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Podcast #37: Richard Ford on Becoming a Reader and Finding a Voice

Richard Ford, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, is perhaps best known for his Frank Bascombe books. At Books at Noon, the novelist and short story writer discussed Raymond Carver, voice in fiction, and becoming a reader.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Brooklyn Nine" by Alan Gratz

A novel told in nine stories, spanning the years from 1845 to 2002.Read More ›

Haunted Real Estate and Furniture in Fiction

The houses are full of horrors in these selected titles.Read More ›

25 Years From the Fall: KGB and Cold War Reads

On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, effectively and symbolically ending the Cold War. Twenty-five years later, we're still making sense of the decades of fear and east-west divisions. One need only watch FX's The Americans to see that the Cold War is still alive and well in the American imagination. As we look back at The Fall, here are the books we'll be reading.Read More ›

Books We Are Thankful For

We talked to librarians to find out the books they are most thankful for this year.Read More ›

Jock Reads and Flicks

Just as the music CD Jock Jams inspired a generation to "Move It, Move It," many books and movies that focus on sports can be motivational, even if the reader or viewer is not interested in that particular activity. Read More ›

While You Wait For "Station Eleven" Why Not Try...

Like Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, these post-apocalyptic novels take readers on compelling journeys of lost worlds, lost lives, and survival.Read More ›

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 ›

Podcast #30: 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 ›

Podcast #29: 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 ›
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