Awards Dinner

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Crime Fiction Academy

Reading Groups

Writing Workshops

Our Building

A Novel Approach

Writer's Studio


The KidsRead/Books for NYC Schools Program



Videos of our past events



Our independent bookstore



Our annual benefit and awards dinner



The library


Writers' Studio

The Writer's Studio


Crime Fiction Academy








How to Write a Sex Scene


In this hilarious and brutally honest essay, workshop teacher Rebecca Schiff takes on the taboo subject of writing sex scenes. 


"Think about the worst sex you’ve ever had. There’s probably a story there, or at least a detail you can use." READ MORE


Rebecca Schiff's writing workshop, Making Every Line Count, starts on September 15th. Click here to find out more and to sign up! 















From a First Novel Prize Finalist

In this essay, author Tanwi Nandini Islam (who is shortlisted for our First Novel Prize for her book Bright Lines) talks about the issues of trans characters living transnational lives, and finding families beyond the ones they were born into. 

"Writing the South Asian diaspora across genders wasn’t my explicit intention, but a rather natural evolution for my characters. What I have chosen to write mirrors the vital community in New York City I’ve been fortunate to be a part of—artists, activists and creative hustlers of all stripes—a spectrum of gender identities and sexualities." 

read More at Literary hub





Announcing the
Short List for the
2015 Center for Fiction
First Novel Prize


Our panel of distinguished judges have selected seven debut novels for our 2015 First Novel Prize short list. The winner will be announced at our Benefit and Awards Dinner on December 8th, presented by 2014 winner Tiphanie Yanique.








New Books for Younger Readers

Column #26


In Celia McGee’s latest Junior Edition, choose a new pet from any in the Seussiverse (What Pet Should I Get), discover what a group of farm animals can teach you about being part of a family (Escape from Baxters' Barn), tag along on a mission to track down a runaway mother (Julia and the Art of Practical Travel), and learn the true value of integrity in the first ever Russian YA novel translated into English (Playing a Part).  READ MORE





Non-Beach Reads


Summertime often means lemonade, balmy evenings, and inevitable lists of “beach reads.” But for those of us who are staying at our desks this summer, we’re offering you a list of books guaranteed to give you at least a mental vacation. And heck, if you’re one of the lucky ones headed to the shore, we hope you’ll find this list helpful too. Wiggle your toes in the sand for us! CHECK OUT OUR PICKS







We are so very saddened by the passing of Alan Cheuse—a brilliant writer, teacher, critic, and friend to writers and the world of letters. 

Last year, he appeared at the Center to pay tribute  to Bernard Malamud. This moving clip is quintessential Alan Cheuse: We see his humor, his warmth, his humility, his generosity, and his gifts as a storyteller par excellence.  

Alan once remarked that he loved seeing the "fiction flag" flying outside the Center. The world of fiction is very much richer for the words he wrote and the writers he inspired.



Congrats to Tom McCarthy
Satin Island on the Man Booker Longlist


We'd like to say a special congratulations to Tom McCarthy who worked on Satin Island as a Writer in Residence here at the Center. (We might be a little biased when it comes time to announce the winner.) It was so nice of Tom to thank us in the acknowledgements. We want to thank Tom for all he does for The Center.


Congratulations to all of the longlisted authors. Click here to visit the Man Booker site and see all of the nominees. 





Our Fall Reading Groups


This season, we are pleased to offer a diverse selection of groups, ranging from those centered around canonical works by Proust, Melville, and Woolf to those devoted to modern masters such as Elena Ferrante, David Foster Wallace, and Primo Levi. Read More










Save the Date



Our 2015 Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner will be held on Tuesday, December 8 at 6:30pm at The Metropolitan Club.




August Hours* 

Wednesdays: 10:30am-7:30pm


The Center for Fiction

17 East 47th Street

New York, NY 10017




If you are in NYC, visit our independent bookstore in The Center for Fiction building at 17 East 47th St. We carry a carefully curated selection of great fiction in our new books section, as well as used and rare books of every kind.



Online shop

And visit our online shop to purchase great merchandise, tickets to our events, memberships, and to reserve your place in all our wonderful classes and groups.



*The Library and bookstore will have limited hours in August due to important administrative work on the collection. The Writers' Studio and the administrative offices will remain open as normal.