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Frederick Reiken is an American author who teaches creative writing in the Writing, Literature, and Publishing department (WLP) at Emerson College. He is from Livingston, New Jersey and attended the Pingry School, Princeton University, and the University of California, Irvine. He was a news reporter, columnist, and nature writer. He has written three novels (The Odd Sea, The Lost Legends of New Jersey, and Day for Night) and many short stories and essays that were published in The New Yorker, Glimmer Train, Gulf Coast, the Western Humanities Review, and The Writer’s Chronicle.
Reiken’s first novel, The Odd Sea, was the winner of the Hackney Literary Award for a first novel, a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, and was considered one of the best first novels of the year by Library Journal and Booklist. His second novel, The Lost Legends of New Jersey, was on the New York Times “Notable Book” list and a Best Book of the Year for the Lost Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor.
His latest novel, Day for Night, was a finalist for the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in fiction and was one of the best books of 2010 according to the Washington Post and the Kansas City Star. Day for Night has been translated into multiple languages, including Dutch, French, Spanish, and Hebrew. Reiken appeared on London’s Daily Telegraph’s “10 rising literary stars of 2010”.