Irish Arts Center
Book Day 2017


Photo credit: Erin Baiano


V.S. Alexander
Mary Arrigan
Sebastian Barry
Mollie Cox Bryan
Lynn Cahoon
Lisa Carey
Anna Carey
Mary Carter
Anne-Marie Casey
Sandra Cisneros
Ann Claycomb
Mackenzie Crowne
Michael Cunningham
Judy Curtin
Matt de la Peña
Charlie Donlea
Patricia Falvey
Ian Flitcroft
Ray Forkan
Woody Fox
John Freely
Brian Friel
Carlos Fuentes
Hazel Gaynor
Patricia Giff
Mary Gordon
Vona Groarke
Dermot Healy
Yuri Herrera
Michael Hogan
Kevin Holohan
Anita Jeram
James Joyce
Celine Kiernan
Susan Lanigan
Paul Lynch
P.J. Lynch
Natasha Mac a'Bháird
Janey Mack
Derek Mahon
Sam McBratney
Meghan McCarthy
Heather McCorkle
Frank McCourt
Kevin McDermott
Mary McDonough
Erika McGann
Frank McGuinness
Larry McShane
George Mitchell
Honor Molloy
Kelly Moran
Colin Murphy
Paul Murray
Éilís Ní Dhuibhne
Máirtín Ó Cadhain
Annemarie O’Brien
Valerie O’Connor
Kevin O'Brien
Charlene O'Connor
Donal O'Dea
Stuart O'Keeffe
Joseph O'Neill
Tom O'Neill
JF Powers
Peter Prendergast
Luis J. Rodriguez
Linda Ronstadt
Sally Rooney
Dave Rudden
Brando Skyhorse
Ian Somers
Britt Spencer
James Stephens
Peter F. Stevens
Kevin Stevens
Margaret Tarrant
Patrick Taylor
Alice Taylor
Matthew Thomas
Colm Toibin
Ryan Tubridy
Juan Pablo Villalobos
Luke Waters
Sarah Webb
Stuart Woods
William Butler Yeats

7th Annual
Irish Arts Center Book Day

Presented by Irish Arts Center

in association with the New York City Council, New York State Assembly, Consulado General de México en Nueva York Consul General of Mexico in New York, Consul General of Ireland, Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders, Literature Ireland, and Call Me Ishmael

Friday, March 17 | 7 AM until the books run out!

A citywide celebration of Irish literature and literacy

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook (#IACBookDay) to find out where to grab a free book!

“An inclusive version of Irish-America ... With 11 different locations around the city, the only question [is]: where to start?” Literary Hub

“This is a lovely way to remind everybody that the Irish are known for their literature.” The Wall Street Journal

This St. Patrick’s Day, pay homage to Ireland and Mexico’s rich literary traditions as our annual Book Day expands to celebrate literature by Irish and Irish American authors alongside writers from Mexico and its diaspora.

With hundreds of titles to choose from, ranging from children’s books to poetry, fiction, nonfiction and books in translation, there is something for every New Yorker on offer at one of our many pop-up stands across all five boroughs.

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

Special thanks to all our generous donors who help make our free programming possible:

Sweeney & Harkin, Commodore Construction, Manhattan Mini Storage, Delta Air Lines and Elizabeth’s Table.

Publishers Government
Akashic Books
Alfred A. Knopf
Candlewick Press
Crown Publishing
Daedalus Books
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Harper Perennial
Kensington Books
Literature Ireland
Little Island Books
Little, Brown and Company
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders
Pantheon Books
Penguin Books
Potomac Books, an imprint of University of Nebraska Press
Random House Children's Books
Simon & Schuster
Solas Nua
The Gallery Press
The Moth Magazine
The O'Brien Press Touchstone, a Division of Simon & Schuster
Viking Press
William Morrow, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
Yale University Press/The Margellos World Republic of Letters
Council Member Elizabeth Crowley (Queens)
Council Member Laurie Cumbo (Brooklyn)
Council Member Daniel Dromm (Queens)
Council Member Julissa Ferreras (Queens)
Council Member Corey Johnson (Manhattan)
Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker (Manhattan)
Council Member Carlos Menchaca (Brooklyn)
Council Member Deborah Rose (Staten Island)
Council Member Helen Rosenthal (Manhattan)
Council Member Richie Torres (Bronx)
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer (Queens)
Assembly Member Michael Cusick (Staten Island)
Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal (Manhattan)
Assembly Member Sean Ryan (Buffalo, NY)

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Click HERE for information on our #GetLit campaign to support Irish Arts Center Book Day as we bring literature to life in New York City this St. Patrick’s Day! 


Open at 7 AM unless otherwise noted

Manhattan #1
Southwest corner of 110th Street and Lexington Avenue, 6 Train

Manhattan #2
Christopher Street stop on the 1 train at Sheridan Square and 4th Street

Manhattan #3
72nd and Broadway outside the 1 train subway station

Manhattan #4
12 – 2 PM 
Elizabeth's Table, 680 Columbus Avenue at 93rd Street

Manhattan #5
12:30 - 2 PM
Grand Central, south corner of 42nd Street and Park in front of TD Bank

Manhattan #6
4 - 5 PM
Banc Cafe, 431 3rd Avenue, in honor of outgoing board  member Jim Houlihan

Queens #1
Southeast corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 61st Street at Woodside / 61st Street stop on the 7 train

Queens #2
37th Road "Diversity" Plaza between 74th and 73rd Streets in Jackson Heights at the Roosevelt Avenue station

Queens #3
Fresh Pond entrance to the M train, near 67th Avenue, 62nd St and Fresh Pond. 6709 Fresh Pond Rd

Queens #4
North eastern corner of Junction Blvd on the 7 train express

Brooklyn #1
Northwest Corner of 36th street and 4th Ave

Brooklyn #2
Atlantic Terminal: Target Plaza

The Bronx
Fordham Road and Webster Ave north east corner

Staten Island
St. George Terminal Staten Island, 1 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY

Buffalo, NY
St. Paul’s Cathedral Flickinger Ministry Center

4 Cathedral Park – 1st Floor
12 PM until the books run out

Get involved!

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

To volunteer, contact kestrel@irishartscenter.org.


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

Book Day 2017 celebrates outgoing Board Member James J. Houlihan on behalf of his children Christie, Bryan, Kelly, Michael, and Meghan in recognition of his love for his family, Ireland, literature, education, and his dedicated service as a board member of Irish Arts Center from 2007 to 2016.

Special thanks to all our generous donors who help make our free programming possible:

Susan Angermeier, Anonymous (18), Natica Von Althann, Henrietta Blanchard in honor of Dolores McCall, Ellen Baker Alden, Gina Boonshoft, Monica Brady, Kevin Brannelly, Virginia M. Breen, Deirdre Brennan, Emerson Bruns, Kelly Buckley, Ursula Burns, Mary Ann Callahan, Robert Carey, Tom Cashin in honor of Ellen and Patrick Cashin, Aidan Conlon, Lauren Connolly, Kristine Covillo Lynch and Liam Lynch, Madeline Deleon, Catherine Cronin in honor of Kitty and Dan Cronin, Heather A. Zigli, Barbaraann Costello, Michael H. Devlin, Brian Donnell in honor of John Donnell, Sr., Ambassador David Donoghue, Caroline Downey, John Francis Duddy, Mary E. Ault, Judith and George W. Egan in honor of Martha Egan, Morgan Elwell, Erica Emerson, Diarmuid De Faoite, Shawn P. Farrell, Sarah Fearon, The Fernandez Family, Jennifer Flohn, Laurie Flynn, Colleen Foley, Kevin S. Ford, Patricia A. Fuchs, Beth Elise Fussell, Barbara Garry, Sandra L. Gilbert, Mary E. Gerster, Johanna Griffin, Frances T. Gully, Gale Hattan, Joan Hearst, Anna and Joe Houlihan in honor of Pat and Jim Houlihan, Vera M. Hoar, Angela M. Howard, Daniel Howell, Jonathan Rose Companies, Eileen and Kevin J. Keane, Noelle Keane, Joan M. Kelly, Kathie and Doane Kelly, Deirdre O’Connor and Feargall Kenny, John D. Lee, Michael Madden in honor of Jim Madden, Breanne Madigan in honor of Kerry Malloy, John McConnell, Niamh Mahon, Elizabeth Metcalf, Dolores Martin, William Maier in honor of Patricia McGuire, John McDonagh in honor of John McDonagh, Sr., Michael McEvoy in honor of James Houlihan, Meave F Mc Cullagh, Patrick McEvoy, Rebecca Victoria McKillop in honor of Rebecca and Harry McKillop, Rebecca Sue McKillop in honor of Harry E. McKillop, Michael McManus, Ian McNally, Robert V McGann, Robert J. McNamara, Dennis McSweeney, C. Peter Moddie, Nathaniel Milner, Tara C Mullaney, Rachel and Harry Moseley, James Murphy, Carly and John Murphy in honor of Breda Murphy, Eileen K. Murray, Mary C. Nash, Tim O’Hara, Donal O`Neill, Niall O'Muilleoir, John Quaife, Rosemary C. Quigley, Kathy and Peter Quinn, Brian T. Redington, Cathy Rooney, Anna and Brian Ruane, Gerry Ryan in honor of Breada and Jerry Ryan, Jessica S. Santascoy, Barbara and Frank Sciame in honor of Jack Graham, Elaine Schiff, Fiona Stafford, Adrienne and John Stender in honor of the O’Brien Family, Lisa Sullivan, Rosie and David Turner in honor of Mary and Shaun Kelly, Anne Marie Vignola, Kathleen Walsh D`arcy, Eve E Wolff, Laura LaValle, Mary Zehnter.


Call Me Ishmael is creating a playlist for #IACBookDay! Here's your chance to contribute to our annual citywide literary celebration:

1. Call 777.325.0503 to tell us about your favorite book by an Irish OR Mexican writer. It'll go straight to voicemail--simply leave a message.

2. Call Me Ishmael will collect these messages for a special playlist that will be shared online on St. Patrick's Day. We'll post the link then.

Not sure exactly what to say or how to say it? There's no right or wrong way, but here's one caller's story:

What's yours? Tell us by March 14!

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