Thank you for a great 2018 season!

We will be selecting a new book for 2019 and planning our 2019 season. CNY READS hopes to see you then!


2018: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin

A.J. Fikry, the irascible owner of Island Books, has recently endured some tough years: his wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and his prized possession—a rare edition of Poe poems—has been stolen. Over time, he has given up on people, and even the books in his store, instead of offering solace, are yet another reminder of a world that is changing too rapidly. Then a most unexpected occurrence gives him the chance to




About Gabrielle Zevin

Gabrielle Zevin is the New York Times Best Selling author of nine novels. For adults: Young Jane Young (2017), The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (2014), The Hole We’re In (2010), and Margarettown (2005). For young adults: Elsewhere (2005), Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (2007), and the three books in the Anya Balanchine series, All These Things I’ve Done (2011), Because It Is My Blood (2012), and In the Age of Love and Chocolate (2013). Her books have been translated into over thirty languages.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry has spent over four months on the New York Times Best Seller List, reached #1 on the National Indie Bestseller List, and has been a bestseller in multiple countries. The Toronto Globe and Mail called the book “a powerful novel about the power of novels.”

Zevin is also a screenwriter and is currently working on a screenplay for her new novel Young Jane Young. She began her writing career at age fourteen as a music critic for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

Gabrielle Zevin is a graduate of Harvard University and lives in Los Angeles.