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


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


The Book Drop: Monsters Literal and Figurative

by Jon Michaud

This month in The Book Drop, our head librarian Jon Michaud discusses Nathan Ballingrud's collection of short stories, North American Lake Monsters. Michaud considers how Ballingrud's stories tap into the Southern Gothic tradition, taking characters often seen as monstrous and making them sympathetic.


"The world is scary enough right now, but Halloween is upon us and I’ve lately been in the mood for fictional monsters to offer some escape from the real ones we read about in the newspaper every day." READ

The Book That Made Me a Reader and a Writer
Bonnie Nadzam on a Biography of Helen Keller

In this new edition of  The Book That Made Me a Reader, Bonnie Nadzam, the winner of our 2011 First Novel Prize, discusses the influence a biography of Helen Keller had on her life and how she learned words can be as slippery as water.  

"Maybe it’s instructive that I more or less recall the book but not the exact title or author of the book. It was a YA biography of Helen Keller, given to me in second grade by Sister Therese at what was then called St. Ann’s School, in Cleveland, Ohio." READ

Bonnie Nadzam will appear on the Center's panel, Sexism in the Literary World, on October 25th with Porochista Khakpour, Kavita Das, and Amy King.

Author Picks: Five Deeply Strange Reads

by Matt Bell

Shifts in time, changelings, organic buildings, levitating grandmothers, and all things odd inhabit this list from Matt Bell, author of A Tree or a Person or a Wall. Matt has selected five books from small presses that investigate the strange and challenge our notions of reality.

"...I've always thrilled at the weirdness of others, at the strangely beautiful or strangely terrifying things they've allowed themselves to write down upon the page and then to expose to their readers." READ

In Andrew Gross's new book, the historical thriller The One Man, physicist Alfred Mendl is imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. Thousands of miles away in Washington D.C., intelligence officer Nathan Blum is given the assignment to try to break Mendl out, and with him, the information to help win the war for the Allies.

In this new post, Andrew Gross presents a list of his favorite novels on WWII that deal with the Holocaust and its aftermath.

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.