2017 First Novel Fête


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





Celebrating The 2017 Center for Fiction

First Novel Prize Finalists




We hope you enjoyed our evening of cocktails, mingling, and readings from the seven finalists of The 2017 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. All proceeds support our Books for NYC Schools/KidsRead program.


First Novel Prize Short List:

As Lie Is to Grin by Simeon Marsalis



Empire of Glass by Kaitlin Solimine

(Ig Publishing)


Mikhail and Margarita by Julie Lekstrom Himes

(Europa Editions)


The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers

(Algonquin Books)


Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar

(Little, Brown)


Tiger Pelt by Annabelle Kim



What to Do About the Solomons by Bethany Ball

(Atlantic Monthly Press)




Thank you to our sponsors





Carrie Howland 

(Empire Literary)


Jenna Johnson 

(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)




Agnes Ahlander Turner

(Maria B. Campbell Associates)


Alexandra Primiani

(Melville House)


Allison Malecha



Andy Kifer



Anna Pitoniak

(Penguin Random House)


Dana Murphy

(The Book Group)


Daniel Loedel



Flora Esterly

(Bettina Schrewe)


Jessica Williams

(William Morrow HarperCollins)


Kent Wolf

(The Friedrich Agency)


Lea Beresford



Margaux Weisman

(Vintage Anchor/Knopf Doubleday)


Marya Spence

(Janklow & Nesbit)


Soumeya Roberts

(Hannigan Salky Getzler)