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Members Only: The Literarians


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Wednesday, 12:30 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST January 26, 2022

Online via Zoom & at
The Center for Fiction*

This session will take place in person* and online via Zoom. Please click Register above to RSVP. Questions? Please email Allison Escoto at

The Literarians is a free monthly discussion group open to members of The Center. Led by our head librarian Allison Escoto, The Literarians read a wide variety of contemporary fiction. New participants are welcome throughout the year!

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Up Next:
Zorrie by Laird Hunt

Previous Selections:

  • Matrix by Lauren Groff
  • Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
  • Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue
  • The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
  • Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
  • Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Real Life by Brandon Taylor
  • Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
  • Indelicacy by Amina Cain
  • Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami
  • A Burning by Megha Majumdar
  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  • Deacon King Kong by James McBride
  • Apeirogon by Colum McCann
  • Milkman by Anna Burns
  • Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
  • Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
  • The Topeka School by Ben Lerner
  • Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
  • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
  • The Parisian by Isabella Hammad
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney
  • The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
  • Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
  • Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
  • The Burning Girl by Claire Messud
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

*To attend this reading group in person, please email your proof of vaccination to prior to visiting the Center. Mask wearing will be required throughout the building. Accepted vaccination proofs include:

  • an image of your CDC vaccination card
  • a screenshot or scanned printout of your Excelsior pass
  • a record of vaccination from the healthcare provider who gave you your vaccine

In compliance with developing guidelines issued by federal, state, and our local government, we ask that all visitors to The Center for Fiction’s member spaces provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19. If you remain unvaccinated because of a disability or sincerely held religious belief, please also contact us at for assistance or to request a reasonable accommodation. 


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    Allison Escoto

    Head Librarian & Education Director

    Allison Escoto

    Head Librarian & Education Director

    New Yorker by way of New Orleans, Allison Escoto received her BA in Creative Writing from SUNY New Paltz and closed out the 90s as a bookseller in Greenwich Village. After several years in publishing, she pursued and received her MLS from Queens College. Since then she has worked as a librarian for 15 years in various libraries in and around NYC and has been moonlighting as a poet and copywriter. She reviews books for Booklist and serves on the ALA RUSA Notables committee. From 2017-2020, she was the Associate Editor for Newtown Literary Journal, a publication dedicated to featuring writers from her beloved Queens.