Board of Directors

Erroll McDonald, Chair
Vice President and Executive Editor, 

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group


Wendy Gimbel, Vice-Chair



Celia McGee, Secretary

Arts Journalist

Nick Brumm, Treasurer

Partner, QVT Financial


Gabrielle Bamberger

Gabrielle Bamberger Public Relations


Elizabeth Birkelund



Maria B. Campbell 

President, Maria B. Campbell Associates, Inc.


Mark A. Fowler 

Partner, Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP


Nan Graham

Publisher and Senior Vice President, Scribner


Calvert D. Morgan Jr.

Vice President and Executive Editor, 
Riverhead Books


Sara Nelson

Editorial Director, Books


Susanna Porter

Vice President and Executive Editor,

Penguin Random House Publishing Group


Gregory Voynow

Business development consultant, 
New York Public Radio


Elizabeth Hawes Weinstock





Noreen Tomassi 
Executive Director


Kristin Henley

Managing Director


Jo Steffens

Director of Public Programs


Allison Escoto
Head Librarian


Linda Morgan
Development Director


Sara Batkie
Writing Programs Director


Iris Mahan
Development Associate


Gwen Ruelle
Digital Media Manager




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. We're known for our special literary events, including our innovative panels, lectures and conversations. 


We also feature grants and workshops 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. 


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. The Center is currently in the planning phase for our move to downtown Brooklyn scheduled for the beginning of 2019. 









Sharen Benenson • Chris R. Hughes • The Jerome Foundation • National Endowment for the Arts • Pine Tree Foundation of New York • Amazon • Audible, Inc. • The Estate of Christopher E. Doheny • Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation • New York City Department of Cultural Affairs • New York State Council on the Arts 




The Center for Fiction, founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library, is the only organization in the United States devoted solely to the vital art of fiction. The mission of The Center for Fiction is to encourage people to read and value fiction and to support and celebrate its creation and enjoyment. With all our resources, including our exceptional book collection, our expanding website, and our ever-growing array of creative programs, we seek to serve the reading public, to build a larger audience for fiction, and to create a place where readers and writers can share their passion for literature.



When the Mercantile Library of New York opened its doors at 49 Fulton Street in February 1821, James Monroe had just begun his second term as president of the United States. New York City had either 123,000 or 152,000 inhabitants, depending on which census you believe, and the population of the entire United States numbered only 9.6 million. It was a year that marked the death of Napoleon, the coronation of George IV, and the entry of Missouri into the union as a slave state. American writer James Fenimore Cooper published The Spy while in England readers poured over Thomas de Quincey’s new book, Confessions of an Opium Eater. Keats died and Baudelaire was born. read our full history


The Center for Fiction
80 5th Avenue, Suite 1201
New York, New York, 10011
(212) 755-6710


Please note, we will not be open to the public until our move to Downtown Brooklyn in the fall. Stay tuned for updates about online writing workshops and public events around NYC this spring. Thank you! 


Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 10:30am-6:30pm

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
President's Day
St. Patrick's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Christmas Holiday Season through New Year’s Day 



To reach us by subway:
Take the 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W
to 14th Street/Union Square.
Take the F, M, L to 14th Street/6th Ave.
Take PATH trains to the 14th Street station.

To reach us by bus:
The M1, M2, M3, and M55 all stop conveniently near our offices along with the M14A and M14D