We need your help! Fund our new podcast series, featuring exclusive talks about the art of fiction.
About this project
Since 2005, The Center for Fiction has been presenting some of the most exciting writers working today. Now, we are launching a unique new podcast: Fiction Talks. Twice a month, we’ll feature exclusive talks taken from our vast archive, bringing you the thoughts, feelings, and advice of great authors from the world of fiction.
But wait, we need your help! In order to ensure that the excellent content of this podcast is brought to you in the highest quality sound, we need to remaster the audio from our events archive that includes hundreds of authors and improve our audio for events to come.
At The Center for Fiction, we’ve had the opportunity to host some of the most celebrated authors in contemporary fiction. We’ve heard the voices of great writers such as Philip Roth, Jamaica Kincaid, Lee Child, Jane Smiley, Stephen King, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Deborah Eisenberg, Richard Ford, Nuruddin Farah, Jennifer Egan, Teju Cole, Michael Cunningham, Jhumpa Lahiri, and many, many more. (Too many to name here!) We also have priceless recordings of literary giants who are no longer with us, including Elmore Leonard, James Salter, Ruth Rendell, Peter Matthiessen, and E.L. Doctorow.
We not only want to preserve the precious voices of these great authors; we want you to have a quality experience in your headphones. Each episode of Fiction Talks will feature edited and remastered audio, paired with a special thematic introduction. Twice a month, a new episode of Fiction Talks will be released via our website and iTunes. As the only literary center dedicated solely to the art of fiction, we are so excited to bring you this new content.
A few authors’ talks we would like to remaster and include in Fiction Talks: Megan Abbott • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie • Renata Adler • Mia Alvar • Jami Attenberg • Margaret Atwood • Lawrence Block • Bonnie Jo Campbell • Lorenzo Carcaterra • Anne Carson • Alexander Chee • Lee Child • Mary Higgins Clark • Harlan Coben • Teju Cole • Michael Connelly • Robert Coover • Michael Cunningham • Lydia Davis • Nelson DeMille • E.L. Doctorow • Stuart Dybek • Jennifer Egan • Linda Fairstein • Nuruddin Farah • Angela Flournoy • Richard Ford • Ben Fountain • Charles Frazier • Rivka Galchen • Roxane Gay • Ann Goldstein • Edith Grossman • Lev Grossman • James Hannaham • Charlaine Harris • Amy Hempel • A.M. Homes • Mitchell S. Jackson • Leslie Jamison • N.K. Jemisin • Heidi Julavits • Stephen King • Jamaica Kincaid • Phil Klay • Jhumpa Lahiri • Victor LaValle • Krys Lee • Dennis Lehane • Elmore Leonard • Alan Lightman • Kelly Link • Laura Lippman • Sam Lipsyte • Phillip Lopate • Fiona Maazel • Ben Marcus • Peter Matthiessen • Eimear McBride • Colum McCann • Bernice L. McFadden • Maaza Mengiste • Claire Messud • Rick Moody • Maggie Nelson • Elizabeth Nunez • Sigrid Nunez • Joyce Carol Oates • Téa Obreht • Alix Ohlin • Edith Pearlman • Tom Piazza • Darryl Pinckney • Richard Powers • Richard Price • Francine Prose • Ruth Rendell • Roxana Robinson • Philip Roth • Karen Russell • James Salter • Esmeralda Santiago • Christine Schutt • Taiye Selasi • Wallace Shawn • Jim Shepard • Gary Shteyngart • Karin Slaughter • Jane Smiley • Dana Spiotta • Elizabeth Strout • Hannah Tinti • Colm Tóibín • Deb Olin Unferth • Luís Alberto Urrea • M.G. Vassanji • Jess Walter • Edmund White • Hilma Wolitzer • Daniel Woodrell • John Wray • Tiphanie Yanique • and many, many more!
This campaign funds the initial editing and remastering to create a full year of podcasts. Any additional support will go toward continuing to re-master the audio of our archive and the production of subsequent Fiction Talks episodes.
Some Words of Support
“The Center for Fiction is truly a one-of-a-kind outfit. I don’t know of any other place in North America that has the same scope and diversity and reach of activities in the service of fiction that The Center has.”
— Richard Powers
“Attending events at The Center for Fiction, getting to see my literary heroes and antiheroes engaged in conversation, taking part myself in sessions here—from panel discussions to book talks to the broader conversations about the state of literature and books and how fiction fits into this larger cultural conversation—all played a huge role in making me feel like I was a part of a literary community, not only in New York, but in the world.”
— Christina Baker Kline
“So many people from American history have been here, and spoken here, and been associated with this, and so to be a part of that legacy really means something to me.”
— Mitchell S. Jackson
The Center for Fiction is the only nonprofit literary organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to celebrating fiction, and we work every day to connect readers and writers. Time Out calls The Center one of the top three reasons to stay in Manhattan for literary events, citing the innovative panels, lectures, and conversations that take place in our beautiful building on East 47th Street. 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-only bookshops in the country.
Video Credits: Heidi Julavits, Sugar Vendil, Mitchell Jackson, Gwen Ruelle, Trevor Gureckis
Risks and challenges
The Center has a wonderful, consistent base of supporters so there is little risk involved. We have been meticulously planning this project for months and we have the content. With your help we can ensure that it is delivered with the utmost quality to our listeners.