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Literary Journals at the Library

readIf you enjoy reading contemporary short stories, poetry, and essays, the Belvedere-Tiburon Library has a treat for you: the largest collection of literary journals in Marin County. The collection consists of fifteen titles, ranging from The Paris Review to Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope: All Story.

You can find our literary journals on a free-standing case in the first magazine alcove. Back issues of literary journals circulate for one week and can be checked out at the Circulation Desk.

Below is a list of the titles in the collection, accompanied by a description, a link to the title's entry in our database, and a link to the journal's website.

Official Web site
"Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern is a literary journal, first published in 1998, edited by Dave Eggers. The first issue featured only works rejected by other magazines, but thereafter the journal began to include pieces written with McSweeney's in mind. McSweeney’s has since published works by many notable writers, including Denis Johnson, William T. Vollmann, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon, Susan Straight, Roddy Doyle, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Steven Millhauser, Robert Coover, Stephen King, and Ann Beattie.

Paris Review
Official Web site
"The Paris Review was founded by Peter Matthiessen and Harold L. Humes in the summer of 1953. The two young writers were dissatisfied with the emphasis on criticism in the literary magazines then being published—the preference for "writing-on-writing" over writing itself—and to address the problem conceived of a new review singularly devoted to original works of fiction and poetry. Matthiessen invited George Plimpton, then a student at Cambridge, to take a position as editor. Plimpton has headed the magazine ever since."

West Marin Review
Official Web site
"The West Marin Review is a literary and arts journal inspired by the extraordinary landscapes of West Marin County and Northern California. The Review is a collaboration of friends, neighbors, Point Reyes Books, and the Tomales Bay Library Association—a volunteer group that wishes to share our affinity for land and community."