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Big Read: Edgar Allan Poe


We are celebrating Poe all October as part of the Big Read series. Check out our line-up of events, including a panel discussion on Poe's influence on writers, a Notes on Fiction performance surrounding the works of Poe, a ghost tour of Poe Cottage, and much more. Find out MORE




New Books for Younger Readers

Column #14

In Celia McGee’s new Junior Edition, read about an independent canine (I'm My Own Dog); an unlikely cowboy (Leroy Ninker Saddles Up); a well-read flea (Fleabrain Loves Franny) and a familiar character with an unfamiliar twist (Skink -- No Surrender).  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



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





New Books for Younger Readers

Column #13

In Celia McGee’s new Junior Edition, read about monster teacher Ms. Kirby (My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)); a zombie cafeteria invasion (The Zero Degree Zombie Zone); a stray cat in Washington Square Park (Cat in the City) and 17-year-old foster child “M” (Circle of Stones).  READ MORE




Announcing the Short List for the 2014 First Novel Prize


We are pleased to announce the Short List for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. The winner will be announced on December 9th at The Center for Fiction's Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner at the New York Athletic Club. VIEW THE SHORT LIST




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



New Novel by Writers' Studio Member Michael McGhee


Michael McGhee just published a new novel, Happiness Ltd., with Laughing Fire Press. Publishers Weekly said of Happiness Ltd., “A highly original and gripping novel, this is also a frightening commentary on overarching governmental control, with just enough plausibility to be terrifying.” FIND OUT MORE



Watch the Video: Stuart Dybek


Acclaimed short story writer Stuart Dybek read from and discussed his latest collections, Paper Lantern: Love Stories and Ecstatic Cahoots: Stories, which were released concurrently. WATCH VIDEO



New Novel by Emerging Writer Fellow


Congratulations to 2011 Emerging Writer Fellow Marie-Helene Bertino for her newly published novel, 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas(Crown)! Watch Marie-Helene Bertino read and discuss her short story collection, Safe As Houses, at The Center. Watch Video



Announcing Our 2014
Fall Writing Workshops!


We’re pleased to announce a roster of eight exciting classes for fall 2014, including award-winning instructors such as Ann PackerPatrick Ryan, Stefan Merrill BlockJessica Francis KaneGabriel RothTerese Svoboda, and Simon Van Booy. READ MORE



Now Accepting Submissions for 
The 2014 Christopher Doheny Award!


The Christopher Doheny Award recognizes excellence in fiction or nonfiction on the topic of serious illness by a writer who has personally dealt or is dealing with life-threatening illness, either his or her own or that of a close relative or friend. VIEW GUIDELINES



Alison Gaylin Talks with

Wendy Corsi Staub 


Crime Fiction Academy instuctor Alison Gaylin was recently featured in USA Today, talking with author Wendy Corsi Staub. The two were discussing their new books, Stay With Me (Gaylin) and The Perfect Stranger (Staub). READ NOW

Summer Hours at The Center


Now that summer is finally here, The Center will be operating on summer hours. Regular operating hours for the weekday will remain the same, but we will now be closed on Saturdays. Have a great summer!








Four Novels to Read
Before You're Twenty

by Delia Graham-Costello  


While Celia McGee's Junior Edition Column is taking a temporary summer break, we've asked our summer intern, Delia, to recommend books for high-schoolers. Check out her suggestions of classic and contemporary novels for the (slightly) younger reader. READ MORE



A Stefan Zweig Discussion:
George Prochnik and James Lasdun

Authors George Prochnik and James Lasdun discuss Stefan Zweig - the provocative Austrian writer who was the inspiration for Wes Anderson's latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel - and Prochnik's new biography, The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World. Watch Video





KidsRead: Beth Kobliner Shaw

Jacob's Eye Patch

In our latest KidsRead event, Beth Kobliner Shaw talked with 3rd graders from the Mott Haven Academy in the South Bronx about Jacob's Eye Patch, a spirited story of learning how to embrace your own differences and accept those of others. View Photos





Event Spotlight:

A Bernard Malamud Tribute

On May 1, we hosted a celebration of the life and work of Bernard Malamud with those who knew and loved him: Alan Cheuse, Philip Davis, Peter Malamud Smith, Clark Blaise, Liesl Schillinger, Kevin Baker, Téa Obreht, Bharati Mukherjee, and event organizer Boris Fishman. Watch Video

The Book That Made
Francine Prose a Reader


"The book that made me a reader was, to be honest, Fun with Dick and Jane. I can’t remember much about it. See Spot run, I guess. The point was that I learned to read at an early age, so that it became a sort of party trick, much admired by the grown-ups..." READ MORE
Francine Prose and Rivka Galchen discussed their new books on Wednesday, May 21. Watch Video




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