Fiction Featuring Books, Libraries and Academia

See also Bibliomystery and Academic Mysteries and our list of Books About Reading Groups.

Fiction about Academia and Schools

Academic Novels (University Fiction) Selective Bibliography (Mark Allan, Porter Henderson Library, Angelo State University): 'Academic novels is defined as those novels focused primarily upon the life, politics, and relationships of faculty and staff in an academic setting, but may also tangentially encompass that of students.' ' Author, title, and publication year for about 50 novels.

Back to School (Memorial Hall Library, Andover MA): 2-page PDF list of fiction set in the world of academia. Author, title, pub. year, and summary, for about a dozen books, from Saul Bellow's Ravelstein to Tom Wolfe's I Am Charlotte Simmons. Compiled Sept. 2005.

It's Academic...Fiction Goes to School (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Author and title only (no summaries) for over 60 novels featuring academia (some are the same as those on their previous list, below), from Many Pretty Toys by Hazard Adams to As It Is In Heaven by Niall Williams. Compiled Aug. 2001.

Back to School -- Books with an Academic Setting (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Author and title only (no summaries) for over 30 novels set in or featuring academia, from The Everlasting Story of Nory by Nicholson Baker to The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Compiled July 1999, updated Aug. 2005.

Town and Gown (Lake County Public Library, Merrillville, IN): Stories set in college towns or on campus. Author, titles. Books by 8 mystery writers (with occupation of sleuth noted) and over 15 fiction writers.

Fiction about Book Groups and Book Clubs

Fictional Gatherings: Novels About Book Clubs (Harris County PL, TX): Author, title, brief summary, webcat link and images (for most) for 9 fictional works about book clubs.

Books About Reading Groups (Library Booklists): Author, title and summary for about 20 fiction titles about book clubs.

Fiction about Books and Readers

Books for Bibliophiles (Mukwonago Community Library, WI): Author, title, brief summaries for over 55 fictional works whose themes center on 'the publishing industry, booksellers, libraries, librarians, or authors.'

Books for Booklovers (Susan Robertson, Evanston Public Library, IL): Lists about 20 books about books, with author, title, summary, publication year. Most are non-fiction. Compiled 1997, updated Aug. 2005. Also, More Books for Booklovers, listing about 40 mostly non-fiction books published from 1995-2002, and Even More Books for Booklovers, listing about 40 mostly non-fiction titles published from 2001-2007.

Books About Books (Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Jefferson City, MO): Author, title, and detailed summary for about 15 non-fiction titles.

Books for Bibliophiles (B. Hinton, Memorial Hall Library, Andover MA): Author, title, pub. year, summary, and webcat link for about 10 fiction and 15 non-fiction books; fiction from Martha Cooley's The Archivist to Judith Van Gieson's The Stolen Blue. Compiled Nov. 2003.

Fiction about Libraries and Librarians

Librarians as Characters in Fiction (Laura Cobrinik, Marginal Librarian, McGill University): Author, title, publication info for children's, YA, and adult fiction featuring librarians, as well as non-fiction works.

Fiction About Libraries or Librarians (Images of Librarians in Popular Culture): Author, title, summary of 24 fiction titles, 28 mysteries, and 12 sci-fi/fantasy titles featuring libraries/librarians.

Librarian Lit: Librarians Are People Too (Harris County Public Library, Houston, TX): Author, title, summary, and webcat link for about 15 novels featuring librarians, from Jeff Abbott's Distant Blood to Amanda Eyre Ward's Sleep Toward Heaven. Updated May 2009.

Libraries and Librarians in Fiction (Kitchener Public Library, Ontario, Canada): Author, title, webcat link for over 100 novels featuring librariana, from Peter Ackroyd's Chatterton to P.G. Wodehouse's Leave it to Psmith. Compiled Nov. 2003, updated June 2006.

Love Your Librarian? (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh): Author, title, webcat link, summary and image for about a dozen books "which feature superhero, romancing, futuristic, time-traveling, spell-casting librarians." April 2011.