Join & Read

One Book One Bronx hosts restorative conversations related to gentrification, social justice, women’s empowerment, criminal justice, and racial inequality. Reading selections reflect the racial, economic, and gender demographics of the borough and build bridges to engagement while (re)sparking a love of literature.

Girl in the Mirror: Three Generations of Black Women in Motion
by Natasha Tarpley
Locations: Hunts Point and Mott Haven


May 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019
The Crazy Bunch By Willie Perdomo
BronxArtSpace, 305 East 140th St. Bronx
In his fourth collection, The Crazy Bunch, Perdomo returns to his beloved neighborhood to create a vivid, kaleidoscopic portrait of a “crew” coming of age in East Harlem at the beginning of the 1990s.

Saturday, 6/22, One Book One Bronx and BX Writers hosted the Bronx launch for Willie Perdomo’s new book, The Crazy Bunch at The Lit Bar.

Training School for Negro Girls by Camille Acker
April 16, 23, 30, May 7, & 14, 2019
BronxArtSpace, 305 East 140th St. Bronx
In her debut short story collection, Camille Acker unleashes the irony and tragic comedy of respectability onto a wide-ranging cast of characters, all of whom call Washington, DC, home.

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
March 5, 12, 19, 26, & April 2, 2019
BronxArtSpace, 305 East 140th St. Bronx
An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self.

Bloodchild: And Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler
January 17, 24, 31, February 7, & 14, 2019
Bronx Library Center/NYPL, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., Bronx
A perfect introduction for new readers and a must-have for avid fans, this New York Times Notable Book includes “Bloodchild,” winner of both the Hugo and the Nebula awards and “Speech Sounds,” winner of the Hugo Award.

If Beale St. Could Talk by James Baldwin
December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018, & January 3, 2019
Bronx Library Center/NYPL, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd.
Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the sad.

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
October 30, November 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2018

BronxArtSpace, 305 E 140th St.
Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change.

Saturdays, September 29 – October 27, 2018
Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quinonez
Presented in association with BX Writers
In a stunning narrative combining the gritty rhythms of Junot Diaz with the noir genius of Walter Mosley, Bodega Dreams pulls us into Spanish Harlem, where the word is out: Willie Bodega is king.

September 22, 2018, 2-4pm
I Love My Hair by Natasha Tarpley

Join us at the Bronx Library Center as we welcome award-winning children’s book author Natasha Tarpley and celebrate the 20th anniversary of I Love My Hair.  A modern classic, this whimsical story has been celebrating the beauty of African-American hair for 20 years! 

September 23, 30 & October 7, 2017
The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera
Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted—from debut author Lilliam Rivera.
St. James Park Recreation Center

May 23 – July 11, 2015
Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora by Emily Raboteau
A decade in the making, Emily Raboteau’s Searching for Zion takes readers around the world on an unexpected adventure of faith. Both one woman’s quest for a place to call “home” and an investigation into a people’s search for the Promised Land, this landmark work of creative nonfiction is a trenchant inquiry into contemporary and historical ethnic displacement.
Casita Maria Arts & Education Center

September 27 – November 15, 2014
Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas
Thirty years ago Piri Thomas made literary history with this lacerating, lyrical memoir of his coming of age on the streets of Spanish Harlem. Here was an unsparing document of Thomas’s plunge into the deadly consolations of drugs, street fighting, and armed robbery–a descent that ended when the twenty-two-year-old Piri was sent to prison for shooting a cop.
Casita Maria Arts & Education Center

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  3. Any specific age requirements? My daughter is 7 years old (turns 8 in August) and is interested in joining the book club. I am also interested in joining her, can I sign up as well? Lastly, when I register her, should I put my name or my her name? Thank you in advance for your time.

    • Hi Jessica, the book club is for teens and adults. Seven years old is too young to participate. Please let me know if you have additional questions.

  4. Is it too late for me to join the book club? I also was wondering if you could modify the Facebook event so that it only repeats on Saturdays. I have synched my FB calendar events to my Google one but this event appears as a daily event until July 11. Thank you for your assistance.

    • Hello Shari, you can still join the book club. We’ll have a book for you. Regarding Facebook, there is not a way to only repeat an event on a specific day of the week -I have the same problem when importing events from Facebook.

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