by Jennifer Haigh
Jennifer Haigh's new novel, Heat and Light, takes place in Bakerton, PA where alcoholism and meth addiction are commonplace. In this book list she picks three story collections and four novels that delve into the topic of addiction in its many forms.
Jennifer Haigh will appear with Richard Price at the Center on May 11th to discuss her highly acclaimed novel Heat and Light. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
How to Focus Your Story
led by Judy Sternlight
Many lucky writers are familiar with acclaimed editor Judy Sternlight, who has edited celebrated authors such as Elliot Ackerman, Marie-Helene Bertino, Rita Mae Brown, Gwen Florio, Bret Anthony Johnston, Peter Matthiessen, and Daniel Menaker. We're offering a special one-day bootcamp in which Judy will help writers explore key story-building decisions through a mix of improvisational exercises, in-class writing, and discussions about craft.
Click here to find out more about this class and to signup.
The Book That Made Me A Reader
"I can’t remember the first books I read, although I do remember the first words I wasn’t able to sound out: 'city' and 'Penelope.' Perhaps I was reading a child’s history of the Trojan War. My older brother taught me to read and write as he was learning those things, so I don’t remember beginning, I only remember being in the middle." READ MORE
|Congratulations to Viet Thanh Nguyen,
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
We're very excited to offer our congratulations to Viet Thanh Nguyen who was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Sympathizer. In December Nguyen was awarded the Center's First Novel Prize for the book. In this interview, he talks to our Executive Director, Noreen Tomassi, about developing the narrator's voice, American literature on the Vietnam War, and the risks he took in his novel.
"I knew the type of story that I wanted to tell was in the spy novel genre and would have something to do with spies during the Vietnam War. I thought this specific genre would allow me to engage historical and political issues and, at the same time, it would also be entertaining to work within the constraints of that genre." READ MORE
|An excerpt from Ways to Disappear
by Idra Novey
What happens when a famous author disappears up an almond tree with just a suitcase and a cigar? In the case of Idra Novey's much-buzzed-about new novel Ways to Disappear that means a translator, the author's children, a loan shark, and even the country of Brazil start looking for her. In this excerpt, we get a clue to the infamous Beatriz Yagoda's whereabouts.
"The esteemed literary publisher Roberto Rocha liked to test his steaks to see if the meat was worth what he had paid for it. The test had to do with the density of the smoke once the steaks began to sizzle. With the works of fiction he selected for his press, he tested for density as well, for something tender in the middle yet still heavy enough to blacken the air." READ MORE
"I’m proud to admit that I was and am an obsessive fan of Breaking Bad. When Walt, Jesse and all their friends left us on that Sunday night three years ago, I was left bereft for a while. Sundays just weren’t the same without those guys."
What can blue meth and tighty-whities teach you about writing fiction? In this new craft post, acclaimed writer Martha Southgate uses one of her favorite TV shows to illustrate some helpful writing tools to have in your arsenal.
JUNIOR EDITION: New Books 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: The Magical Fantastical Fridge by Harlan Coben & illustrated by Leah Tinari, The Big Dark by Rodman Philbrick, Secrets of the Dragon Tomb by Patrick Samphire, and Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit. 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!)
Congratulations to Eric Simonoff
The award will be presented to Mr. Simonoff at the Center’s December 6 Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner in New York City. READ MORE
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