The Center for Fiction has set a date for their move to Brooklyn.
On February 1, 2019, the nonprofit will open in an 18,000-square-foot space at 15 Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene. Joining an increasing arts-centric neighborhood — BAM, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Theatre for a New Audience are all nearby — will certainly boost the organization’s profile, and the additional space will offer a cafe, a larger bookshop and an auditorium for live events. A bigger reading room and more classrooms and space for writers will also be available in the new location.
According to a representative, the new space will feature a unique word-based design — including the word “fore/word” on the front door, lamps shaped as books, furniture using books and quotes from writers on the walls.
Founded in 1821, the Center for Fiction was originally a membership library meant to prepare young men for the mercantile trade. It bounced around a number of Manhattan locations and hosted writers such as Mark Twain. It was last located on 47th Street on the Upper East Side, in a building the organization sold nine years later for $18 million.
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