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..." For more on bibliotherapy or to schedule a session, please click here. 



Founded in 1997 by then Center director Harold Augenbraum, the Proust Society's mission is to encourage the reading, study and enjoyment of the work of Marcel Proust. The Society presents lectures for the public and members take part in groups that read and discuss Proust's masterpiece, À la recherche du temps perdu.


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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. 





New Books for Younger Readers

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In Celia McGee’s new Junior Edition, learn to conjure only the best of dreams (Tell Me What to Dream About), find true friendship on a quest to recover a missing waffle recipe (Adventures with Waffles), discover strength in freedom (The Girl in the Torch), and let music soothe your savage soul (The Rise & Fall of the Gallivanters). READ MORE



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



Congratulations Onnesha!

Check out former Emerging Writers Fellow Onnesha Roychoudhuri hilarious new book Go to Hells: An Updated Guide to Dante's Underworld (written under the pen name Kali V. Roy) with illustrations by Jesse Riggle. For more information on our Emerging Writers Fellowship program, click here.   



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



Shelf Life: Megan Abbott


We asked the Edgar-award winning author of Dare Me and The Fever to show us a section of her bookshelf. Here, she talks about the place "where Psychoanalysis/Gender Theory ends and True Crime begins." READ MORE



Congrats to Nicole Haroutunian!


Nicole Haroutunian, who was the winner of our last Literarian short story contest, has a collection debuting today! If you just can't wait to read Speed Dreaming: Stories (Little A), check out Nicole's winning story, "Youse" here.








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



Videos of our past events



Our independent bookstore



Our annual benefit and awards dinner



The library


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