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The Center for Fiction Presents Cally Fiedorek on Atta Boy with Ben Purkert

Wednesday, 7:00 pm EST April 10, 2024

The Center for Fiction
& Livestreamed

We are thrilled to welcome back Cally Fiedorek, 2019 alumna of The Center for Fiction / Susan Kamil Emerging Writer Fellowship, to celebrate the launch of her debut novel Atta Boy. The book follows Rudy Coyle, a ne’er-do-well from Flushing, Queens who becomes the doorman at an elegant Park Avenue apartment building. There he gets swept up in the affairs of the Cohen family, whose voluble patriarch, Jake, takes Rudy under his wing. As Jake, a millionaire taxi mogul, tries to save his company from an industry-wide debt crisis, Rudy is drawn closer into the world of his neglected, charismatic family. Atta Boy is both a thrilling New York crime comedy and a heartfelt coming-of-age tale. Ben Purkert, poet and author of The Men Can’t Be Saved, joins Fiedorek for a discussion about her debut novel and how she crafted this rich tale of clashing socioeconomic worlds. After the event, Fiedorek will sign books.

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In Conversation

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    Cally Fiedorek

    Cally Fiedorek

    Cally Fiedorek is the winner of a Pushcart Prize and an alumna of The Center for Fiction / Susan Kamil Emerging Writer Fellowship. Atta Boy is her debut novel. She lives in New York City.

  • Ben Purkert by Beowulf Sheehan

    Ben Purkert

    Ben Purkert

    Ben Purkert’s debut novel, The Men Can’t Be Saved, was named one of Vanity Fair’s Favorite 20 Books of 2023. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the Nation, Slate, the Wall Street Journal, Poetry, Kenyon Review, and he’s been featured by NPR, Esquire, and the Boston Globe. He is also the author of the poetry collection, For the Love of Endings. He holds degrees from Harvard and NYU, where he was a New York Times Fellow. He is the founding editor of Back Draft, a Guernica interview series focused on revision and the creative process. He teaches in the Sarah Lawrence College MFA program.


    Photo Credit: Beowulf Sheehan