Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pope Fiction

Pope Francis I
In honor of the inauguration of Pope Francis I today, it seems fitting to take stock of the tales inspired by the mystery and grandeur of the Holy See.

There's a little something for everyone in Vatican City.

I never really considered, beyond Dan Brown's Angels and Demons, what storytelling pulp the papacy might generate. But from the intrigue and danger surrounding the reign of Rodrigo Lanzol Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, to the intrigue and danger surrounding the reigns of our most recent pontiffs, two thousand plus years yield a lot of material.

Whether you prefer historical fiction or political thrillers, mysteries or romance, the papal fiction here at the Des Plaines Public Library appeals to a broad range of interests. Even speculative fiction dips it's toe into the, um, holy water (or maybe that's the Bernini Fountain).

Nearly every title listed is available in multiple formats: books, audiobooks, large print, e-books, and e-audiobooks.


1 comment:

Linda K. said...

Now I have a whole new list of books to read! I like "holy" fiction. Nuns, priests, and even an old mystery series about a Mormon detective named Moroni Traveler. It's like moving thru a secret door.

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