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Congrats to Tom McCarthy
Satin Island on the Man Booker Longlist


We'd like to say a special congratulations to Tom McCarthy who worked on Satin Island as a Writer in Residence here at the Center. (We might be a little biased when it comes time to announce the winner.) It was so nice of Tom to thank us in the acknowledgements. We want to thank Tom for all he does for The Center.


Congratulations to all of the longlisted authors. Click here to visit the Man Booker site and see all of the nominees. 





Our Fall Reading Groups


This season, we are pleased to offer a diverse selection of groups, ranging from those centered around canonical works by Proust, Melville, and Woolf to those devoted to modern masters such as Elena Ferrante, David Foster Wallace, and Primo Levi. Read More



E. L. Doctorow (1931-2015)

We're saddened to hear of the passing of E. L. Doctorow, beloved writer and mentor.

In 2009 we had the honor of having him give a talk through our Why We Read series.

And recently Roddy Doyle wrote about the influence of Doctorow's book Ragtime on his own love of reading. read More



New Books for Younger Readers

Column #25


In Celia McGee’s new Junior Edition, have your heart broken in the best possible way (Louisa Meets Bear), explore the smoldering landscape of a mythic world (The Boys of Fire and Ash), thwart a chicken thief with the help of a resilient youngster (Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer), and ride on a giraffe through a wild, moonlit savannah (The Song of Delphine).  READ MORE



Shelf Life: Jami Attenberg


We asked the widely acclaimed author of the new novel Saint Mazie (published this June) to show us a section of her bookshelf. Here, she talks about the stack of books—both fiction and nonfiction—that she used for research and inspiration for her new novel. 




There's Just a Page:

Writing a Debut Novel


2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize finalist, Matthew Thomas, talks with our Writing Programs Director, Sara Batkie, about writing about illness, the American Dream, and Queens as a crossroads. Thomas's book, We Are Not Ourselves, was published in paperback this June. READ MORE



What a Nude Drawing Class 
Taught Me About POV in Fiction

by Patricia Park


Former NYC Emerging Writer Fellow Patricia Park writes about drawing men in the nude, Jonathan Lethem, and getting outside of a character's head. Her debut novel Re Jane was published in May. READ MORE



Notes on Dialogue
by Tracy O'Neill


Tracy O'Neill offers advice on wooden language, dialogue, and getting the last word in a scene. The Hopeful, her debut novel, was published this summer. READ MORE



Six Questions for Cal Morgan


Cal Morgan, senior vice president and executive editor at Harper and editorial director at Harper Perennial, is the new chairman of the board at The Center for Fiction. Here he talks about how books draws us in, his love of editing, and what he hopes to accomplish as Board Chair. READ MORE



Advice from our CFA


Learn how to distinguish fact from fiction with Dennis Lehane, how to immerse your reader with Joyce Carol Oates, and watch other crime fiction greats like Ruth Rendell, Michael Connelly, and Mary Higgins Clark offer their best crime writing advice. watch now









Save the Date



Our 2015 Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner will be held on Tuesday, December 8 at 6:30pm at The Metropolitan Club.




Summer Hours 

Monday-Thursday: 10:30am - 7:30pm

Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed


The Center for Fiction

17 East 47th Street

New York, NY 10017




If you are in NYC, visit our independent bookstore in The Center for Fiction building at 17 East 47th St. We carry a carefully curated selection of great fiction in our new books section, as well as used and rare books of every kind.



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