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Biographies, obituaries, and photographs of thousands of individuals - both living and deceased, as well as the full text of the articles from more than 100 volumes of biographical reference books.
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With full text of literary journals and respected literary reference works, LRC contains plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, and the full text of thousands of poems and short stories. Research an author, novel, or poem for school or personal interest.
Full-text journal articles, literary criticism, reviews, biographical information, and overviews on over 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods from around the world.
A great stop to finding that next great read, with both fiction and nonfiction titles!
Lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.
The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. These make great book discussion titles for adults!
American Writers Museum: Literary Awards
Website that provides a comprehensive list of prominent literary awards not already listed in our links.Includes links and descriptions for the Hugo Awards, the Pushcart Prize, The Man Booker Prize, and more.
Andrew Carnegie Medal Winners
Established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year.
AudioFile Earphone Awards
AudioFile awards Earphones to audiobooks that excel in superb presentation.
Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winners
Find past and present winners and finalists of the only U.S. literary award.
National Book Awards
The National Book Award, established in 1950, is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization.
Nobel Prize for Literature
Comprehensive, first-hand information about the Nobel Prize and Nobel Laureates in Literature starting in 1901 including biographies, lectures, interviews, photos, articles, video clips, press releases, educational games and more.
Pen Faulkner Award for Fiction
A nonprofit literary organization that believes in deepening readers’ connection to writing. This national prize honors the year’s best published works of fiction by American citizens.
Pulitzer Prize Winners
Find past and present Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists in every Prize category.
Celebration of Women Writers
Resource focusing on women’s writing throughout history.
Search the full text of books. Find the perfect book for your purposes and discover new ones that interest you.
Contains millions of fully viewable digital volumes, including both books and journals.
New York Public Library’s Best of the Web: Literature & Linguistics
In-depth list of literature websites. Great resource if you are looking for authoritative resources on specific authors. Many linked sites include bibliographic resources, scholarly articles, digital libraries, and more.
Independent literary organization and publisher of Poetry magazine.
Resource for poetry and poets. Learn about the history, meaning, and types of poetry.
Over 20,000 free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog.
Collection of the literature, history, and culture of the Victorian era.
Reviews & Recommendations
Type in a book title and instantly receive recommendations, or simply browse new releases and best-of picks in a variety of subjects and genres.
BookRiot offers reviews, interviews, and articles relating to everything bookish
C-SPAN 2 (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network), a private non-profit company, offers 48 hours of nonfiction book reviews, interviews, lectures, and other book-related segments every weekend.
Literary site that features free short stories and poems, literary criticism, author interviews, book lists, and more.
Watch videos and podcasts of your favorite authors discussing their latest books.
Browse the very latest releases in genre fiction, including fantasy, sci-fi, and horror.
Find reviews of the best recent novels in various fiction genres.
Simple recommendation website to help you find new authors to read. Simply enter the names of 3 authors you like, and Gnooks will provide suggestions for similar authors.
Catch up on the latest information and news about local authors, store events, and staff recommendations.
Use this online service to catalog your books. You can then access your catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. You can also connect with people with the same books and come up with suggestions for what to read next.
Free public domain audiobooks read by volunteers.
Offers the latest in literary news, reading lists, author interviews, and more.
Online literary magazine with essays, book reviews, book lists, and more. Features the annual Most Anticipated Book Preview for upcoming buzzworthy titles throughout the year.
New York Times Best Seller Lists
Rankings based on sales for print and eBook fiction and nonfiction, hardcover, paperback, and children's books.
NPR's Book Concierge
List of NPR’s recommended books of the previous year. Site provides over 200 titlesannually in fiction, nonfiction, children’s, graphic novels, and more. Great source for reading inspiration.
The Library of Congress brings you webcasts of the nation's best authors, poets, and illustrators discussing their work.
Reading Group Guides
Choose from over 2,410 reading group guides and win free books for your book club.
Book recommendation site that lets you set the tone or mood of a book on sliding scales to populate a list of reading ideas. Provides readers with a unique way of choosing what to read next.