Peter Ginna, Chairman
Publisher and Editorial Director, Bloomsbury USA
Gabrielle Bamberger, Vice Chairman
Gabrielle Bamberger Public Relations
Mary Stevens, Secretary
Nick Brumm, Treasurer
Partner, QVT Financial
Agent, Barer Literary
Former Chair, The Horticultural Society of NY
Author, Financial Advisor
Partner, Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP
President and CEO, REIS
Arts and Culture Reporter, Book Critic, & Director of Macauly Author Series
Calvert D. Morgan Jr.
Senior VP and Publisher, It Books (HarperCollins)
Editorial Director, Amazon.com Books
Author, CUNY Distinguished Professor
Elizabeth Birkelund Oberbeck
Agent, McCormick & Williams
Vice President of Business Development, Audible, Inc.
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 also 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 for Fiction receives funding from government agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals, including:
Amazon.com / Audible.com / The Benenson Family / The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation / Nancy Dunnan / Farrar, Staus and Giroux / Florence Gould Foundation / Ford Foundation Good Neighbor Committee / Hachette Book Group / 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 / Poets & Writers / Random House / The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation / William Morris Endeavor / Reba and Dave Williams
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
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... READ MORE
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The Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th Street
(between Fifth and Madison)
New York, NY 10017
We rent our beautiful 2nd floor event space and sixth floor screening room and meeting spaces.
Where to eat and drink
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.