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…

The Unbook Club

Have you read a good book lately that you would like to discuss? Share the title you've read and let others in on why you liked it or didn't like it. Light refreshments served.

Kevin Hearne | Besieged with Chuck Wendig | Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy and Fran Wilde | Updraft

In conversation with Dena Heilik, Department Head of Philbrick Hall, the fiction department of the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Kevin Hearne is the author of the New York Times bestselling Iron Druid…

Zinzi Clemmons | What We Lose

A cofounder and former publisher of Apogee Journal and a contributing editor for Literary Hub , Zinzi Clemmons has had work published in a variety of literary magazines, including Zoetrope: All Story, The Paris Review Daily , and…

The Unbook Club

Have you read a good book lately that you would like to discuss? Share the title you've read and let others in on why you liked it or didn't like it. Light refreshments served.

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…

Douglas Brunt | Trophy Son in conversation with Megyn Kelly

In conversation with Megyn Kelly Ghosts of Manhattan, Douglas Brunt’s New York Times bestselling debut novel about a flawed but highflying Bear Stearns bond trader, took “a smart shot at the absurdity of Wall Street and the…

Richard Russo | Everybody’s Fool and Trajectory

Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for his novel Empire Falls , Richard Russo is acclaimed for capturing the “foolishness of this lonely world, but also the humor, friendship and love that abide” ( San Francisco Chronicle ). His many…

Yaa Gyasi | Homegoing with Kei Miller | Augustown

Yaa Gyasi’s breakout debut novel Homegoing , a multigenerational tale that “brims with compassion” ( NPR Books ), follows two half-sisters on opposite sides of the 18th-century Ghanaian slave trade and their descendants. It was a New…

Janet Benton | Lilli de Jong

In conversation with Sam Katz, civic entrepreneur and executive producer of History Making Productions. Janet Benton’s writing has appeared in some of America’s most prestigious periodicals and literary journals, including The New York…

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 Award. His other…

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 into critically…

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, poetry, and criticism. His novels  The…

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 into more than 50 languages.…

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 collection of…

Anthony Doerr | All the Light We Cannot See

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 German boy navigating the carnage of World War II.…

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 of the Year The…

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 Dogs, This…

Roxane Gay | Difficult Women

Roxane Gay’s “commanding debut” ( The New Yorker ) novel An Untamed State , the tale of a willful Haitian kidnap victim, was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Prize for Fiction. She is also the author of the acclaimed essay collection…

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…

Christina Baker Kline | A Piece of the World

Christina Baker Kline is the author of The Orphan Train , the no. 1 New York Times bestseller and 2015 One Book, One Philadelphia selection. Her other novels include Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be , and Sweetwater . She has taught…

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…

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