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Cullman Center Recommends: 15 Books for Summer Reading

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers has had seventeen classes of fellows in residence at The New York Public Library. These gifted independent scholars, creative writers, academics, and visual artists have produced more than one hundred books since 1999, and we recommend fifteen of their recent titles for 2016 summer reading.Read More ›

Warcraft Cometh... as a Book: Novels Based on Video Games

As we approach the premier of the long-awaited World of Warcraft movie on June 10, I thought it would be a great time to take a look at some of the books that have been based on video games.Read More ›

May 2016 International Fiction Bestsellers

A satirical Swedish novel, a favorite Sicilian detective, and teen dystopian romance top the bestseller lists in Germany, Italy, and Brazil. Novels by native authors are popular in Argentina and Russia, and everyone loves Jojo Moyes!Read More ›

Celebrating Short Story Cycles

Short stories that are linked to one another can have an engrossing effect, much like the prestige cable dramas of today. Try one of the collections on this list during May, Short Story Month.Read More ›

Experimental but Approachable

You don’t need a Ph.D. in comparative literature to enjoy books that play with language or toss aside linear plots.Read More ›

Men, Sex, and the Literary Novel

The discussion of the change in how sex is presented in literary novels, particularly by male authors, has taken place several times over the last few years. This type of novel, which at one point was ubiquitous in the publishing world, has fallen out of favor.Read More ›

#FridayReads Roundup: The Little Prince, Election Buzz & Journalists on ISIS

Looking for a great book? Join us on Twitter this morning @NYPLRecommends from 10-11 AM. The Librarian is IN: taking requests and giving recommendations.Read More ›

Happy Birthday To The Little Prince

The Little Prince, a novella, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery was first published on April 6, 1943. If you read and loved it, here are a few other titles that are fantastic, magical, whimsical, perfect for the 9-12 year old set, and also feature princes.Read More ›

Women in Print: A Reading List from Open Book Night

At our March Open Book Night readers recommended a wide variety of books by favorite women authors, from contemporary fiction to older favorites, even questioning the authorship of a great classic of Western literature. Read More ›

#FridayReads Roundup: Pakistan, Female Rockers, & Honoring Shakespeare

Looking for a great book? Join us on Twitter @NYPLRecommends from 10-11 AM. The Librarian is IN: taking requests and giving recommendations. Read More ›

Fiction Set in Pakistan

Eleven books for readers of all ages.Read More ›

#FridayReads Roundup: Hello and What's New

Looking for a great book? Join us on Twitter this morning @NYPLRecommends from 10-11 AM. The Librarian is IN: taking requests and giving recommendations. Read More ›

NYPL Recommends: New Middle Grade Books

Spring titles are still on the horizon, but already we are seeing some wonderful new middle grade fiction titles. Here are a few we think are exceptional.Read More ›

Hello Out There…

What would Harry Potter look like with iPhones instead of owls? Or Romeo and Juliet, if Juliet could have texted “brb, not rly dead”?Read More ›

Reading Harder in 2016! Update 1

Way back at the end of 2015, a few of us accepted Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge for the upcoming year. We promised to pop in with periodic updates about our progress, and here’s our first one!Read More ›

Librarians on ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Personal reflections on Harper Lee's first (and until now, only) novel.Read More ›

In With the New! A Reading List from Open Book Night

We had asked readers to tell us about a book that helped them explore or learn something new or to share a recently discovered book or author they loved.Read More ›

Charlotte Sometimes: The Redoubled Subject

Penelope Farmer's 'Charlotte Sometimes' has an incredible depth accomplished with an effortlessness I rarely come across in contemplative fiction written for adults, let alone children. For this reason, I cannot accept it as a simple story about a child who travels time, but a story where an adolescent girl lays the foundation for her maturity.Read More ›

Podcast #96: Francine Prose on YouTube, Sentences, and War

Francine Prose is one of the most prolific and accomplished writers living in America today, having written seventeen novels, three short fiction collections, eight works of nonfiction, a children's book, and many book reviews. Read More ›

Podcast #95: Junot Diaz on the Game of Fiction and Intimacy

A MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize winner, Diaz has published one novel and two collections of short stories, all which prominently feature voice-driven narrative and characters of Dominican descent negotiating life in America. Read More ›
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