Writing can be a daunting task: the blank page staring back at you, the search for inspiration. Over the years, NYPL has spoken to dozens of notable authors who have faced this challenge and created something extraordinary. On National Day on Writing, we’ve collected the best bits of writing advice from our most beloved guests, including Zadie Smith, Toni Morrison, and Cheryl Strayed.
On this day in 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh was published. Winnie, Tigger, Eeyore, and the rest of his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood now live at NYPL where they are cared for and loved! Learn more about how we keep Winnie and his friends looking their finest.
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mecmikvarkhar said: my favorite book is lord of the rings, song of ice and fire, american gods
If you liked Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and American Gods….here are some titles to consider from the NYPL.
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Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
Perdido Street Station is the first book set in China Miéville’s fictional world of Bas-Lag and melds urban fantasy with steampunk-tinged science fiction.
It parallels the expansive world building of Tolkien’s Middle-earth and Martin’s Westeros and Essos and, in another interesting connection, Perdido Street Station was nominated for the 2002 Hugo and Nebula awards for Best Novel, both of which went to Gaiman’s American Gods.
- Thomas Knowlton, Muhlenberg Library
Here’s a non-fantasy pick for GoT readers:
If you savored the intrigue, plotting, and parricide involved in the ruthless quest for power in A Song of Ice and Fire, its epic battles and detailed world building, you may enjoy Robert Graves’s Claudius the God. Graves recreates ancient Rome with the same care that GRRM uses in creating the fictional Westeros, and I defy even the Lannisters or Littlefinger to best Livia and some of her Claudian descendants in any game of thrones. While there are no dragons in the Claudius novels, Graves does recount how elephants were used to great effect in the Roman conquest of Britain in 43 A.D.
- Elizabeth Waters, Mid-Manhattan Library
Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series
This is detailed epic high fantasy with an ensemble cast of characters and a battle that will ultimately decide the fate of the world. It includes it’s own unique system of magic and powers and strong amount of world building.
- Stephanie Whelan, Seward Park Library
There is something about the sinister, shadowy, gray atmosphere of the AMC show The Killing that is unforgettable. Season 4 may have ended, but if you’re still longing for crime series set in the Northwest that takes advantage of that Twin Peaks vibe, we’ve got some thrilling recommendations.
Hey high school seniors and parents – if you’re beginning to think about colleges this year, take a step back, take a deep breath, and let these books help you with selecting the perfect school.
Not everybody gets it right on the first try – and that’s ok! This reading list showcases that there’s beauty in mistakes.
Regardless of who you root for, Derek Jeter is widely recognized as a great athlete. Today, he will play his last regular season game in pinstripes. Learn more about Jeter’s story, and how The Boy from Kalamazoo became the star he is today.
Can you tell us how to get to Sesame Street? No seriously, can someone please tell us? One librarian researched extensively to try to find the exact location of Sesame Street in New York City.
It’s Banned Books Week, when the book community supports the freedom to read and raise awareness of challenges to this freedom. Sadly, the banning of books is not a new phenomenon - books were banned as early as the sixteenth century. NYPL’s Rare Book Division holds many of these formerly heretical texts and we encourage you to enjoy them freely!