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    At a ceremony last night in New York City, the Center for Fiction announced Kia Corthron as the winner of the 2016 First Novel Prize. Corthron, who will receive $10,000, won the prize for her debut novel, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter (Seven Stories Press). The annual award is given for a debut novel published in the previous year.

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    “I want to be remembered as somebody who told good stories.” This documentary follows Neil Gaiman on his last book signing tour and chronicles his youth and successes as an author. Directed by Patrick Meaney, the film features interviews with the late Terry Pratchett, Lev Grossman, Michael Sheen, and others.


    “I think of visual artifacts as prompts and as talismans. My book, House A, is a hybrid book—the third section consists of image-text poems..."


    “For Kristen Dykstra and Marcelo Morales Cintero.
    ‘There are blows in life so powerful,’ writes César Vallejo, ‘I just don’t know.’ I think about these words..."

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    by Ander Monson

    Ander Monson, editor of DIAGRAM and author of Letter to a Future Lover, leads a literary tour of Tucson, Arizona, home of the renowned UA Poetry Center.

    by Jenny Shank

    In this tour of the Mile High City, novelist Jenny Shank visits the sites, writing groups, organizations, and presses that keep her hometown's literary spirit alive in the bootstrapping tradition of those “roaring drunken miners” who founded it.

    by Jen Michalski

    Author Jen Michalski takes us on a tour of the many literary sites writers should visit while strolling the gritty streets of Baltimore.

    by Oscar Casares

    From the long-standing tradition of the Texas Book Festival to the offbeat O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships, acclaimed author Oscar Casares highlights a range of literary happenings and haunts in Austin, a city that pledges to keep it weird.

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Our Independent Publishing issue features a profile of best-selling novelist Michael Chabon, an in-depth interview with Tin House editor Rob Spillman, a roundup of debut authors over the age of fifty, nine new lit mags you need to read, Steve Almond on the author’s role in jacket design, Annie DeWitt on becoming your own publicist, Laura Maylene Walter on submission fees, writing prompts, and much more.

Nov/Dec 2016

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Ampersand Episode

The tenth episode of Ampersand features an interview with best-selling author Michael Chabon; exclusive readings from debut novelist Brit Bennett and poet devorah major; a Shakespearean sonnet performed on the streets of New York City; and more. 

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A Great Good: An Interview With Jacqueline Woodson

Upon the release of Another Brooklyn, her first novel for adults in twenty years, award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson discusses New York City’s literary legacy, the strength in being a person of color, putting humanity on the page, living in the age of Beyoncé, and happiness

Dear (Hypothetical) Reader: An Interview With Lucia Perillo

Award-winning poet Lucia Perillo would just as soon surrender the idea of a readership altogether and focus on what truly matters—great poetry.

Agents & Editors: Rob Spillman

Editor Rob Spillman talks Tin House—the magazine, the books, the summer workshop—and the pleasures, perils, and surprises of independent publishing.

The Shakespeare Sonnet Project

The New York Shakespeare Exchange is working with filmmakers and directors to produce collaborative video adaptations of Shakespeare’s sonnets, bringing the Bard’s timeless poems to a new audience.

Writing Programs That Fit the Form

At community writing centers across the country, new workshop models offer sustained support for writers undertaking book-length projects, including novels and memoirs, satisfying a demand left unmet by MFA programs and shorter-term writing courses.

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5 Over 50 Reads


A roundup of new and emerging authors over the age of fifty whose debut books were published during the past year: Desiree Cooper, Sawnie Morris, Paul Vidich, Paula Whyman, and Paul Hertneky.

The World Beyond: A Last Interview With Max Ritvo


Max Ritvo, the author of Four Reincarnations (Milkweed Editions, September), spoke with poet Dorthea Lasky two months before his death from cancer. He was twenty-five. 

First Fiction 2016


In our sixteenth annual First Fiction roundup, five debut authors—Yaa Gyasi, Masande Ntshanga, Rumaan Alam, Maryse Meijer, and Imbolo Mbue—discuss their first books. Introduced by Angela Flournoy, Naomi Jackson, Emma Straub, Lindsay Hunter, and Christina Baker Kline.

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Michael Chabon Gallery
Credit: Kevin Nance

In a new novel, Moonglow, Michael Chabon spins a magical family narrative that is as grand and mysterious as the literary form in which he presents it.

Desiree Cooper Gallery
Credit: Justin Milhouse

Desiree Cooper is one of the writers featured in 5 Over 50, our roundup of authors over the age of fifty whose debut books were publishing during the past year.

Rob Spillman Gallery
Credit: Tony Gale

Editor Rob Spillman talks Tin House—the magazine, the books, the summer workshop—and the pleasures, perils, and surprises of independent publishing.

Sonnet Project Gallery

Michelle Beck performs Shakespeare’s Sonnet 8 as part of the Sonnet Project, bringing the Bard’s poems to the streets of New York City and beyond.