Bronx Book Fair 2016

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THE BRONX BOOK FAIR – A TWO-DAY EVENT THAT BRINGS BOOKS, WRITERS, AND PUBLISHERS TO THE BRONX LIBRARY CENTER/NYPL

Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, 2016

Bronx, NY

The Bronx Book Fair presents a two-day event that will connect writers and readers of all ages. The book fair features a diverse array of authors,small presses, readings, panels, and a live music performance and will take place at New York Public Library’s Bronx Library Center, 310 E Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10458.  Free Admission.

Saturday, May 7 – The kickoff to the fair will feature workshops, readings, and performances by prominent writers from throughout the New York City area. Panels will consider the state of the literary culture in the Bronx, women’s perspectives in literature, and other topics. Local vendors will feature book-related items. Engaging family activities will take place throughout the day.

Sunday, May 8 
- Small presses and literary journals will gather from around the city to create a pop-up bookstore in the Bronx. Presses include Ugly Duckling Presse, Artepoética Press, Autonomedia, and Los Barbaros journal among others. Family and children’s programs are also scheduled. The day will include talks and readings, as well as a discussion about independent bookstores that will feature Jessica Stockton Bagnulo of Greenlight Bookstore (Brooklyn), Veronica Liu of Word Up Community Book Shop (Manhattan), and Dr. Janifer Wilson of Sisters Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center (Manhattan).

BRONX BOOK FAIR SCHEDULE

 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

 

AUDITORIUM

12:00-1:00

Building a Literary Culture in the Bronx

Panel discussion with Ron Kavanaugh, Carmen D. Lucca, LaTanya DeVaughn, Charles Rice-Gonzalez and more on the state of the literary culture in the Bronx and what we can do to continue to develop it.

 

1:00-2:00

Panel Discussion with Bronx Librarians: Celebrate the Freedom to Read: Be a Power Reader!

Jean Harripersaud – Adult Services Librarian, Katie Fernandez, Teen Services Librarian and Deborah Allman, Children Services Librarian of the Bronx Library Center

 

2:30-3:30

Papo Pepin Quartet

Enjoy lively Latin Jazz led by Papo Pepin, a master percussionist from the Bronx.

 

3:40-4:30

A Conversation: Women, Arts Activism, Creativity and Social Responsibility

Moderated by Lorraine Currelley, of Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. with panelists Rebecca Brooks, Purvi Shah, Alison Roh Park, Mercy Tullis-Bukhari and Jonterri Gadson

4:40-5:40

A Weaving of Voices: An Intergenerational Poetry Reading

Moderated by Ketiwe Boahene, featuring Mercy Tullis-Bukhari, Edward Currelley, Daphne Carter McKnight, and Nkosi Nkululeko.

CONFERENCE ROOM (C21)

12:00-1:00

Women in Comics, a panel with Ray Felix.

Location: Conference Room, C21

1:30 – 2:30

Clap! Snap!: A Youth Poetry Reading

Location: Conference Room, C21

Moderated by Peggy Robles, of Robles Writes, this reading will feature young voices of the Bronx.

CHILDREN’S STORY HOUR ROOM (2ND FLOOR)

12:00 – 12:45

Storytelling/Read Aloud

4:00 – 4:45

Craft:  Mother’s Day Card Making

Hands-on projects using a variety of skills. For ages 7 to 12 years old. Limited to 30 children. Pre-registration required (718-579-4220)

 

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Sunday, May 8

 

SMALL PRESS DAY

Attending presses and journals include: Blind Beggar Press, Mosaic Magazine, Artepoética Press, Los Barbaros Journal, Autonomedia, Ugly Duckling Presse, Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, The Operating System, Augury Books and others.

AUDITORIUM:

 

1:00-1:45

Do Publishers Have a Responsibility to People of Color?

Moderated by Gary Johnston (Blind Beggar Press) and featuring Carolyn Butts (African Voices), Carlos Aguasaco (Artepoética Press), and Ulises Gonzales (Los Barbaros).

1:45-2:15

Enjoy an Afternoon of Poetry and Prose by Bronx BRIO Award Winners

Featuring Rachel Ansong, Jose Olivarez, Erik Maldonado (aka Advocate of Wordz), current and past winners of the prestigious Bronx Recognizes its Own grants awarded by the Bronx Council on the Arts.

2:15-3:30

Getting Published: How to Get Your Work in Readers’ Hands

Moderated by Robert Farrell, featured panelists Yesenia Montilla, Kevin Sabio, and Charlie Vazquez speaking about their diverse paths to publication.

3:30-4:00

The State of Independent Bookstores: Thinking About the Bronx

Join Jessica Stockton Bagnulo of Greenlight Bookstore (Brooklyn), Veronica Liu of Word Up Community Book Shop (Manhattan), and Dr. Janifer Wilson of Sisters Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center (Manhattan)  for a discussion about the state of independent bookstores in New York City and the potential for one in the Bronx. Moderated by Lisa Gomez.

 

4:00-4:45

Poets and Writers from Lehman College’s literary journal Obscura read new and published works

Featuring Giovanni Ortiz, Ashley N. Ortiz, Jean Carlos Soto, Stephanie Trinidad and Ariana DiLorenzo.

 

CHILDREN’S STORY HOUR ROOM (2ND FLOOR)

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Computer Zone

Waiting too long for the next available computer?  Feel free to come to the computer zone and use the computer without the wait. Limited to 12 children. For ages 7 to 12.

3:30 – 4:30 pm

Family Literacy Workshop – Learn tips on how to help your baby/toddler develop literacy skills using reading, talking, singing, writing and playing. Limited to 20 parents. Pre-registration at the Children’s Information Desk.  Recommended for parents with babies and toddlers.

 

Official event website: www.BronxBookFair.com

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  1. Hello are you still accepting authors? @ looking for panelist?

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    1. Hi Deidre,

      I will send your question and contact info over to the organizers.

      -Nicole

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