1. Imposter. Con man. Rip-off artist. Sham. They’re all words for those who faking it is an occupation. Some of the phonies on this list are fictional, while some come straight from real life. Whether you’re interested in teasing out the differences between appearances and reality or you just like a good thriller, our favorite scam stories will make you look at charming strangers in a whole new light. 

    Imposter. Con man. Rip-off artist. Sham. They’re all words for those who faking it is an occupation. Some of the phonies on this list are fictional, while some come straight from real life. Whether you’re interested in teasing out the differences between appearances and reality or you just like a good thriller, our favorite scam stories will make you look at charming strangers in a whole new light. 

  2. Emma Straub, author of The Vacationers, just sent in a #ireadeverywhere selfie from the comfort of her bed, adding that she “loves getting to stay in bed with a good book”. You’re making us jealous, Emma! Where are you reading today? 

    Emma Straub, author of The Vacationers, just sent in a #ireadeverywhere selfie from the comfort of her bed, adding that she “loves getting to stay in bed with a good book”. You’re making us jealous, Emma! Where are you reading today

  3. We are so excited about our LIVE from the NYPL Fall 2014 season, with speakers like Salman Rushdie, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman and George Clinton! Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 4th at 10:00am, but if you become a Friend of the Library you’ll get access to today’s presale, as well as receive 40% off tickets, and pay no service fees. Hurry - before tickets sell out! 

    We are so excited about our LIVE from the NYPL Fall 2014 season, with speakers like Salman Rushdie, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman and George Clinton! 

    Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 4th at 10:00am, but if you become a Friend of the Library you’ll get access to today’s presale, as well as receive 40% off tickets, and pay no service fees. Hurry - before tickets sell out! 

  4. Get ready for reading inspiration to strike you as you’re walking down the street! Stop by the 5th Ave windows of the Mid-Manhattan Library for summer reading suggestions posted by our staff and patrons! They’ll also be posting titles on social media using the hashtag #MMLSummerRead so make sure to follow along!

    Get ready for reading inspiration to strike you as you’re walking down the street! Stop by the 5th Ave windows of the Mid-Manhattan Library for summer reading suggestions posted by our staff and patrons! They’ll also be posting titles on social media using the hashtag #MMLSummerRead so make sure to follow along!

  5. To Kill a Mockingbird was published on this day in 1960, which is a wonderful reason to go back and reread this treasured novel. Use our Reader’s Den discussion questions to take a new look at an old favorite. 

    To Kill a Mockingbird was published on this day in 1960, which is a wonderful reason to go back and reread this treasured novel. Use our Reader’s Den discussion questions to take a new look at an old favorite. 

  6. Top Books of 2013 at The New York Public Library →

  7. Top Books for November | The New York Public Library →

    If you’re looking for your next book to read over the holidays, NYPL’s users have a few suggestions for you! David Sedaris’ latest Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls  and Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead (the comic that the very popular TV series is based on) are just two of the top 20 titles that were checked out last month by your fellow book lovers! For the full list, just click here!

  8. Happy Birthday Josephine Johnson! The novelist was born on this day in 1910 in Kirkwood, Missouri. In 1935 at the young age of 24, she won The Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her first novel, Now in November. To read Now in November or her other works, check out your local NYPL branch!

    Happy Birthday Josephine Johnson! The novelist was born on this day in 1910 in Kirkwood, Missouri. In 1935 at the young age of 24, she won The Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her first novel, Now in November. To read Now in November or her other works, check out your local NYPL branch!

  9. If you are prepared to take a hard punch in your gut, and like brave, acute, elated, naked, brutal, tender, humane, and beautiful prose, then you’ve come to the right place.

    — 

    Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love, reviewing André Aciman’s Harvard Square
    (via livefromthenypl)

    On April 22 at NYPL, the two authors will discuss the themes that haunt them both: identity, exile, fiction, and memory

  10. “‘That Smell” was Ibrahim’s first book. He’s written many others, but none as powerful, or as prophetic… In Robyn Creswell’s new translation, “That Smell” seems not so much written as secreted; it leaves you feeling tense and clammy, as it must have done when it was first published.”

    — Adam Shatz discussing Robyn Creswell’s translation of Sonallah Ibrahim’s first book “That Smell” in this week’s London Review of BooksJoin us Monday as both author and reviewer discuss the tension of Sonallah Ibrahim’s work.