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Books We Love: Pretax Reading


It's that time of year again. 2014 has come and gone, and the inevitable tax filing awaits. Whether you're struggling with debt or basking in the luxuries of financial success, we are sure these books will resonate with you (and offer an excuse to put off doing your taxes). Read More



Congrats to Alison Gaylin!


We are thrilled that CFA Writing Workshop teacher Alison Gaylin has been nominated for a 2015 Edgar for Best Paperback Original for her novel, Stay With Me! Alison will be teaching a workshop starting this spring. For more information on our Crime Fiction Academy, click here



Remembering Robert Stone

by Roxana Robinson


When I first read Robert Stone’s work I was struck by the beauty of the sentences. That’s the way a writer reads, listening to cadence and rhythm and beauty, and that’s what first draws your respect and attention.... READ MORE



Curing What Ails You


As many of us know, it's hard to be a writer. Not only does it require incredible talent, but also confidence, self discipline, and perseverance. Here, writers offer advice on how to overcome procrastination, fear, failure, writers block, a terrible first draft, and more. READ MORE



Staff Picks: Evie Wyld's All The Birds, Singing


Our Awards and Programs Manager, Sara Batkie, reviews All The Birds, Singing, a chilling novel by Evie Wyld about a woman living on a remote sheep farm in Coastal England with her dog as her only companion. The novel recently won the Miles Franklin Award, Australia's highest literary honor. READ MORE 



Congratulations to Tiphanie Yanique


 Tiphanie Yanique is the winner of the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize for her debut novel, Land of Love and Drowning (Riverhead Books). READ MORE




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



Event Spotlight:
Michelle Bailat-Jones


On Thursday, November 6, Michelle read 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 




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




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








All of us at Crime Fiction Academy are sending thoughts for a speeding recovery to Ruth Rendell, who wowed the crowd at The Center For Fiction so recently, who was so forthright in her talk, so generous and witty, who is elegant and smart, and who, we hope, will soon be back to writing new novels that delve so deeply into the human psyche, that fascinate us and keep us turning the pages, who is simply one of the best writers around. Who said to me as I walked her to her car, "Thank you for taking such good care of me tonight." Ruth, we would surely take care of you if we could—and we are holding all good thoughts for you. 

- Jonathan Santlofer



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