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The Big Read in the Bronx
April 2 - May 12, 2014

Join the Bronx Writers Center in celebrating

Zora Neale Hurston’s breakthrough novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.

All events are free and held throughout the Bronx.

 

BCA’s April 2nd, 2014 Bronx Culture Trolley will kick off our spring Big Read book celebration, where we’ll be conducting several book discussions and giveaways, writing workshops, theatrical readings, and expert lectures based on Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.

The nearly twenty events being organized by BCA and the Bronx Writers Center will be listed on the BCA website and all will be free and available to the general public.

BCA’s official library sponsor, the Westchester Square New York Public Library, will be hosting two events for children, while other programs will engage teens, general audiences and seniors throughout the Bronx. Details to come soon!

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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Join the Bronx Council of the Arts for the kick-off celebration of The Big Read in the Bronx 2014 on Wednesday, April 2, from 6:00 - 7:30pm, at BCA’s future headquarters at the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos [Community College], 450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street.

The evening will include special readings from Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, as well as a Bronx Writers Corps Teaching Artists Open Mic performance. Free copies of the book will be given away and this event is free and open to the public.

Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God is her most popular work of fiction and is considered a classic of both the African-American and Women’s Literature genres. Set in an all-black town in Florida in the early 1900s, this mold-breaking novel follows the story of Janie Crawford, from her awkward and powerless youth, to her coming of age as a woman of persistence and courage.

All Big Read in the Bronx 2014 events are free and open to the public.

Directions to Hostos: Take the 2, 4 & 5 trains or Bx1, Bx19 buses to Grand Concourse and 149 Street. More detailed directions.

For more information about The Big Read in the Bronx, contact Charlie Vázquez at 718-931-9500 x21 or Charlie@bronxarts.org.c

 

2014 Big Read in the Bronx events include:

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Wednesday  |  April 2  |  5:00-8:00pm

2014 Big Read in the Bronx Kick-off event, in conjunction with The Bronx Trolley: First Wednesdays Arts & Culture Tour, with Bronx WritersCorps Teaching Artists presentation, book discussion and book giveaway.
Location: Bronx Museum of the Arts Auditorium, 1040 Grand Concourse
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Phone: 718-681-6000.

 

Monday  |  April 7  |  6:30-8:30pm

Baby Steps or Finding Zora: a workshop on taking the first small steps to fulfilling your artistic goals, plus book discussion with BRIO winner Leah Maddrie.

 

Tuesday  |  April 8  |  6:30-8:30pm

In Progress: Character and Characterization, a writing workshop and book discussion with Charlie Vázquez.

 

Monday  |  April 14  |  6:30-8:30pm

Poetry of the People Workshop with Bonafide Rojas.

Saturday  |  April 19  |  12:30-3:00pm

Printmaking Craft Workshop with Laura Alvarez and book giveaway.
Location: Huntington Free Library, 9 Westchester Square (next to Apple Bank), Bronx, NY 10461

Phone: 718-931-9500 x33 or 917-972-2386.

Saturday  |  April 19  |  3:00-8:00pm

Women in Creative Rebellion – An afternoon and evening of poetry performance, workshops, an open mic and vendors of original crafts. Live performance by Afro-Caribbean folk dancer Milteri Tucker, with drummers. Click here for flyer.

Tuesday  |  April 22  |  3:00-5:00pm

Their Eyes Were Watching God book club discussion.
Location:
YMCA Glebe Senior Center, 2125 Glebe Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461

Phone: 718-829-1564.

Saturday  |  April 26  |  1:00-3:00pm

Children’s read-aloud & family journal making workshop with Lis Ortiz.
Location: Westchester Square New York Public Library, 2521 Glebe Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461.

Phone: 718-863-0436.

Monday  |  April 28  |  6:30-8:30pm

An evening with BRIO literary arts winner Phyllis Bowdwin and company. Theatrical responses to Zora Neale Hurston and book discussion, and a keynote lecture by scholar and professor of African American literature and culture, Candice Jenkins.

Tuesday  |  April 29  |  6:30-8:30pm

Community Arts Tuesday open mic with BRIO-winning storyteller Jamali Corniel and performance by Circa 95, featuring Reph Star and Patty Dukes. Plus, book discussion and giveaway.

Sunday  |  May 4  |  4:30-6:30pm

In Progress: Excavating Your Past, a writing workshop and book discussion with Charlie Vázquez.

Sunday  |  May 4  |  6:30-8:30pm

In Progress: Setting as Character, a writing workshop and book discussion with Charlie Vázquez.

Monday  |  May 5  |  11:00am-1:00pm

Big Read Senior Performance at Lincoln Hospital Theater with live bomba drumming and dance performance by Bombazo Dance Company and book giveaway.

Tuesday  |  May 6  |  6:30-8:00pm

Teen Students’ Visual Arts Presentation in response to Their Eyes Were Watching God, plus book discussion.
Location: The Point, 940 Garrison Avenue, Bronx, NY 10474.

Phone: 718-542-4139.

Wednesday  |  May 7  |  6:00-9:00pm

Bronx Culture Trolley and book giveaway and book discussion.
Location:
Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, 450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street Phone: 718-518-6728.

Saturday  |  May 10  |  11:00am-5:00pm

Fair at the Square; 4:00-6:00pm book give-away and read-aloud with Charlie Vázquez.
Location: BCA @ 2700 and the outlying Westchester Square area.

Phone: 718-931-9500 x33; 917-972-2386 on day of the event

Monday  |  May 12  |  6:30-8:30pm

In Progress: Elements of Suspense, a writing workshop and book discussion with Charlie Vázquez

 


The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. For more information, visit www.neabigread.org. Additional support is provided by the Robert Bowne Foundation and the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund Inc., and the Westchester Square Branch of the New York Public Library. Additional support was provided by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYS Council on the Arts, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and NYC Council Members Maria del Carmen Arroyo, Annabel Palma and James Vacca.

 


 

 


Special thanks to our

Big Read Library Partner

The Westchester Square Branch

of the New York Public Library

 


2014 Press Release

2014 Flyer


 

About The Big Read

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment of the Arts that encourages literacy and reading culture in local communities.

The inaugural Big Read in the Bronx was held in March and April of 2008, with a celebration of the classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

More than 1,200 free books were distributed, many to individuals who had never owned a book before.

2008-09 Key Partners were The New York Yankees Foundation, The New York Times, Barnes & Noble and Hostos Community College of the City University of New York..


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