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EL FESTIVAL DEL LIBRO/Festival of Books 2019


Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 10:30 AM - Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 10:30 AM (EDT)

EL FESTIVAL DEL LIBRO/Festival of Books 2019

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Type End Quantity
ELEMENTARY School Group Day (Wed Oct 9th)
This is the school day event is oriented towards, children's & youth authors. Registering by listing your school & number of students attending, & their grade.
Ended Free  
INTERMEDIATE School Group Day (Wed Oct 9th)   more info Ended Free  
HIGH School Group Day (Wed Oct. 9th)   more info Ended Free  
Louis Reyes Rivera Writers' Workshop (Sunday Oct. 13th)   more info Ended Free  
El Festival Reader's & Open Mic (Sunday Oct. 13th)   more info Ended Free  

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Event Details

An annual bilingual Hispanic Heritage Month Literary event featuring readings, workshops, and performances. The event celebrates the bilingual heritage of Latin@ writers of all genres. Admission is free to school children and adults. 

EARLY BIRD: We offer a free book of your choice with one purchase of a book to students who attend Wednesday October 9th before 11:00am and win books for their school library.                                                                                                                                                          PAJARO QUE MADRUGA: Ofrecemos un libro gratis que eligen tener por cada libro que compren y ganar libros para sus escuelas a estudientes quien asisten el miercoles el dia 09 de Octubre antes de las 11:00am.

We have two dates, SCHOOL DAY: Wednesday October 9th AND Sunday October 13th. 10:30am to 5:30pm.hing to arrange a field trip should use the "TICKET" button to the appropriate school grade to reserve their place. Writers, authors, publishers, and literary organizations wanting a place in an Open MIc, panel or workskhop should use the "TICKET" button to register.

Questions can be sent t0 Space is limited. Inquire early. Program is subject to change.

Panels:                                                                                                                                                                            -Importance of physical space for literature and literacy.                                                                                        

Readings:                                                                                                                                                               -Harlem University Alumni & others reading from Louis Reyes Rivera's JAZZ IN JAIL.

Workshops:                                                                                                                                                                  -Louis Reyes Rivera Writers' Workshop.                                                                                                                                                                      -NWU Workshop on Publishing: Old, Modern, and New.                                                                                                         

Confirmed authors and writers: Noemi Santana, Jésus Papoleto Melendez, Diana Lee Santamaria, Hector LaFosse, Julio Pabón, Candy Torres, Anthony Tucker, Fernando Ponce Laspina, Mireya Perez-Bustillo, Titere Poets, Americo Casiano, Harlem University Alumni, & more.


When & Where

El Barrio's ArtSpace P.S. 109
215 East 99th Street
New York, NY 10029

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 10:30 AM - Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 10:30 AM (EDT)

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“La Fortaleza” is a business and economic development project conceived and developed collaboratively with El Barrio/East Harlem based arts/cultural institutions & organizations, small businesses, community stakeholders and neighborhood investors. 

It re-brands, protects and defends El Barrio/Spanish Harlem against persistent negative portrayals and gentrification by using Latino art and cultural assets to economically revitalizing the community. It recognizes the historical role of the Boricua (Puerto Rican) community as founders of El Barrio/ Spanish Harlem and acknowledges the influence and contribution of working class immigrants that are the impetus for change, growth, and development by introducing new languages, cultures, artistic expressions, and small businesses. 


La Fortaleza's model focuses on converting East 116th Street, the neighborhood's 2nd largest commercial corridor, into a creative hub for artistic and cultural entertainment & small businesses. We'll open galleries, artist’s workshops, performance and rehearsal spaces, and peripheral businesses like artist supply stores, Cafes and restaurants.


The 2012 summer season the assistance of four Columbia University/Kenneth Cole Fellows worked to map landmarks, art-friendly venues, and public art locations of El Barrio. They also conducted an inventory of businesses and buildings located on the 116th Street business corridor (also known as Puebla York); the information will be use to create a data base as the foundation to develop strategies to regenerate El Barrio/Spanish Harlem. In 2013, we had another four students from Mexico refine the previous year’s internship into a user-friendly web site.


La Fortaleza targets urban neighborhoods like El Barrio/Spanish Harlem that are undergoing the same experiences with gentrification and local development that we are experiencing today. In particular, we are targeting the Latino Art & Culture assets in these neighborhoods with the goal of demonstrating how these assets can bring the diverse Latino communities together to utilize art and culture as economic development tools to improve the well-being of the community in order to stem the gentrification tide.

By doing so, we want to bring more attention to the arts & culture communities of different cities as being viable means for sustainable economic growth and social development in the urban inner-city landscape organized to resist gentrification.

Another need and interest of Latinos is the sense of permanence and ownership of communities in areas previously disregarded, neglected, and abandoned, the urban cities communities. Targeted by developers and property speculators for the purpose of creating upscale & luxury apartment houses and homes to draw new urban dwellers as property owners, into the neighborhoods as investors in real property rather than as homesteaders.




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