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NEED A GOOD BOOK?

 

We know finding that next great read isn't easy, so we've been working hard at the Center to help you find the perfect book just for you! 

 

Over at our Book Recommendations page you can find lists of interesting and entertaining reads for your book club or for your own reading pleasure. 

 

Our Author Picks section features recommendations from some of your favorite writers whether you're a mystery fan or you love historical fiction or you want to read about women behaving badly! 

 

Junior Edition features reviews by book critic and arts writer Celia McGee guaranteed to get younger readers (or those young at heart) turning the pages.

 

And if you're looking for a personal reading list we hope you'll consider a little bibliotherapy with our Novel Approach program. 

 

We hope we've made it fun and a little easier to find your next favorite book!

BOOKS FOR NYC SCHOOLS

 

Throughout the year, The Center for Fiction gathers thousands of books for NYC schools for their classrooms and libraries. We're asking for your help in getting books into the hands of the next generation of readers. Click on the links below to see information about some of our participating schools and to see what books they're asking for!

 

The Academy for Young Writers 

 

Bronx Envision Academy

 

The Union Settlement Association

 

The Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women 

 

And click here to find out more info about our programs for kids! 

 

 

A NOVEL APPROACH         

 

 

 

A Novel Approach

 

At a crossroads? Getting married or having an affair, moving abroad, changing jobs or having a child? Get insight from great literature on life’s big moments. The Center for Fiction will handcraft a year’s worth of reading for you or your loved one based on a 45-minute personal consultation (in person or over the phone). And even if you don’t plan on having a big year, we can still help select books that will be perfect for wherever you are right now!

 

For more on bibliotherapy or to schedule a session, please CLICK HERE

FOR READERS

Junior Edition: New Fiction for Younger Readers #45

by Celia McGee

 

Celia McGee covers three great new titles in her Junior Edition column this month. Professional adventurer Mr. Penguin solves his first mystery in Mr. Penguin and the Lost Treasure. Dreams, nightmares, and reality are blurred for two sisters in the porous world of Riverland. A boy embarks on a harrowing journey as he crosses the Mexican border in the poetic, affecting Beast Rider.

 

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Meet Our Librarian Allison Escoto!

We're thrilled to introduce you to our librarian Allison Escoto—an avid reader who became a librarian after working in bookstores and in publishing. In this brief interview, we talk to Escoto about how she decided to become a librarian, her favorite books, and her work for the Newtown Literary Journal

 

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Open In Emergency: An Interview with Mimi Khúc 

 

Discussions about mental health can be difficult, but Open In Emergency, a new work of book art published by the Asian American Literary Review, aims to open up the conversation. This unique issue of the review features tarot cards, a special "version" of the DSM, an annotated brochure on postpartum depression, and more. In this interview our web editor Kristin Henley talks with Mimi Khúc, scholar, writer and guest editor of Open In Emergency.

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Author Picks: Josh Kendall's Pay It Forward Book List

 

In this special edition of our Author Picks column, Joshua Kendall, editorial director of Mulholland Books, recommends five novels that were recommended to him that are sure to keep you up all night reading. Continue the tradition and send this list on to another book lover in your life.


"This book gets my award for #1 Driftiest Crime Novel. There is little suspense, but instead a kind of queer anticipatory doom that keeps you gnashing your teeth, trembling, and turning the pages." read

Shelf Life

by Sophie McManus

 

We asked the author of The Unfortunates and our new workshop instructor, Sophie McManus, to give us some insight into her disordered book collection and the importance of searching the shelves.

 

"I love photos of authors sitting in front of their books. These photos always convey a hint of pride, but also a sense that the author is laying herself bare to the viewer. However distinguished or enigmatic her half-smile, the story behind the author offers all her secrets. It says: these books are who I am." read