Coming in spring 2017...


The Bronx Reads was created to address a lack of bookstores and book discussion groups in the borough, as well as to foster a greater awareness of the works of local authors. Free copies of select titles will be distributed to participants ahead of discussions and author presentations, stimulating local literary culture and interaction. Thirty-eight percent of residents in our sprawling 16th Congressional District lived below the poverty line in 2010 (US Census), while 30% continue to do so borough-wide to date. These figures make it difficult for many Bronxites to engage in literary activities and presentations.


This initiative eliminates the financial barriers that prevent locals from participating in literary culture and will engages them through lively discussions and author events. The first title selected is Ursula LeGuin’s A Wizard of Earthsea, our Big Read title for spring 2017. The second title will be Sofia Quintero’s Show and Prove, a young adult book featuring youth-of-color, what will resonate with local readers and stimulate the Bronx’s local creative economy when we feature it in fall 2017.


The Bronx Reads will also address senior isolation by creating events for aging Bronxites through our SU-CASA senior citizen arts programs. It will also serve families and youth in collaboration with the Bronx River Arts Center (BRAC), the Westchester Square and Hunts Point New York Public Libraries, Mind-Builders and The Point. These cultural partners will assist with book distribution and hosting discussions for each cycle. Copies of select titles will also be distributed at our Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos Community College--free to the public.


The Bronx Reads is made possible by a grant from the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund.


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Coming Spring 2017!



October 1 - November 15, 2014



The melancholy, brilliance, passionate lyricism, and torment of Edgar Allen Poe are all well represented in this collection. Here, in one volume, are his masterpieces of mystery, terror, humor, and adventure, including stories such as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Black Cat, The Masque of the Red Death, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, and The Pit and the Pendulum, and his finest lyric and narrative poetry—The Raven and Annabel Lee, to name just a few—that defined American romanticism and secured Poe as one of the most enduring literary voices of the 19th Century.


The Bronx Writers Center, a program of Bronx Council on the Arts, and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Arts Midwest and the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York Council for the Humanities; the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund; the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; the Bronx Delegation of the NYC Council - including Council Member James Vacca, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Rafael Salamanca Jr., and Council Member Andrew Cohen and New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.


Special thanks to our

Big Read Library Partner

The Westchester Square Branch

for the New York Public Library

2014-15 Press Release

2014-15 Flyer

About The Big Read

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment of the Arts that encourages literacy and reading culture in local communities.

The inaugural Big Read in the Bronx was held in March and April of 2008, with a celebration of the classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

More than 1,200 free books were distributed, many to individuals who had never owned a book before.

Previous Key Partners were The New York Yankees Foundation, The New York Times, Barnes & Noble and Hostos Community College of the City University of New York..

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