Shelf Life

by Jessie Chaffee


We asked debut author Jessie Chaffee to share a section of her bookshelf with us. Here, Chaffee talks about the books that she used for inspiration and research for her novel Florence in Ecstasy, and what she plans on reading next.


"I began Florence in Ecstasy in part as a response to work that I was reading at the time, novels by women that depict the interior lives of women who are on the fringes or isolated, butting up against societal constraints, and their own desires, addictions, and demons." READ 


Chaffee will join us on May 31st with Kristopher Jansma and Garnette Cadogan for the event Writing Cities.

The Book Drop: Dueling Dystopias 

by Jon Michaud


In this month’s Book Drop column, our head librarian Jon Michaud takes a look at two new works of dystopian speculative fiction—Omar El Akkad’s American War and Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Book of Joan—and considers how current events, history, and myth influence the fearful futures imagined by these authors. 


"It’s a heyday for dystopian speculative fiction and for the fears and anxieties behind those fictions. Two novels published this spring offer diverging but equally dark visions of life on (and off) Earth in the near future." read

The Book That Made Me a Reader

by Jim Shepard

In this new Book That Made Me a Reader, Jim Shepard (The World to Come) recalls how he made his way to fiction by reading two very different authors.


"I was the first in my family to go to college, and my father’s not-so-secret plan for getting me there involved A) my getting good grades, and B) his filling the house with books." READ

Congratulations to Morgan Entrekin!
Winner of the 2017 Maxwell E. Perkins Award

The Center for Fiction is pleased to announce that Morgan Entrekin, CEO & Publisher, Grove Atlantic, Inc. is the recipient of its 2017 Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Fiction. Morgan’s roster of authors includes: Sherman Alexie, Anne Enright, Francisco Goldman, Barry Hannah, Donna Leon, Karl Marlantes, and Val McDermid. In 2015, he launched the Literary Hub. READ MORE 

The Maxwell E. Perkins Award was created to honor the work of an editor, publisher, or agent who over the course of his or her career has discovered, nurtured and championed writers of fiction in the United States. The award will be presented to Mr. Entrekin at the Center’s December 5th Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner in New York City.

Supermarket Mittelschmerz

by Max Winter


In this new essay, author Max Winter (Exes) reflects on his mother's career as an artist, why she inexplicably stopped painting when he was a child, and how his own writing was impacted by her experience. 


"I wouldn’t have written Exes—a book about loss’s ever-present absence, about what’s no longer there—if it weren’t especially hard for me to talk about." 


Congratulations to Lee Ann Cox!
Winner of the 2016 Christopher Doheny Award


The winner of the fourth annual Christopher Doheny Award is Lee Ann Cox. Beauty Like That: A memoir from the far edge of loss, is a work that, in the author’s own words, takes “a hard look at what cancer does to a young family—to a marriage—while grappling with universal themes of love and loneliness, illness and isolation, sex and pain.” Learn more about Lee Ann Cox


The Christopher Doheny Award recognizes excellence in fiction or nonfiction on the topic of serious physical illness by a writer who has personally dealt or is dealing with life-threatening illness. The award carries with it a $10,000 prize and production and promotion of the book in an Audible edition, with the option to pursue print publication. Learn more about the Doheny Award.

Finding Angela Carter:

An Interview with Biographer Edmund Gordon 


In a new and insightful biography, The Invention of Angela Carter, author Edmund Gordon looks at the life of this often mythologized writer, while offering astute criticism of her many works. In this interview our web editor Kristin Henley talks to Gordon about the challenges of writing biography and taking on Carter's legacy. 

"She needed to be on the outside, looking in, and she never liked to be associated too closely with any movement or genre, whether it was radical feminism, the 1960s folk revival, or magical realism. She took pains to maintain an individual perspective on the world around her, and freedom was the value she cared most deeply about." READ THE INTERVIEW




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