The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Fête is a fun evening of cocktails, mingling, and readings from the eight finalists of the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize.

 

 

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All proceeds from the First Novel Fête go to our KidsRead/Books for NYC Schools program. 

 

 

The 2013 Flaherty-Dunnan Shortlist

 

 

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra (Hogarth/Random House)

 

Eleven Days by Lea Carpenter (Knopf/Random House)

 

Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi (The Penguin Press)

 

The Morels by Christopher Hacker (Soho Press)

 

Motherlunge by Kirstin Scott (New Issues Poetry & Prose)

 

The Residue Years by Mitchell S. Jackson (Bloomsbury)

 

Wash by Margaret Wrinkle (Atlantic Monthly Press)

 

Y by Marjorie Celona (Free Press/Simon & Schuster)

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Co-Chairs 

 

Julie Barer (Barer Literary, LLC)

Pilar Queen (McCormick & Williams)

 

Committee

Claudia Ballard (WME)
Alia Habib (McCormick & Williams)
Alexis Hurley (Inkwell Management)
Allison Lorentzen (Viking)
Edward Orloff (McCormick & Williams)
Hilary Redmon (Ecco)
Rebecca Strauss (DeFiore & Company)
Alexis Washam (Crown)
Lauren Wein (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)



About the Flaherty-Dunnan First-Novel Prize

 

Supported by author Nancy Dunnan in honor of her father, newspaperman Ray Flaherty, the First-Novel Prize recognizes the year’s best debut novel as selected by a committee of distinguished American writers. The annual prize carries with it a $10,000 cash award, with each of the eight finalists also receiving a $1,000 award. The 2013 judges were Victor LaValle, Roxana Robinson, Christine Schutt, Luis Alberto Urrea, and the 2012 winner, Ben Fountain.