Five Surprising Influences on You Will Know Me

by Megan Abbott


We asked Megan Abbott to talk about some of the surprising influences behind her new hit book You Will Know Me. Here she discusses how a television show about football, movies about ballet, and a book on parenting helped shape her novel centered on gymnastics. 

"You Will Know Me began with a longing to write about the family of a prodigy. Families are complicated to begin with, but I’ve always been curious about how it plays out when a child is exceptional in some way. How power works, how love does." READ MORE

Megan will appear on our Women in Crime panel as part of our Crime Fiction Academy on September 27, along with Laura Lippman, Alison Gaylin and Alafair Burke.

Say Yes to Obsession
by Molly Prentiss

"Pasta Bolognese, soft, cloudy cheese, quick sandwiches on long baguettes"—this is what we want for lunch, but not necessarily in our fiction (or do we???). In this new craft post, Molly Prentiss looks at a story that focuses on the gastronomical instead of the emotional, and how to turn our obsessions into literary gold.  


"I have recently been considering how to use obsession—whether it’s a character’s obsession or the writer’s—on a smaller level: not only using it to help us to know what to write about, but also how to write." READ MORE

Molly Prentiss will lead Fiction Reboot, an intermediate level writing course focusing on revitalizing your fiction through experimentation, craft and revision, starting on October 6th. Click here for more information and to enroll.


How to Steal Stuff
by Elizabeth Gaffney 

In this new craft post, author Elizabeth Gaffney discusses the blurred boundaries between allusion, homage, and plagiarism. And how to get away with stealing from your favorite authors! 

"My first theft was almost an accident. It was a pair of clip-on rhinestone earrings, glittery and bright....I put them on...somehow, I got distracted and forgot I had them. Maybe ten minutes later, I walked out of the store....I think that incident— which I do regret—was similar to a common literary crime: plagiarism." READ MORE
Shelf Life
by Alyssa Wong

We asked the Nebula Award-winning writer to share a section of her bookshelf. Here, Alyssa Wong talks about moving her collection, the books that help her dive into her own history, and what she turns to for inspiration. READ

Alyssa Wong appeared on the Center's panel at the Brooklyn Book FestivalGender in Science Fiction and Fantasy, on September 18th in downtown Brooklyn. Click here to watch the video.
The Consultant
by Catherynne M. Valente

Noir meets fairy tales in this brilliant mashup story from Catherynne M. Valente, the New York Times bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction novels, short stories, and poetry.

"She walks into my life legs first, a long drink of water in the desert of my thirties... She mixes my metaphors like a martini and serves up my heart tartare. They all do. Every time. They have to. It’s that kind of story." READ MORE

Catherynne M. Valente appeared on the Center's panel at the Brooklyn Book FestivalGender in Science Fiction and Fantasy, on September 18th in downtown Brooklyn. Click here to watch the video.

How has the advent of social media changed book reviewing?


As part of our Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend event, Expanding the World of Literary Criticism, with the National Book Critics Circle on September 15th, we decided to put our panel of critics to the test! We asked them how social media has impacted the world of criticism. Click through to see what Michael Miller, Jane Ciabattari, Michele Filgate, Kate Tuttle, Walton Muyumba and Tom Beer have to say.

The Book That Made Me a Reader
by Anuradha Roy

In this new post, Anuradha Roy, author of the Man Booker long-listed novel Sleeping on Jupiter, writes about being read aloud to, the slipperiness of language, and her father. 

"Before I could read, I was read to, and there was only one book that was read aloud in our house. I am four years old. Then five, then six, seven. Even when I’ve learned how to read, the routine doesn’t change. The book comes out from its place on the shelf in the evening after my father is home from work." READ MORE

Announcing the 2016 First Novel Prize Short List


We are pleased to announce the Short List for the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1st and December 31st of the award year. The winner of the First Novel Prize will be announced by last year's winner, Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer), at our Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner at The Metropolitan Club on December 6th. VIEW THE SHORTLIST





We hope you'll join us for our Annual Awards Dinner on December 6th. Jonathan Lethem will present Eric Simonoff with the Maxwell E. Perkins Award. And last year's First Novel Prize recipient, Viet Thanh Nguyen, will announce this year's winner. 


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