Part 2


Photos 2015 First Novel Fête      

Celebrating The 2015 Center for Fiction

First Novel Prize Finalists


with special treats donated by Dough, Baked by Melissa, Schmackery's and Magnolia Bakery!


On Monday, December 7th we hosted a fun evening of cocktails, mingling, and readings from the seven finalists of The 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. All proceeds supported our Books for NYC Schools/KidsRead program.


The 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Short List


After the Parade by Lori Ostlund (Scribner) 


Against the Country by Ben Metcalf (Random House)


Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam (Penguin Books)


The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma (Little, Brown)


The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press)


The Turner House by Angela Flournoy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 


The Unfortunates by Sophie McManus (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) 


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Ask the Fête!


We had a little fun at the party by asking our guests which book they'd love to see turned into a TV show. Click here to find out what they said! 



Katie Adams (W.W. Norton)

Jenna Johnson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)


Corinna Barsan (Grove/Atlantic)

Melissa Danaczko (Double Day)

Alexis Hurley (Inkwell Management)

Eleanor Jackson (Dunow, Carlson, and Lerner)

Andy Kifer (The Gernert Co.)

Liese Mayer (Scribner)

Christopher Russell (Viking)

 Lindsey Schwoeri (Penguin)

Laura Tisdel (Viking)

Jessica Williams (HarperCollins)

About The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize


Our First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1 and December 31 of the award year. The author of the winning book is awarded $10,000 and each shortlisted author recieves $1,000. The winner, The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, was announced at our Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner on Tuesday, December 8 at The Metropolitan Club. 


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