501 Great Writers

I’ve been updating some lists of classic authors at my library, and using the Julian Patrick-edited 501 Great Writers to do it. This is the kind of book that I enjoy bringing to a book group occasionally just to pass around the room. It may lead to ideas for which writers to try next, or may spark fond memories of past meetings or favorite authors.

501 Great Writers starts with Homer and continues through time to Chimamanda Adichie. A bibliography of “signature titles” is included for each, as well as at least one picture and a one or two page biographical/bibliographical essay. This isn’t a book that’s going to provide a complete education about any author, but it’s a great tool for brainstorming. Book groups that enjoy reading classic authors will find it especially useful.



About the Author:

Neil Hollands is an Adult Services Librarian at Williamsburg Regional Library in Virginia, where he specializes in readers’ advisory and collection development. He is the author of Read On . . . Fantasy Fiction (2007) and Fellowship in a Ring: a Guide for Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Groups (2009).

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