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The Revival of Renata Adler


We love New Republic's write-up about Renata Adler and her visit to The Center: "In 2013, during a rare appearance at the Center for Fiction in New York, Renata Adler squinted to address a packed house...." READ MORE



Shelf Life: Megan Abbott


We asked the Edgar-award winning author of Dare Me and The Fever to show us a section of her bookshelf. Here, she talks about the place "where Psychoanalysis/Gender Theory ends and True Crime begins." 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




New Books for Younger Readers

Column #22


In Celia McGee’s new Junior Edition, experience loss through the wonder and optimism of a child's eyes (Once a Shepherd), watch the classics come to life (The Island of Dr. Libris), learn what it means to be different but the same (This Side of Home), and discover a magical world with a malevolent dragon and a mysterious plague (The Buried Giant). READ MORE



Congrats to Nicole Haroutunian!


Nicole Haroutunian, who was the winner of our last Literarian short story contest, has a collection debuting today! If you just can't wait to read Speed Dreaming: Stories (Little A), check out Nicole's winning story, "Youse" here.



Liese Mayer, interviewed by Stefan Merrill Block


"Gearing up for the next edition of my workshop, I asked one of my regular guests to share some of her advice. Liese Mayer is an editor at Scribner, where she acquires both fiction and narrative non-fiction...." READ MORE



Terese Svoboda, interviewed by Tracy Young


Terese will be teaching "Focusing Your Fiction," a six-session workshop at The Center for Fiction starting March 31. Here’s what she has to say about writing, workshops and the expectation of miracles. READ MORE  



How to Read Like a Writer

by Gabriel Roth


"The first step in writing a novel is reading novels, is one of those truistic bits of canonical wisdom. Most would-be novelists are pleased to hear this because they already read novels. Hey, they think, I’m ahead of the curve! Ha ha ha if only." READ MORE  



Congrats to Leopoldine Core!


We are delighted that our former Emerging Writer Fellow Leopoldine Core has just won a Whiting award for her outstanding fiction! For more information on our Emerging Writers Fellowship program, click here.   



Otherworldly Book Picks


We've selected some of our favorite sci-fi and fantasy novels. If you are new to these genres we encourage you to dive in and enjoy one of these fantastic novels. READ MORE




New Books for Younger Readers

Column #21


In Celia McGee’s new Junior Edition, learn to let go (Farewell Floppy), go on a field trip that's out of this world (Willy Maykit in Space), see what happens when imagination and history meet (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, No. 1: The Case of the Missing Moonstone), and discover the intimacy that can come out of tragedy (All the Bright Places).   READ MORE










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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Sunday: Closed


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New York, NY 10017