Andria Williams Long Listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
We're thrilled to announce that THE LONGEST NIGHT by Andria Williams (Random House) has been long listed for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. The Longest Night was the Amazon Spotlight Debut pick for January, a Barnes and Nobel Discover Pick, and was recently named as one of the best books of the year so far by Amazon. The novel was published by Kero in France last month, and Williams will travel to Paris for the America Writers Festival in September.
In addition to Williams' novel, the long list for the Center for Fiction prize is filled with other fantastic debuts like The Girls by Emma Cline, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, and What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwald.
The author of the winning book will be awarded $10,000 and each shortlisted author receives $1,000. The winner will be announced at the Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner on Tuesday, December 6 at The Metropolitan Club.
Previous winners include Marisha Pessl, for Special Topics in Calamity Physics (Viking), Junot Díaz, for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead/Penguin), Hannah Tinti, for The Good Thief (The Dial Press), Ben Fountain, for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Ecco/HarperCollins), Margaret Wrinkle, for Wash (Atlantic Monthly Press), Tiphanie Yanique, for Land of Love and Drowning (Riverhead Books), and Viet Thanh Nguyen, for The Sympathizer (Grove Press), which went on to the win the Pulitzer Prize in 2016.