Community Literature

10th Annual Irish Arts Center Book Day

10 years of free books citywide!


8am until the books run out!

Tue, Mar 17, 2020






At this time, in the interest of protecting our artists, audiences, teachers, students, colleagues, and the vulnerable among us, we will be suspending all IAC events and classes and events through the end of March. Please read our full statement here.

Presented in association with the New York City Council, New York State Assembly, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, Consul General of Ireland in New York, and Literature Ireland

This year marks a decade of celebrating St. Patrick's Day with the most cherished of Irish legacies: our stories. The Irish Arts Center family of volunteers and staff, sponsors and supporters—along with our partners at the New York City Council—fan out across all five boroughs for our landmark 10th Annual Book Day to hand out 10,000 free books by Irish and Irish American authors alongside work by writers from France and the French diaspora, in our tradition of honoring kindred voices and bridging diverse cultures on this special day for the global Irish community. Past Book Days have included titles by Mexican (2017), Caribbean (2018), and Asian American (2019) authors.

Get YOUR free book at one of our dozen Book Day pop-up stations. Locations TBA.

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

Get involved! To volunteer, click here or email For publishers and authors wishing to donate books of any quantity, email

Marguerite Abouet, Molly Aitken, V.S. Alexander, Nathacha Appanah, Sharon Arbuthnot, John Banville, Kevin Barry, Samuel Beckett, Ciaran Berry, Adelaide Bon, Olivier Bourdeaut, John Boyne, Anna Burns, Lynn Cahoon, Anna Carey, Lisa Carey, Marina Carr, Ciaran Carson, Betsy Carter, Michael Coady, Chris Colfer, Sandrine Collette, Laurence Cosse, Mollie Cox Bryan, Catherine Cusset, Christelle Dabos, Gerald Dawe, Devon Delaney, Negar Djavadi, Charlie Donlea, Emma Donoghue, Dominique Fabre, Peter Fallon, Tom French, Brian Friel, Susan Furlong, Brian Gallagher, Laurent Gaude, Anna Gavalda, Alan Gillis, Jean Giono, Eamon Grennan, Fabien Grolleau, Mahir Guven, Yannick Haenel, Mary Ann Hart, Michael Hartnett, Felicity Hayes-McCoy, Luke Healy, Seamus Heaney, Tami Hoag, Kevin Holohan, Kim Hood, Matthew Horace, Claire Keegan, Mary Pat Kelly, Tom Kilroy, Dean King, Helen Klein Ross, Susan Lanigan, Herve Le Corre, Sergei Lebedev, Min Jin Lee, Paula Leyden, Grace Lin, Morgan Llywelyn, Paul Lynch, Sean Lysaghtv, Alain Mabanckou, Natasha Mac a'Bháird, Aifric Mac Aodha, Dorothy Macardle, Kathleen MacMahon, Derek Mahon, Andrei Makine, Susan Maxwell, Eimear McBride, Malachy McCourt & Brian McDonald, Alice McDermott, Erika McGann, Medbh McGuckian, Padraic McIntyre, Julianne McKeigue, Lindsay McKenna, G.A. McKevett, Joe McLaren, JP McMahon, Kristina McMorris, Conor McPherson, Scholastique Mukasonga, Paul Muldoon, Caitlin Mullen, Catie Murphy, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Jim Nolan, Edna O'Brien, Kevin O'Brien, Billy O’Callaghan, Carlene O'Connor, Joseph O'Connor, Maggie O'Farrell, Kaitlin O'Reilly, Mark O'Sullivan, Michelle O'Sullivan, Matthew Quick, Robert Rorke, Jeremie Royer, Mathieu Sapin, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Peter Sirr, Kevin Stevens, Dale Talde, Lucy Tam, Patrick Taylor, Sylvain Tesson, Matt Thomas, Gregory Toner, Enda Walsh, David Wheatley, Sheena Wilkinson, Emily X.R. Pan, Alice Zeniter

Archipelago, Doubleday, Europa Editions, Farrar Straus and Giroux, Flying Eye Books, Gallery Press, Graywolf Press, Grove Atlantic, Hachette, Harper Perennial & Harper Paperbacks, Kensington Books, Literature Ireland, Little Island Books, Little, Brown and Company, Macmillan, The New Press, New Vessel Press, New York Review of Books, Nobrow Press, The O'Brien Press, Other Press, Penguin Random House, Phaidon, Restless Books, Royal Irish Academy, Simon & Schuster, Skyhorse Publishing, TCG Books, Tor/Forge, Tramp Press











Support for this program is also provided by the Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation, Knights of St. Patrick, and the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York City.

Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; M&T Bank; The Ireland Funds; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; Tourism Ireland; CIE Tours; Delta; and thousands of generous donors like you.

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