The First Novel Fête



Thank you to everyone who attended, our fabulous sponsors, and our amazing Fête committee! 




Celebrating The 2016 Center for Fiction

First Novel Prize Finalists



$35 Advanced


$50 Door


Join us for a fun evening of cocktails, mingling, and readings from the seven finalists of The 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. All proceeds support our Books for NYC Schools/KidsRead program.


First Novel Prize Short List:

The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter by Kia Corthron 
(Seven Stories Press)


The Girls by Emma Cline 
(Random House)


Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn 


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 


How I Became a North Korean by Krys Lee 


We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge 
(Algonquin Books)


What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell 
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux)


Proud to be sponsored by: Archer Roose, Beecher's Cheese, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, BjornQorn, Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, Campbell Cheese & Grocery, and Dunkin' Donuts.


With door prizes generously provided by Acker, Merrall, & Condit Company / No Limit Wines, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, BjornQorn, Book of the Month Club, Dunkin' Donuts, Glassnote Records, and Win Son. 




Jenna Johnson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Carrie Howland (Empire Literary)





Alexis Hurley (Inkwell Management)

Liese Mayer (Scribner)
Christopher Russell (Penguin)
Lindsey Schwoeri (Penguin)
Jessica Williams (HarperCollins)
Allison Malecha (Grove Atlantic)
Eleanor Jackson (Dunow, Carlson, and Lerner)
Alexandra Primiani (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Amelia Atlas (ICM)
Maya Ziv (Dutton)
Marya Spence (Janklow & Nesbit Associates)
Agnes Ahlander Turner (Maria Campbell)
Soumeya Roberts (Writers House)