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! 


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


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








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The Book Drop: Whatever Happened to Kathleen Collins? 

by Jon Michaud

For this month’s Book Drop, our head librarian Jon Michaud examines Kathleen Collins’s posthumously published short story collection Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? Michaud discusses Collins’s use of cinematic elements, themes of race, and the parallels between the collection and Kia Corthron’s The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter


"With the exception of one story and a short play, Collins never published anything in her lifetime, which makes the arrival of this book feel like an unexpected gift."  READ NOW

Four Surprising Influences on 

We Love You, Charlie Freeman

by Kaitlyn Greenidge


We asked First Novel Prize finalist Kaitlyn Greenidge to talk about some of the unusual influences behind her fantastic novel We Love You, Charlie Freeman. Here, she discusses how a powerful nonfiction book, a country music song, a holiday movie, and a little corner of Boston all contributed to her debut novel.


"We Love You, Charlie Freeman is as much a frustrated love story between Charlotte and her friend Adia, as it is a novel about a family. This song is the epitome of the word 'bereft' and I imagine if Charlotte knew it existed, she would have worn out her Walkman rewinding it to listen to it over and over again." read now 

Silenced Voices

by Sheila Kohler


Center for Fiction favorite Sheila Kohler (author of the new hit memoir Once We Were Sisters), will lead a reading group for us called Silenced Voices, starting on March 13th. The group will investigate three classic works of literature, and three newer works inspired by them. In this essay, Kohler discusses the reinterpretation of characters from those classic works. Kohler herself will be diving into the celebrated character of Sonya from Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment in a forthcoming novel. read her essay now

Interested in Kohler's reading group? Sign up here.

New Library Books Are Here! 


Did you make a New Year’s resolution to read more? Are you looking for a printed refuge from the deluge of political coverage? Maybe you simply want to hibernate with a good book? You’re sure to find something appealing among the new additions to the library. Notable literary titles this season include anticipated new novels from Paul AusterRoxane Gay, and Rachel Cusk. We are enjoying a wealth of new literary nonfiction, including memoirs by friends of the Center: Sheila Kohler, Mike Scalise, and Anka Muhlstein. For crime fiction fans, there is the latest Rebus novel from Ian Rankin and plenty more.


Click here to see our full list of new titles and we hope to see you soon!


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Fictional Reinventions 

by Dawn Tripp


The bestselling author of GeorgiaDawn Tripp, recommends five novels that reassemble and illuminate the lives of their subjects. Each of these books takes a figure—either from history or literature—and gives them new life on the page. 


"Penelope’s lyrical, scathing account reveals the quietly one-sided assumptions at the heart of Homer’s myth and reminds us there are many ways to protest—you can stand up, speak out, sing, march, sit in, sit down. You can make art, listen, bear witness. You can tell a side of a story that has never been told." READ MORE

The Book Drop: 

The Wild Imagination of Harry Stephen Keeler

by Jon Michaud


January 22nd marked the 50th anniversary of prolific mystery and sci-fi writer Harry Stephen Keeler's death. In this month's Book Drop, our head librarian Jon Michaud talks about Keeler’s work and legacy with writer and editor (and Keeler fan) Ed Park and Richard Polt, professor of philosophy at Xavier University and head of the Harry Stephen Keeler Society. READ


And as a bonus we asked Ed Park and Richard Polt to write about their favorite Keeler books. READ THEIR LIST