In our current issue, we present Debra Di Blasi's haunting story "Waiting for the Americans":
"A wind rose. With it came the wet scent of rain and kelp and open sea. Above the tavern a blue awning throbbed. . Moorings clanked against the stripped masts of sailboats as the wind moved deeper into the harbor..."
On April 16, Adler appeared at the Center for Fiction in conjunction with the reissue of her novels, Speedboat and Pitch Dark. In a rare interview, Adler settled in for a long talk about creating sentences, weathering controversy, dealing with the necessary annoyance of computers, and being in awe of Isaac Babel, Henry James—and Oprah.
5 Steps to Prep for Infinite Jest
By Barrie Zipkin
In many ways, saving a great book for later is a special pleasure. Knowing that it’s waiting up there on the top shelf among the mostly-read masterpieces, your ace-in-the-hole for that someday sabbatical or the month when the TV breaks.... At some point, “saving it” becomes “avoiding it” and let’s be honest here, these books are intimidating.... READ MORE
Congratulations to our 2013
NYC Emerging Writers Fellows!
The Center for Fiction is pleased to announce that the following writers have recieved fellowships: Lexi Freiman (Brooklyn), Patricia Park (Queens), Jane Rose Porter (Brooklyn), Onnesha Roychoudhuri (Brooklyn), Ricco Villanueva Siasoco (Manhattan), Bezalel Stern (Manhattan), Lauren Wilkinson (Manhattan), Brennen Wysong (Manhattan), and Courtney Zoffness (Brooklyn). Our new fellows will be introduced at our 2012 Fellows reading on Thursday, May 9 at 7pm.
Here's Animal Farm as you've never seen it.
Graphic artist Laura Plansker created this stunning image for The Graphic Canon Volume 3 (7 Stories), the third in the widely praised series edited by Russ Kick. In Volume 1, we were treated to Gilgamesh, The Iliad, and The Odyssey...on into the literature of the 1700s. Volume 2 picked with Kubla Khan.
The Center for Fiction provides a beautiful, skylit space on our top floor—the perfect, affordable place in which to create new work. Read More
Sit, Walk, Write!
CFA Master Class: Mary Higgins Clark
As part of the Center's Crime Fiction Academy, bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark offered practical writing tips to budding authors while also giving insight to readers about her work.
Crapalachia by Scott McClanahan, published by Two Dollar Radio
Reviewed by Matt Nelson
In his lecture titled “The Riddle of Poetry,” Borges stretches a quote from Bishop Berkley to fit over all of literature. 'The taste of the apple is neither in the apple itself—the apple cannot taste itself—nor in the mouth of the eater. It requires a contact between them.... READ MORE
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