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Bronx Book Fair Announces 2018 Fair Date and Schedule


Noelle Santos, Founder of “The Lit Bar,” to Keynote

APRIL 10, 2018  - [Press Photos] – The Bronx Book Fair today announced the 2018 fair date as Saturday, May 5 at the Bronx Library Center. This year’s fair will be keynoted by Noelle Santos, founder of The Lit Bar, the only bookstore in the Bronx.

The Bronx Book Fair is the borough’s premiere literary event and features a variety of diverse literary voices. This year the fair will welcome special guests poets Willie Perdomo and Sokunthary Svay, children’s book author Tiffany Papageorge, Dawn Aldrich, MD, author Annette Libeskind Berkovits, romance novelists Rebecca Brooks and Eartha Hicks Watts, storyteller, Thelma Ruffin Thomas, poet Carmen D. Lucca, author and poet Edward Currelley, readings, workshops, and panels. There will be special programs for children and families. National Writers Union and Book vendors will also be available.  

All Bronx Book Fair activities are free of charge and open to the public. The full fair schedule can be found at

“We are excited to once again bring the Bronx Book Fair to our literary community,” said Michael Alvarez, Associate Director for the Central Bronx Neighborhood Libraries at The New York Public Library. “And this year, having Noelle Santos keynote, highlights the importance of turning a passion for literature into entrepreneurial opportunities to serve your community. Noelle is the perfect speaker to inspire participants in this year’s fair.”

“This year Bronx Book Fair activities will not only address the cultural and educational interests of the Bronx, but health issues as well,”  said Lorraine Currelley, Bronx Book Fair Executive Director. “We have a panel of health professionals, who will address issues such as mental health, obesity, hypertension, diabetes and asthma. We must avail ourselves of all opportunities to share information that can potentially save lives. The Bronx Book Fair will continue to work to create and implement programming, to enhance the literary and artistic experiences for community residents, toprovide opportunities for the Bronx literary community of poets and writers and advocate for reading and literacy.”

The Bronx Book Fair is sponsored by the New York Public Library, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Citizens Committee of New York City, the Poets Network & Exchange, Inc., Lehman College, Bronx Community College, Literary Freedom Project and Malcolm Entertainment, and through public funds from the New York State Department of Cultural Affairs.

For more information and for the full event schedule, please visit

WHAT: Sixth Annual Bronx Book Fair
WHEN: Saturday, May 5 11am – 7pm
WHERE: Bronx Library Center
310 E Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, NY 10458

Media Instructions: Please email Ayofemi Kirby at for media requests and interviews.

Press Contact: Ayofemi Kirby |

About the Bronx Book Fair

Founded in 2013, the Bronx Book Fair is dedicated to engaging and growing the community of poets and writers in the Bronx and to connecting to readers and book lovers of all ages. Through readings, workshops, panels, and presentations our goal is to engage the community with a variety of literature and programs that will broaden access to Bronx literary artists, increase library usage and encourage a love of books and reading.

About the New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 92 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves more than 18 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at ​

About Poets Network & Exchange, Inc.

Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. Is a 501.c3 not for-for-profit organization. A positive and supportive intergenerational space for poets and writers at all levels. Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. Produces and host featured spoken work, poetry readings, creative writing workshops and a Scholar Lecture Series, and open mic. Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. Advocates for reading and literacy. For more information, please visit