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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

 


 

JUNIOR EDITION:

New Books for Younger Readers

Column #12


In Celia McGee’s new Junior Edition, read about an unlikely friendship (Winston & George); the adventures of a young boy searching for his parents (Oliver and the Seawigs); Tom Sawyer's bright and spunky friend, Becky (The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher) and the racial divides in football in 1960's America (Call Me By My Name).  READ MORE

 


 

New Novel by Writers' Studio Member Michael McGhee

 

Michael McGhee just published a new novel, Happiness Ltd., with Laughing Fire Press. Publishers Weekly said of Happiness Ltd., “A highly original and gripping novel, this is also a frightening commentary on overarching governmental control, with just enough plausibility to be terrifying.” FIND OUT MORE

 


 

Watch the Video: Stuart Dybek

 

Acclaimed short story writer Stuart Dybek read from and discussed his latest collections, Paper Lantern: Love Stories and Ecstatic Cahoots: Stories, which were released concurrently. WATCH VIDEO

 


 

New Novel by Emerging Writer Fellow

 

Congratulations to 2011 Emerging Writer Fellow Marie-Helene Bertino for her newly published novel, 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas(Crown)! Watch Marie-Helene Bertino read and discuss her short story collection, Safe As Houses, at The Center. Watch Video

 


 

Announcing Our 2014
Fall Writing Workshops!

 

We’re pleased to announce a roster of eight exciting classes for fall 2014, including award-winning instructors such as Ann PackerPatrick Ryan, Stefan Merrill BlockJessica Francis KaneGabriel RothTerese Svoboda, and Simon Van Booy. READ MORE

 


 

Now Accepting Submissions for 
The 2014 Christopher Doheny Award!

 

The Christopher Doheny Award recognizes excellence in fiction or nonfiction on the topic of serious illness by a writer who has personally dealt or is dealing with life-threatening illness, either his or her own or that of a close relative or friend. VIEW GUIDELINES

 


 

Alison Gaylin Talks with

Wendy Corsi Staub 

 

Crime Fiction Academy instuctor Alison Gaylin was recently featured in USA Today, talking with author Wendy Corsi Staub. The two were discussing their new books, Stay With Me (Gaylin) and The Perfect Stranger (Staub). READ NOW






Summer Hours at The Center

 

Now that summer is finally here, The Center will be operating on summer hours. Regular operating hours for the weekday will remain the same, but we will now be closed on Saturdays. Have a great summer!

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

Four Novels to Read
Before You're Twenty

by Delia Graham-Costello  

 

While Celia McGee's Junior Edition Column is taking a temporary summer break, we've asked our summer intern, Delia, to recommend books for high-schoolers. Check out her suggestions of classic and contemporary novels for the (slightly) younger reader. READ MORE

 


 

Announcing the Long List for the 2014 First Novel Prize

 

We are pleased to announce the Long List for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. The 2014 Short List will be announced in September and 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 LONG LIST

 


 


A Stefan Zweig Discussion:
George Prochnik and James Lasdun


Authors George Prochnik and James Lasdun discuss Stefan Zweig - the provocative Austrian writer who was the inspiration for Wes Anderson's latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel - and Prochnik's new biography, The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World. Watch Video

 


 

 


 


KidsRead: Beth Kobliner Shaw

Jacob's Eye Patch


In our latest KidsRead event, Beth Kobliner Shaw talked with 3rd graders from the Mott Haven Academy in the South Bronx about Jacob's Eye Patch, a spirited story of learning how to embrace your own differences and accept those of others. View Photos

 


 

 


 


Event Spotlight:

A Bernard Malamud Tribute


On May 1, we hosted a celebration of the life and work of Bernard Malamud with those who knew and loved him: Alan Cheuse, Philip Davis, Peter Malamud Smith, Clark Blaise, Liesl Schillinger, Kevin Baker, Téa Obreht, Bharati Mukherjee, and event organizer Boris Fishman. Watch Video

 


 

 


 


The Book That Made
Francine Prose a Reader

 

"The book that made me a reader was, to be honest, Fun with Dick and Jane. I can’t remember much about it. See Spot run, I guess. The point was that I learned to read at an early age, so that it became a sort of party trick, much admired by the grown-ups..." READ MORE
Francine Prose and Rivka Galchen discussed their new books on Wednesday, May 21. Watch Video

 


 

 


 


Congratulations to Nicole Aragi

Winner of the 2014 Maxwell E. Perkins Award


Literary agent Nicole Aragi has won the Maxwell E. Perkins award, which honors the work of an editor, publisher, or agent who has discovered, nurtured and championed writers of fiction in the U.S. Nicole has represented writers Junot Díaz, Edwidge Danticat, Julie Otsuka, Nathan Englander, Denis Johnson, Colson Whitehead, and many others. read more

 


 

 


 


On I Pity The Poor Immigrant

by Tom Piazza 


"I'm reading a bound galley of Zachary Lazar's novel I Pity The Poor Immigrant, which is partly about mobster Meyer Lansky, partly about Israel, partly about the nature of journalism, and partly about love in several flavors, most of them bitter." READ MORE

Lazar recently came to The Center to discuss his new novel with Dana Spiotta. Watch Video

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