What Else Would a Young Film Star Wear? 
by Maggie O'Farrell 


In this essay, Maggie O'Farrell, author of the new novel This Must Be the Place, writes about how an unforgettable dress found its way into her fiction.

"In my mid-20s, my friend and I managed to snag a flat near Angel tube station in London. It was narrow and lightless, with a corridor running alongside two rooms, a kitchenette you could cross in two steps and a tiny bathroom, where you could reach the loo only by turning sideways and edging past the bath. I had the back room, dark as a cave in winter, with a desk under a sash window, where I would sit working, when not at my actual job on a newspaper. I had no money; neither of us did. I was trying to write—freelance book reviews, stories, what seemed to be turning into a novel..."  READ MORE 

Five Questions

for

Sofia Quintero


As part of our KidsRead program, author Sofia Quintero visited the Center to talk about her book Show and Prove with students from The Academy for Young Writers in Brooklyn. We asked Sofia a few questions about why she became a young adult fiction writer, her strategies for getting into the perspective of a teenager, and the use of slang in her novels. 

 

"I began writing for young adults as a young adult myself. I wrote a full-length novel when I was about fourteen, based on my block in the Bronx. Virtually everyone in my neighborhood made an appearance, from my best friend to her annoying brother, and even people I didn’t know very well or like at all."  READ 

 

 

An Interview with David L. Ulin

on his new book Ear to the Ground 


Earthquakes, Hollywood, and money, money, money—David. L. Ulin's Ear to the Ground is an entertaining satire that never loses its heart. Originally published as a serial novel in The Los Angeles Reader in the 90's, the book has recently been released by Unnamed Press. Here, Ulin discusses co-writing the novel with Paul Kolsby, serial novels as an art form, and the thrilling nature of earthquakes.

 

"A serial novel is a strange beast because it appears in print, but piece by piece, and I wanted to be able to present the book as a whole. But it wasn't until Paul called me a couple of years ago to ask if I still had the novel that something more concrete began to emerge. We read the book and got excited about the possibility of it coming out. Then we began to see how that might work." READ 

 

FROM OUR FRIENDS

The Other Stories
 

The Center is pleased to let you know about a fantastic new podcast, The Other Stories. It's a podcast for new, emerging, and struggling writers. Each episode features a work of fiction read by the author set to an originallly composed soundtrack. Following the reading, host Ilana Masad interviews the writers about their fiction, their work, and their writing lives. 

 

Check out their new episode featuring "Bi-Centennial Summer" by Erin Parker.

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