Find an HBO Bookshelf Near You

In honor of #ReadingIsLit, HBO is donating titles that have inspired some of the network's favorite projects.


The New York Public Library is joining forces with HBO on #ReadingIsLit, a national campaign to celebrate the power of storytelling and encourage people to read, discuss, and enjoy all things literary.

“Being storytellers, everything we do at HBO begins with the written word,” shares HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler. “We have brought to life many phenomenal books over the years on the network — including Fahrenheit 451, Big Little Lies, Sharp Objects and our biggest series ever, Game of Thrones — so the timing of this partnership with the New York Public Library couldn’t be better. NYPL is a wonderful institution and to play a role in getting more readers in those doors is a great win.”

The New York Public Library President Anthony W. Marx elaborates on the relationship between the two organizations, “I'm often asked if I think books are ‘better’ than television, or if people need to read more and watch TV less,” he begins. “While I'm always in favor of people making more time for reading, I don't think it needs to be an either/or scenario. Falling in love with a great show can bring us back to the rich source material too.”

In addition to hosting HBO shelves in 88 NYPL branches, the TV network is also donating a “bookshelf” of featured titles, to a selection of libraries across the country. Each of the books have been adapted into their own HBO series or films. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot will be among the favorites included.

“#ReadingIsLit is as a call to action,” says Marx. “Tell your friend, your neighbor, your social media network about what you're reading, or the last great book you read. This partnership is an amazing opportunity to encourage people who love and appreciate wonderful stories in all forms to drop by a library and find their next adventure on one of our shelves.”

You can find an HBO bookshelf at NYPL or one of these selected libraries. Follow along for recommendations, actor and creator favorites and more with #ReadingIsLit.