Board of Directors

Calvert D. Morgan Jr., Chairman

Senior VP and Executive Editor, Harper


Mary Stevens, Secretary


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



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, Books




Noreen Tomassi 

Executive Director


Jon Michaud

Head Librarian


Sara Batkie

Writing Programs Director


Rosie Clarke

Event Producer


Kristin Henley

Website Editor


Gwen Ruelle

Digital Media Manager


Amanda Patton

KidsRead Coordinator/Web Assistant


Kris Santos

Library Assistant 


Burton Greenhouse





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.



                                 / 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



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 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


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




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.  




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