Free Books for St. Patrick’s Day!


How It’s New York:  The 2nd Annual Book Day is a program of the Irish Arts Center, which in addition to promoting Irish arts also embraces New York’s cultural fusion.  Books are being given away all over the city, and Irish books in Chinese translation are being distributed by City Council Member Margaret Chin.  And it’s happening all over the city!
How It’s Irish:  Literature is one of Ireland’s greatest exports, from Jonathan Swift to Colum McCann.

 10,000 FREE (yes, we said FREE) books by Irish and Irish-American artists are given out today at 8 different locations!

So, maybe you’ll curl up with a good book on Saturday, and skip the green beer?  It begins 7:30 today and lasts “until the books run out.”

 At the Chinatown location, you can pick up a  Chinese translation of Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland, Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn and John Connolly’s The Book of Lost Things .

The locations are:

1.    Queens #1: Jackson Heights Post Office, 78-02 37th Avenue at 78th Street, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. Down the street from Roosevelt Avenue station.
2.    Queens #2: Southeast corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 61st Street at Woodside / 61st Street stop on the 7 train.
3.    Brooklyn #1: Northeast corner of 7th Ave and 9th Street F train station.
4.    Brooklyn #2: Northeast corner of Havemeyer St. and Broadway at the Marcy Avenue J train station (from 7:30am to 10:30am for rush hour)
5.    The Bronx: Parkchester 6 Subway station, 177th Street, Bronx, NY
6.    Manhattan #1: Southwest corner of Canal Street and Centre Street, at the J, Z, N, Q train station entrance on Centre.
7.    Manhattan #2: 72nd and Broadway at 1 train station.
8.    Staten Island: St. George Terminal Staten Island, 1 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY 10301

From their  press release:

“I am happy to be a part of the second annual Irish Book Day,” said Council Member Margaret Chin (District 1). “It is fitting that this year’s event will take place in the Five Points neighborhood. This is the first place that waves of Irish, Italian, Jewish, and Chinese immigrants made their home in New York City. By sharing in the Irish literary tradition, we learn about the Irish experience, culture, and history. I am happy to support the Irish Arts Center as they spread awareness about the contributions Irish and Irish-American authors have made to the landscape of our City.”

Council Members all over the city worked with IAC to make this happen: Annabel Palma in the Bronx; Daniel Dromm and Jimmy Van Bramer in Queens, Brad Lander and Diana Reyna in Brooklyn; Gale A. Brewer in Manhattan; and Vincent Ignizio and Deborah Rose in Staten Island.

Gwen Orel
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