Irish Arts Center Book Day 2016



Photo credit: Amanda Gentil

6th Annual
Irish Arts Center Book Day
in association with New York City Council and the New York State Assembly

A citywide celebration of Irish literature

Thursday, March 17 | 7 am until the books run out!

“This is a lovely way to remind everybody that the Irish are known for their literature.” The Wall Street Journal

Dozens of volunteers join us as we take to the streets to celebrate literature and literacy on St. Patrick’s Day, sharing thousands of free books by some of the most celebrated writers in Ireland and Irish America to New Yorkers across all five boroughs.

Special thanks to all our generous donors who help make our free programming possible: Michael Arad, Dan Barry, Gina and David Boonshoft, Nancy Boszhardt, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Robin Brinn, Ray Condon, Aidan Conlon, Kristine Covillo, Lynch Clare, Anne Darragh, Kate and Bob Devlin, Rick Dickson, Fiona Dineen, Jim Donaghy, Patrick and Tamara Dowd, John G. Duffy, Brian Flynn, Charles Garland, Gary Ginsberg, Ram and Aruna Gupta, Michele Holcomb, Anna and Joe Houlihan, Eric Javier, David and Rosie Turner, Eileen and Kevin Keane, Kathie Kelly, John Kilcullen, Ling-Hu Kramer, Breanne Madigan, Jose Marques, Sheila and Gene McCarthy, Joe McCartin, Michael and Erin McEvoy, Kieran McLoughlin, Stephen Meahl, Edward and Betty Merrigan, Eoin Moriarty, Veronica Munoz, John and Patricia Nallen, Kelly Nallen, Jimmy Neary, Una M. Neary, Charlie O'Connor, Fred Oliveira, Mary Lou and Joe Quinlan, Jim Quinn, Tom Smallman, Debbie and Lou Terlizzi, The Irish Institute, Inc.


Authors Publishers Government
Sheila Agnew
Arlene Arda
Jo Baker
John Banville
Heather Barbier
Colin Barrett
Kevin Barry
Samuel Beckett
Peter Behrens
Sara Berkeley
Romily Bernard
Ciaran Berry
Pauline Bewick
Maeve Binchy
Benjamin Black
Andrew Blauner
Gerry Boland
Pat Boran
Mary Branley
Colin Broderick
Marian Broderick
Ken Bruen
Marina Carr
Ciaran Carson
Mary Carter
Yvonne Cassidy
Kathleen Clark
Harry Clifton
Eoin Colfer
J.S. Commiskey
Mary Costello
Judi Curtin
Kathyrn Daily
Gerald Dawe
Frank Delaney
Annie Deppe
J.P. Donleavy
Mick Donnellan
Emma Donoghue
Anna Donovan
Martin Dyar
Anne Enright
Peter Fallon
Kelly Fiore
Aubrey Flegg
Brian Friel
Brian Gallagher
Renee Gatz
Alan Gillis
Eamon Grennan
Vona Groarke
Eithne Hand
Kerry Hardie
Seamus Heaney
Mary Higgins
Aidan Higgins
Bridget Hourican
John Hughes
Claire Keegan
Mary Pat Kelly
Claire Kilroy
Tom Kilroy
Thomas Kinsella
Conor Kostic
James Liddy
Morgan Llewelyn
Michael Longley
Paul Lynch
Sean Lysaght
Patrick Mac Donogh
Janey Mack
Audrey Magee
Derek Mahon
Eimear McBride
Colum McCann
Gavin McCrea
Mary McDonough
Erika McGann
Medbh McGuckian
Frank McGuinness
Lisa McInerney
Belinda McKeon
Darragh McKeown
Adrian McKinty
Kristina McMorris
Anna McQuinn
Liam McUistin
Roisin Meany
Leslie Meier
Máire Mhac an tSaoi
John Montague
Paul Muldoon
Gerry Murphy
Maureen Murphy
Peter Murphy
Elizabeth Navratil
Nuala Ní Chonchuir
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
Alan Nolan
Jim Nolan
Máirtín Ó Cadhain
Philip Ó Ceallaigh
Edna O’Brien
Carlene O’Connor
Joe O'Brien
Mark O'Brien
Conor O'Callaghan
Ross O'Carroll Kelly
Nuala O'Connor
Rebecca O'Connor
John O'Donohue
Stuart O'Keefe
Catríona O'Reilly
Sean O'Reilly
Frank Ormsby
Stuart Parker
Justin Quinn
David Ray
Sam Roberts
Ann Rockwell
Aidan Rooney
Roger Rosenblatt
Bob Ryan
Neil Sheehan
Susan Sheehan
Peter Sirr
Sanford Sternlicht
Patrick Taylor
Colm Toibin
Jane Urquhart
Mario Vargas Llosa
Harmony Verna
Rhoda Watson
David Wheatley
Oscar Wilde
Christopher Winn
Macdara Woods
Joseph Woods
Alfred A. Knopf
Blauner Books
Crown Publishing / Penguin Random House
Dedalus Press
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
G.P. Putnam's Sons | Amy Einhorn Books
Gallery Press
Gray Wolf Press
Grove Atlantic
Harper Collins
Harper Collins Children's Books
Kensington Publishing Corp
Literature Ireland
Little Brown and Company
Pajama Press
Penguin Random House
Penguin UK
Syracuse University Press
The Moth Magazine
The O'Brien Press
The Stinging Fly
The Story Plant
Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Press
Tor/Forge Books
W.W. Norton & Company
Wake Forest University Press
William Morrow
Woodpecker Press
Yale University Press
Council Member Elizabeth Crowley (Queens)
Council Member Laurie Cumbo (Brooklyn)
Council Member Daniel Dromm (Queens)
Council Member Julissa Ferreras (Queens)
Council Member Corey Johnson (Manhattan)
Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker (Manhattan)
Council Member Carlos Menchaca (Brooklyn)
Council Member Deborah Rose (Staten Island)
Council Member Helen Rosenthal (Manhattan)
Council Member Richie Torres (Bronx)
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer (Queens)
Assembly Member Michael Cusick (Staten Island)
Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal (Manhattan)
Assembly Member Sean Ryan (Buffalo, NY)

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For book donation and sponsorship opportunities promoting this day of literacy and Irish culture, contact Rachael Gilkey at Rachael@irishartscenter.org.

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 Manhattan #1
Southwest corner of 110th Street and Lexington Avenue, 6 Train 

Manhattan #2
Christopher Street stop on the 1 train at Sheridan Square and 4th Street

Manhattan #3
72nd and Broadway outside the 1 train subway station

Queens #1
Southeast corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 61st Street at Woodside at the 61st Street stop on the 7 train

Queens #2
37th Road "Diversity" Plaza between 74th and 73rd Streets in Jackson Heights at the Roosevelt Avenue station 

Queens #3
Fresh Pond entrance to the M train, near 67th Avenue, 62nd Street, and Fresh Pond Road

Queens #4
North eastern corner of Junction Blvd on the 7 train express

Brooklyn #1
Northwest corner of 36th Street and 4th Avenue on the B,D, N,R trains at Sunset Park 

Brooklyn #2
Atlantic Terminal: Target Plaza

The Bronx
Fordham Road and Webster Avenue, Northeast corner

Staten Island
St. George Terminal Staten Island, 1 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY


Find out where to enjoy a free book from our Twitter feed (#IACBookDay) and Facebook page.

"Never been happier to walk down Canal than this morning where the Irish Arts Center is handing out the true spirit of Ireland. Thank you! #IACBookDay" - Book Day recipient, via Twitter



Call Me Ishmael is a new literary project founded by Logan Smalley and Stephanie Kent. Any reader can call 'Ishmael' and leave him an anonymous voicemail about their favorite book and what it means to them. The CMI team transcribes each call on a vintage typewriter and makes a video of the call, published on their website CallMeIshmael.com. Add your story to Ishmael's library today by calling 774-325-0503



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