This season, we are pleased to offer a diverse selection of groups, ranging from those centered around canonical works by Proust, Melville, and Woolf to those devoted to modern masters such as Elena Ferrante, David Foster Wallace, and Primo Levi. READ MORE



A Novel Approach


More Magazine writes, "In quaint headquarters, tucked among the blank towers of midtown Manhattan, the Center for Fiction feels like somewhere you'd be more likely to run ito Bartleby the Scrivener than your therapist—unless she's a "bibliotherapist" like Noreen Tomassi, the center's executive director, who manages a service called A Novel Approach. For $125, Tomassi will handpick 12 books, basing her choices on a 45-minute phone call, an e-mail exchange or, preferably, a face-to-face session with you..."READ MORE


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Looking for a good book?


We're excited to announce the seven finalists for our First Novel Prize.


We're so proud to be able to shine the spotlight on these amazing novels that you may not have noticed at your local bookstore yet. We hope you'll pick up one (or more!) of these titles and support these incredibly talented debut novelists!  



Check out our list




New Books for Younger Readers

Column #26


In Celia McGee’s latest Junior Edition, choose a new pet from any in the Seussiverse (What Pet Should I Get), discover what a group of farm animals can teach you about being part of a family (Escape from Baxters' Barn), tag along on a mission to track down a runaway mother (Julia and the Art of Practical Travel), and learn the true value of integrity in the first ever Russian YA novel translated into English (Playing a Part).  READ MORE




Non-Beach Reads


Summertime often means lemonade, balmy evenings, and inevitable lists of “beach reads.” But for those of us who are staying at our desks this summer, we’re offering you a list of books guaranteed to give you at least a mental vacation. And heck, if you’re one of the lucky ones headed to the shore, we hope you’ll find this list helpful too. Wiggle your toes in the sand for us! CHECK OUT OUR PICKS



Announcing the 2015 First Novel Prize Long List


We are thrilled to announce the Long List for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize! The Short List will be announced on September 15 and the award presented at our Benefit Dinner on December 8. READ MORE



Shelf Life: Jami Attenberg


We asked the widely acclaimed author of the new novel Saint Mazie (published this June) to show us a section of her bookshelf. Here, she talks about the stack of books—both fiction and nonfiction—that she used for research and inspiration for her new novel. 




Shelf Life: Anna North


We asked New York Times editor and author of the new novel The Life and Death of Sophie Stark to show us a section of her bookshelf. Anna was at The Center on June 18 to discuss her book with Sarah Heyward and Carolita Johnson. READ MORE



The Revival of Renata Adler


We love New Republic's write-up about Renata Adler and her visit to The Center: "In 2013, during a rare appearance at the Center for Fiction in New York, Renata Adler squinted to address a packed house...." READ MORE








Book Recs

A Novel Approach

Junior Edition

Reading Proust

The Library

The Book
That Made Me
a Reader


The KidsRead/Books for NYC Schools Program



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Our independent bookstore



Our annual benefit and awards dinner



The library


Lifts: Wisdom from our Elevator