Board of Directors

Erroll McDonald, Chair
Vice President and Executive Editor, 

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group


Wendy Gimbel, Vice-Chair



Celia McGee, Secretary

Arts Journalist


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


Danielle Ganek



Nan Graham

Publisher and Senior Vice President, Scribner


Kate Medina

Executive Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Executive Editorial Director, Random House


Calvert D. Morgan Jr.

Vice President and Executive Editor, 
Riverhead Books


Sara Nelson

Vice President & Executive Editor, Harper


Susanna Porter

Vice President and Executive Editor,

Penguin Random House Publishing Group


Mary Jo Shen

Philanthropist and Performance Artist


Elizabeth Hawes Weinstock



Dennis Williams
Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Relations, Home Box Office, Inc.




Noreen Tomassi 
Executive Director


Kristin Henley

Managing Director


Allison Escoto
Head Librarian


Linda Cicely Morgan
Development Director


Melanie McNair

Director of Public Programming


Thierry Kehou

Writing Programs Manager


Carla Cain-Walther

PR & Marketing Manager


Benjamin Rybeck

Bookstore Manager


Riley Rennhack

Asst. Bookstore Manager


Samantha Lust

Cafe Manager


Matt Kafoury

Webmaster and Graphic Designer


Jenny Park

Administrative Assistant


Iris Mahan
Development Associate


Karie Schulenburg

Assistant Librarian




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. In February 2019, The Center moved to its new home in downtown Brooklyn.









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
15 Lafayette Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11217
(212) 755-6710


Administrative Office Hours
Mon-Fri: 10:30am - 6:30pm


Cafe / Member Areas / Bookstore

Mon: 10:30am – 6pm

Tues – Sat: 10:30am – 10pm

Sun: 10:30am – 9pm


Library Hours

Mon: Closed

Tues - Fri: 12pm – 8pm

Sat - Sun: 11am – 5pm



Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
President'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 2, 3 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R, B, D

 or the LIRR
to Atlantic Terminal/Barclays
Take the A, C to Lafayette Avenue

 Take the G to Fulton Street

To reach us by bus:
The B45, B67, B25, B26, B38, B52

all stop conveniently near the Center.