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Honoring Grace Paley: Fiction, Activism, & Social Justice

In honor of Grace Paley’s birthday, we asked our book experts to name fiction writers whose political action informed their work — not just indirectly advocated for a particular viewpoint, but whose activism was demonstrated in the stories they created.Read More ›

Food and Celebration: A Reading List from Open Book Night

Last month when we gathered for Open Book Night, our theme was food and celebration. Oysters came up several times as well as some fictional meals that were far from celebratory. We heard about favorite cookbooks and food memoirs and a few titles readers really enjoyed that had little to do with food but fit the mood.Read More ›

Lots of Good Fun That Is Funny: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 26

Children's librarian Louise Lareau joins Frank and Gwen to talk about NYPL's annual Best Books for Kids list and why you should say "underpants" during first-grade storytime. Plus: Eve Babitz, Joan Didion, Zadie Smith, joy, suffering, existentialism, etc., etc.Read More ›

December Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan Library

Come listen to scholars and other experts discuss their recent nonfiction books on a variety of subjects, and ask them questions. Read More ›

Introducing the Best Books for Teens 2016

A committee of 20 dedicated librarians read all the young-adult books published in 2016 that we could get our hands on. Then we debated, voted, and came up with our 50 favorite books of the year.Read More ›

Best Books for Kids 2016: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

This annual list is a century-old tradition in which The New York Public Library’s book experts select 100 noteworthy children's titles from categories including: picture books, young readers, fiction, graphic novels, folklore & fairy tales, poetry, and nonfiction.Read More ›

Happy National Cookie (Lit) Day!

We're celebrating National Cookie Day with a list of literary-related cookie recipes.Read More ›

Librarians' Favorite Twain Quotations

In honor of Twain’s birthday, we asked our experts here at The New York Public Library to recommend not only their favorite books by the Mississippi author, but their favorite quotations as well.Read More ›

What Are You Reading? Powerpuff Girls Edition

I attended the Powerpuff Girls Panel at this year's New York Comic Con, and scored an interview with two of the show's writers: Jake Goldman and Haley Mancini.Read More ›

November 2016 International Fiction Bestsellers

This month, we took a close look at the bestseller lists in Canada, Dominican Republic, Israel, Portugal, and Turkey to see what fiction titles are popular with readers there.Read More ›

New York Times Read Alikes: December 4, 2016

'Tis the season for suspense: bounty hunters, the Army, the F.B.I., the C.I.A., forensics, and judicial corruption. Read More ›

Turkeys Strike Back: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 25

Gwen and Frank are joined by Sarah Ball from NYPL's Correctional Services unit to talk about library services for people in jail or prison. Plus: what we're reading, books we're thankful for, and a whole lot of Frank's singing.Read More ›

New York Times Read Alikes: November 27, 2016

Suspense—historical, noir, legal, and more—is the name of the game this week, with two new nailbiters on the list.Read More ›

James McBride: Where to Begin

This post is part of a series in which Readers Services librarians suggest a good starting place for authors appearing in our LIVE from the NYPL series this fall.Read More ›

New York Times Read Alikes: November 20, 2016

A new legal thriller and a new love story make their debuts on the list this week.Read More ›

NYPL #FridayReads: The You Can Always Time Travel Edition November 11, 2016

During the week, it can be tough to stay on top of everything. On Fridays, though, we suggest kicking back to catch up on all the delightful literary reading the internet has to offer. Don’t have the time to hunt for good reads? Never fear. We’ve rounded up the best bookish reading of the week for you.Read More ›

NYPL Recommends: Tales of the Marooned

With Robert Louis Stevenson’s birthday approaching, our NYPL book experts are thinking about Treasure Island—one of the original desert island stories. So we asked: What’s a book in which characters find themselves marooned, literally or metaphorically?Read More ›

Horrifying Tales: A Reading List from Open Book Night

October’s Open Book Night took place on one of the most bone-chilling days we have had this year.Read More ›

New York Times Read Alikes: November 13, 2016

Looks like readers are in the mood for excitement these days, with suspenseful thrillers taking the top three spots on the list this week. Check out more nail-biters on our readalikes list...Read More ›

9 Elections in Fiction

Now that campaign season is ending, you might be on the lookout for a new political story. Maybe you want to see a different presidential narrative from the one that's been all over the news for the past year. Maybe you’re a campaign trail-tale junkie, and you'll need to get your fix somehow after voting is over. Or maybe you want to get invested in an election story that's a bit less…real. Whatever the reason, we pulled together a list of nine works of fiction from TV, film, and literature with great election stories for you. And don’t forget to vote on November 8!Read More ›
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