Every Great City Needs a Great Home 


 for Readers and Writers



At the beginning of 2019, The Center for Fiction will open its doors in Downtown Brooklyn at 15 Lafayette Avenue, welcoming readers and writers of all ages and from all walks of life. Surrounded by BAM, the Mark Morris Dance Group and sixty other cultural destinations that draw over 4 million people to the neighborhood, The Center’s 18,000 square foot space designed by Julie Nelson at BKSK Architects, will place books and the celebration of story in all its forms at the very heart of this vibrant cultural area.


The new home of The Center for Fiction will allow us to expand the programs we already offer and let us provide fantastic new services for New Yorkers and people across the globe.


  • • Readers will browse in the 1800 square foot, sunlit bookshop featuring not just the latest novels, but deep cuts from the world of fiction including works in translation, beloved classics, and the best of indie presses, too.


  • • The beautiful cafe will be a place for poring over books and meeting friends for a coffee, glass of wine, or a quick bite.


  • • Our 160-seat, state-of-the-art auditorium will feature high quality recording and streaming capabilities to reach audiences around the country. Dedicated in the evenings to showcasing fiction across many forms with lively discussions between authors and experts in other disciplines, during the day the auditorium will be filled with events for kids from kindergarten through 12th grade.


  • • On the second floor, the reading room and terrace will be a warm and inviting place for busy New Yorkers to dive into our library collection featuring the best in contemporary and classic fiction, as well as our Raven Award-winning mystery collection, books on Proust, and more.


  • • We will have four times the classroom space as our 47th Street location for lively discussion groups, seminars, and writing workshops.


  • • The beautiful new Writers’ Studio with floor to ceiling windows allows for 65% more members.


  • • And online our expanded website will feature in-depth essays, creative book lists, videos, podcasts, virtual writing workshops, and great content from your favorite authors.


The Center will be home to all this and more and we can’t wait to welcome you.

We’ll see you in Brooklyn!





Donate to The Maya AssociationA School for Syrian Refugee Children


The Maya Association is a registered not-for-profit organization in Turkey that operates a small school for Syrian refugee children near Mersin, Turkey. The writer Joseph O’Neill, a good friend of the Center for Fiction, leads the fundraising effort in the US. As the cold winter months set in the school needs to raise money to operate. We hope you'll consider giving. 


Click here to find out more about the school and to donate. 


Congrats to 2018 First Novel Prize Winner Tommy Orange 


We are pleased to announce that Tommy Orange has been awarded the 2018 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize for his novel, There There (Alfred A. Knopf)! Last year's winner, Julie Lekstrom Himes, presented the award to him at our Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner on December 11th.


This annual award was created in 2006 to honor the best first novel of the year. Debut novels published between January 1 and December 31, 2018 were eligible for this year's prize. The winner receives a $10,000 prize with each shortlisted author receiving $1,000.  Judges for the 2018 First Novel Prize were Jeffery Renard Allen, Katie Kitamura, Rachel Kushner, Dana Spiotta, and Julie Lekstrom Himes. READ MORE


Our offices are located at 15 Lafayette Avenue while we prepare our new building. We will not be open to the public until our grand opening this February so stay tuned for more information.