To encourage people to read and value fiction and support and celebrate its creation.
About the Organization:
Founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library, the Center for Fiction works to build a larger audience for fiction and to create a place where readers and writers can share their passion for literature. During the mid-nineteenth century, the center thrived as one of the foremost cultural institutions in the country and was home to a vast collection of books in the humanities and a popular lecture series that featured the likes of William Makepeace Thackeray, Frederick Douglass, and Mark Twain.
The center focuses on fiction, both literary and popular; presenting for the general public; and low-cost space to writers, nonprofits, and for-profit organizations. Over the years, the center has acquired an extensive of fiction published over the past hundred years and a nineteenth-century collection comprising some ten thousand titles in storage. Each year, the center adds about a thousand new titles to its collection. To promote the reading, writing, and enjoyment of great literature, the center also gives annual in three categories: the , the , and the .
Center for Fiction members can browse the organization's , which lists all titles acquired since 1991, and download eAudiobooks through the . The center's Web site also offers an , information about , an , and the director's .
In addition to membership fees, the center receives funding from foundations, corporations, and individuals.