The Center for Fiction is the only nonprofit in the U.S. solely dedicated to celebrating fiction, and we work every day to connect readers and writers. We also feature workspace, grants, and classes to support emerging writers, reading groups on classic and contemporary authors, and programs to help get kids reading. We recognize the best in the world of fiction through our annual awards, and we operate one of the few independent fiction book shops in the country. We are also an important piece of New York City history, continuing to build our renowned circulating library collection, begun in 1820 by New York City merchants before the advent of the public library system.

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Live recording from the premiere performance of ‘In Green Water’ from ‘Night, like velvet: in twelve letters’ performed on the COMPOSERS NOW event at the CUNY Graduate Center (February 26th, 2014) by The Curiosity Cabinet.

The Curiosity Cabinet is coming to The Center in honor of Poe Month and The Big Read! They’ll be putting on a full concert inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 PM. “Fall of the House of Usher” and “Tell-Tale Heart” will be shown with American experimental silent films from the 1920s, accompanied by a live chamber ensemble of eight players.

To purchase tickets and to find out more information about this event, click here.

Sound check for @mhbertino’s Notes on Fiction book event! Starts at 7 #jazz (at The Center for Fiction)

This past weekend at Brooklyn Book Festival, we had a “Write and Wear Your Best Short Story” writing contest, and this was the winning “Story On Your Sleeve”! We loved this and as for the seasonal drinks, we concur. 
The author, Olivia Wolfgang-Smith, won 2 tickets to our First Novel Fete and signed copies of all 7 of our shortlisted first novels. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth! 

This past weekend at Brooklyn Book Festival, we had a “Write and Wear Your Best Short Story” writing contest, and this was the winning “Story On Your Sleeve”! We loved this and as for the seasonal drinks, we concur. 

The author, Olivia Wolfgang-Smith, won 2 tickets to our First Novel Fete and signed copies of all 7 of our shortlisted first novels. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth! 

Thursday, September 18: Rene Steinke and Bret Anthony Johnston

René Steinke (Friendswood) and Bret Anthony Johnston (Remember Me Like This) will read from their latest work and discuss past and contemporary literature from Texas.  Photo credit: Michele Ocampo (Steinke) and Nina Subin (Johnston). RSVP here.

Sunday, September 21: 2014 Brooklyn Book Festival Panel: Fantastical Thrillers: Face Your Fears, or Else… 

Confronting the evils of the past, deliberately pushing into the unknown, and even stealing the moon.  Join NYT bestselling author Lev Grossman (Magicians Trilogy: The Magician’s Land), Jeff VanderMeer (The Southern Reache Trilogy: Acceptance) and debut novelist Deji Olukotun (Nigerians in Space) in a conversation about traveling to the brink and back, and what redemption means in magical worlds. Moderated by Noreen Tomassi, Center for Fiction.

The panel will take place at the North Stage (Columbus Park) at 4:00 P.M.

This event is part of the Brooklyn Book Festival.  Visit The Center for Fiction booth (#203) for information on The Center and a chance to win prizes!

For more information, please visit the BBF website

Thursday, September 25: Notes on Fiction: Marie-Helene Bertino

This event will be both a reading and concert to celebrate the publication of 2011 Emerging Writer Fellow Marie-Helene Bertino’s debut novel, 2 A.M. At The Cat’s Pajamas. The program will feature jazz music performed by pianist Keenen McCracken & friends to complement the reading, selected by the author herself! Learn more & RSVP here

Fall program guides are in! Here we go… #literaryevents #nyc (at The Center for Fiction)

Congratulations to 2011 Emerging Writer Fellow Marie-Helene Bertino for her newly published novel, 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas (Crown)! Watch Marie-Helene Bertino read and discuss her short story collection, Safe As Houses, at The Center.

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[Photo by Jennifer May Hires]

In retrospect, it was not a big moment, my first reading of Jo Ann Beard. We had been assigned one of the essays from her book The Boys of My Youth to read for a creative writing class at the University of Iowa in my first year as an undergrad. If you are familiar with that collection, perhaps you can guess which one. In that hazy time between the shattering horror of Columbine and the devastating shootings at Virginia Tech, most of the students in the class, myself included, were completely unaware that years before, Iowa had been the site of a similar tragedy, one that would become all too common for my generation. Beard’s essay exploring the event, “The Fourth State of Matter,” is the sort of ruminative, elliptical, webby work that can catch a reader prepared for melodrama unawares.

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Check out this article on reading Jo Ann Beard by our Awards and Programs Manager Sara Batkie! 

The worst thing that being an artist could do to you would be that it would make you slightly unhappy constantly.
J.D. Salinger

What’s the best advice for an aspiring writer? To take a ride in an elevator of course! Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like losing oneself in the abundance of insights from countless renowned writers on their craft. Sometimes when our fellows are hitting a wall in their latest piece up in the writer’s studio, they just take a break for an inspiring ride up and down our adorned lift! Even better, anyone can contribute to this constantly evolving literary collage! If you have a favorite quote by a noted writer send it to us at info@centerforfiction.org.! 

Stephen King is undoubtably one of the prime horror novelists of our time, but who knew that he developed his interest in horror from Dr. Suess?! 

Check out this “What Me a Reader” feature with King, and if you’re a fan of frightening literature pick up a copy of his new novel, Doctor Sleep.