Frederick Reiken


Frederick Reiken is the author of three novels, most recently Day For Night, published by Reagan Arthur Books of Little, Brown. The London Daily Telegraph listed Reiken as one of the "10 rising literary stars of 2010."

Reiken's debut novel, The Odd Sea, won the Hackney Literary Award for a first novel and was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize. The book was cited as one of the best first novels of the year by Library Journal and Booklist. His follow-up, The Lost Legends of New Jersey, was a national bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and a Best Book of the Year for both the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor.  His third novel, Day for Night, was a finalist for the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in fiction and was cited as one of best books of 2010 by the Washington Post and the Kansas City Star.  Reiken's novels have been translated into French, Spanish, German, Greek, Dutch, Hebrew, and Chinese. 

Reiken's short stories have appeared in publications including The New Yorker, Glimmer Train, Gulf Coast, and the Western Humanities Review, and his essays on craft have appeared in The Writer's Chronicle.

Prior to the publication of his first novel, Reiken worked as a reporter, columnist, and nature writer for the Daily Hampshire Gazette. His diverse background also includes having worked as a field researcher in wildlife biology in the Negev Desert, Israel.

Day for Night book jacket Lost Legends book jacket Odd Sea book jacket


  • Writing Literature & Publishing
    Since 1999


B.A., Princeton University
M.F.A., University of California, Irvine


The Odd Sea


The Lost Legends of New Jersey


Day for Night


Awards & Honors

New York Times Notable Book (The Lost Legends of New Jersey)