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Members Only: The Literarians


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Wednesday, 12:30 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST December 21, 2022

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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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December Selection:
The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka

Previous Selections:

  • Stories from the Tenants Downstairs by Sidik Fofana
  • The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid
  • The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
  • Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez
  • Intimacies by Katie Kitamura
  • The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
  • Crying in H Mart by Micelle Zauner
  • The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deeshaw Philyaw
  • Zorrie by Laird Hunt
  • 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

Led by

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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.