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

 

 

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Part 2

 

 

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In 2012 the Fête raised $6,800 for the KidsRead/Books for NYC Schools program.

 

 

The 2012 Flaherty-Dunnan Shortlist


 

 

Absolution by Patrick Flanery (Riverhead/Penguin)

 

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson (Grove/Atlantic)

 

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain (Ecco/HarperCollins)

 

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller (Knopf/Random House)

 

Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead (Knopf/Random House)

 

Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

 

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown)

 

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (Little,Brown/Hachette)

 

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Co-Chairs 

 

Julie Barer (Barer Literary, LLC)

Pilar Queen (McCormick & Williams)

 

Committee

Alia Habib (McCormick & Williams)

Allison Lorentzen (Viking)
Karyn Marcus (Simon & Schuster)
Edward Orloff (McCormick & Williams)
Hilary Redmon (Ecco)
Rebecca Strauss (McIntosh & Otis)
Laura Tisdel (Little, Brown)
Alexis Washam (Crown)
Lauren Wein (Grove)


 

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 2012 judges were Francisco Goldman, Lev Grossman, Heidi Julavits, Paul La Farge, and Bonnie Nadzam.