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Elementary, My Dear Librarian: Celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle

If Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were immortal, he’d celebrate his 156th birthday today. And the Scottish author IS immortal, in a way: He lives on in his most famous character, the detective Sherlock Holmes. NYPL staff picked out their all-time favorite stories about the inimitable detective. (Don’t worry — no spoilers.)Read More ›

Experimental but Approachable

You don’t need a Ph.D. in comparative literature to enjoy it, either: books that play with language or challenge normal expectations about linear plot developments can be creative, lighthearted, and fun.Read More ›

Humans and Nature: A Reading List from Open Book Night

When we asked people to share books related to the theme of nature at our recent Open Book Night, we heard about titles related to both the natural world and to human nature, with an emphasis on humankind’s relationship to nature.Read More ›

Rock 'n' Read: Thee Oh Sees

Thee Oh Sees, fronted by John Dwyer, are a Los Angeles band whose sound has been described as garage rock, psychedelic rock, post-punk, art rock, noise… am I missing any? It's no surprise Dwyer's literary tastes are just as diverse as his band's sound. Read More ›

Books for the Twenty-Somethings

Can you recommend any books with female protagonists who are in their early to mid-20s?Read More ›

Reader's Den: Tigerman by Nick Harkaway (Week 1)

Throughout the month of May, as part of Reader's Den at New York Public Library, we will be discussing Nick Harkaway's 2014 novel Tigerman.Read More ›

A V. Thomas Pynchon Crossword Puzzle

Happy birthday, Thomas Pynchon! In honor of the author's dazzling literary headrushes we've put together a crossword that only a real fan can conquer. So put down your muted post horn and show us your Pynchon puzzling know-how.Read More ›

Our Favorite New York Stories

The staff at the New York Public Library loves their city as well as a story that captures what is truly special and wonderful about this place. Here are a few of their favorites.Read More ›

Essential Longform: The Best Harper Lee Reads

This year, on April 28, Lee will turn 89. She will publish her second novel, Go Set a Watchman in July. As we await this much-anticipated encore, we're looking at the beloved author who told us that real courage was “when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”Read More ›

Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian Book List

The Bronx Library Center is one of several libraries hosting an initiative to develop reading and discussion programs for veterans, as well as their families, friends, service providers, and caregivers.Read More ›

Podcast #57: T.C. Boyle on Finding Stories and Themes

T.C. Boyle has written over a dozen novels and several collections of short fiction. Recently, he was awarded the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement for writers of the West. On April 1, we welcomed Boyle to Books at Noon to discuss his latest novel The Harder They Come. This week for the New York Public Library Podcast, we present the author speaking on finding stories, discovering creative writing, and observing themes emerge in his body of work. Read More ›

Celebrating World Book Day with Stories of the Immigrant Experience

This year to celebrate we asked the staff to think about their favorite stories about people who have come to live in the United States from another country. Here are their recommendations.Read More ›

We Are New Yorkers: A Reading List for NYC Immigrant Heritage Week

Here are some vivid representations of the New York immigrant experience in fiction, as well as a few memoirs and biographies of New Yorkers past and present, who arrived here from all over the world and made their mark on our city. Read More ›

Ask the Author: Chigozie Obioma

Chigozie Obioma comes to Books at Noon next Wednesday, April 22 to discuss his latest work, The Fishermen. We asked him six questions about what he likes to read.Read More ›

New Beginnings: A Reading List from Open Book Night

When we asked people to share books related to the theme of “new beginnings,” we got a really wide range of fiction and nonfiction book recommendations: spiritual, nutritional, philosophical, emotional, geographic, artistic, political, physical, and meteorological.Read More ›

Ask the Author: Akhil Sharma

Akhil Sharma comes to Books at Noon next Wednesday, April 15 to discuss his latest work, Family Life: A Novel. We asked him six questions about what he likes to read.Read More ›

Books for a New Utopia

Imagine an apocalypse that doesn't destroy the people or the planet, just everything we have built and all knowledge/memory of building it. What books would you like to survive to guide in the building of a new utopia? Why that book?Read More ›

Great Poetry by Your Favorite Fiction Writers

So you "love to read, but don't like poetry"? Get ready to see your favorite fiction authors in a whole new light.Read More ›

Anticipation: Upcoming Titles

We are excited about Spring and getting our hands on some promising upcoming titles. Happy reading!

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April Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Come join us for an Author @ the Library talk this April at Mid-Manhattan Library to hear distinguished non-fiction authors discuss their work and answer your questions. Read More ›
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