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 new 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!
Our Small Press Spotlight section features reviews, and excerpts from some under the radar titles.
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!
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!
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|Queer Literature Top Five
by Sassafras Lowrey
Sassafras Lowrey, Lambda Literary Emerging Writer and author of Lost Boi, picks five of hir favorites (at least for today) from LGBTQ fiction in this new book list.
"Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) literature is a growing genre filled with a diverse array of novels that are pushing the literary envelope. These works of fiction challenge readers to explore worlds beyond conventional definitions and understandings of sexuality and gender identity/expression." READ MORE
Interested in more LGBTQ fiction? Sassafras Lowrey will lead a book group on this topic here at the Center starting on September 20th. Click here to learn more about this class and to sign up!
|Five Fictions About Fiction
by Joshua Gaylord
Author Joshua Gaylord (When We Were Animals) goes "meta" with this new book list about fictional works that look back at themselves.
"I suppose what...readers admire about storytelling is its capacity to blend into real life, to erase the line between fiction and reality. But I’m not one of those readers. I like art because it’s art—because it’s different from reality—because it’s (all right, I’ll say it) better than reality." READ MORE
Joshua Gaylord is leading our book group The Southern Gothic, starting on September 12th. Click here to learn more about this class and to sign up!
With weather maps of the country blazing in the orange and red of high temperatures, California's drought still lingering despite good rainfall this year, and massive earthquakes predicted, we’re feeling a little bit, ummm, nervous these days. Normally we turn to fiction to feel better, but we’ve been seeing disasters pop up in pages these days too. Instead of hiding, we’ve become fascinated by this trend in fiction, called climate fiction or cli-fi. Here are a few novels that look at what happens when we don’t take care of our environment. Maybe we’ll even learn some survival tips….
Summer is made for reading. Whether you’re covered by the dappled shade of a backyard tree, laid out on a sticky poolside recliner, or buckled into a seat on an overnight flight to some exotic escape, summer offers many venues for losing yourself in a book. The Center has your bookish needs covered from ambitious literary novels like Annie Proulx'sBarkskins to the latest Scandinavian noir, Erik Axl Sund’s The Crow Girl. We hope you'll stop by to check out our latest acquisitions or to pick up an older favorite from our large collection. And it's easyto join if you're not a member already!
Announcing Our 2016 Fall Reading Groups
JUNIOR EDITION: New Fiction for Younger Readers #30
We hope Celia's terrific choices inspire the kids in your life to pick up a book (and you may even find yourself flipping through these pages!)
In celebration of Pride, we wanted to share videos of just a few of the authors we've hosted over the years who address LGBTQIA issues in their work.
If you like what you hear, you'll love our new podcast, Fiction Talks, which will launch later this year. This project was recently fully funded on Kickstarter, and thanks to over 100 generous donors, we will be able to remaster the audio of great events like these from our archive. These voices deserve to be heard in the best quality, and we can't wait to bring them to you in the form of a literary podcast! READ
If you're reading this, you're probably a good reader, zipping through the latest bestseller & diving into classics. But even voracious readers need to mix things up every once in a while. Over at O Magazine, they suggest a few original takes on the book club—you may even be inspired to start a new one!
|Five Over Fifty
by Elizabeth Marro
Elizabeth Marro was fifty-nine and a half when her debut novel, Casualties, was published. In this new book list she celebrates the late blooming literary set. From a classic children's tale to this year's hit debut, you'll be surprised at the books whose authors prove it's never too late to start writing.
"Sometimes a writer has to live a little before that first novel. Sometimes she has to live a little longer. Here are five debut books by authors who first published when they were over fifty—and then kept going. They prove that it is worth the wait." READ