- Finding Fiction in the Library
- Class of 2000 Gift
- And the Winner Is...? Recent Literary Awards
- Current Book Review Sources
- Best Seller Lists
- Bookstores on the Web
- Selected Electronic Literary Magazines
- Selected Fiction Web Sites
- Beyond the UofC: Resources in Other Libraries
Finding Fiction in the Library
Unlike public libraries, the University of Chicago Library does not have a fiction collection separate from its literature and literary criticism collections. Fiction, like most other material, is shelved by Library of Congress call number in the stacks of the libraries on campus that collect fiction. Literature classifies in the P's.
Listed below are links to lists of what some critics have judged the best of recent contemporary fiction:
In 1983 the editors of Granta (AP2.G73) named twenty writers under 40 as the best of the young British novelists. A decade later they selected another twenty writers. The third list was published in 2003. In 1996 a panel of judges, including Robert Stone, Anne Tyler, Tobias Wolff, and Ian Jack, named twenty American writers as the best of their generation. In April of 2007 the second list of the best of the young American novelists was announced. On each occasion, an issue of Granta was devoted to excerpts from their work. The following lists include a selection of titles by these authors held by the Library.
- Best of the Young British Novelists: 1983 (Granta #7)
- Best of the Young British Novelists: 1993 (Granta #43)
- Best of the Young American Novelists: 1996 (Granta # 54)
- Best of the Young British Novelists: 2003 (Granta #81)
- Best of the Young American Novelists: 2007 (Granta #97)
Each December the New York Times Book Review lists notable books published in that year. The following bibliographies, beginning with 1990, list titles owned by the University of Chicago Library. Since 1997, complete reviews from the Book Review are available online.
2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | Summer Reading 2004 | 2003 | Summer Reading 2003 | 2002 | Summer Reading 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 | 1993 | 1992 | 1991 |1990
Class of 2000 Gift
As its gift to the University, the Class of 2000 established an endowed fund for the purchase of "fun stuff" for Regenstein Library. The gift was intended to provide students with mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, and other popular fiction, as well as other media that would not ordinarily be purchased by an academic research library. Items purchased with the fund are plated with book plates designed by students in the class. Many items purchased with Class of 2000 funds are the result of patron requests, and purchase requests are welcome. Listed below is a sampling of the kinds of material that have been added to the collections as a result of the gift:
- Fantasy and Science Fiction: A Selection from the Class of 2000 Fund
- Fun Stuff: Cartoons, Comics, and More: Selections from the Class of 2000 Fund
- Murder She Wrote: A Selection of Mysteries by Women Novelists from the Class of 2000 Fund
- I Saw it Doc Films: A Selection of Videos from the Class of 2000 Fund
The 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio. His recent works include Ballaciner, L'Africain, Wandering Star, and Révolutions.
Other major literary awards include:
- Costa Book Awards (formerly the Whitbread)
- Governor General's Literary Award
- Man Booker Prize
- National Book Award
- National Book Critics Circle Award
- Orange Prize for Fiction
- PEN/Faulkner Award
- Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
- Scotiabank Giller Prize
Current Book Review Sources
- The Age Online
Includes current reviews and links to The Age Best Books of 1996 and 1997, and the nominees for 1998.
- Book Review Digest
- Book Review Index, 1965-
A comprehensive guide to book reviews with over five million review citations from thousands of publications. Click on the Find It! button to check the availability of full-text resources.
- Book Review Digest
Included book jacket blurbs, excerpts from reviews and author interviews.
- Boston Book Review
- Boston Globe
Includes reviews from both the Sunday and daily papers. Archival files include reviews from 1997 and 1998. Categories include fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and commentaries.
- Chicago Tribune Books & Media
Includes a link to all reviews from 2008.
- Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Includes reviews, book news, literary awards, and author interviews.
- Guardian Review
- The Independent (London)
Includes reviews from the current three months.
- Los Angeles Times Books
Includes reviews, book news, and literary events.
- New York Review of Books
Includes nearly every piece ever published in the Review, from the very first issue in 1963 to the most recent one.
- New York Times Book Review
Includes all issues from 1997 to the present and a searchable archive of reviews published since 1996. Includes links to first chapters and other articles from the Times about authors and books. It also provides a list of Random House's 100 best English language novels of the 20th century, with links to many of the original reviews or other articles about the books that appeared in the Times. Free registration required for first-time readers.
- QBR: Black Book Review Online
In addition to book reviews, features include interviews, a Guide to Black Classics, and a Black Booksellers Directory.
- Village Voice Literary Supplement
Includes essays, reviews, and best seller lists. Archived issues date back to October 1998.
- Washington Post Book World
Includes reviews from the current Sunday Book World.
Best Seller Lists
- Indie Bestseller Lists (Seminary Co-0p Bookstore)
Based on in-store sales from hundreds of independent bookstores across America. Updated weekly.
- New York Times
The complete lists include links to reviews from the Times and first chapters for some titles. Free registration required for first-time readers.
- Publishers Weekly
Select the Bestsellers tab at the top of the page. Free registration is required to access the complete list of bestseller titles.
Bookstores on the Web
Although designed to sell books, many "bookstore" sites also include information about recent award winning titles, best sellers, author interviews, excerpts from reviews, and excerpts from the books themselves. Sites include:
- Amazon.Com: Literature & Fiction
- Barnes & Noble: Fiction and Literature
- Seminary Co-op
Includes listings of new titles, best-selling titles, and lectures and events.
- University of Chicago Bookstore
Selected Electronic Literary Magazines
- Amarillo Bay
Includes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
- Archepelago: An International Journal of Literature, the Arts, and Opinion
- The Atlantic: Fiction and Poetry
Browseable and searchable archive, nearly complete back to November 1995 with selected articles from earlier issues. "Atlantic Unbound" includes material not included in the print magazine.
- The Barcelona Review
- Blithe House Quarterly
Publishes gay short fiction and includes links to other sites.
- The Blue Moon Review
Includes fiction, poetry, and reviews.
- Boldtype: an online literary magazine
Includes short stories, essays, interviews, and excerpts from works in progress.
(Project Muse--UofC only)
Includes fiction, poetry, plays, critical essays, cultural studies, interviews by African and African-American writers. A complete back file is available through JSTOR
- Chicago Review
Includes contents and selected full text from the current issue.
- DargonZine (The CIC Electronic Journals Collection)
Original medieval fantasy fiction.
- The Del Sol Review: The Literary Arts Magazine
A yearly anthology of the best fiction published in online journals.
- Euphony: a journal of literatue and art
Published by students at the University of Chicago and includes poetry, fiction, and drama.
- Mississippi Review (The CIC Electronic Journals Collection)
Published by the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi; includes fiction, poetry and essays.
- Missouri Review
Based at the University of Missouri, published fiction, poetry, and essays.
- Modern Fiction Studies (Project Muse--UofC only)
Online issues date back to 1994.
- The Morpo Review
Includes fiction and poetry.
- Mudlark: An Electronic Journal of Poetry and Poetics
- The New England Review
Includes stories, poems, and essays.
Includes selections from recent issues and links to other literary sites.
- The Rose & the Thorn: A Literary E-zine
- Salon Magazine
- Salt River Review
Incldes poetry, fiction, reviews, and commentary.
- Sycamore Review (Purdue University)
Includes tables of contents for all issues and full-text for issues that are out of print.
- Zoetrope All Story
Quarterly publication of short stories.
Selected Fiction Web Sites
- About.com: Contemporary Literature (About)
Includes literary news, links to author web sites, genre fiction, and more.
- Contemporary British and American Literature (Voice of the Shuttle)
- Contemporary Postcolonial and Postimperial Literature in English (National University of Singapore)
- The English Server: Fiction Collection(edited by Martha Cheng and Geoff Sauer)
Includes works of and about fiction, poetry, and drama.
Includes original hypertext fiction, theory and criticism, as well as links to other related sites.
- Literary Fiction: Authors (Yahoo)
List of web sites for individual authors. Contents vary by author and may include official author web sites, interviews, bibliographies, and more.
- Literature: Contemporary (About)
Includes literary news, links to author web sites, genre fiction, and more.
- Meet the Author
Meet the Author produces short video clips, called Book Bites, of authors discussing their books.
- Native American Authors (Internet Public Library)
Provides information on contemporary Native North American authors with bibliographies of their published works, biographical information, and links to online resources including interviews, online texts and tribal websites.
- Poets & Writers Online
- Storytellers: Native American Authors Online
Compiled by Karen M. Strom.
- Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color (University of Minnesota)
- Web-Published Fiction (Yahoo)
- Writers on Writing
Archive of a series of essays on writing that have appeared in the New York Times. Writers include Saul Bellow, Mary Gordon, Jamaica Kincaid, Annie Proulx, John Updike, Kurt Vonnegut, and others.
Beyond the UofC: Resources in Other Libraries
- The Chicago Public Library has a large collection of fiction, including print, audio CD's and downloadable audiobooks. The Harold Washington Library is located at 400 South State Street, and the Blackstone Branch is located at 4904 South Lake Park.
- The Library has a reciprocal agreement with Northwestern that allows University of Chicago faculty, staff, and students to borrow material. The Marjorie I. Mitchell Multimedia Center has a large collection of circulating films and television programs.
- WorldCat allows you to locate material in many other Chicago area libraries and libraries throughout the world. You can use the Find It link in WorldCat to request items through interlibrary loan.