1. The stories all have female narrators, and all (save one) are inspired by iconic short stories written by men. Galchen’s stories are witty and delightfully intelligent, riffing on works by David Foster Wallace, James Joyce and Haruki Murakami. Each illustrates how the presence of women, as authors and narrators, might have inflected canonical stories…The project as a whole is a lot like Liz Phair’s “Exile in Guyville,” the 1993 record that was a woman’s song-by-song response to the Rolling Stones’ album “Exile on Main Street.”

    — 

    The Los Angeles Times describing Rivka Galchen’s new collection of short stories American Innovations

    Well, when you put it that way, it’s hard not to be excited about the Cullman Center alum's new book and upcoming LIVE from the NYPL event with Karen Russell

  2. The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers has selected its 2014 Fellows! Check out the full list here.

    The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers has selected its 2014 Fellows! Check out the full list here.

  3. 
"The Empire of Necessity is scholarship at its best. Greg Grandin’s deft penetration into the marrow of the slave industry is compelling, brilliant and necessary.” - Toni Morrison
Former Cullman Center fellow Greg Grandin is earning high praise for his new book The Empire of Necessity, a deeply-researched account of the slave revolt that inspired Melville’s Benito Cereno. Grandin’s returning to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on January 21 with his Cullman Center classmate Philip Gourevitch to discuss The Empire of Necessity for the next installment of the Conversations from the Cullman Center series. Reserve your free ticket - and check out more praise for Grandin’s book - here. 

    "The Empire of Necessity is scholarship at its best. Greg Grandin’s deft penetration into the marrow of the slave industry is compelling, brilliant and necessary.” - Toni Morrison

    Former Cullman Center fellow Greg Grandin is earning high praise for his new book The Empire of Necessity, a deeply-researched account of the slave revolt that inspired Melville’s Benito Cereno. Grandin’s returning to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on January 21 with his Cullman Center classmate Philip Gourevitch to discuss The Empire of Necessity for the next installment of the Conversations from the Cullman Center series. Reserve your free ticket - and check out more praise for Grandin’s book - here

  4. The Cullman Center Institute for Teachers is now accepting applications for their Spring 2014 seminars! These free, day-long seminars taught by award-winning Cullman Center fellows are open to any full-time teacher, school librarian, or administrator, and applications are due by January 13, 2014. Click here for more information and application instructions.
Illustration by Gary Panter

    The Cullman Center Institute for Teachers is now accepting applications for their Spring 2014 seminars! These free, day-long seminars taught by award-winning Cullman Center fellows are open to any full-time teacher, school librarian, or administrator, and applications are due by January 13, 2014. Click here for more information and application instructions.

    Illustration by Gary Panter

  5. Learn more about the past, present and current state of Nathan Englander’s new play The 27th Man at next Thursday’s event with the author/playwright, director Barry Edelstein and journalist Alexis Soloski.
(Event may include discussions of aforementioned Russian prison)
nathanenglander:

The current state of our set. Eventually this will be a Russian prison. #27thMan (Taken with Instagram)

    Learn more about the past, present and current state of Nathan Englander’s new play The 27th Man at next Thursday’s event with the author/playwright, director Barry Edelstein and journalist Alexis Soloski.

    (Event may include discussions of aforementioned Russian prison)

    nathanenglander:

    The current state of our set. Eventually this will be a Russian prison. #27thMan (Taken with Instagram)

  6. Literary Magic at the New York Public Library: The Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers →

    Wild River Review provides a fabulous look behind the scenes of NYPL’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers and the Center’s inimitable Director Jean Strouse. Inspiring? Incredibly so!

  7. We’re so excited! And we just can’t hide it! (nor should we) The Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 class of Fellows. What this means is… You might have the golden opportunity to work at the Library! Walking through gorgeous marble hallways to your own beautiful office, where you research the Library’s collections and write your book/screenplay/graphic novel/etc.  

    Check out the submission guidelines to learn more about the program and requirements. GOOD LUCK!

  8. Eventually, Nell Freudenberger will have written so many wonderful books that we’ll stop gossiping about how success fell into the young woman’s lap at age 26.

    — 

    Ron Charles, Washington Post
    in his review of Nell Freudenberger’s new book, The Newlyweds 

    Want to learn how success “fell into the young woman’s lap at age 26”? Join us May 8, for what is sure to be a FASCINATING discussion with the author and journalist, poet Eliza Griswold. 

  9. The New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Announces 2012-2013 Fellows →

    We can’t wait to welcome them all this Fall! Congratulations to the class of ‘13.

    (in alphabetical order)

    Elizabeth Blackmar,
    Shimon Dotan,
    Ruth Franklin,
    Anthony Gottlieb,
    Philip Gourevitch,
    Greg Grandin,
    Valentina Izmirlieva,
    Dániel Margócsy,
    C.E. Morgan,
    Mae Ngai,
    Gary Panter,
    James Ryerson,
    Luc Sante,
    Saïd Sayrafiezadeh,
     and John Wray

  10. Our most heartfelt congratulations goes to Maya Jasanoff, Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers alumnus, and the recipient of the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award in Non-Fiction for her book Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World.
Maya visited NYPL last Spring to share her thoughts on American Loyalists with New Yorker writer Jill Lepore. You can listen to their conversation here!

    Our most heartfelt congratulations goes to Maya Jasanoff, Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers alumnus, and the recipient of the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award in Non-Fiction for her book Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World.

    Maya visited NYPL last Spring to share her thoughts on American Loyalists with New Yorker writer Jill Lepore. You can listen to their conversation here!