Support The Center for Fiction

Become a Founding Member of 

The Center for Fiction


In 1820 a group of merchants dreamed of an organization where ideas could be shared and books were of the utmost importance. They created a place where Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain and John Rollin Ridge, America’s first Native American novelist, spoke; where Edgar Allan Poe wrote; and where women were equal members. In 2008 that organization became The Center for Fiction, and now, nearly two hundred years since those early beginnings, it is transforming once again.


Our new home in Downtown Brooklyn will welcome readers and writers of all ages and from all walks of life. Under one roof, writers will hone their craft and write their novels; books will be sold and lent; authors and artists will appear and engage; and people will come together in beautiful surroundings to discuss the stories that ignite their imaginations.


We invite you to join this legacy as we enter into our third century of exploring, nurturing, and creating the vital art of fiction.  




All Founding Members will receive special commemoration on our prominent Donor Wall and will join our Founders Circle. Founding Members also enjoy a full membership to The Center, which includes: 


Borrowing privileges from our circulating collection of 70,000 classic and contemporary fiction titles


The use of our beautiful, members-only, 2nd floor Reading Room


A 15% discount on admission to special events, workshops, reading groups, and books and gifts in our bookstore


8 free guest day-passes that entitle the user access to the amenities of the members-only 2nd floor


A Center for Fiction tote bag


Preferential seating to select Center literary performances


Edgar Allan Poe Membership


Benefits at this level include the membership offerings detailed above, plus: 


Gift of one specially selected book mailed to you 6 times a year


Invitations to private receptions before select author events

Recognition at the Edgar Allan Poe Level on the Donor Wall

Zora Neale Hurston Membership


Benefits at this level include membership offerings at the Edgar Allan Poe level, plus: 


Invitations to private author dinner parties

Signed set of books by each year’s First Novel Prize finalists

Recognition at the Zora Neale Hurston Level on the Donor Wall 

Virginia Woolf Membership


Benefits at this level include membership offerings at the Zora Neale Hurston level, plus:

A complimentary Novel Approach consultation with a personalized year-long reading list

Recognition at the Virginia Woolf Level on the Donor Wall

We appreciate any contribution

you can make to the Center 




Other ways to give: through our store; by check made payable to The Center for Fiction (our address is 15 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217); or over the phone at 212-755-6710.


Thank you!