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.


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


JUNIOR EDITION: New Fiction for Younger Readers #36

by Celia McGee


Still wondering what to get that special kid in your life for the holidays? New Fiction for Younger Readers searches recent releases to discover the best kids' fiction out there. Writer and Center for Fiction board member Celia McGee covers four fantastic titles just in time for the holiday season. Little ones can live out fantasies of the West with the charming I Wanna Be a Cowgirl. Bestselling author Garth Nix is back with Have Sword, Will Travel. The world beyond life and death is explored in Broken Circle, while a supernatural biker gang takes center stage in Devils & Thieves. 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

Meet Our New Librarian Allison Escoto!

If you've dropped by the Center in the past few weeks you may have noticed a new face behind our front desk. We're thrilled to introduce you to our new librarian Allison Escoto—an avid reader who became a librarian after working in bookstores and in publishing. In this brief interview, our web editor Kristin Henley talks to Escoto about how she decided to become a librarian, her favorite books, and her work for the Newtown Literary Journal



What Was the First Book You Fell in Love With? 
by Our First Novel Prize Finalists 

Ahhhh first love... there's nothing like it, especially when it's found between the covers of a book. Over at Lit Hub our First Novel Prize Finalists talk about the books that first had them swooning. From classics like Green Eggs and Ham to a book about mutating kids, they prove that you never know what will capture a child's imagination. 

Open In Emergency: An Interview with Mimi Khúc 


Discussions about mental health can be difficult, but Open In Emergency, a new work of book art published by the Asian American Literary Review, aims to open up the conversation. This unique issue of the review features tarot cards, a special "version" of the DSM, an annotated brochure on postpartum depression, and more. In this interview our web editor Kristin Henley talks with Mimi Khúc, scholar, writer and guest editor of Open In Emergency.


Author Picks: Josh Kendall's Pay It Forward Book List


In this special edition of our Author Picks column, Joshua Kendall, editorial director of Mulholland Books, recommends five novels that were recommended to him that are sure to keep you up all night reading. Continue the tradition and send this list on to another book lover in your life.

"This book gets my award for #1 Driftiest Crime Novel. There is little suspense, but instead a kind of queer anticipatory doom that keeps you gnashing your teeth, trembling, and turning the pages." read

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

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