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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

New Event! 
Jean Findlay: Chasing Lost Time

We're pleased to announce this new event featuring Jean Findlay, great-great niece of legendary translator C.K. Scott Moncrieff. Findlay will discuss her new biography of her enigmatic uncle and his work translating Proust

 

Join us on Wednesday, June 8th at 7pm. Click here for more information on the event and to RSVP. 

A Tribute to Edith Grossman 

 

If you've read Spanish-language literature, chances are you've read an Edith Grossman translation. From Cervantes to Gabriel García Márquez to Mario Vargas Llosa to Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Grossman is a chameleon, able to take on the voice of an author and transform their writing into a stunning work of art for the English-speaking world.

 

On April 30th, in celebration of her 80th birthday, Grossman was fêted by her colleagues as part of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, in partnership with the Cervantes Institute. We'd like to continue the celebration by sharing with you some of the tributes she received. READ

Constant Cravings
by Jennifer Haigh


Jennifer Haigh's new novel, Heat and Light, takes place in Bakerton, PA where alcoholism and meth addiction are commonplace. In this book list she picks three story collections and four novels that delve into the topic of addiction in its many forms. 

"My character Dick Devlin worked in the coal mines until his job disappeared; then he opened a tavern. His younger son is a recovering addict who works as a counselor in a methadone clinic, and his older son, a corrections officer in a prison full of drug offenders—an entire family working in the addictions business. In Bakerton, as everywhere, drinking and drugging are baked into the culture. For the addict and everyone around him, the consequences are profound." READ MORE

New Library Acquisitions! 

Spring, a season of renewal, is a popular time for debuts in publishing and our latest acquisitions include several notable first novels. There’s Jonathan Lee’s High Dive, which re-imagines the IRA’s attempt to blow up Margaret Thatcher; Idra Novey’s Ways to Disappear, in which a translator searches for a celebrated Brazilian writer who has gone AWOL; and Garth Greenwell’s intense novel of sexual obsession, What Belongs to You. Our latest additions also include works by established authors Elizabeth Nunez, Graham Swift, and Jim Harrison, who passed away earlier this year. More well-known names can be found among our new mysteries, which include books by Mary Higgins Clark, Lisa Scottoline, and longtime friend of the Center, Peter Straub

Head over to our library page to learn more about the collection and we hope you'll stop by to check some of these great titles out! If you're not a member, you can find out more here

The Book That Made Me A Reader
Sara Paretsky on Louisa May Alcott and James Joyce


What do little women and a young man have to do with Sara Paretsky's reading habits? Find out in this new edition of The Book That Made Me a Reader by the creator of the iconic V. I. Warshawski. 

 

"I can’t remember the first books I read, although I do remember the first words I wasn’t able to sound out: 'city' and 'Penelope.' Perhaps I was reading a child’s history of the Trojan War. My older brother taught me to read and write as he was learning those things, so I don’t remember beginning, I only remember being in the middle."  READ MORE

    An excerpt from Ways to Disappear 
    by Idra Novey


    What happens when a famous author disappears up an almond tree with just a suitcase and a cigar? In the case of Idra Novey's much-buzzed-about new novel Ways to Disappear that means a translator, the author's children, a loan shark, and even the country of Brazil start looking for her. In this excerpt, we get a clue to the infamous Beatriz Yagoda's whereabouts. 

    "The esteemed literary publisher Roberto Rocha liked to test his steaks to see if the meat was worth what he had paid for it. The test had to do with the density of the smoke once the steaks began to sizzle. With the works of fiction he selected for his press, he tested for density as well, for something tender in the middle yet still heavy enough to blacken the air." READ MORE

    Find out how Jane Austen's classic tale of 19th century England opened up a whole new world for twelve-year-old Elizabeth Nunez growing up in Trinidad, in this new edition of The Book That Made Me a Reader.

    "I grew up in colonial Trinidad, my education similar to that of a British public school, excellent, but clearly intended to reinforce the superiority of the British Empire. When I was an elementary schoolchild, I devoured the novels of the English mystery writer Enid Blyton. I loved the thrill of following the adventures of girls and boys my age who solved problems that baffled adults."  READ MORE
  1. JUNIOR EDITION: New Fiction for Younger Readers #29

by Celia McGee


JUNIOR EDITION: New Books 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 columnThe Magical Fantastical Fridge by Harlan Coben & illustrated by Leah Tinari, The Big Dark by Rodman Philbrick, Secrets of the Dragon Tomb by Patrick Samphire, and Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit. 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!)