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Tickets Now on Sale for the 2014 First Novel Fête!

 

Monday, December 8th is The Center For Fiction's First Novel  Fête, one of the great literary holiday parties in New York City. Enjoy readings by all of our 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize finalists, with a cocktail party to follow! 
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JUNIOR EDITION:

New Books for Younger Readers

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In Celia McGee’s new Junior Edition, discover a tumbleweed with unexpected contents (Tumbleweed Baby), battle dragons and devious sorcerers (The Glass Mountain: Tales from Poland), uncover the secrets of a forgotten Tibetan Buddhist monastery (Secret of the Mountain Dog), and explore exciting channels of European history with a mysterious protagonist (Vango: Between Sky and Earth). READ MORE

 


 

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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

 

 


 

JUNIOR EDITION:

New Books for Younger Readers

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In Celia McGee’s new Junior Edition, you'll meet three singing alley cats (Cats Got Talent), learn how to invent your own robot (Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor), journey into forbidden territory (Winterkill: Follow the Wayward Path), and discover American history from a new point of view (My Favorite Things). READ MORE

 


 


For Shame!
by Stefan Merrill Block

 

"I didn’t discover serious graphic novels until my early twenties, and—as much as I enjoy them now—the form is freighted for me with envy and regret. I always wanted to be a writer, but the truth is that, as a kid, I wanted equally to be a visual artist...." Read More

I didn’t discover serious graphic novels until my early twenties, and—as much as I enjoy them now—the form is freighted for me with envy and regret. I always wanted to be a writer, but the truth is that, as a kid, I wanted equally to be a visual artist. Graphic novels might have been a natural fit for me, if only my second career as an artist had not died of shame when I was thirteen. - See more at: http://www.centerforfiction.org/for-shame-by-stefan-merrill-block#sthash.BQ23uPQI.dpufREAD MORE

 


 

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

 


 

JUNIOR EDITION:

New Books for Younger Readers

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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 

 


 

Composing
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

 

 


 

JUNIOR EDITION:

New Books for Younger Readers

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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

 

 

 


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Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner


The Center for Fiction's 2014 Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner will take place on Tuesday, December 9 at The New York Athletic Club. We will be honoring Nicole Aragi with the 2014 Maxwell E. Perkins Award and announcing the winner of this year's Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Our speakers will include honorary benefit chairs Jonathan Safran Foer and Colson Whitehead, Perkins Award presenter Nathan Englander, and 2013 First Novel Prize winner Margaret Wrinkle.  FIND OUT MORE

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