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November Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

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

Beware the Cat: 13 Tales to Read with Your Cat This Halloween

Grumpy Cat, Henri, the Existential Cat, Lil Bub, Colonel Meow… Sure, cats are the stars of social media nowadays but beware of crossing them—as these tales illustrate.Read More ›

Three is the Magic Number: Trilogies You May Not Have Known Were Trilogies

The Hunger Games, Divergent, Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy—when you cannot get enough of a character or just don't want the story to end, three is a welcome number. These popular trilogies need no further introduction, but here are some titles you may be surprised to learn, are also part of a trilogy.Read More ›

Looking for Authentic Voices

This week's readers advisory request comes to us as a list of books. The reader says that for her, a good book is language driven and the voice should ring through as authentic. Do we have any authentic voices for this reader?Read More ›

Authors Share Their Best Writing Tips with NYPL

Writing can be a daunting task. You sit in front of a blank page. You try to make something where there was nothing, and your only material is language. Yet over the years, NYPL has spoken to dozens of writers who have faced exactly this challenge and ended up on the other side of a finished book. If you want to write, then get ready to take notes. Here are some of the best bits of writing advice from the NYPL video archive.Read More ›

Suburban Malaise

Suburban – an adjective meaning contemptibly dull and ordinary. Malaise – a noun meaning a general feeling of discomfort, illness, or uneasiness whose exact cause is difficult to identify.Read More ›

If You Like Murakami...

This week's readers advisory request comes to us in the form of two books and an author our reader has enjoyed in the past: The Secret History, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and Haruki Murakami. Here is what our staff recommended for this reader. Read More ›

October 2014 Reader's Den: "Going to the Dogs: The Story of a Moralist" by Erich Kästner, Part 1

This month we’re taking a trip to Weimar Germany via Going to the Dogs: The Story of a Moralist by Erich Kästner, translated from the German by Cyrus Brooks. This novel, originally published in Germany in 1931 under the title Fabian, follows Jakob Fabian, a well educated but underemployed youngish man, as he moves through a decaying Berlin after the economic crash of 1929.Read More ›

Tom Perrotta on Holden Caulfield, Sad Stories, and Seeing His Work Onscreen

Author Tom Perrotta has written six novels and two short story collections, but it's almost impossible to talk about him without mentioning film and television. Listen to the podcast from Books At Noon.Read More ›

Ask the Author: Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley comes to Books at Noon this week to discuss her latest work, Some Luck.Read More ›

Ayana Mathis on The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, Inspiring Women, and Writing Fiction from Fact

Recently, Mathis joined NYPL for a new season of Books at Noon, where she discussed how some of the women in her life—including author Marilynne Robinson—have helped make her the writer she is today and the intersection of fact and fiction.Read More ›

Ben Lerner on Modernism, Lived Experience, and Back to the Future

The author of 10:04 discussed his work at the library on September 16.Read More ›

Contemporary Southern Writers

Seven recent books by Southern writers.Read More ›

While You Wait For "The Orphan Train" Why Not Try…

Like The Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline, these moving, character-driven titles delve into the subjects of orphans, foster care, family issues, unexpected friendships, secrets, rediscovery and the promise of second chances.Read More ›

Tycoons: Real and Imagined

Whether you're a penny pincher or a big spender, tycoons offer a wealth of fascinating stories. These books, both fiction and nonfiction, dramatize big business. From captains of industry to investment bankers, these money bags characters have stories worth their weight in gold.Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: September 2014

Here are some new noteworthy titles that may or may not be receiving the attention they deserve.Read More ›

Best In Class: The Most Outstanding Fictional Teachers

Outstanding teachers offer their students new ways of looking at the world, and outstanding fictional teachers offer the same to their readers. Some, like Anagrams' Benna, delight with zany wordplay. Others, like Dracula's Van Helsing, can even strike fear into the undead. If NYPL gave report cards, these teachers would earn top marks.Read More ›

From Boyhood to Beyond: Books About the Passage of Time

Richard Linklater's new movie Boyhood was filmed with the same cast over the course of twelve years. Here are some novels that also concern themselves with the passing of time, from Proust's masterpiece Swann's Way to contemporary popular fiction like Mitch Albom's The Time Keeper.Read More ›

September Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Any of these subjects pique your curiosity? If so, join us for an Author @ the Library talk this September at Mid-Manhattan Library to hear distinguished non-fiction authors discuss their work and answer your questions. Author talks take place at 6:30 p.m. on the 6th floor of the Library, unless otherwise noted. You can also request the authors' books using the links to the catalog included below. Read More ›

August Reader's Den: The Circle by Dave Eggers, Part II

Welcome to Part II of August in the Reader’s Den. We have been discussing Dave Egger’s novel about a monomaniacal digital corporation called The Circle. Our protagonist, Mae Holland, has grown ever more fervently to believe in the positive social impact of ‘completing’ the Circle. Read More ›
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