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The Bronx has a long tradition of literary culture including Edgar Allan Poe, James Baldwin, Bronx Writers Center, and Bronx Loaf. Many contemporary authors and other book folk have come from the borough. But because the Bronx is New York City's poorest boroughs, this vibrant, book-loving community has often been overshadowed and underserved. Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed: https://tinyletter.com/BronxBookFestival
Our mission is to celebrate literacy, foster a love of reading among all ages, and share this reading culture with a broad audience through a two-day festival. The Bronx Book Festival will cover a wide range of topics through panels, workshops, and more with award-winning and bestselling authors, illustrators, and creators. The festival will help build a stronger reading community in the Bronx, creating a premier literary experience open to Bronx residents and the general public.
The festival is also proud to kickstart The Bronx is Reading (TBIR) literacy program—a program seeking to build interest for reading among young people, promote reading and writing skills, provide engaging author visits and reading guides from publishers, and donate new books for children in Title I schools located throughout the Bronx. Please visit www.TheBronxisReading.com for more information.
FRIDAY, MAY 18 - THE BRONX IS READING
Authors like Sayantani DasGupta (The Serpent's Secret) and Tracey Baptiste (The Jumbies) will visit Title I schools located in the Bronx. The Bronx is Reading program will purchase copies of each author's book and provide the students at these schools with free copies.
SATURDAY, MAY 19 - BOOK FESTIVAL DAY
A full day of panels, readings, poetry, & more with authors and creators.
I'm Saraciea Fennell, and I founded the Bronx Book Festival because as a longtime Bronx resident, I understand firsthand the power of putting literature in the hands of residents of the Bronx. Having grown up in public housing in the Boogie Down, I know what it's like not to have easy access to a bookstore as a kid: the only bookstore was a faraway Barnes & Noble that closed its doors in 2016. I want children, teens, and adults who look like me to fall in love with books and to learn about the publishing industry. Reading and literacy aren’t always visibly promoted in the “hood.” Too many young people see nothing but liquor stores and fast food restaurants. These young people grow up to become adults who miss out on the joy of reading. It is our desire to change that. Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed https://tinyletter.com/BronxBookFestival
The Bronx is hungry for this. For the first time ever the Bronx will have an independent bookstore in the South Bronx with The Lit. Bar. This independent store will be the official bookseller for the festival!
I've been in book publishing six plus years. I'm involved with organizations that promote diversity within in the industry and sit on the steering committee for Latinx in Publishing (a nonprofit working to increase the number of Latinx professionals in publishing, as well as to promote books by, for, and about Latinx), and People of Color in Publishing (a grassroots organization created by book publishing professionals dedicated to supporting, empowering, and uplifting racially and ethnically marginalized members throughout the industry, who seek to create a safe and inclusive space celebrating and promoting diversity). I've had the opportunity to work with bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators over the years. As a child, I never met an author or illustrator, I didn't know what a school visit was until I started working in publishing. In fact, I thought all authors were dead and that books were the legacies they left behind. I don't want other Bronxites to grow up thinking the way I did. As a parent of an eight-year-old boy, I am doing everything in my power to expose my child to the written word and I encourage Bronxites to do the same. The Bronx isn't burning anymore, the Bronx is reading!
- Pay for 200-600 books for students at Title I schools
- Pay for advertising for the festival
- Cover expenses to secure nonprofit status
- Cover food expenses for panelists and volunteers
- Cover manufacturing expenses for reward
- Cover select travel expenses for panelists
- Pay for the venue and permits
Risks and challenges
The Bronx Book Festival challenges come from its greatest asset: the venue of the greatest city on earth, New York City. There are many planning and other local government agencies that we are working with to ensure we have all the correct permits and paperwork set in a timely manner. We will communicate anything that could cause delays as soon as we know of it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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