michelle will be reading from and discussing Fog Island Mountains, winner of The Center's 2013 Christopher Doheny Award. In this short essay she talks about understanding grief both privately and publicly, and how she dealt with these themes in her book. READ MORE 

 


 

2014 First Novel Fête!

 

Monday, December 8th is The Center For Fiction's First Novel Fête, one of the great literary holiday parties in New York City. Enjoy readings by all of our 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize finalists, with a cocktail party to follow! 
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JUNIOR EDITION:

New Books for Younger Readers

Column #17

 

In Celia McGee’s new Junior Edition, discover a young girls' surprising wish (Irene's Wish), an unstoppable 1950s African American girl obsessed with vampires (The Unstoppable Octobia May), five troubled youths sent away to Vermont to be "rehabilitated" (Belzhar), and a brilliant (and missing) Asperger's boy in Texas fascinated by things unseen (Evidence of Things Not Seen). READ MORE

 


 

WATCH THE VIDEO

Notes on Fiction: Marie-Helene Bertino

 

If you missed our concert celebrating the publication of Marie-Helene Bertino's debut novel, 2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas, you can watch the video on our site. This event paired vibrant jazz by The Steven Frieder Quartet paired with readings by the author. READ MORE

 

 


 


For Shame!
by Stefan Merrill Block

 

"I didn’t discover serious graphic novels until my early twenties, and—as much as I enjoy them now—the form is freighted for me with envy and regret. I always wanted to be a writer, but the truth is that, as a kid, I wanted equally to be a visual artist...." Read More

I didn’t discover serious graphic novels until my early twenties, and—as much as I enjoy them now—the form is freighted for me with envy and regret. I always wanted to be a writer, but the truth is that, as a kid, I wanted equally to be a visual artist. Graphic novels might have been a natural fit for me, if only my second career as an artist had not died of shame when I was thirteen. - See more at: http://www.centerforfiction.org/for-shame-by-stefan-merrill-block#sthash.BQ23uPQI.dpufREAD MORE

 


 

Composing
by Terese Svoboda

 

"You've got the words. They're swirling around in your head all day – all night for the more unfortunate among us. You've probably got an idea about what to do with those words, a story that's been sitting in your head for weeks or even months, and you're sure that whenever you access it, it will come forth, shining and beautiful...." READ MORE

 


 

Watch The Video:
Ann Goldstein, Stacey D'Erasmo, and Roxana Robinson Discuss Elena Ferrante
Our first event of the fall season was a tremendous success, as Ferrante's translator, Ann Goldstein, talked about the legendary Italian writer with authors Stacey D'Erasmo and Roxana Robinson. WATCH THE VIDEO

 


 


All the Pointers, None of the Intimidation
by Patrick Ryan

 

"Workshops are like relationships in many respects: they can be healthy or unhealthy, productive or unproductive, a fusing of minds or a battle of egos. A healthy, intimate relationship is one where you feel as much enthusiasm for what your partner brings to the table as for what you yourself bring, right? That’s what a good workshop can be...." READ MORE

 


 

On De-Purpling Your Prose
by Courtney Zoffness

 

"It’s natural to remember your first attempts at fiction with a combination of wistfulness and shame. Sometimes I think about mine, an international, star-crossed love story that featured a man who dreamed in black and white and a woman who dreamed in color...." Read More

 

 

 


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