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Drop Everything And Read Day at the Bronx Library Center

Lucie Whitehouse of Before We Met at 10:30 am
"Love Gone Girl? This is the Brit version ... You won't want to put it down - Glamour

Every so often I like to give myself a D.E.A.R. Day. I find it to be a great de-stressor. So, you want to know what exactly I do on a D.E.A.R. Day. First, I make sure I have the day off from work. Then, I check out a few good books from the library. On the morning of my D.E.A.R. Day, I wake up, have breakfast, then get straight to it. I Drop Everything And Read on the sofa or in bed all day long. I do nothing else, no cooking, cleaning, shopping, hanging out with friends or family, just nothing but read! As soon as I finish one book, I take up another. I find this exercise to be very relaxing and a true vacation for the mind.

At the Bronx Library Center we decided to have a Drop Everything And Read Day for everyone—maybe you can't do this at home—your spouse or parent might not allow it! Your roommate might be too noisy. So come over to the Bronx Library Center on Friday, October 17 and give yourself a D.E.A.R. Day. You deserve it!

To give you some encouragement here is what we have planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

A marathon reading by authors, librarians and others from the podium in the auditorium.

Chief Librarian Michael Alvarez will be reading from
Cowboy Chronicles by Marty Strasen

You are also invited to read from a select list of titles provided. Just come to the auditorium, select your books from the set provided and add your name to the readers' list. When it's your turn, your name will be called and you'll have an opportunity to read to the audience. If you don't feel like reading to anyone, you can sit back in a nice cushioned seat and have others read to you.

10:30 a.m. - Meet Lucie Whitehouse of Before We Met, 2014.

"Hannah has always been wary of commitment, but when she meets Mark, a fellow Brit, one hot New York summer, her ideas change. Within months, they are married, and she has moved back to London to be with him, leaving her life in New York behind.

But when Mark fails to return from a business trip, her certainty about their marriage starts to crack. Why don't his collegaues know about the trip? Who is the woman who keeps calling his office? And why has Hannah's bank account been emptied? Hannah's questions will uncover secrets that throw into doubt everything she has believed about her husband, secrets that lead her to a place of violence and fear.

Can you ever really know what happened before you met?"

Grady Hendrix of The Horrorstör at 11 am.
"A fun horror novel... There is a fair amount of workplace humor, but the book... will deliver enough scares for horror fans as well." - Library Journal

11 a.m. - Meet Grady Hendrix of The Horrorstör, 2014.

"Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjërring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.

To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift... "

12 noon - Meet Avery Corman of My Old Neighborhood Remembered, 2014.

Avery Corman of Kramer vs Kramer and My Old Neighborhood Remembered at 12 noon

"Best-selling author Avery Corman vividly recreates the vibrant, colorful neighborhood where he grew - in the Bronx of the 1940s and 1950s. He recalls candy stores and bookmakers, egg cream and double feature movies, street games like stickball and Johnny-on-the-pony, school days of a different era, social mores that have disappeared."

Ron Kavanaugh, Director of the Literary Freedom Project will be reading from Down These Mean Streets by Thomas Piri.

1:30 p.m. - Ron Kavanaugh, Director of the Literary Freedom Project will read from their current Family Book Club title Down These Mean Streets by Thomas Piri.

Adults are invited to read from the list of titles below . Copies will be available.

Reference Librarian Candice John will read from The Works of Edgar Allan Poe.

Charlie Vázquez, Director of the Bronx Writers Center will read from the forthcoming publication - Bronx Memoirs

A Halloween Special for Children - Children's Librarian Luz Marin will be reading from More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Children's Librarian Luz Marin will read from More Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

Children are also invited to read from the select list of titles below:

For those who prefer to read in Spanish, here is a list for you to read from:

¡Vamos a soltar todo y a leer!

2 p.m. - Meet Carmen D. Lucca of The Sunset Watcher, 2008.

Carmen D. Lucca of The Sunset Watcher at 2 p.m.
A bilingual [English/Spanish] collection of poetry


2:30 pm   Meet Vanessa Manko of The Invention of Exile, 2014.

Vanessa Manko of The Invention of Exile @ 2:30 pm


 "Austin Voronkov is many things.  He is an engineer, an inventor, and, in 1913, an immigrant from Russia to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he gets a job at a rifle factory.  At the house where he rents a room, he falls in love with a woman named Julia, who becomes his wife and mother of his three children.  When Austin is wrongly accused of attending anarchist gatherings, his limited grasp of English condemns him to his fate as a deportee and forces him to retreat with his new bride to his home in Russia.  There, he and his young family become embroiled in the civil war and must flee once again, this time to Mexico.

While Julia and the children are eventually able to return to the United States, Austin becomes indefinitely stranded in Mexico City because of the black mark on his record …"

Adult Librarian Carlos Chávez will read from Leaf Storm and Other Stories by Gabriel García Márquez in English and Spanish


Teens are invited to read from the list below:

Edwin Martinez from the Teen Center  will read from The Killing Joke  by Alan Moore

Join us and celebrate the freedom to read as never before.

For more information or to schedule group or class visits, please call 718-579-4244.


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