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.
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. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born “with one foot on the other side.” Unsettling, heartwrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater is a sharp evocation of a rare way of experiencing the world, one that illuminates how we all construct our identities. 240 pagesClick here to purchase the book.
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. Appearing in print for the first time, “Amnesty” is a story of a woman named Noah who works to negotiate the tense and co-dependent relationship between humans and a species of invaders. 224 pages
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If Beale St. Could Talk by James Baldwin
December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018, & January 3, 2019
Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd.
In this honest and stunning novel, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Barry Jenkins, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice.
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. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions–affection, despair, and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.
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. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope.
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. Need college tuition for your daughter? Start-up funds for your fruit stand? Bodega can help. He gives everyone a leg up, in exchange only for loyalty—and a steady income from the drugs he pushes. Location: Bronx Native, 127 Lincoln Ave.
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