Community Literature

Irish Arts Center Book Day 2021

In association with Literature Ireland, New York City Council, New York State Assembly, and New York State Senate


This event is free, but Irish Arts Center programming is only possible because of friends and supporters like you. Please consider making a donation as a part of your registration.

Wed, Mar 17, 2021



Box Office


Phone hours:
10am-6pm, Monday-Friday

In person:
Opens 60 minutes before the performance on show days


Every March, Irish Arts Center has celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by distributing free books across NYC in an effort to showcase the best of what Irish culture has to offer—our literary heritage. This year, we honor that tradition with book donations to community organizations throughout the city (including the Consulate General of Ireland in New York, Emerald Isle Immigration Center, Aisling Irish Community Center and New York Irish Center) and a virtual taking to the streets: in all five boroughs and beyond, civic leaders, community members, and past Book Day partners representing the diverse neighborhoods in which we normally set up Book Day operations will read or recommend work by authors from Ireland and cultures around the world. These pieces, recorded on location and featuring readings in multiple languages, will be presented in an online incarnation of an annual citywide event that, as ever, underscores the power of our stories to keep us connected.

Readings and recs start at 7am ET

7am Rachael Gilkey, Irish Arts Center
7:30am Council Member Danny Dromm, Queens
8am Ciarán O'Reilly, Irish Repertory Theatre 
8:30am Ciarán Madden, Consul General of Ireland
8:45am Clara Ministral, translator with Literature Ireland
9am Colum McCann, author
9:30am Mary O'Halloran, Mary O's and co-founder of Food Supply
10am Stephen Long, New York Irish Center
10:30am Falynn Enright, Irish Institute 10:45am
Sara Koch, translator for Literature Ireland
11am Council Member Keith Powers, Manhattan
11:30am Doris Meyer, Irish American Teacher's Association
12pm Assembly Member Michael Cusick, Staten Island
12:30pm Lisa Gold, Asian American Arts Alliance
1pm Senator Sean Ryan, Buffalo
1:30pm Siobhán Ní Chiobháin, IAC Irish language teacher
2:00pm Aidan Connolly, Irish Arts Center
2:30pm Regina López Muñoz, translator with Literature Ireland
3pm Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens
3:30pm Juan Aguirre, Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders
4pm Culture Ireland's SEODA global Irish festival
4:30pm Barry Ó Séanáin, Irish Arts Center
5pm Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal, Manhattan
5:15pm Council Member Mark D. Levine, Manhattan
5:30pm Jerzy Kozlowsky, translator for Literature Ireland
6pm Theodore Rappaport
6:30pm Mandy Oser, Ardesia
7pm Pauline Turley, Irish Arts Center
7:30pm Shades of Green: Celebrating Irish America


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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 Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Tourism Ireland; the Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Arnhold Foundation; the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; Northern Ireland Bureau; Invest NI; CIE Tours International; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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