In our current issue, we present Rumaan Alam's richly layered story "A Certainty"—in which nothing is certain: "Robbie was eleven when he went away. I still think of it that way: went away, though he didn’t go away. He disappeared, the heartbreak my grandmother had always known was coming...."
And from our archives, here's Stuart Dybek's perfectly compact one-paragraph story "Inland Sea:" "Horizon, a clothesline strung between crabapples...
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. The same thing happens to a book…What is a book? A book is a physical object in a world of physical objects....READ MORE
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 Cal Morgan for his new position as senior vice president and executive editor at the Harper division. Morgan will continue as editorial director for Harper Perennial and Harper paperbacks. Cal has worked on projects with several authors including Amy Poehler, Alan Cumming, and Tom Piazza.
Congratulations to Kim Stanley Robinson for winning Best Novel at The Nebula Awards for her novel, 2312. Shortlisted authors were Saladin Ahmed (Throne of the Crescent Moon), Tina Connolly (Ironskin), N.K. Jemisin (The Killing Moon), Caitlin R. Kiernan (The Drowning Girl), and Mary Robinette Kowal (Glamour in Glass). Click here for the full list of award winners and shortlisted authors.
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).
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.
Lily Tuck on Haruki Murakami's brilliant story, "The Elephant Vanishes": Haruki Murakami’s stories are difficult to describe and one should, I think, resist attempts to overanalyze them. Their beauty lies in their ephemeral and incantatory qualities and in Murakami’s uncanny ability to tap into a surreal collective unconscious... READ MORE
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