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!)

Kickstarter Update: We have raised over $15,000!


We are thrilled to announce that we have reached our goal to fund our new podcast, Fiction Talks! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated thus far. Find out more about our new podcast here

There are still 48 hours left in our campaign, and we are offering great perks, such as Novel Approach packages at 30% off, Center for Fiction memberships, autographed books by award-winning authors, and more. All extra money we raise will be used to improve our audio recordings of our Fall events season. READ MORE

Pride at The Center for Fiction


June is Pride month, and in celebration of this, 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, Etan Nechin, Zulma Ortiz-Fuentes, Dan Sheehan, and Erin Somers. 

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Who's Your (Literary) Daddy? 

A List of Writing Fathers and Their Creative Kids


This Father's Day, we're celebrating dads who write, and who've passed down the passion to their children. Many of the authors on this list had complex relationships with their fathers, daughters, and sons, but perhaps that only enhanced the quality of their writing. Here's your proof that talent can be hereditary. READ


Congratulations to Akhil Sharma!

Winner of the International Dublin Literary Award


We're pleased to offer our congratulations to Akhil Sharma, winner of the International Dublin Literary Award for his novel Family Life. Sharma was an esteemed judge of our 2015 First Novel Prize. We hosted Sharma with George Packer in 2014. Click here to watch the event, which will be featured in our new podcast, Fiction Talks.

Five Over Fifty
by Elizabeth Marro

Elizabeth Marro was fifty-nine and a half when her debut novel, Casualties, was published. In this new book list she celebrates the late blooming literary set. From a classic children's tale to this year's hit debut, you'll be surprised at the books whose authors prove it's never too late to start writing.   

"Sometimes a writer has to live a little before that first novel. Sometimes she has to live a little longer. Here are five debut books by authors who first published when they were over fifty—and then kept going. They prove that it is worth the wait." READ

Five Questions for Sofia Quintero


As part of our KidsRead program, author Sofia Quintero visited the Center to talk about her book Show and Prove with students from The Academy for Young Writers in Brooklyn. We asked Sofia a few questions about why she became a young adult fiction writer, her strategies for getting into the perspective of a teenager, and the use of slang in her novels. 


"I began writing for young adults as a young adult myself. I wrote a full-length novel when I was about fourteen, based on my block in the Bronx. Virtually everyone in my neighborhood made an appearance, from my best friend to her annoying brother, and even people I didn’t know very well or like at all." READ 

An Interview with David L. Ulin

on his new book Ear to the Ground 

Earthquakes, Hollywood, and money, money, money—David. L. Ulin's Ear to the Ground is an entertaining satire that never loses its heart. Originally published as a serial novel in The Los Angeles Reader in the 90's, the book has recently been released by Unnamed Press. Here, Ulin discusses co-writing the novel with Paul Kolsby, serial novels as an art form, and the thrilling nature of earthquakes.


"A serial novel is a strange beast because it appears in print, but piece by piece, and I wanted to be able to present the book as a whole. But it wasn't until Paul called me a couple of years ago to ask if I still had the novel that something more concrete began to emerge. We read the book and got excited about the possibility of it coming out. Then we began to see how that might work." READ 




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