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. Sessions meet weekly for five weeks.

Sula by Toni Morrison
October 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, 2019
BronxArtSpace, 305 E. 140th St. Bronx, NY
Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the black community and Sula has become a pariah. But their friendship ends in an unforgivable betrayal—or does it end? Terrifying, comic, ribald and tragic, Sula is a work that overflows with life.

We the Animals by Justin Torres
Nov 26, Dec 3, 10, 17, 2019
BronxArtSpace, 305 E. 140th St. Bronx, NY

Girl in the Mirror: Three Generations of Black Women in Motion
by Natasha Tarpley
In this vivid family memoir told in the voices of three generations of women, Tarpley sets her own migrations in the context of a long line of African-Americans’ stories.
BronxArtSpace, 305 East 140th St – Tuesdays, Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, & 8
Casita Maria, 928 Simpson St. – Wednesdays, Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, & 9

Boonoonoonous Hair Celebration
Saturday, 9/21, join writer Olive Senior & illustrator Laura James as we celebrate the release of their new children’s book Boonoonoonous Hair.
Location: Bronx Public Library

Nicole Dennis-Benn at the Lit Bar
Thursday, 8/29, One Book One Bronx hosted the Bronx launch for PATSY at The Lit Bar.

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.

Willie Perdomo at the Lit Bar
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

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.

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

BronxArtSpace, 305 E 140th St.

Saturdays, September 29 – October 27, 2018
Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quinonez
Presented in association with BX Writers
Bronx Native

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.  

September 23, 30 & October 7, 2017
The Education of Margot Sanchez by 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
Casita Maria Arts & Education Center

September 27 – November 15, 2014
Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas
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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