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.
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)
Julie Barer (Barer Literary, LLC)
Pilar Queen (McCormick & Williams)
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.