Want to know what Philip Roth is recommending? Or hear Margaret Atwood talk about Science Fiction and the imagination? Let me introduce you to the Center for Fiction. The Center for Fiction was founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library by merchants and their clerks before the advent of public libraries. By the mid-nineteenth century, it was thriving as one of the foremost cultural institutions in the United States. In Fall 2009, they became The Center for Fiction. They continue to build a wonderful circulating collection of nearly 85,000 titles, and are committed to providing exceptional public programs and resources for diverse audiences. The physical space sounds lovely, but you can also lose yourself among the many rich offerings on their web site. From a Crime Fiction Acadamy to its own literary awards, The Center for Fiction is a destination for readers on foot or by mouse.