Latin books and literary culture in New York City is a universe of spoken word clubs, literary festivals, libraries and bookstores.
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November 11, 1928 ~ “The Death of Artemis Cruz.”
One of the world’s most influential Latinas, and widely-read Spanish-language authors, discusses her new book about children in migration, “The Wind Knows My Name,” with MSNBC anchor and “Latina to Latina” podcast host Alicia Menendez.
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International writers gather to talk about protecting free expression and human rights through literature.
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The Nuyorican Poets Cafe is a historic community cultural center in the East Village (Loisaida) that was founded by leaders of the Nuyorican Movement of the 1960s-70s. It’s a Puerto Rican venue, but everyone is welcome and everyone goes. 🇵🇷 The Nuyorican now has regular jazz nights, poetry slams, and open mics. It’s won many awards and…
SCHOMBURG CENTER in East Harlem
April 14-15, 2023
The SchomCom brings together animators, Blerds, bloggers, illustrators, publishers and writers in a family celebration of Black comic books and graphic novels, with a cosplay showcase.
Spanish lessons, library, and wine tastings.
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HOSTOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Mott Haven, The Bronx
Saturday, October 2, 2021
JUDSON MEMORIAL CHURCH
Tuesday-Saturday, May 18-22, 2021
February 26, 2021 🇫🇷🎨📚 Photographers John Bigelow Taylor and Dianne Dubler on their newest art book “Stardust: The Work and Life of Jeweler Extraordinaire: Frédéric Zaavy”
nypl.org/blackcomicbookfestival 📚🎪 Wednesday- Saturday, January 13-16, 2021. FREE
Friday-Saturday, January 17-18, 2020
Wednesday-Sunday, July 24 – August 11, 2019
LINCOLN CENTER & CONCOURSE, THE BRONX ~ Lincoln Center’s summer festival includes African, Cuban, Dominican, Honduran, Indigenous, Jewish, Mexican, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, & Spanish music, dance, film and word for FREE
May 6-14 & 19, 2019 | International literary festival | The world’s writers and thinkers gather in New York City to talk and read and perform
October 5 – 7, 2018
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African, French, Italian & Mexican thinkers
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September 21 – 23, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Long Island City, Queens
Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, French, Jewish, Mexican, Portuguese and Puerto Rican books.
LINCOLN CENTER & PREGONES THEATER, Sat-Sun, Aug 4-5, 2018 ~ La Casita gives voice to the poetry and music of our communities
LINCOLN CENTER, Jul 25-Aug 12, 2018, Summer music festival with African, Colombian, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Mexican and Puerto Rican music, dance and word.
Books in NYC
Books in NYC are in the city’s libraries and a few wonderful book stores. New Yorkers seem to read more than people in other cities. The classic New York apartment has a wall of books (or two).
Literature has a special place in Latin culture. It’s not uncommon for Latin Americans to be able to recite poetry by heart. “Don Quixote” (1605) was the beginning of modern literature. It was the first time a literary character knew he was being written about.
Spoken word is important in Latin communities. It’s a legacy of Indigenous storytelling, European troubadour, West African griot, and South Asian Roma traditions which are all part of our Latin heritage. In The Bronx, spoken word evolved into rap and hip-hop.
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92nd Street Y New York is a Jewish community and cultural center that serves all communities. 🇺🇸
Harlem Stage is the performing arts center of the Harlem Renaissance 3.0. 🇺🇸
Instituto Cervantes New York is a global Spanish language school and Hispanic cultural center. 🇪🇸
PEN America is a literary and human rights organization that sponsors the PEN World Voices Festival. 🇺🇸
Spoken Word in NYC
The Bowery Poetry Club is a spoken word club in NoHo, Manhattan. bowerypoetry.com
The Bronx Music Hall is a performing arts center that presents spoken word. It’s run by Puerto Ricans, but serves all Bronx communities. 🇵🇷
The Nuyorican Poets Cafe has a strong spoken word program run by “La Bruja” Caridad De La Luz. 🇵🇷
Pregones/PRTT presents spoken word at two Puerto Rican community theaters in Concourse, The Bronx and Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan. 🇵🇷
Book Festivals in NYC
The Schomburg Black Comic Book Festival is usually in January. schomcom.org 🇺🇸🇵🇷
The UN’s World Poetry Day is on March 21.
The Pen America World Voices Festival is usually in May. worldvoices.pen.org
The Schomburg Center Literary Festival is June. schomburgcenterlitfest.org 🇺🇸🇵🇷
The La Casita spoken word festival, is part of the Summer For the City festival at Hearst Plaza in Lincoln Center, and usually at Pregones/PRTT in Concourse, The Bronx in August.
The New Yorker Festival of writers and thinkers is usually in October. festival.newyorker.com
New York Comic Con is usually in October. newyorkcomiccon.com
The New York Art Book Fair is usually in October.
Public Libraries in NYC
New York City has regional library systems:
- The New York Public Library covers Manhattan, The Bronx and Staten Island. nypl.org
- Brooklyn Public Library. bklynlibrary.org
- Queens Public Library. queenslibrary.org
Latin Libraries in NYC
The Belmont Library and Enrico Fermi Cultural Center in the Bronx is one of New York’s biggest Italian libraries. nypl.org 🇮🇹
The Brazilian Endowment for the Arts, in Midtown East, is New York’s biggest Portuguese library. Facebook @brazilianendowmentforthearts 🇧🇷🇵🇹
The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is a global French school and cultural center. The John & Francine Haskell Library is New York’s biggest French-language library. fiaf.org 🇫🇷
Hispanic Society is a research library and museum with the most important Spanish art collection outside of Spain. Most New Yorkers don’t know what we have, but when the collection travels to Spain, people line up around the block to see it. 🇪🇸
Instituto Cervantes is a global Spanish-language school and cultural center funded by the government of Spain. The Jorge Luis Borges Library is New York’s biggest Spanish-language library. 🇪🇸
The Italian Cultural Institute in the Upper East Side is a global Italian school and cultural center. The Lorenzo Da Ponte Library is one of New York’s important Italian-language libraries. iicnewyork.esteri.it 🇮🇹
The King Juan Carlos Center is a Spanish-language research and teaching institution at NYU (New York University). kjcc.org 🇪🇸
The Morgan Library and Museum was JP Morgan’s (Chase Bank) home and book collection. Its collection includes the original manuscript and art for Saint-Exupéry’s classic “The Little Prince.” It was written in New York. 🇫🇷
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts under Lincoln Center is a research library and cultural center for dance, film, music, and theatre. nypl.org
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a research library for African Diaspora arts and literature. It was founded by Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (1874-1938). As a child in Puerto Rico, an ignorant grade school teacher told him he had no culture and no history. Wow! During the Harlem Renaissance, he built one of the world’s preeminent collections of African Diaspora arts (Black Arts). The New York Public Library bought it and made Schomburg its founding curator. That teacher was wrong! 🇵🇷
Latin Bookstores in NYC
Albertine is a French bookstore at the French Embassy in the Upper East Side. albertine.com 🇫🇷
Cafe con Libros is an Afro-Latina bookstore in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. cafeconlibrosbk.com
Librería Barco De Papel is a Spanish-language bookstore in Elmhurst, Queens. libreriabarcodepapelny.com
The Lit. Bar is an Afro-Latina bookstore in Port Morris, The Bronx. thelitbar.com
McNally Jackson Books is an independent bookstore with a strong Spanish-language department. mcnallyjackson.com
Mil Mundos Books is a Black and Latinx bookstore in Bushwick, Brooklyn. milmundosbooks.com