Fiction Past Readings

2022

  • Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Blithdale Romance
  • Thomas Bernhard, The Loser
  • Matt Ruff, Lovecraft Country
  • Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader
  • Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master’s Son
  • Roberto Bolano, Cowboy Graves
  • Abdulrazak Gurnah, Gravel Heart
  • Horatio Alger, Ragged Dick
  • Walter Mosley, The Right Mistake
  • William Maxwell, So Long, See You Tomorrow
  • Dalton Trumbo, Johnny Got His Gun

2021

  • Jeff Schaara, Smoke at Dawn
  • Reynolds Price, A Long and Happy Life
  • Randall Jarrell, Pictures from an Institution
  • Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin
  • Barry Unsworth, Sacred Hunger
  • Herman Melville, Billy Budd
  • Graham Greene, The End of The Affair
  • Henry James, The Ambassadors
  • Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
  • Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary
  • Octavia E. Butler, Kindred
  • Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons

2020

  • Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings
  • Willa Cather, My Antonia
  • Graham Greene, Our Man in Havana
  • Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar 
  • Joseph Conrad, Nostromo 
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five 
  • Edith Wharton, The Custom of the Country
  • Stewart O’Nan, Henry, Himself
  • Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses
  • Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice
  • Virginia Woolf, Orlando
  • Penelope Fitzgerald, The Beginning of Spring

2019

  • Shelby Foote, Shiloh
  • James Baldwin, Another Country
  • Yasunari Kawabata, Snow Country
  • Iris Murdoch, The Green Knight
  • William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
  • Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red
  • Robertson Davies, The Rebel Angels
  • Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  • Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano
  • Anne Enright, The Gathering
  • Lawrence Norfolk, John Saturnall’s Feast
  • Elizabeth Bowen, The Heat of the Day

2018

  • Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow
  • Jim Crace, Harvest
  • Jonathan Lethem, Chronic City
  • Colm Tóibín, The Testament of Mary
  • Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
  • Javier Marías, A Heart So White
  • Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
  • Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  • Jane Gardam, Old Filth
  • Rachel Joyce, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
  • Zadie Smith, White Teeth
  • Joseph O’Neill, Netherland

2017

  • David Malouf​, Ransom 
  • Antonio di Benedetto​​, Zama
  • Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
  • George and Weedon Grossmith​, The Diary of a Nobody
  • Saadat Hasan Manto​, Bombay Stories
  • Richard Russo​, Straight Man
  • Tim O’Brien, July, July
  • Jim Harrison, Dalva
  • Carson McCullers, The Member of the Wedding
  • George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo
  • Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to The End
  • Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad

2016

  • John Williams, Augustus
  • Clarice Lispector, The Passion According to G.H.
  • Doug Dorst and JJ Abrams, S
  • Richard Yates, The Easter Parade
  • Adolfo Bioy Casares, The Invention of Morel
  • Tom Rachman, The Imperfectionists
  • Anthony Trollope, The Way We Live Now
  • Atticus Lish, Preparation for the Next Life
  • Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending
  • William Maxwell, Time Will Darken It
  • Percival Everett, I Am Not Sidney Poitier
  • Magda Szabo, The Door

2015

  • John Williams, Stoner 
  • Italo Svevo, Zeno’s Conscience 
  • Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn 
  • Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North 
  • Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace 
  • Stefan Zweig, The Post Office Girl 
  • Peter Carey, Parrot & Oliver in America 
  • Jan Morris, Hav

2014

  • Moshin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • Guy de Maupassant, Bel Ami
  • George Saunders, Tenth of December
  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  • Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall
  • William Faulkner, These 13
  • William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!
  • Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies
  • Thomas Love Peacock, Nightmare Abbey
  • George Saunders, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline
  • Guy de Maupassant, Pierre et Jean
  • Moshin Hamid, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

2013

  • Walker Percy, The Moviegoer
  • Russell Banks, Continental Drift
  • Building Stories, Chris Ware
  • Philip K. Dick, Ubik
  • Matthew Kneale, English Passengers
  • Herman Koch, The Dinner
  • Martin Amis, Lionel Asbo:State of England
  • Herman Melville, Moby Dick
  • Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow
  • Javier Marias, Tomorrow in the Battle Think On Me
  • Mo Yan, Life and Death are Wearing Me Out: A Novel
  • Peter Temple, The Broker Shore

2012

  • Nokolai Gogol, Dead Souls
  • Chad Harback, The Art of Fielding
  • Paul Harding, Tinkers
  • W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz
  • Yukio Mishima, The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea
  • Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, Letter Killers Club
  • Dezso Kosztolanyi, Skylark
  • Cesar Aira, The Seamstress and the Wind
  • Halldor Laxness, Fish Can Sing
  • Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart Henry Roth, Call it Sleep
  • Keri Hulme, The Bone People

2011

  • Jonathan Franzen, Freedom
  • David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
  • John Banville, The Sea
  • Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
  • Jeff Eugenides, Middlesex
  • Georges Simenon, Maigret in Montmartre
  • Lev Grossman, The Magicians
  • John dos Passos, Manhattan Transfer
  • Russell Hoban, Riddley Walker
  • Edith Wharton, House of Mirth
  • Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin
  • Jonathan Lethem, Motherless Brooklyn

2010

  • Graham Greene, The Quiet American
  • Steve Hely, How I Became a Famous Novelist
  • Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteredge
  • Lydia Davis, Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
  • David Mazzucchelli, Asterios Polyp
  • Victor LaValle, Big Machine
  • Knut Hamsun, Hunger
  • Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio
  • Todd and Linda Shimoda, Oh! A mystery of ‘mono no aware’
  • Dan Chaon, Await Your Reply
  • Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, There once lived a woman who tried to kill her neighbor’s baby
  • Thomas Bernhard, The Loser