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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 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.

 

Or if you're in New York City, we hope you'll stop by our bookstore or library where you can pick up a copy of the latest novel or a familiar classic. 

 

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

 

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

ESSENTIAL READING

JUNIOR EDITION: New Fiction for Younger Readers #31
by Celia McGee


JUNIOR EDITION: New Fiction for Younger Readers searches recent releases to discover the best kids' fiction out there. Writer, editor, and Center for Fiction board member Celia McGee covers four fantastic titles in this month's column: Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, Brightwood by Tania Unsworth, The Mighty Odds by Amy Ignatow, and The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan. 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!) 

 

"If secret gardens were thought to have transitioned out with Constance Hodgson Burnett, Tania Unsworth didn’t get the memo. A good thing, too." READ

Five Surprising Influences on You Will Know Me

by Megan Abbott

 

We asked Megan Abbott to talk about some of the surprising influences behind her new hit book You Will Know Me. Here she discusses how a television show about football, movies about ballet, and a book on parenting helped shape her novel centered on gymnastics.

"You Will Know Me began with a longing to write about the family of a prodigy. Families are complicated to begin with, but I’ve always been curious about how it plays out when a child is exceptional in some way. How power works, how love does." READ MORE

Shelf Life
by Alyssa Wong


We asked the Nebula Award-winning writer to share a section of her bookshelf. Here, Alyssa Wong talks about moving her collection, the books that help her dive into her own history, and what she turns to for inspiration. READ

Alyssa Wong appeared on the Center's panel at the Brooklyn Book Festival, Gender in Science Fiction and Fantasy, on September 18th in downtown Brooklyn. Click the event link to watch the video. 
The Consultant
by Catherynne M. Valente


Noir meets fairy tales in this brilliant mashup story from Catherynne M. Valente, the New York Times bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction novels, short stories, and poetry.

"She walks into my life legs first, a long drink of water in the desert of my thirties... She mixes my metaphors like a martini and serves up my heart tartare. They all do. Every time. They have to. It’s that kind of story." READ MORE

Catherynne M. Valente appeared on the Center's panel at the Brooklyn Book Festival, Gender in Science Fiction and Fantasy, on September 18th in downtown Brooklyn. Click the event link to watch the video. 
The Book That Made Me a Reader
by Anuradha Roy


In this post, Anuradha Roy, author of the Man Booker long-listed novel Sleeping on Jupiter, writes about being read aloud to, the slipperiness of language, and her father. 

"Before I could read, I was read to, and there was only one book that was read aloud in our house. I am four years old. Then five, then six, seven. Even when I’ve learned how to read, the routine doesn’t change. The book comes out from its place on the shelf in the evening after my father is home from work." READ MORE

To Bard or Not To Bard

by Jon Michaud

 

We've got an exciting new column on our site called The Book Drop by our head librarian, Jon Michaud! Jon is the author of When Tito Loved Clara, and is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and The Washington Post. We're thrilled to share his new monthly column with you, in which he'll discuss all things literary! For his first piece, Jon writes about the pleasures and perils of reinterpreting William Shakespeare, a challenge some of our favorite authors are taking on in a collection from Hogarth. READ

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