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Five Books on
Horrendous Breakups

 

Ahhhh Valentine’s Day, romance is in the air, it’s all flowers, and chocolate, and l’amour, right?? Or rather, it’s cold, dark, and there’s a tremendous amount of pressure to have a romantic day with your beloved or, gasp, forget it if you’re single.... So to make us all feel a little bit better about our not picture perfect current relationship or about being on our own, we’re offering you Five Books on Horrendous Breakups. It could always be worse! READ More

 


 

 


 

Dexter Palmer Picks Five Long Books

 

"These are five books that have their unusual size in common: all are a thousand pages or more. Don’t let that scare you away, though: let me try to convince you that these are worth picking up for reasons other than strengthening your biceps...." READ MORE

 

Dexter Palmer will be in conversation with Felix Gilman at The Center on February 24 at 7pm to talk about his new book, Version Control. EVENT DETAILS

 


 

 


 

Playing With Status

by Judy Sternlight

 

What do J. K. Rowling and Muriel Spark have in common? Editor Judy Sternlight explores how these two authors play with power dynamics in their writing (and how you can too!) in this new craft post

 

Judy will lead a new writing course, Improv for Writers, at the Center starting on Feb. 17th. Click here to find out more and to sign up.

 


 

 


 

Interview: andPlay on their
Notes on Fiction Concert

 

On February 11, violin-viola duo andPlay will perform a concert inspired by The Borrowers for our Notes on Fiction series. Their concert will feature contemporary classical music by young, up-and-coming composers. Our series curator, Sugar Vendil, sat down with andPlay to talk music, books, and snacks!

 


 

 


 

How To Start Your Novel

by David Gordon

 

Putting down the first sentence of a novel can be an overwhelming task. In this new craft post author David Gordon gives advice on how to get started (hint: it starts before you even write that first sentence!) 

 

And if you're interested in learning more of David's writing advice, his workshop starts on February 9th. Click here to find out more and to sign up.

 


 

 


 

Dialogue or Conversation?

by Jason Starr

 

What a character says can make or a break a scene. In this new craft post Crime Fiction Academy instructor Jason Starr delves into why that is and why it's important to know the difference between dialogue and conversation. 

 

"I learned a lot about crime fiction writing in an odd place—the theater." READ MORE

 


 

 


 

Viet Thanh Nguyen Talks to Noreen Tomassi

 

Viet Thanh Nguyen won the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize for his debut novel, The Sympathizer. Here, 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. 

 


 

 


 

Shelf Life: Gordon McAlpine

 

We asked the Edgar Award-nominated author of Woman with a Blue Pencil to show us a section of his bookshelf. Here, McAlpine gives a lovely tribute to some of the mentors that shaped his early writing life. 

 

"I am fortunate to live in a house with many full bookshelves, which I believe serve as the hippocampus of a home, transferring short term memory into the long term (of course, photographs do this as well). Hence, a photograph of a bookshelf…." READ MORE

 


 

 


 

Roger Rosenblatt: Five Old Flames

 

Looking to ignite a spark in your reading? The author of Thomas Murphy picks five passionate classics that might make you blush. Scoundrels, ingenues, and orphans get a little action in this new reading list.  

 

"I wouldn't advise reading or rereading the following books about passion, one right after the other. Your head might pop off. But if you're looking for ways to get the old heart pumping, here are five." READ MORE

 


 

 


 

The Book That Made Me a Reader 
James Hannaham: The Phantom Tollbooth

 

The author of Delicious Foods recalls how his independent nine-year-old self was drawn to Norton Juster's classic, The Phantom Tollbooth, in our latest installment of The Book That Made Me a Reader.

 

"When I read The Phantom Tollbooth, at approximately age nine or so, it had some kind of bizarre cathartic effect on me." READ MORE

 


 

 


 

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