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Board of Directors

Calvert D. Morgan Jr., Chairman

Senior VP and Executive Editor, Harper

 

Mary Stevens, Secretary

Artist


Gregory Voynow, Treasurer

Business development consultant, New York Public Radio

 

Gabrielle Bamberger

Gabrielle Bamberger Public Relations

 

Sharen Benenson

Former Chair, The Horticultural Society of NY

 

Elizabeth Birkelund

Author

 

Nick Brumm

Partner, QVT Financial

 

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

 

Lloyd Lynford

President and CEO, REIS

 

Erroll McDonald
Vice President and Executive Editor, 

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

 

Celia McGee

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

 

Sara Nelson

Editorial Director, Amazon.com Books

 

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STAFF

Noreen Tomassi 

Executive Director
noreen@centerforfiction.org

 

Jon Michaud

Head Librarian

jon@centerforfiction.org

 

Sara Batkie

Writing Programs Director

sara@centerforfiction.org

 

Rosie Clarke

Event Producer 

rosie@centerforfiction.org

 

Kristin Henley

Website Editor

kristin@centerforfiction.org

 

Gwen Ruelle

Digital Media Manager

gwen@centerforfiction.org

 

Amanda Patton

KidsRead Coordinator/Web Assistant 

amanda@centerforfiction.org

 

Kris Santos

Library Assistant

kris@centerforfiction.org 

 

Burton Greenhouse
Accounting
greenhousb@aol.com

 

 

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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

                                  

 

 

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 / New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature/ 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 SEE A FULL LIST OF SUPPORTERS

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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

 

Interested in renting a space in our building? Click here for more information.

 

 

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

SPACE RENTALS

The Center for Fiction offers a variety of spaces to rent throughout our eight-story building for every type of event from photo shoots to formal lectures to cocktail parties to sets for filming. Some of our more popular spaces to rent are our beautiful, neo-classical second floor Reading Room; our contemporary screening room, perfect for presentations; and our cheerful and cozy Shattuck Room.  


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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