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The Founders Society

The Center for Fiction Founders Society provides an opportunity to engage individual donors for their generous support and draw them closer to The Center’s work and mission.

Please read about the Founder Society levels and benefits below and consider joining today to help us build a vibrant home for a diverse community of readers and writers to develop and share their love of storytelling.

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Development Director

Linda Cicely Morgan

Membership Levels

Founders Society membership levels are named for characters from three foundational novels: Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Aureliano Buendía from Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, and Sula Peace from Toni Morrison’s Sula.

  • Elizabeth Bennet

    Founders Society Membership for
    Annual Donors of $1,000+

    Membership at the Elizabeth Bennet level includes:

    • Access to our tech-free Reading Room, tech-friendly Lounge, and Terrace
    • Borrowing privileges from our circulating collection of 70,000 classic and contemporary fiction titles
    • A 15% discount on admission to special events, workshops, reading groups, and books and gifts in our bookstore
    • Early access to writing workshops, reading groups, and special events
    • A Center for Fiction tote bag
    • Preferential seating to select events
    • Invitations to members-only social events throughout the year
    • Gift of one personalized book selection mailed to you four times a year
    • Invitations to private receptions before select author events
    • Access to sister libraries in the Membership Libraries Group

    *Named for the protagonist of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

  • Aureliano Buendía

    Founders Society Membership for
    Annual Donors of $2,500+

    Membership at the Aureliano Buendía level includes:

    • Access to our tech-free Reading Room, tech-friendly Lounge, and Terrace
    • Borrowing privileges from our circulating collection of 70,000 classic and contemporary fiction titles
    • A 15% discount on admission to special events, workshops, reading groups, and books and gifts in our bookstore
    • Early access to writing workshops, reading groups, and special events
    • A Center for Fiction tote bag
    • Preferential seating to select events
    • Invitations to members-only social events throughout the year
    • Gift of one personalized book selection mailed to you four times a year
    • Invitations to private receptions before select author events
    • Access to sister libraries in the Membership Libraries Group
    • Invitations to private author dinner parties

    **Named for the protagonist of Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude.

  • Sula Peace

    Founders Society Membership for
    Annual Donors of $5,000+

    Membership at the Sula Peace level includes:

    • Access to our tech-free Reading Room, tech-friendly Lounge, and Terrace
    • Borrowing privileges from our circulating collection of 70,000 classic and contemporary fiction titles
    • A 15% discount on admission to special events, workshops, reading groups, and books and gifts in our bookstore
    • Early access to writing workshops, reading groups, and special events
    • A Center for Fiction tote bag
    • Preferential seating to select events
    • Invitations to members-only social events throughout the year
    • Gift of one personalized book selection mailed to you four times a year
    • Invitations to private receptions before select author events
    • Access to sister libraries in the Membership Libraries Group
    • Invitations to private author dinner parties
    • Signed set of books by each year’s First Novel Prize finalists
    • A complimentary Novel Approach consultation with a personalized yearlong reading list

    ***Named for the protagonist of Toni Morrison’s Sula.

Building a Vibrant Home for Readers and Writers

As a Founders Society member, your support nurtures early-career writers with grants, workshops, a place to write, public readings, a literary community, and other services and awards through our Emerging Writer Fellowships and First Novel Prize; fosters creative expression for over 2,500 New York City public school children annually with author-led events, writing workshops, reading groups, creative writing contests, and their own books to keep through our KidsRead / KidsWrite Program; invigorates our award-winning 200-year-old library with new acquisitions; and brings hundreds of authors and artists to engage with audiences annually on timely cross-cultural issues through our Public Literary Events and Performances, which celebrate fiction in all its forms.