Frederick Reiken, born in Irvington, New Jersey, USA, in 1966. M.F.A. from University of California, Irvine. Professor of Writing and Literature, Emerson College. Novelist in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, USA.
Writer-in-Residence (1 February 2014 – 30 June 2014)
THE MAGIC SHOW (WORKING TITLE), A NOVEL
My plan at NIAS will be to continue working on a novel-in-progress about the lineage of an enigmatic 60s-era radical. The story will explore the aftereffects of late-60s radicalism in the U.S. as well as the intergenerational legacies of the Holocaust. An important figure in the tale is a forgotten sleight-of-hand illusionist of European Jewish origin. Pre-war Scheveningen is to be one of the locales where he performed, so I am looking forward to exploring the areas in and around The Hague as part of my research. I will be open to any and all sources of inspiration.
Day for Night (Little, Brown & Co., 2010)
The Lost Legends of New Jersey (Harcourt, 2000)
The Odd Sea (Harcourt Brace, 1998)