Irish Arts Center
Book Day 2014

To volunteer for Book Day please email: volunteer@irishartscenter.org or fill out this volunteer questionnaire here.


Photo credit: Conor McBride

Irish Arts Center
Book Day 2014
in association with New York City Council

A citywide celebration of Irish literature

Monday, March 17 | 7 am until the books run out!

From the Bronx to Staten Island, Manhattan’s Upper West Side to Brighton Beach, and stops in between, the Irish Arts Center will celebrate St Patrick’s Day by giving New Yorkers the gift of free Irish literature.

For our fourth annual Book Day, volunteers across the city will be handing out thousands of books to commuters and school children at transit hubs across all five New York City boroughs.

Get involved!
For book donation and sponsorship opportunities promoting this day of literacy and Irish culture, contact Rachael Gilkey at rachael@irishartscenter.org.

Irish Arts Center Book Day is inspired by a similar event run by Solas Nua in Washington D.C. since 2006.


Free Irish books will be distributed on Monday, March 17th starting at 7 am at each of the following 8 locations:

1. Manhattan #1: Southeast corner of 23rd Street and 8th Avenue

2. Manhattan #2: Southwest corner of 110th Street and Lexington Avenue, 6 Train

3. Manhattan #3 at 3 pmQuest to Learn Public School at 351 W 18th Street, NY 10011

4. Brooklyn #1: Northwest corner of 36th Street and 4th Avenue on the B,D, N,R trains at Sunset Park

5. Brooklyn #2: Northeast corner of 7th Avenue and 9th Street, F and G train station

6. Queens #1: 37th Road “Diversity” Plaza between 74th and 73rd Streets in Jackson Heights. The Roosevelt Avenue station has an entrance right in the middle of the Plaza for the E, F, M, R and 7 trains

7. Queens #2: Southeast corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 61st Street at Woodside / 61st Street stop on the 7 train

8. The Bronx:  Northwest corner of Bedford Park Blvd and Grand Concourse

9. Staten Island: St. George Terminal Staten Island, 1 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY 10301



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Find out where to enjoy a free book from our Twitter feed (#IACBookDay) and Facebook page.

"Never been happier to walk down Canal than this morning where the Irish Arts Center is handing out the true spirit of Ireland. Thank you! #IACBookDay" - Book Day recipient, via Twitter


Special Thanks to Participating Publishers

Akashic Books, Alfred A. Knopf, Amy Einhorn Books, Ballantine Books, Bellevue Literary Press, Children's Books Ireland, Daedalus Books, Dalkey Archive Press, Firrar Straus and Giroux, Forge Books, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Gallery Press, Gray Wolf, Grove Atlantic, Press Hachette, Ireland Harper Collins, Ireland Literature Exchange, Little Brown and Company, Liveright Publishing Corporation, Oscar Wilde Centre at Trinity College Dublin, Overlook Press, Random House, Seven Stories, Stinging Fly Press & Magazine, Summer Palace Press, The Moth Lit Mag, Viking Penguin Books, Words on the Street

Featuring Hundreds of Titles by Authors Including

Heather Barbieri, Kevin Barry, Maeve Binchy, Jimmy Breslin, Anne-Marie Casey, Frank Delaney, Emma Donoghue, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Anne Enright, Lyndsay Faye, Michèle Forbes, Terry Golway, Pete Hamill, Seamus Heaney, Maeve Higgins, Aidan Higgins, Desmond Hogan, Kevin Holohan, Morgan Llywelyn, Martha Long, Brian Lynch, Alf Mac Lochlainn, Anne McCabe, Colum McCann, James McCourt, Belinda McKeon, Maura Mulligan, Dorothy Nelson, Edna O'Brien, Flann O'Brien, Joseph O'Connor, Rebecca O'Connor, John O'Donohue, Liam O'Flaherty, Patrick O'Keefe, Joseph O'Neill, Leanne O'Sullivan, Peter Quinn, Patrick Taylor, Mario Vargas, Llosa, Stuart Woods, and more!

Special thanks to all our generous donors who help make our free programming possible:
American Irish Legislators Society of New York, Joseph L. Arena, Kenneth Badree, Livia Brode, Chris Carney, William Thomas Clark, Kate and Bob Devlin, Kim Dicker, Tripp Donnelly (in honor of Ray Donnelly Jr.), Rob Dunne, Dennis J. Foran, Cindi and John Galiher, Michele Holcomb, Bryan J. Houlihan (in honor of Philip and Kay McAndrews), Pamela Brandt and Thomas Campbell Jackson, Declan Kelly, Larry Douglas Meyers (in honor of Maria Borger), Rachel and Harry Moseley, John Murphy, John O’Connor (in honor of Tom Moran), Aisling Studdert, Lisa Mary Sullivan (in honor of Lt. Stephen John Healy, USN 1962-1987), Pam and Matt Sutherland, Rosie and David Turner, Martin Whelan.


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