The Annual Benefit & Awards Dinner

 

Please join us for The Center for Fiction's

2018 Annual Benefit
& Awards Dinner

Tuesday, December 11th at The Cunard Building

Cipriani 25 Broadway, New York, NY


Co-Chairs

Lee Child & Michael Ondaatje 

 

 

Honoring

TONI MORRISON

for a Lifetime of Excellence in Fiction

 

With remarks by 

Oprah Winfrey



And honoring

SONNY MEHTA

Chairman and Editor-in-Chief
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

 

Recipient of the Maxwell E. Perkins Award 
to be presented by 

 Carl Hiaasen

 

and announcing the

FIRST NOVEL PRIZE

 

 

 

2018 Sponsorship Levels

 

Your sponsorship supports The Center for Fiction as the only nonprofit literary organization in the United States devoted exclusively to the art of fiction. Proceeds from our Awards Dinner are essential to sustain and expand our array of services: our public literary arts performances, featuring more than 150 authors annually; our content-rich website with a remarkable archive of discussions and readings; our fellowships and writing workshops for emerging talent; our reading and writing programs for more than 1,000 New York City Public School students each year; and our award-winning fiction library with a collection dating back to 1820.

 


 

Luminaries Table (seats 10)

$50,000 

  • Recognition as Center for Fiction Luminary with logo/name prominently placed on all printed materials
  • A premium table with seating for 10 OR 8 guests and 2 prominent authors 
  • Complimentary full page ad in inside front cover of event program
  • Lead acknowledgement on signage at event
  • Acknowledgement from the podium
  • Public relations/photo opportunities

All but $1,850 per table is tax-deductible. 



 

Authors Table (seats 10)

$25,000 

  • Recognition as Center for Fiction Author with logo/name prominently placed on all printed materials
  • A prime table with seating for 10 OR 8 guests and 2 prominent authors 
  • Complimentary full page ad in event program with premium placement
  • Lead acknowledgement on signage at event
  • Acknowledgement from the podium
  • Public relations/photo opportunities

All but $1,850 per table is tax-deductible. 


 

Leaders Table (seats 10)

$15,000 

  • Recognition as Center for Fiction Leader with logo/name prominently placed on all printed materials
  • A prominently placed table with seating for 10 OR 9 guests and 1 prominent author 
  • Complimentary full page ad in event program with prime placement
  • Acknowledgement on signage at event
  • Acknowledgement from the podium
  • Public relations/photo opportunities

All but $1,850 per table is tax-deductible. 


 

Benefactors Table (seats 10)

$10,000 

  • Recognition as Center for Fiction Benefactor on printed materials relating to the event
  • A table with seating for 10 OR 8 guests
  • Complimentary half page ad in event program
  • Acknowledgement on signage at event
  • Acknowledgment from the podium

All but $1,850 per table is tax-deductible. 


 

First Novel Advocates (Pair of Tickets)

$2,500 

  • Seating at a table with a well-known author
  • Recognition as a First Novel Advocate in all printed materials
  • Two (2) tickets to the dinner

All but $185 per ticket is tax-deductible.

 


 

Friend (Single Ticket) 

$1,000

  • Recognition as a Friend in all printed materials
  • One (1) ticket to the dinner

All but $185 per ticket is tax-deductible.


 

Donation (No Ticket) 

Any Amount

 

If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a fully tax-deductible donation, you may do so by clicking the donate button below. 

 

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Benefit Committee

ABRAMS/The Overlook Press

Clare Alexander

Amazon Literary Partnership

Anonymous

Nicole Aragi

Audible

Baker Literary Scouting

Gabrielle Bamberger

Julie Barer & Colson Whitehead

Victoria Barnsley, OBE

Elizabeth Birkelund

BKSK Architects

Bloomsbury Publishing

Albert Bonnier

Book of the Month

Leonello Brandolini d'Adda

Maria & Woody Campbell

Lee Child

Dr. Niki Elliot & Dr. Valorie Thomas

Ashley Farrish

Fletcher & Company

Mark Fowler & Jessica Kaplan

The Gernert Company

Wendy Gimbel &

Douglas Leibhafsky

Lynn Goldberg

Nan Graham

Grove/Atlantic

Leigh Haber/

O, The Oprah Magazine

Hachette Book Group

HarperCollins Publishers

Elizabeth Hawes & Davis Weinstock

International Creative Management

Tracey Jackson & Glenn Horowitz

Abigail Latour

Susanna Lea

Nikarah Long

Macmillan Publishers

James C. Marlas &

Marie Nugent-Head Marlas

Bahiyyah Maroon

Anne McDermid

Celia & Henry McGee

Susan Moldow

Calvert Morgan Jr. &

Cassie Jones Morgan

Bonnie Nadzam

Sara Nelson

Netflix

Penguin Random House

Susanna Porter & James Clark

Jonathan Rose Companies

Ted & Mary Jo Shen

Simon & Schuster

Stephanie Thayer

Amanda Urban

John & Amy Weinberg

Writers House

 

Board of Directors

Erroll McDonald, Chairman
Wendy Gimbel, Vice-Chair
Celia McGee, Secretary
Nick Brumm, Treasurer 

 

Gabrielle Bamberger

Elizabeth Birkelund

Maria B. Campbell

Mark A. Fowler

Nan Graham

Calvert D. Morgan, Jr.

Sara Nelson

Susanna Porter

Elizabeth Hawes Weinstock

Gregory I. Voynow

Noreen Tomassi, Executive Director

 

Writers Council

Megan Abbott

Christina Baker Kline

Lee Child

Michael Cunningham

Jennifer Egan

Álvaro Enrigue

Louise Erdrich

Jeffrey Eugenides

Jonathan Franzen

Neil Gaiman

Francisco Goldman

Ann Goldstein

Rigoberto González

Edith Grossman

Joe Hill

Tanaïs

Mitchell S. Jackson

N. K. Jemisin

Edward P. Jones

Owen King

Stephen King

Jhumpa Lahiri

Victor LaValle

Claire Messud

Walter Mosley

Bonnie Nadzam

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Julie Otsuka

Richard Powers

Richard Price

Roxana Robinson

Salman Rushdie

Esmeralda Santiago

Jonathan Santlofer

George Saunders

Jane Smiley

Gary Shteyngart

Jesmyn Ward

Meg Wolitzer

Jacqueline Woodson

 

2018 First Novel Prize Judges
Jeffrey Renard Allen

Julie Lekstrom Himes

Katie Kitamura

Rachel Kushner

Dana Spiotta

 

The Maxwell E. Perkins Award honors an editor, publisher, or agent who over the course of their career has discovered, nutured, and championed writers of fiction. This award is dedicated to Maxwell Perkins in celebration of his legacy as one of the country’s most important editors. FIND OUT MORE

 

The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel of the year. The author of the winning book is awarded $10,000 and each shortlisted author receives $1,000. The shortlist and winner are chosen by a panel of five distinguished writers, including the previous year's winner of the prize.

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