Tagged Fiction

Literary Scenes from New Orleans

New Orleans is always on my mind at this time of year. Mardi Gras is more than just Fat Tuesday in the Big Easy, and the celebrations extend far beyond Bourbon Street: parades take place all over the city for several weeks,…

Dena's Favorite Books of 2016

Every year I read a lot of books. This year I’m at 329 and counting (I still have a day left...). This isn’t a strange statement coming from a librarian since it’s pretty much part of the job…

Fantastic Fantasy and Where to Find It

Movie goers will be whisked back into the wizarding world of the Harry Potter -verse this weekend when J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them magically appears across theater screens. The story takes place sixty…

The Final Word with Ann Patchett

Amid swirls of concern over the death of the independent book shop, Ann Patchett  has been bringing "independent" back for the past five years at her Parnassus Books , a thriving book hub in Nashville she owns and runs…

You Be the Judge

Do you like to read the latest and best books published for teens? Do you like to share your opinions about what you read? Join You Be the Judge and become a book critic for your library this summer! Sign up for this program and you'll…

You Be the Judge

Do you like to read the latest and best books published for teens? Do you like to share your opinions about what you read? Join You Be the Judge and become a book critic for your library this summer! Sign up for this program and you'll…

You Be the Judge

Do you like to read the latest and best books published for teens? Do you like to share your opinions about what you read? Join You Be the Judge and become a book critic for your library this summer! Sign up for this program and you'll…

You Be the Judge

Do you like to read the latest and best books published for teens? Do you like to share your opinions about what you read? Join You Be the Judge and become a book critic for your library this summer! Sign up for this program and…

Joshua Ferris | The Dinner Party with Jim Shepard | The World to Come

Then We Came to the End , Joshua Ferris ’s “truly affecting novel about work, trust, love, and loneliness” (Seattle Times), won the 2008 PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the National Book…

Dennis Lehane | Since We Fell

Dennis Lehane’s “raw, harrowing, and unsentimental” ( Washington Post Book World ) bestselling crime novels include Mystic River; Shutter Island; Gone, Baby, Gone ; and Live by Night , all of which have been adapted…

Colm Tóibín | House of Names

“His generation’s most gifted writer of love’s complicated, contradictory power” ( Los Angeles Times ), Colm Tóibín is the author of an impressive list of novels, short stories, essays, plays,…

"Light of the August Moon" book signing

Join local author, poet, director and historian, Terri Lyons for a book discussion and signing of her latest work, Light of the August Moon - Short Stories with a Poetic Twist – From the Roaring Twenties to the Disco…

Jo Nesbø | The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel

Starring a hard-bitten and self-destructive maverick Oslo police detective, Jo Nesbø’s “maddeningly addictive” ( Vanity Fair ) Harry Hole novels have sold more than 23 million copies and have been translated…

Richard Ford | Between Them: Remembering My Parents

In conversation with Andy Kahan “A talent as strong and varied as American fiction has to offer" ( The New York Review of Books ), Richard Ford won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award for Independence Day , the…

Elizabeth Strout | Anything Is Possible*

In conversation with Laura Kovacs Possessed of “a magnificent gift for humanizing characters,” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Elizabeth Strout won the Pulitzer Prize for the 2008 bestseller  Olive Kitteridge , a linked…

Book Discussion Group: The Nutshell, by Ian McEwan

Please join us to discuss The Nutshell, by Ian McEwan.  Our book discussion group will meet on the last Thursday of every month, at 2:00 p.m. in the meeting room.  “Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She's still…

Good Fiction Book Group: The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien

"A fiercely beautiful novel about one woman's struggle to reclaim a life shattered by betrayal, from one of the greatest storytellers of our time." -Amazon.com review.

Anthony Doerr | All the Light We Cannot See *

TICKETS ON SALE FEBRUARY 24TH AT 10:00 AM Anthony Doerr won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for All the Light We Cannot See , “a beautiful, daring, heartbreaking, oddly joyous novel” ( Seattle Times ) about a blind French girl and a…

Wendy Lesser | You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn

“Consistently engaging, sly, witty, understated…and written with simple elegance” ( The New York Observer ), Wendy Lesser’s many essay collections, works of fiction, and edited volumes include The Pagoda in the…

Lauren Grodstein | Our Short History with Tom McAllister | The Young Widower's Handbook

Employing “agile prose and clever observations” ( New York Times Book Review ), Lauren Grodstein  is the author of four novels, including the New York Times bestseller A Friend of the Family and the Washington Post Book…

Colum McCann | Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice

In conversation with Jason Freeman Colum McCann won the 2009 National Book Award for  Let the Great World Spin , a tale of 1970s New Yorkers marveling at a tightrope walker’s death-defying feats. His other novels include Song…

Mohsin Hamid | Exit West with Pankaj Mishra | Age of Anger: A History of the Present

“One of his generation’s most inventive and gifted writers” ( New York Times ), Mohsin Hamid is the author of Moth Smoke , a  New York Times  Notable Book of the Year and a PEN/Hemingway Award finalist; the novel  The Reluctant…

James Rahn with Diane McKinney-Whetstone and Tom Teti | Rittenhouse Writers: Reflections on a Fiction Workshop

The founder and head of the Rittenhouse Writers’ Group for its nearly 30-year existence, James Rahn has made this venerable workshop one of America’s longest running and most prestigious. His eponymous memoir of the group details not…

Yiyun Li | Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life

In conversation with Carmen Machado, author of the forthcoming story collection Her Body and Other Parties . Yiyun Li’s “remarkable” ( The Washington Post ) debut fiction collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers , won the Frank…

Elizabeth LaBan and Melissa DePino | Pretty Little World

In conversation with John Timpane Elizabeth LaBan  is the author of The Restaurant Critic’s Wife , The Tragedy Paper , and  The Grandparents Handbook . She teaches fiction writing at the University of Pennsylvania and her work has…

Mark Danielewski | The Familiar Volume 4: Hades

Mark Danielewski is best known for his 2000 debut novel House of Leaves , a profoundly unconventional love story of terror, claustrophobia, and a house that’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside, and for the book’s unusual…

George Saunders | Lincoln in the Bardo*

Having garnered wide readership and critical praise for his surreal, darkly funny fiction, “it’s no exaggeration to say that short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction” ( The Wall Street Journal…

Jason Rekulak | The Impossible Fortress

In conversation with comedian Doogie Horner Jason Rekulak is the publisher of Philadelphia-based Quirk Books, where he has overseen acquisition of a number of, well, very quirky books, including the no. 1 New York Times bestseller Miss…

Michael Chabon | Moonglow

Michael Chabon won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay , an epic story of New York adventure and possibility during the golden age of comic books. His ascent to literary stardom began with…

Wally Lamb | I’ll Take You There

“A maestro of orchestrating emotion” ( Elle ), Wally Lamb is the author of the novels She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True , both New York Times bestsellers and Oprah’s Book Club titles. In addition to penning many other works…

Janet Evanovich | Turbo Twenty-Three: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Janet Evanovich is the author of the no. 1 New York Times bestselling Stephanie Plum mystery series.  Detailing the continuing adventures of a Garden State lingerie-buyer-turned-bounty-hunter with a knack for “making trouble and winning…

Maria Semple | Today Will Be Different

Writers Guild Award nominee Maria Semple wrote for such watershed television shows as  Mad About You , Saturday Night Live , Ellen , and  Arrested Development . Her debut novel  This One Is Mine , an uncompromising portrait of Los…

Jodi Picoult | Small Great Things

“With a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships” (Boston Globe), Jodi Picoult has delivered no. 1 New York Times bestsellers that are renowned for marrying controversial topics with nuanced characters and…

Edward Sorel | Mary Astor's Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 with Jules Feiffer | Cousin Joseph

“One of America’s foremost political satirists” ( New York Times ), illustrator, caricaturist, and cartoonist Edward Sorel has illustrated 41 covers for The New Yorker and has published pictorial essays and features in The Nation ,…

Francine Prose | Mister Monkey with Rabih Alameddine | The Angel of History

Francine Prose  is acclaimed for creating satirical worlds of absurd situations, sardonic humor, intelligence, compassion, and grief. An acclaimed novelist, critic, and essayist, she is the author of 16 novels, including the National…

Evelyn Coleman | Freedom Train

It’s 1947, and twelve-year-old Clyde Thomason is proud to have an older brother who guards the Freedom Train—a train that is traveling to all forty-eight states carrying the country’s most important documents, including the Declaration…

Emma Donoghue | The Wonder

Irish-Canadian writer Emma Donoghue is the author of the international bestseller Room , “a stirring portrait of a mother’s devotion” ( Toronto Star ) and a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. Her film screenplay for the novel’s screen…

Ann Patchett | Commonwealth with Jacqueline Woodson | Another Brooklyn

Ann Patchett’s many novels and nonfiction works have won some of writing’s highest awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for  Bel Canto , the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for  Taft , and the  New York Times…

Amor Towles | A Gentleman in Moscow with Nell Zink | Nicotine

Rules of Civility , a debut novel that “enchants on first reading and only improves on the second” ( The Philadelphia Inquirer ), marked Manhattan investment banker  Amor Towles’s  auspicious literary breakout. An elegant Fitzgerald-ian…

Colson Whitehead | The Underground Railroad

“Commanding a lush, poetic, mellifluous prose instrument” ( The Nation ) to turn a fantastical, satirical mirror on race and culture, Colson Whitehead  is the author of the acclaimed novels  The Intuitionist ,  John Henry Days , and…

Carl Hiaasen | Razor Girl

“Florida’s most entertainingly indignant social critic” ( New York Times ), Carl Hiaasen is the author of a score of funny, frightening, weird novels set mostly in the Sunshine State, including Strip Tease , Stormy Weather , Bad Monkey…

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