Board of Directors

Calvert D. Morgan Jr., Chairman

Vice President and Executive Editor,
Riverhead Books


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


Wendy Gimbel



Nan Graham

Publisher and Senior Vice President, Scribner


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


Allison Escoto
Head Librarian


Linda Morgan
Development Director


Sara Batkie
Writing Programs Director


Iris Mahan
Development Associate


Kristin Henley
Website Editor


Gwen Ruelle
Digital Media Manager


Nicolette Fudge
Events Producer/Digital Media 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.





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 Untied 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.




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


Visit Us 

Mon-Thurs: 10:30am-7:30pm

Fri: 9am-5pm





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