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Board of Directors

Peter Ginna, Chairman

Publisher and Editorial Director, Bloomsbury USA

 

Gabrielle Bamberger, Vice Chairman

Gabrielle Bamberger Public Relations

 

Mary Stevens, Secretary

Artist

 

Nick Brumm, Treasurer

Partner, QVT Financial

 

Julie Barer

Agent, Barer Literary

 

Sharen Benenson

Former Chair, The Horticultural Society of NY


Nancy Dunnan

Author, Financial Advisor

 

Mark Fowler 

Partner, Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP

 

Nan Graham

Publisher and Senior Vice President, Scribner

 

Lloyd Lynford

President and CEO, REIS

 

Celia McGee

Arts and Culture Reporter, Book Critic, & Director of Macauly Author Series 

 

Calvert D. Morgan Jr.

Senior VP and Publisher, It Books (HarperCollins)

 

Sara Nelson

Editorial Director, Amazon.com Books


Elizabeth Nunez

Author, CUNY Distinguished Professor

 

Elizabeth Birkelund Oberbeck

Author

 

Pilar Queen

Agent, McCormick & Williams

 

Gregory Voynow

Vice President of Business Development, Audible, Inc.

 

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STAFF

Noreen Tomassi 

Executive Director
noreen@centerforfiction.org

 

Linda McBride

Events Producer

linda@centerforfiction.org

(for all event proposals, please contact Noreen)

 

Matt Nelson

Library and Bookstore Manager

matt@centerforfiction.org

 

Sara Batkie

Awards and Programs Manager

sara@centerforfiction.org

 

Sheridan Hay

Reading Group Coordinator

sheridan@centerforfiction.org


Burton Greenhouse
Accounting
greenhousb@aol.com


Julia Mehoke
Webmaster and Design Coordinator
julia@centerforfiction.org


Chris Messer
Executive Assistant and Writers' Studio Manager
christopher@centerforfiction.org

 

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WHO WE ARE

The Center for Fiction is the only nonprofit literary organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to celebrating fiction, and we work every day to connect readers and writers. Time Out calls The Center one of the top three reasons to stay in Manhattan for literary events, citing the innovative panels, lectures and conversations that take place in our beautiful building on East 47th Street.

 

We also feature workspace, grants, and classes to support emerging writers, reading groups on classic and contemporary authors, and programs to help get kids reading. We recognize the best in the world of fiction through our annual awards, and we operate one of the few independent fiction book shops in the country.

 

We are an important piece of New York City history, continuing to build our renowned circulating library collection, begun in 1820 by New York City merchants before the advent of the public library system.

 

OUR SUPPORTERS

 

          

 

Amazon.com / Audible.com / The Benenson Family / The Big Read / The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation / Nancy Dunnan / Farrar, Staus and Giroux / Florence Gould Foundation / Ford Foundation / Hachette Book Group / The Heckscher Foundation for Children / International Creative Management / Jerome Foundation / Henry and Lucy Moses Fund / the National Endowment for the Arts / the New York State Council on the Arts/ the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs / The New Yorker / Other Press / The Pine Tree Foundation of New York /  Random House / The Family of Roger Shattuck / The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation / William Morris Endeavor / Reba and Dave Williams    

 

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HISTORY

The Center for Fiction was founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library by merchants and their clerks before the advent of public libraries. By the mid-nineteenth century, it was thriving as one of the foremost cultural institutions in the United States. In Fall 2009, we officially changed our name to The Center for Fiction. While we continue to build our wonderful circulating collection of nearly 85,000 titles, our new name symbolizes our commitment to providing exceptional public programs and resources for diverse audiences.

 

Interested in our mission and history?  READ MORE


OUR BUILDING AND BOOKSTORE

Considered to be one of the most beautiful and welcoming spaces in New York by members and guests, our historic building was built in 1932, designed by acclaimed architect Henry Otis Chapman.

 

Our 8-story “boutique” building features our indie bookstore on the ground floor, our beautiful second floor reading room and event space, open stacks on our fourth and fifth floors, The Roger Shattuck archive and a book group and screening room space on the 6th floor, and the Writers' Studio and Writers' Library on our skylit 8th floor.  learn MoRE

 

 

The first floor of our building houses our independent bookstore. All of our stock is up to 50% off the cover price, with an additional 10% off for members. Used books start at just $2.  Learn mORE

CONTACT

The Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th Street
(between Fifth and Madison)
New York, NY 10017
(212) 755-6710
info@centerforfiction.org

 

HOURS AND HOLIDAYS

THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Midtown Manhattan offers an unlimited variety of great restaurants and pubs in all price ranges, just steps from The Center. See our suggestions and make reservations for before or after an event.


SUGGESTIONS & LINKS

DIRECTIONS

 

To reach us by subway:
Take the B, D, F or M to 47th/50th Streets/Rockefeller Center. 
Or take the 4, 5, 6 or 7 to Grand Central 42nd Street or the E to Fifth Ave./53rd Street

To reach us by bus:
The M1, M2, M3, and M4 all stop conveniently near the Center along with the M27 and M50