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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






New Books for Younger Readers

Column #11

In Celia McGee’s new Junior Edition, you’ll learn how to make a book become a pet (My Pet Book); meet a side of Emily Dickinson you’ve never even imagined before (Miss Emily); follow a brilliant collection of students taking on an amusement park (Bringing Down the Mouse) and finally travel through time to a dystopian future where even Hawaii is no longer paradise (Pills and Starships).  READ MORE



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




New Books for Younger Readers

Column #10

In this week's column of new fiction for young readers, Celia McGee reviews Bruce Eric Kaplan's Meaniehead (Simon & Schuster for Young Readers), Whitaker Ringwald's The Secret Box (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books), In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo (Scholastic Press), and The Vacationers by Emma Straub (Riverhead Books). READ MORE





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





Announcing the 2014 Emerging Writer Fellows

We're pleased to announce that the following writers have been chosen as the 2014 Center for Fiction Fellows: Lisa Armstrong, Stephanie Miki Arndt, Zeeva Bukai, Elysha Chang, Su-Yee Lin, Cedrick Mendoza-Tolentino, Dwyer Murphy, Belal Rafiq, and Wil Weitzel. Learn 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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