Two-Book Deal with Ecco for Professor Hilary Leichter

BY William Hutton, December 22, 2021

Adjunct Assistant Professor and alumna Hilary Leichter ’12 has landed a two-book deal with Ecco Press after auction. Leichter will follow her acclaimed debut, Temporary (Coffee House Press, 2020) with two new novels slated for release in 2023 and 2024, respectively. 


The first, Terrace Story, follows the seismic chain of events set off when a couple and their daughter discover a terrace that occasionally materializes in their small apartment’s closet. The second, The Quarter Century Songbook, is an elegy for a vanishing city landscape pitched as part Damon Runyon and part The Wild Party, tracing the trajectory of a Manhattan restaurant that only appears for one raucous night every twenty-five years before disappearing at the break of dawn. 

Hilary Leichter's Temporary was shortlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and longlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her writing has appeared in n+1, The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Times, and Conjunctions. She teaches on Undergraduate Creative Writing at Columbia University and has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Hilary Leichter '12