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.


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!



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


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


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


And don't miss McManus's course, Inside→Out: Writing Point of View, which starts on October 3rd

JUNIOR EDITION: New Fiction for Younger Readers #34

by Celia McGee


We're headed back to school with JUNIOR EDITION: New Fiction for Younger Readers which 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. Kids learn what makes a book a book (and a few lessons about getting along) in Give Me Back My Book! New York provides adventure for Cricket and her grandmother who take off across the city in The Half-True Lies of Cricket CohenA much more dangerous adventure awaits Reza in the gripping Lost Boys about child soldiers in Iran. And finally The Wood hides many secrets including portals to lands across time. 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!) READ

An Interview with Rene Denfeld on The Child Finder 


Rene Denfeld first caught our eye when her debut novel, The Enchanted, made the short list for our First Novel Prize. Now Denfeld is back in the spotlight with her riveting sophomore novel, The Child Finder, out this month. In this interview we talked with Denfeld about tackling difficult subjects, bringing characters to life on the page, and her secret to writing a literary thriller.


"The character has to have autonomy and make their own decisions, and not feel directed by me. But I also make sure I know the lives of the characters and feel authentic writing them." read 

The Book Drop:

From Aaron to Zyzak (and Back)

by Jon Michaud


For this month's Book Drop, our head librarian Jon Michaud talks about every book lover's dream: exploring a collection with books dating back 200 years. The Center for Fiction, founded as the Mercantile Library in 1820, holds such gems as a first edition copy of Yeats's The Tower, a letter postmarked 1928, and century-old notes scrawled in the margins of books. Hear about the newly completed catalogue (a decade-long project!) and what has been found in the stacks along the way. READ

The Book That Made Me a Reader: 

Dina Nayeri on Behrangi, Golding, and Ishiguro


In this Book That Made Me a Reader, Dina Nayeri, author of the new novel Refuge, reflects on three different times she was inspired as a reader. Nayeri writes about discovering a veiled political allegory as a child in Iran, about reading an unforgettable classic in high school in Oklahoma, and finally being moved by the subtle words of Kazuo Ishiguro and how they changed the direction of her life.


"My copy of that book has a dozen notes on every page. Its spine is broken and pages folded. It was the dirtiest, wickedest thing I had ever read and I couldn’t get enough." READ MORE

Author Picks: Marcus Sakey’s Favorite Made-Up Genre

Whether you call this genre speculative fiction, alternate history or in Marcus Sakey's parlance, alt-fic, what these books have in common is that they're all great reads. The author of the new thriller Afterlife has selected six novels that present our recognizable world... but with a twist. From a financial thriller to the latest literary fiction hit, we're sure you'll find something to make you question reality. 


"What I love about alt-fic is that it is broad and recognizable. It feels familiar, and yet introduces a difference that changes everything. It’s a genre that allows writers to design compulsively readable thrillers around thoughtful ideas." read  

David Swinson’s Long Road from Cop to Crime Novelist

by Jon Michaud


In this month’s Book Drop, our librarian Jon Michaud speaks to crime fiction writer David Swinson, who worked as a nightclub promoter, movie producer, and policeman before publishing his first novel. Swinson discusses his unlikely connections to Timothy Leary and G. Gordon Liddy, and considers how screenwriting and police work influenced his Frank Marr trilogy.


"Every aspiring writer takes his or her own unique path towards publication. Few writers have taken a route that is as convoluted as that of Swinson. He is the rare writer whose biography would make for excellent fiction." read more