What Else Would a Young Film Star Wear? 
by Maggie O'Farrell 

In this essay, Maggie O'Farrell, author of the new novel This Must Be the Place, writes about how an unforgettable dress found its way into her fiction.

"In my mid-20s, my friend and I managed to snag a flat near Angel tube station in London. It was narrow and lightless, with a corridor running alongside two rooms, a kitchenette you could cross in two steps and a tiny bathroom, where you could reach the loo only by turning sideways and edging past the bath. I had the back room, dark as a cave in winter, with a desk under a sash window, where I would sit working, when not at my actual job on a newspaper. I had no money; neither of us did. I was trying to write—freelance book reviews, stories, what seemed to be turning into a novel..."  read more 

Think Outside the Book


Traditional writing guidebooks can be excellent tools for getting your fingers typing (heck, we even have a whole list of favorites,) but we also know that inspiration and guidance can come from unexpected sources. We've asked our fall writing workshop leaders to share some of the uncommon guides they've used in their own writing. 


Click here to read our teachers' picks that range from the cemetery to Wallace Stevens to the latest bestsellers.  

Announcing Our 2016 First Novel Prize Long List 


We are pleased to announce the Long List for the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel of the year. We hope you'll take a closer look at this year's Long List of twenty-five books narrowed down from our excellent group of submissions, and pick up one of these worthy novels for yourself.


Stay tuned for the Short List announcement this September. And the winner of the First Novel Prize will be announced by last year's winner, Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer), at our Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner at The Metropolitan Club on December 6th. VIEW THE LIST

New Library Acquisitions for Summer! 


Summer is made for reading. Whether you’re covered by the dappled shade of a backyard tree, laid out on a sticky poolside recliner, or buckled into a seat on an overnight flight to some exotic escape, summer offers many venues for losing yourself in a book. The Center has your bookish needs covered from ambitious literary novels like Annie Proulx's Barkskins to the latest Scandinavian noir, Erik Axl Sund’s The Crow Girl. We hope you'll stop by to check out our latest acquisitions or to pick up an older favorite from our large collection. And it's easy to join if you're not a member already! 


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Announcing Our 2016 Fall Reading Groups

Readers, rejoice! It's time to announce the spectacular line-up of our 2016 Fall Reading Groups. This season, experience the literature of Russia with Sheila Kohler in Great Short Works of Russian Fiction, or dive in to a two-year Proust journey with Anka Muhlstein in Proust I. Check out groups focused on favorite authors like Henry James and David Foster Wallace, and groups that tackle larger themes like LGBT Fiction, Women and Identity, or Post-modern Detectives. FIND OUT MORE

JUNIOR EDITION: New Fiction for Younger Readers #30
by Celia McGee

JUNIOR EDITION: New Fiction for Younger Readers searches recent releases to discover the best kids' fiction out there. Writer, editor, and Center for Fiction board member Celia McGee covers four fantastic titles in this month's column: Suite for Human Nature by Diane Lampert, Mister Cleghorn’s Seal written and illustrated by classic children's author Judith Kerr, Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan, and The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight. 


We hope Celia's terrific choices inspire the kids in your life to pick up a book (and you may even find yourself flipping through these pages!)

Pride at The Center for Fiction


In celebration of Pride, 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, you'll love our new podcast, Fiction Talks, which will launch later this year. This project was recently fully funded on Kickstarter, and thanks to over 100 generous donors, we will be able to remaster the audio of great events like these from our archive. These voices deserve to be heard in the best quality, and we can't wait to bring them to you in the form of a literary podcast! READ MORE

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, Danny Lorberbaum, Zulma Ortiz-Fuentes, Dan Sheehan, and Erin Somers. 

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The Center for Fiction is the only nonprofit literary organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to celebrating fiction, and we work every day to connect readers and writers. 


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If you are in NYC, visit our independent bookstore in The Center for Fiction building at 17 East 47th St. We carry a carefully curated selection of great fiction in our new books section, as well as used and rare books of every kind.



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